Thursday April 30th, 2020 News

A survey was created by the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce to measure citizen responses COVID 19. Over 560 LaBelle area residents responded. These were the findings: 70 percent of residents thought the Stay at Home Order should be extended. 70 percent said they wear face masks in public, 18 percent said they do not. As for the final 12% well, they say, they are not going out at all. When asked what makes us feel safe when shopping locally? 43% of residents said “When a disinfecting plan is posted and observed”. The survey was concluded by asking if social distancing measures are effective. 56% of LaBelle residents says yes.

With schools closing throughout the state and remaining closed for the rest of the semester, homeschooling has become a new normal for parents. With work stress, stress about the virus, family stressors, etcetera, the very last thing parents want to be bogged down with is a math problem that they haven’t visited in 30 years. Eric Oldfield, Chief Business Officer for Brainly, which claims to be the worlds largest online learning community says, there are challenges that even he didn’t anticipate while working from home with his 2 small daughters learning from home as well. He says, Brainly could be what parents and kids need right now. Brainly conducted a survey that found the 41% of parents said their work productivity has been negatively impacted, and 79% of parents said they find it stressful to help their child with homeschooling. Visit brainly.com for resources and most importantly, help, for parents struggling with a challenging new job title, Teacher.

 Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that most of Florida will enter what he called “phase one” of the reopening process on May 4 as the state continues to fight the spread of coronavirus. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will not open on this date due to a higher incidence of COVID-19 infections in the area, according to the governor. He said we would reopen in three phases in-line with the guidelines released by the White House under President Trump’s reopening America plan. Here’s what changes and doesn’t change for us on May 4:

Schools continue distance learning; Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited; Elective surgeries can resume; Sports arenas and movie theaters will remain closed; Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with six feet of space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity; Retail stores can operate at 25% of indoor capacity; No changes for bars, gyms and personal services such as hair dressers and barbers; Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home.
Phase one maintains current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including vulnerable individuals continuing social distancing while in public, avoiding groups of 10 or more and using face masks in public when you can’t maintain six feet away from others.

Hendry County and the Department of Health released the latest numbers of Coronavirus cases. It is unknown at this time how many ACTIVE positive cases are in Hendry but the overall number has increased to 83. This means, 8 includes, the hospitalizations, the deaths, which is now at 3 for the county, the recoveries as well as the current active cases. The 33440 zip code does include Montura, Pioneer and Harlem. The 33935 zip code includes Alva, Fort Denaud and Port LaBelle. WAFC is researching the current number of ACTIVE cases in Hendry County. Visit: https://floridadisaster.org/globalassets/covid19/dailies/covid-19-data—daily-report-2020-04-29-0955.pdf