Thursday, November 12, 2020

Florida’s new coronavirus cases rose to 5,838, which is 34 percent more than the day before, as daily deaths drop to 52 from 69, one day ago. Florida’s total of 858,012 cases is 8.3 percent of the total infections in the U.S., which passed 10 million Monday, though our state only makes up 6.5 percent of the population. Since the first two deaths were announced on March 6, the death toll has reached 17,300 for an average of 69 per day. Florida’s total including nonresidents is 17,512.

A deadly crash Wednesday morning shut down the southbound lanes of U.S. 27 in South Bay. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, a man was killed after two tractor-trailers and another car collided near Main Street.  Jovan O. Watson, of Tampa, was heading north in a tractor-trailer on U.S. 27 around 6:11 a.m., the sheriff’s office said. He failed to stay in his lane and drifted onto the right grass shoulder. Watson overcorrected and crossed two lanes of traffic before crossing over into traffic going in the opposite direction. Two other vehicles, including another tractor-trailer driven by 37-year-old Ernesto Ramirez of Okeechobee, crashed into Watson’s vehicle. Ramirez died at the scene while the driver of the third vehicle was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with minor injuries. Watson wasn’t injured.

Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order regarding Hurricane or Tropical Storm Eta, to include Hendry, Lee, Martin, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties, amongst others. Governor DeSantis has also sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting an Emergency Declaration for Eta. The letter requests that the President declare a pre-landfall emergency for the State of Florida in anticipation of Eta. The governor’s office says “Eta will make landfall somewhere on the west coast of Central Florida. Areas of Florida on the eastern side of the storm’s circulation will experience heavy rainfall in excess of three to six inches of over the next five days. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for twenty-one Florida counties due to the expectation that excessive rainfall amounts will lead to an increased risk of flash flooding and tree damage, from any heavy rainfall associated with Hurricane or Tropical Storm Eta.”

The annual Muck Bowl is coming up this weekend and several changes due to the pandemic have local residents upset. For starters, the game will not be actually played on the muck, but in Wellington, the first time in the rivalry games 30-year history that it won’t be at Pahokee HS or at Glades Central. The Raiders vs Blue Devils game will take place Saturday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at Wellington High school. A limited number of tickets go on sale today, and only 2 tickets can be purchased per transaction, per game.  Tickets are $10. Visit to purchase tickets. The game will not be televised.

With severe weather heading toward the area, Comcast is making extensive preparations to ensure it is best equipped to respond to Tropical Storm Eta’s potential impact in the area. Preparations include staging emergency generators and fuel trucks as well as bringing in additional technical and network restoration teams that are ready to be deployed once the storm passes.  Comcast’s goal is to work to restore any services impacted for customers as quickly as possible and as soon as it is safe for employees to do so.  Customers should remember that emergency management procedures in Florida dictate that power must be restored first and Comcast must receive clearance that it is safe for its crews to begin any restoration work. For more information, customers can chat online with an agent, visit or connect with Comcast on Twitter at @ComcastCares.