Thursday August 20, 2020

New details from CPD regarding a burglary in Clewiston.  Here’s a recap. On August 12 at around 7:30 p.m. the family left their Seminole Manor home to take a walk. At this time 39-year-old Demaster Auther went into the home, rummaged through some drawers, but ended up taking a weed eater, a hedge trimmer and a tool set, equipment valued at over $750 according to the victim’s report. The report goes on to say the items were all returned shortly after the very clear video surveillance of the burglary in progress, was posted to social media. Auther was arrested and charged with Grand Theft and Burglary.

From the office of Governor Ron DeSantis:  A online survey has been created that is designed to allow residents, especially older adults, to make important self-assessments on their COVID-19 behaviors through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA). The survey asks residents to review their decisions with respect to COVID-19 situations, to see how different actions affect their own health, and the health of others. This survey is meant to show people the outcomes of their actions. It can be taken anonymously by answering questions such as the amount and type of weekly activities, the number of people in the home, their ability to receive physical or mental health assistance if needed, and the types of preventive measures used on a regular basis. Anyone may take the Florida Safe Survey and view the results. Additionally, Floridians may take the survey multiple times to see how any changed behavior may affect their health score. The survey can be found at and takes only a few minutes.

Today’s Coronavirus update is as follows. Yesterday’s single-day death toll related to COVID-19 for Florida is 219 according to the Department of Health. There have been 9,932 deaths related to COVID-19, in our state, to date. Glades County has reported 3 deaths related to the virus, and currently has a total positive caseload, including recoveries, of 425. 270 of those cases in are or have been in Correctional staff and inmates between the GEO Prison and Glades County Sheriff Office to include the ICE detention facility. 5 have been reported in long-term care facilities. Hendry County has reported 39 deaths since March, and the latest report shows 1891 total positive cases in the county. The figure includes 2 non-Florida residents. 64 of these are correctional and 88 are from long-term care facilities.

Robin Kish, Director of Community Engagement for the Health Care District of Palm Beach County has more good news for COVID -19 testing in Western Palm Beach County. Recently, the hospital began mobile testing, and now, the organization is promising faster turnaround for test results. The clinic is located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Hooker Highway in Belle Glade. To schedule an appointment for a telemedicine or in-person visit, call 561-642-1000.