Thursday October 8, 2020

The Okeechobee County Commissioners will meet this morning and they will be looking to approve two major proclamations for October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Commissioners will also look to approve a request by the Community Services Director Denise Whitehead to submit applications to fund the replacement of playgrounds and the pavilion at the Douglas Brown Community Center. The meeting will begin at nine o’clock at the Historic County Courthouse. It will be streamed live on the commissioners’ website. Seating at the courthouse will be limited due to social distancing guidelines.

Coronavirus cases in Hendry and Glades County are rising only slightly thankfully, as people continue to recover. The latest report from the department of health shows Hendry County rising by 2 positive cases, Glades County cases rising by just one, since the last report released yesterday. The death rate has not risen for several weeks in the neighboring counties and remains at 5 people in Glades County and 42 in Hendry, 2 of those being non-residents. The number of total cases recorded in the state as of Wednesday at 11 a.m. has reportedly risen by 2582, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 722,707 since March. We lost 137 people state wide, since yesterday’s report, bringing the state death toll to 14,904 residents.

A gruesome discovery for Clewiston Police yesterday as they investigate the details surrounding a dead body. CPD responded to the scene on Lopez street yesterday just before noon. The department has not released any specific details as of this hour. Assistant Police Chief Marci V says, the death does not seem suspicious, and appears to be natural. Apparently, the body was found, in close proximity to his or her residence. We’ll bring more details as this story develops.

Palm Beach County is seeing a drop the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths as well. The Health Director for PBC Dr. Alina Alonso says is thanks to residents complying with CDC guidelines for social distancing, masks and hand washing. Alonso said that the next big challenge will be health officials distinguishing COVID-19 cases from influenza, which is now in season. Palm Beach County remains in third place among counties in Florida with 47,153 cases and 74 new cases, behind Miami-Dade and Broward. Alonso said that the flu season, which started this month, will put a new twist in COVID-19 detection and tracing. The symptoms of flu are very similar to COVID-19. She said people with flu-like symptoms should see their doctor rather than go to an emergency room because they won’t be tested unless they are admitted. She also urged people to get their flu shots. More information about COVID-19 in Palm Beach County is available at www.pbcgov.com/coronavirus.