Thursday November 5, 2020

A 23-year old Sebring man is in critical condition following a vehicle accident yesterday. Just before 11 o’clock last night, a 38-year-old New Jersey man was driving on US 27, just south of Thunderbird Road. The Sebring man was standing on the grass median trying to cross the southbound lanes of US 27 and darted into the path of the tractor trailer, according to the Florida Highway patrol. As of this report, the injured man was in critical condition. No further details regarding this incident were reported.

A report released reads Florida voters approved Amendment 2 Tuesday, which would incrementally increase the minimum wage of workers in the state from $8.56 per hour to $15 per hour by 2026. The measure divided workers advocates who said it would raise the pay of thousands employed in the tourist-heavy service economy, while business groups warned the need to pay higher wages would actually reduce jobs. The amendment barely cleared the threshold of 60% support needed to win approval. The first stage would bring the wage to $10 per hour by next September, but most critics focused on the $15 figure – saying it would kill many businesses already struggling in the pandemic.

The COVID count for Florida increased by 4,423 new cases since the last report released yesterday. Our state has reported 821, 123 positive cases since March. Another 32 residents have died, bringing the total resident deaths to just under 17,000. Florida has the fourth-highest total of COVID-19 deaths among the states, behind California, Texas and New York, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hendry County now shows a total of 2,273 total cases and 44 deaths. Glades County shows 622 total cases and 6 resident deaths. Testing now in our area is open: no appointment, no criteria, and now with 24-hour turn-around time for results.

An affiliate news outlet reported that 3 men were rescued last week after spending a sleepless night on Lake Okeechobee, the FWC said. The men went out on the lake in the afternoon, then flipped the airboat they were in, according to FWC. It was reported that the group never returned to the boat ramp, so officers within the FWC Aviation Unit responded. Two of the men used their orange PFSDs to attract the attention of officers in the plane. Officers on the ground were alerted and the three men were taken safely to the boat ramp. Paramedics from Palm Beach County Fire Rescue used their airboat to help FWC officers.