Thursday November 19, 2020

Friends and colleagues of a beloved Palm Beach County doctor are mourning his death from COVID-19. Dr. Roman Peña, a pediatric intensive care physician who worked at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, died from the coronavirus Monday. A statement from KIDZ Medical Services said Peña was a valued member of their staff since 2008. He also worked at Lakeside Medical Center.

Okeechobee County Sheriff’s detectives are currently investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a 16-year-old Okeechobee boy late Monday night. Detectives say the boy was transported by a private vehicle to Raulerson Hospital in Okeechobee shortly before 11:30 for initial treatment for a gunshot wound before being transported to the hospital for further treatment. The boy would later be pronounced dead by medics. This is an ongoing investigation and if you have any information at all, you’re encouraged to come forward with that information by calling the sheriff’s office or by calling Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-8477 if you’d like to remain anonymous. The boy’s name is not being released at this time by detectives.

Recently, there have been several reports of huge alligators taking strolls, and the videos are going viral. Seeing an alligator in florida is not an unlikely sighting since over a million of them share the sunshine state with us as residents. But, when you spot an alligator the size of a dinosaur, well that’s something different. Last week, Tyler Stolting spotted a gigantic alligator near a tee box at the Valencia Golf & Country Club in Naples on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The sheer size of the animal had many on social media, present company included, questioning whether it was actually real. Well, according to a source, it is most definitely real. David Steen, the reptile and amphibian research leader of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, there was “nothing unusual” about the size of the alligator. The other alligator was seen crossing a flooded road at Everglades National Park in Shark Valley.

Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County Director Dr. Alina Alonso reported a spike in COVID-19 cases nationally and a corresponding rise in daily cases in Palm Beach County at the Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting of the Palm Beach County Commission. Alonso cautioned that Thanksgiving celebrations be limited to local family members and discouraged family members from traveling from out of state. U.S. COVID-19 cases have had three peaks the past year, with the most recent more than twice the second peak which happened after the Fourth of July. While she hopes the curve would go down, Alonso is concerned about the effect the Thanksgiving holiday will have. In Florida, the total cases reported are 889,864. The total number of deaths in Florida is 17,559 compared to 16,500 at the commission’s last meeting, she said. The daily positivity in the state, which Alonso said should remain below 5 percent for effective contact tracing, is currently at 7.92 percent. The largest proportion of new infections continues to be in the 15-to-44 age brackets. More information about COVID-19 in Palm Beach County is available at

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said this week he has no plans of imposing new coronavirus restrictions despite a recent surge in cases there. The Governor’s Office released a statement saying “The Governor will not lock down and hurt families who can’t afford to shelter in place for 6 weeks.” The statement continues, “Especially not for a virus that has a 99.8% survival rate.” Florida reported more than 10,000 cases in one day over the weekend, a spike the office attributed to an irregular amount of testing being reported to local health officials. As of Wednesday, more than 890,000 people in Florida have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and nearly 18,000 people have died.