Tuesday January 26, 2021

Another hit and run has occurred in our local community. The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened at about 10:50 Sunday night, on SR-80 near Ben Moore Road and the Walmart. Troopers say the man was walking west on SR-80 when the mirror of a car hit him, knocking him to the ground. He was taken to Lehigh Regional Hospital with serious injuries. Its reported that the car could be a white Kia. Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact the FHP at *FHP or call Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS.

Hendry County Road & Bridge department will be conducting road repairs in the Twin Lakes Subdivision today through 4pm. There might be some road blocks throughout the day so keep this in mind and give you self a few minutes head start, just in case. Always drive safely, and especially so when driving through work zones. Anyone with questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

U.S. Highway 27 is a familiar pathway the stretches through most of Florida. Last week, State Rep. Anthony Sabatini, of Clermont, proposed renaming the road after former President Donald Trump. He posted a petition on Twitter saying he’s sponsoring legislation for the name designation, and plans to write an amendment to the upcoming legislative session’s transportation bill. Well, one local commissioner says, highway 27 runs through her district in Western Palm Beach County, which includes Belle Glade, South Bay and Pahokee, and she is against the proposal. Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said changing Highway 27’s name is ultimately up to the Legislature, and if it passes, every city in every county the highway runs through, would have to pass resolutions to hang the new signage. Representative Sabatini stands by his proposal saying that the former president is one of the best presidents in US history, while McKinlay maintains, it’s unnecessary, too soon and in the wrong part of Florida to consider such a change.

As of 3 p.m. Monday, there have been 1,658,169 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 25,446 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 50 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Jan. 22. The type of variants is not specified on the table. Florida Department of Health and the CDC were previously investigating the evidence of the first known case of what is known as the UK COVID-19 variant on Dec. 31, 2020. Our state is up 8,720 total new cases as of yesterday, with 153 new resident deaths. Glades County reported 860 total cases, up by 5 since the last report, and 12 deaths. Hendry County reported 3,973 total cases, up by 8 overnight, and 55 deaths.

Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

The Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties has received a limited allotment of COVID-19 Vaccines and will now accept appointments. However, operators will only schedule the number of appointments relative to the number of available vaccine doses. Visit www.preparehendry.com or www.myglades.com for the consent form that must be completed to receive the vaccine. You may also call the location directly to make your appointment. Once appointments are filled, future reservations cannot be made and there will be no waitlist or standby list. These appointments are still for Long-term care facility residents and staff; Persons 65 years of age and older; and Health care personnel with direct patient contact. The DOH will be making sure that every recipient is either a resident of Florida or is a frontline healthcare worker providing services in Florida. You can call or stop by Florida Department of Health Glades & Hendry Counties in Moore Haven, Clewiston or LaBelle. Additional dates and times will be announced as COVID-19 vaccines become available.