News 3-18-2020

To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, The Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily. The latest? As of 6 p.m., March 17, 2020 there are 216 total** total Florida cases. One person has died in Manatee County who tested positive for COVID-19.  New Florida cases include:

  • 24 additional positive COVID-19 cases reported to the Florida Department of Health.
  • There are currently 195 positive cases in Florida residents and 21 positive cases in non-Florida residents.

Florida recently partnered with private laboratories around the state to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity. These twice daily reports reflect the state’s efforts to accurately and transparently share information. For more detail on Florida resident cases, please visit the live DOH Dashboard at

If anyone is in need of medical care from our hospital, or should need to visit for any other reason, you should be aware of the following: Hendry Regional Medical Center has limited access to the hospital via the Olympia Entrance only. All patients, visitors and vendors will be screened before entry. A Valid ID is required upon entry. Visitors who have respiratory symptoms-cough, runny nose, fever will not be allowed to enter the hospital. Also, persons under 12 years of age will not be allowed to enter, and visitation will be limited to no more than 1 caregiver at one time. For more information on how HRMC is protecting against the spread of 🦠 COVID19 🦠 visit the website:

The Department of Education reports that

  • All public and private K-12 and career and technical center campuses are closed through April 15, 2020.   
  • Schools are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to the greatest extent possible to implement distance learning. 
  • All remaining assessments for school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten and K-12 assessments are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year. 
  • All public state college and university, and private college and university campuses and buildings are closed for the remainder of the spring semester. 
  • Colleges and universities are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to the greatest extent possible. 

More information regarding bright futures, funding, teacher certification exams and colleges is available at

Hendry County’s asphalt contractor will be re-paving the following roads beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 thru Friday, March 20, 2020 from 7am – 5pm:

  • Melissa Road
  • Tammy Road
  • Sassy Road
  • Richmond Avenue
  • Midstate Loop

Lane closures are expected; please allow extra time for your commute. Please use extra caution when going through the construction zones. Residents with questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order that will reduce density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Under the direction of Governor DeSantis, all bars and nightclubs throughout Florida will close for the next 30 days. Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will be enforcing and providing further guidance.

The Governor is directing parties accessing public beaches in the state of Florida to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance by limiting their gatherings to no more than 10 persons.

Restaurants across the state of Florida will now be required to limit customer entry to 50 percent of capacity. Seating must be staggered and limited to ensure seated parties are separated by a distance of at least six feet, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Restaurants are encouraged to remain open and expand take-out and delivery services. Additional information will be provided by DBPR.

**Glades County Board Chair has approved to cancel the Monday Night BOCC meeting March 23 2020 at 6:00 pm.

This is a difficult time for many people not only in the world, and in the country, but in our counties and cities as well. Our children, our employees, our parents and our neighbors are all affected by this pandemic called the Coronavirus. The Hendry County School Board, under the direction and in partnership with State agencies, is working hard to keep some of the strain, stress and pressure off of our K-12 students in Hendry County by providing feeding sites during this extended break. Stephanie Busin, Chairperson for the Hendry County School Board has advice for parents to stay informed. As of right now, details have not been finalized to get food to kids over the break. The staff will have a meeting tomorrow, 3-19-2020.