Monday October 5, 2020

Today is the last day to get registered to vote. This is for the national election and the local.  Today’s deadline is also for anyone who needs to change their address or want to change their political party is also Monday. To be eligible you must be a US citizen, a resident of the state and resident of the county you want to be registered and at least 18 years old. Residents can visit their local supervisor of elections office or pick up an application at most public libraries and driver’s license offices. Hendry County Superintendent Brenda Hoots recommends hand delivering the application so they can make sure it’s correct. You can also print a registration form from the state elections website and mail it in — but it must be postmarked by today for it to count for this election.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office will provide free training to protect yourself from human trafficking. The training will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the New Harvest Church, located at 370 Holiday Isles in Clewiston. Learn how to protect yourself, your family and your neighborhood from the third largest criminal enterprise in America … human trafficking. Teens will find out how to keep safe on the internet. Learn how to identify possible human trafficking in your neighborhood and how to report it. This presentation is age-appropriate for middle and high school, and adults.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner and other county officials held their weekly COVID-19 press conference where they spoke about Halloween during a pandemic. Kerner said they will not be placing any restrictions and suggested families do what is best for them. According to the Palm Beach County Health Director, Alina Alonso, the counties’ daily positivity rate is down to 2.4%, which is one of the lowest numbers the county has seen. Kerner also announced the county will soon be mailing out another round of masks to every resident.

City Manager Randy Martin says, all City of Clewiston office facilities will allow visitors to enter facilities beginning today, but are advised to maintain social distancing and other CDC recommended guidance including wearing a mask. All of Hendry County has seen consistent improvement in local COVID-19 data throughout the month of September. Nonetheless, the entire county does continue to have positive cases identified and the number of hospitalized patients has steadily increased although at a slower pace of late. The city continues to recommend everyone remain diligent in efforts to prevent further spread of the virus.

Florida reported 1,844 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, according to the latest figures on the health department’s website. There are now 716,459 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. The health department also reported 43 new deaths on Sunday. The Florida resident death toll stands at 14,671. Locally, Hendry County is now reporting 2,086 resident cases and 40 resident deaths. Our Glades County neighbors have 549 positive cases and 4 deaths.

U.S. Sugar released its ‘State of Our Air’ Report to the community describing the safe and successful 2019/2020 sugarcane harvest season. This inaugural report compiles air quality data from the region and confirms the Glades communities’ air is safe, healthy, and clean. The full report is available here. According to US Sugar executives, the report shows the air quality in the Glades communities was consistently better than suburban and urban neighboring areas.