Thursday May 28, 2020 News

Tuesday, May 26, just after about 10 PM, Clewiston Police Department and EMS personnel responded to a residence on WC Owen Avenue to reports of a deceased infant. An investigation revealed that a 7-month-old baby had been left inside of a car by a caregiver. No arrests have been made at this time. Clewiston Police Department did not specify that the child was left unattended by the parents, but if charges are pursued by the state attorney’s office, they would be against the caregiver of the child at the time, prior to, and leading up to death. It is unclear if the parents were responsible for leaving the baby in the car.

The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners’ regularly scheduled meetings on June 9, and June 23 have been canceled.  The Board will hold a regular meeting on June 16, at 5:00 p.m., at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 W.C. Owen Avenue.  Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or are invited to watch a livestream of the meeting at and/or participate in the meeting by telephone by calling 877-853-5257 and entering meeting identification number 955 2625 7584#.  Members of the Board may participate in the meeting by telephone, as well. The Board will hold a workshop prior to the meeting on June 16, at 3:30 p.m., also at the John Boy to discuss the 2020-2021 county budgets and related issues.    

The meeting is open to the public.  If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.  Please note that matters may be discussed at the meeting which are not on the prepared agenda for the meeting.

Earlier this month, the Okeechobee City Council unanimously proclaimed May as Mental Health Awareness Month during a recent video meeting. George Shopland, President and CEO of New Horizons of the Treasure Coast, who was on hand to accept the proclamation, says this is a time to keep mental health in the forefront of our minds as we live our lives. Shopland says it’s very important to realize that mental health affects everyone, not just “those people”. Shopland says it’s important to move beyond the stigma of mental health awareness to get the needed help, specifically now with the Coronavirus. People can contact New Horizons of the Treasure Coast in Okeechobee at (863) 462-0040. People can also call the 2-1-1 Helpline for assistance if they cannot turn to family or a counselor for help.

According to the latest update from the Hendry County COVID dashboard, the latest number of reported positive cases for Hendry is now 339. Brenda Barnes of the Florida Department of Health in Glades County responded to the recent spike saying, people still need to adhere to CDC guidelines. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. You can get this information and so much more at