Thursday October 22, 2020

The Palm Beach County School District said they are consolidating their food distribution sites. The number of food distribution sites in the county will be 97 . Meal distribution will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays until further notice, according to a source. In addition to the location changes, starting today, school food service will also provide10- to 12-pound box of fruits and vegetables in addition to the grab-and-go meals. The school district said all children 18 years of age and younger, 22 and younger for ESE, are eligible for the free meals. Check the list of locations to find what meals are offered, and the times and locations near.

Clewiston Animal Control can admit to having a tough few months on the job. But nowhere near the tough times our local animals are seeing. Jamie Wright, a Clewiston Animal Control Officer with Hendry County since February says, Montura has been a drop site, for abused, neglected and already dead animals. Wright recently admitted that the problem in Montura has become so bad, the animals that come into the shelter are referred to as Montura Specials. The department is hoping to raise awareness about dumping and encourage residents to report or voluntarily surrender pets to reduce their suffering.

Pahokee Mayor Keith Babb posted to his social media page just yesterday, expressing that he received an unofficial notice, advising him that a petition is being circulated within the City of Pahokee to have him removed, along with Vice Mayor, Clara Murvin, and Commissioner, Benny L. Everett, III. Babb is claiming race as a factor as he claims a white Commissioner and a disgruntled ex-vendor, are working behind the scenes, aiding in the removal. Mayor Babb says the claims of corruption and incompetency are all false. He says he will personally be filing a lawsuit against the individuals for slander. WAFC will be following up with Mayor Babb. cityofpahokee.com has the next city commission meeting slated for Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

According to a press release from the Florida Department of Health, of the 95 COVID-19 fatalities reported to the state on October 21, 16 had at least a two-month separation between the time the individuals tested positive and passed away, and 11 of the fatalities occurred more than a month ago. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees announced the Department of Health will conduct a more thorough review of all fatalities reported to the state and that the data reported is presenting confusion and warrants a more rigorous review. Of the 95 fatalities reported to the Florida Department of Health yesterday, 5 had at least three months between the time the individuals tested positive and passed away. Dr. Rivkees is quoted as saying, “the public must be able to rely on accurate public health data to make informed decisions.”

The Hendry County School Districts Covid-19 dashboard reported abnormally high numbers on Wednesday, for students ordered to quarantine. Clewiston High School, LaBelle Middle School and LaBelle High School reported amongst the highest numbers with 32, 38, and 67 respectively. Each school in the district now has a student quarantine order, bringing the total number to 181. 4 students have reported positive. 27 staff members were ordered to quarantine since yesterday’s report, while 4 staff members currently report positive for the virus. For a daily update for Hendry County School district, visit https://www.hendry-schools.org.