News 3-23-2020

Hendry County Road & Bridge Department has some milling and paving happening on several areas on Keri Road today and tomorrow. Motorists should expect lane closures and allow extra time for their commute. Please use extra caution when driving through the work zone.

Residents with questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered all movie theatres, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches to close in Broward County and Palm Beach County. These closures are part of the President’s “15 Days to Slow the Spread”, initiated on March 16. These closures shall expire on March 31, but may be renewed upon the written request of the County Administrator. The Broward County and Palm Beach County Administrators will also have the ability to enforce, relax, modify or remove these closures as they see fit. Also, all restaurants, bars, pubs, night clubs, banquet halls, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias and any other alcohol and/or food service business establishment with seating for more than ten people in Broward County and Palm Beach County to close on-premises service of customers.

A message from Susan Whidden, Glades County E911 Coordinator: At this time Glades County E911 is not able to verify or assign addresses in Glades County due to the GIS Company being closed due to COVID-19, Glades County is unsure how long this will affect the County and will resume addressing as soon as they can. Glades County Clerk of Court’s Office will be closed to the public.   Staff will be available to answer any questions by telephone or to assist with the essential or critical court proceedings, as required. The Clerk’s Office will continue to provide essential or critical court proceedings. The Clerk’s Office will not be able to process passport applications or marriage licenses at this time.   Official Records will continue to be processed if they are received by mail or by drop box. A drop box is located at the south entrance door to the Glades County Courthouse.   All fines and payments can be made over the telephone by credit card or by check.   You may also make payments by going to the Clerk’s website at www.gladesclerk.com. For traffic tickets or other outstanding court-ordered financial obligations, who are facing a hardship, call or email at traffic@gladesclerk.com.

Hendry County is canceling the Wednesday, April 8, 2020 6pm Regular Local Planning Agency Meeting at the Hendry County Courthouse in LaBelle. At this time, the County still anticipates that future meetings will occur, however, if the situation changes, notification will be sent out and posted.

A Clewiston man was involved in a fatal car accident that took place up in Highlands County. Kevin Scott of Bartow was driving on 27 coming up to the intersection of SR 70. Domingo Martinez, who is 49 years old and from Clewiston was driving a Semi. Well according to the report from FHP, Martinez was coming up to the same intersection at the same time the Scott ran a red light. Scott who was just 32 years old, crashed into the trailer of Martinez’ semi. He died at the hospital. According to the report, alcohol was not a factor.

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-72, regarding non-essential elective medical procedures. All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners’ offices in the state of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patients immediate health, safety or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition.

Hendry County Sheriffs Office says they are receiving reports of people dressing in white lab coats wearing masks and gloves knocking on resident’s doors, identifying themselves as representatives from the Department of Health or the CDC and want to test residents for the COVID-19 (Corona) virus.  At the time of this post, these reports are stemming from the east coast in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE CDC OR DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WILL NOT SHOW UP AT YOUR RESIDENCE UNANNOUNCED!!!  The CDC is not going door-to-door.  Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus crisis and are trying to rob people. If anyone comes to your home unannounced wearing a white lab coat, mask and gloves do not open your DOOR and allow them entrance to your home.   If you have elderly family members please take a few minutes to make them aware of this.  Contact your nearest law enforcement agency if this happens to you.

The City of Clewiston hosted a Facebook live event on Friday to provide the community updates on various aspects of the COVID-19 or corona virus crisis evolving throughout the country.  The information was live streamed and is still available for viewing any time for those who missed the live event by accessing the City of Clewiston website and Facebook page. The County Emergency Operations Center is currently activated and most recently the County has formally declared a local state of emergency.  As far as Public utilities and public safety, the City does not at this time expect any disruptions in services. In the case of solid waste collection services to homes and businesses, no changes in the regularity or scope of services have been implemented and will likely remain as such unless unanticipated circumstances warrant reconsideration.  Library hours have been adjusted and other activities and service delivery elements are being reviewed with some limitations instituted which are aimed at minimizing potential exposures to patrons and staff.   Recreational facility use continues for most services and facilities and will be monitored to ensure that users and activities remain consistent with federal and state advisories in terms of limiting group gatherings.  Use of City facility requests are being reviewed on a case-by-case basis using the same recommended guidelines.  All of these practices and considerations will be further evaluated based upon evolving circumstances and are subject to change.  City meeting schedules have been adjusted and, in most cases, postponed or cancelled until further notice.  Citizens needing city services are encouraged to minimize the need for direct contact through the use of technology and alternatives where available such as utility billing drive through services as an example.  Other changes or decisions impactful to citizens will be shared through the traditional news media outlets, municipal websites and social media platforms as necessary as the situation further evolves.

So, as of 6pm 3-22-2020, new Florida cases of COVID-19 include 177 additional positive cases of reported to the Department of Health, which brings confirmed cases in Florida to 1,007 out of 11,270 total tested. 9,330 of those have come out negative. 12 people have now been tested in Hendry County and all 12 cases have come back negative, the County is awaiting the testing of 2 more people. Okeechobee has tested 14 with 14 negative results. Glades County has no recorded cases. All of this information is available at floridadisaster.org. and the floridahealth.gov