Tuesday July 14, 2020

Hendry and Glades County school districts will soon be back to school in just a few short weeks. Both districts posted live videos to their social media pages in an informative Q&A format, which can still be viewed. Each school gave three options for families. Traditional, online distance learning and Florida Virtual School. In Hendry County, families have until tomorrow to make a decision. Glades County’s deadline was July 10th. Many parents are still ambivalent about kids returning to brick and mortar schools; however, many parents work and personal situations will not accommodate distance learning. Visit Gladesedu.org and Hendry County School District Facebook page for more details.

Even in the midst of the summer sunshine, COVID-19 has put many activities on hold like swimming, high school football, local festivals and other popular pastimes. Coach Phillip Berry, Athletic Director for the Clewiston Cougars, has what may be good news for some little sports fans. Coach Berry has completed sign-ups for Cougar Football and the first conditioning workout begins today. Where safety from COVID-19 is is a concern, Berry says he is taking the proper precautions. The kids will be getting new uniforms and helmets and more training equipment. Actual cougar practice will be August 1st. The Labelle Longhorns held registration this past Sunday. Check out the Clewiston Cougars and the LaBelle Longhorns on Facebook.

Hendry County now reports 45 new cases of coronavirus since yesterday and an additional death, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 1,241 with 29 deaths. Glades county still only has one death but the total number of positive reported cases increased by six overnight. The Department of Health and the CDC reminds us that COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe. A new study, according to healthline.com, revealed that even asymptomatic COVID-19 patients test positive without ever showing symptoms. If you want to get tested, free testing is being provided this week between Hendry and Glades County. Most people though, according to the CDC, will have mild illness, will not need to be tested and can recover at home without medical care.

Early yesterday morning local American Red Cross volunteers from the Palm Beach & Treasure Coast Chapter virtually responded to a home fire on S.W. 10th Avenue in South Bay. Red Cross volunteer members of the Disaster Action Team helped coordinate emergency aid to those affected. Fire officials say six people were impacted by the blaze, including two children. The family’s information has been protected under Marsy’s Law.