Tuesday August 4, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias passed the region this weekend, and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) returned its regional flood control system and other District functions to normal operations. SFWMD Executive Director Drew Bartlett gave an update yesterday on the storm’s impact on South Florida. Bartlett said emergency operations returned to season readiness for future storms, and encourages residents to do the same. Learn more at FloridaGetAPlan.com. Continue to monitor SFWMD’s Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on District operations.  

A 25-year-old female and a 48-year-old man, both of Belle Glade, were traveling eastbound on State Road 80 yesterday morning. As the man slowed down, the 25-year-old collided with the man’s rear in the inside lane. Due to the force from the impact, the man’s car went spinning in a counter-clockwise motion. The female driver entered the grassy center median, eventually hitting a guard rail. The man had 2 passengers in his car, a 44-year-old female and a 45-year-old man. Sadly, the 45-year-old passenger did not survive the accident.  This case is still pending investigation.

Florida has added another 73 deaths, the lowest number since June from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 7,157. Hendry County now reports 37 deaths total. According to the latest report of positive cases, verified as of yesterday morning, Clewiston reports 871, Belle Glade reports 792, Pahokee reports 401, Moore Haven has 364, LaBelle showing 556, 423 in South Bay. As calls for a statewide mask mandate continue to mount, Governor Ron Desantis encouraged mask wearing during his Covid 19 update yesterday. The governor mentioned that one of the top therapeutics remdesivir has been delivered to the state. Desantis says the state received 143,000 viles of remdesivir for the front-line physicians.

A 22-year-old Clewiston woman and a four-year-old boy are in serious but stable condition following a vehicle accident Friday morning in Glades County. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers say the woman was driving a sports utility vehicle (SUV) northbound on US Highway 27 near Pearle Rhymes Lane in Moore Haven with her four-year-old male passenger just after eleven o’clock when she failed to slow down as the vehicle in front of her slowed down. This caused her SUV to rear-end the vehicle in front of her. The woman SUV driver was taken by ambulance to Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston for treatment and her four-year-old passenger was airlifted to Saint Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach. The driver of the second vehicle, a 59-year-old Clewiston man, was not injured. It remains under investigation.

Yesterday, Hendry County residents and businesses that have been directly affected by COVID-19 started applying for financial assistance through HendryCARES. So far, the county has received over 41 applications. Funding from the assistance program may be used to pay past-due utility, lease, and mortgage bills as well as possible workforce development opportunities. Applications are open on the HendryCARES website – www.HendryCARES.com. HendryCARES.com features FAQ’s that address the qualifications to apply as well as what documents applicants will need on-hand in order to complete and submit their application.