Wednesday May 20, 2020 News

On Wednesday, May 20, the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Department will conduct walk-up and drive-up COVID-19 testing in Canal Point to any resident who wishes to be tested. There are no testing criteria. Anyone who wishes to be tested will be tested. Testing is free. No appointment is necessary. COVID-19 testing will be available Wednesday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Canal Point Baptist Church. For more information, please contact Houston L. Tate at 561-233-5303.

A man driving through Pahokee on McClure Road toward Lake Avenue last month watched his entire windshield crumble after his car was hit with several bullets. The driver, somehow, walked away unscathed. Thanks to several witness accounts and surveillance video, Monday, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office authorities arrested 20-year-old Kevin Toribio-Aguirre of the Acreage, the man they say opened fire on that car on April 27. He’s facing charges of attempted murder and illegally possessing a gun and is being held without bail on the attempted homicide charge.

A Lehigh Acres man facing an aggravated child abuse charge was released from jail early Tuesday morning. Yannier Velazquez-Orjeda, 36, posted his $250,000 bond yesterday and has was released from jail. A 23-month-old child was found with life-threatening injuries in the home where Velazquez-Orjeda was babysitting the child, deputies said. She was immediately taken to Golisano Children’s Hospital, then flown to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg in critical condition.  The child’s injuries weren’t caused accidentally, according to deputies. Velazquez-Orjeda has a trial scheduled for June 15.

Latest positive Coronavirus cases in Hendry County have been released. Since testing began, Hendry County has had 224 reported COVID-19 positive people. Twelve of those lost their battle with the virus. Thankfully, however, 38 of them beat the global headache in our County, which means the amount of confirmed ACTIVE positive cases has not reached 200. 174 Active cases remain. Over in Glades County, the Department of Emergency Management is reporting 13 total cases since testing began. And its still going on for Hendry and Glades County as well as in Western Palm Beach County, for free, if you feel you need to get tested. Contact your PCP or local health department for details. As a reminder, stay home as much as possible, wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your coughs and sneezes, clean and disinfect surfaces often, and if your sick, call your doctor.

Yesterday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis recognized May 2020 as Foster Care Month in Florida, bringing statewide attention to children and families in the foster care system. The governor said, “Florida is blessed to have over 6,700 foster families that have opened their hearts and homes to 8,150 children and youth. Even in this time of stress and uncertainty, many families have committed to providing care for young people if they contract COVID-19 or they are exposed to the virus. That level of compassion and dedication is admirable, and as a father of three, I find it really moving”. According to a press release, despite COVID-19, foster families are providing emotional support, and ensuring foster children and youth can safely connect with their biological families, as appropriate.