Tuesday January 5, 2021

A 31-year-old Moore Haven man was traveling westbound on State Road 80 on New Year’s Eve in Hendry County. A pedestrian from South Carolina was attempting to cross State Road 80 on foot. Sadly, the 74-year-old man was hit by the Moore Haven man’s car. The man was transported by med-flight to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition. The man was pronounced deceased the same day. The crash investigation is ongoing.

Day one of vaccinations is over in Hendry and Glades Counties, as some residents scramble to get an appointment, complaining of long wait times and unanswered phone lines, others have had great success. Even some people from Lee County came over to get the shot. Jeff Sturgill lives in Hendry County. He brought his father to the Health Department in Labelle yesterday to receive the vaccine. Sturgill says he’s looking forward to receiving the shot as well. Brenda Barnes, spokesperson for the Florida department of health says, part of the problem is supply versus demand, another is scheduling. As the vaccine gets distributed to counties throughout the state, the number of doses available hasn’t caught up with the number of people interested in getting one. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he wants to identify large-scale sites throughout the state where mass COVID-19 vaccinations can take place. He said Florida’s Division of Emergency Management will work with the Florida Department of Health to identify state-run COVID-19 testing sites that can be converted into vaccination sites. One of the largest COVID-19 testing sites near us is the FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. It’s unclear if that location will serve as a mass vaccination site. In addition, the governor said state officials are identifying places of worships where COVID-19 vaccines can be given, as well as deploying 1,000 additional nurses across the state to support vaccination efforts. The governor said the next group he’s targeting for vaccinations is the workforce, including teachers and other essential workers. However, he admitted it could take months before enough vaccine is available for that population.

According to the state’s COVID-19 vaccination data released Monday, 1,875 first doses were administered Sunday, bringing the total in the state to 260,655. Most of the Floridians who have been vaccinated are health care workers and first responders, although an increasing number are seniors 65 years or older. We all know now that anyone who gets the coronavirus vaccine must get both doses for it to be effective, according to the FDA. But, the slow rollout of vaccines across the whole country has led to speculation that delaying a second dose could stretch the amount of available vaccine. So far, the US has administered 4.5 million doses.

The Department of Health in Hendry County (Clewiston) will accept appointments for the COVID-19 Vaccination for Friday, January 8, 2021. They are still only vaccinating long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older; and health care personnel with direct patient contact. Appointments are being accepted for the Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston for Friday January 8th from 8:30 to 11:30 and 1:30 to 4.