Thursday December 31, 2020

Hendry Regional Medical Center received its first shipment of the new COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna. HRMC received 300 doses, and expects more to continue to arrive in the coming months. At this time Hendry Regional is only vaccinating HRMC employees. The general public population vaccination schedule, according to the governor, prioritizes Florida’s Seniors. The Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties will accept appointments for specific populations to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination beginning Monday January 4, from 8:30 to 11:30, and from 1:30p to 4p. The department is also taking appointments for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, of next week, for both LaBelle and Moore Haven locations. The COVID-19 vaccine shall only be given to long-term care facility residents and staff; persons 65 years of age and older; and Health care personnel with direct patient contact. Visit www.preparehendry.com for more information.

The Florida Highway Patrol will hold a DUI Wolfpack Detail from 7 o’clock tonight until 4 o’clock in the morning. The detail will take place in Collier and Lee County, focusing on major state and county roadways. The purpose of this detail is to proactively remove impaired drivers from the roadways, thereby enhancing the safety of the drivers and passengers alike. FHP says Driving impaired from alcohol or drugs puts everyone on the road in danger.

New Year’s Eve will look a lot different this year. The annual Anchor Drop event in Fort Lauderdale is pre-recorded posted on social media.  Miami’s big flashy orange will not rise up the Intercontinental Hotel this year. Public New Year’s Eve celebrations are non-existent in South Florida as local leaders try to curb the spread of COVID-19. So Miami-Dade and Broward counties each have instituted curfews. Each of them begins at 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day. You may wanna rethink traveling to Key West as well. The city will have a curfew from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night beginning tonight until Sunday morning, shutting down the normally active party town, after various events were canceled earlier this year.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,306,123 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 21,546 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. There were 13,871 total new cases reported Tuesday and 137 new resident deaths. In Glades County, 769 people have been reported to be infected by COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The county has lost 11 of its residents due to coronavirus complications.
Hendry County cases increased by 19 overnight to 3,274, with 49 deaths. Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden is excited to announce a new Community Investigative tool to assist Detectives in solving crimes.  Beginning tomorrow, New Year’s Day, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office is launching the V.I.C.E. Program, Video Identification Community Effort. Video surveillance systems are becoming more common as technology improves and the price becomes more affordable. This means, more criminal cases are solved thanks to surveillance video. If a crime occurs, a deputy can check for an external video surveillance system in the area of the offense. A member of the Sheriff’s Office may contact that resident or business owner and ask them to review their video footage to see if anything was captured that may help with the case. This is a strictly voluntary partnership with business and residents, and participants can change their involvement at any time. If you are a Hendry County resident or business owner with an external video surveillance system and would like to participate in V.I.C.E. please contact Crime Prevention Officer Roy Franco at rfranco@hendrysheriff.org or simply call at 863-517-8018.