Tuesday August 31, 2021

Clewiston High Schools home opener against Bartow has been canceled for this week, as the CHS football team has been quarantined, according to a Facebook post. No word on whether any of the Tiger players have tested positive for COVID-19. We reached out to Tigers head coach and Athletic Director Pete Walker. We are waiting to hear back. Tiger Football players will resume school and practice on Tuesday September 7th.

Announcement from the City of Clewiston: Due to unforeseen circumstances, trash collection for this week will be as follows: The north side of Clewiston will be picked up on Monday and Thursday. The south side will be picked up on Tuesday and Friday.

According to a news affiliate, Florida reported no new COVID-19 deaths in their latest report, to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of new infections is also down after a record setting week. According to the CDC, Florida reported 13,022 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. That follows 17,690 new cases on Saturday. On two occasions last week, Florida set a record for new cases. As of Sunday, there are over 3.2 million cases of the virus in Florida and a total of 44,553 deaths. The Florida Hospital Association says there are 15,488 confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations, which is reportedly, 10 fewer than the day before.

Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that the State of Florida is deploying resources to assist Louisiana and Mississippi with recovery from Hurricane Ida. CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis said, “These Urban Search & Rescue Teams are the same ones that worked Surfside and they’re going to do a lot of good in getting impacted communities back on their feet. The Governor announced the deployment and staging of Urban Search and Rescue Teams in Mississippi and a Task Force team along with 50 Florida National Guardsmen to Louisiana. Their efforts include coordinating with food banks in Louisiana that are serving residents who have been displaced. Companies such as FPL and other utility restoration personnel, have also been deployed to help out in Louisiana, and wherever they are needed most.

Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran announced that the Florida Department of Education has withheld the monthly school board member salaries in Alachua and Broward County, as directed by the State Board of Education. Each district has implemented a mandatory face mask policy that, according to the state, violates parental rights by not allowing a parent or legal guardian to opt-out their child, as required by a Department of Health Emergency Rule . The withholding of funds will continue monthly until each school board complies with state law and rule. This news comes AFTER a Leon County judge granted an injunction against the Board and Department of Education which was enforcing the ban. The judge barred the agencies from continuing to enforce the order. The state maintains that, Commissioner of Education and the State Board of Education, retain the right and duty, to impose additional sanctions and take additional enforcement action to bring each school district into compliance with state law and rule.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Fire and EMS teams in our area have seen a dramatic increase in 9-1-1 calls. This information is courtesy of Hendry and Glades County Emergency Management Officials. Hospitals in our area are currently at, or over capacity. EMS is waiting as much as 2-3 hours at the ER for a bed for a patient.  That said, Hendry and Glades County officials are urging residents to only use 9-1-1 for life-threatening emergencies. Residents should use another method of receiving medical care like primary care physicians, telemedicine or walk-in clinics for non-emergencies. Those seeking COVID testing should seek testing outside of the ER to places like pharmacies, urgent care facilities or doctors’ offices. For local information regarding COVID-19, please visit www.preparehendry.com and follow Hendry County Emergency Management on Facebook www.facebook.com/hendrycountyemergencymanagement/ .