Tuesday November 24, 2020

While the Department of Transportation canceled roadwork in Hendry and Glades County for the week of Thanksgiving, Hendry County Road & Bridge department will be hard at work on the traffic signal located at State Road 80 and West Cowboy Way from now – 4pm. The signal will be flashing during this time frame and law enforcement will be on site to direct traffic. Motorists and pedestrians should use extra caution when traveling through the work zone. Residents or motorists with any questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Florida reported 6,331 new cases of COVID-19 and its highest death count in a month, as hospitalizations continue to rise as well. The daily death toll was 96, according to the Florida Department of Health. Florida’s death toll, including non-residents, now stands at 18,310. Statewide, 3,758 patients were hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms as of Monday afternoon. Hendry County reported an additional 7 positive cases overnight, Glades County reported one addition. Neither Hendry nor Glades reported any new deaths.

An inmate at the South Bay Correctional Facility was  reportedly stabbed Friday. A spokeswoman says the inmate has since returned from the hospital, and is back at the prison facility, as the stabbing remains under investigation.

Florida’s first snow park, in Dade City, officially opened to the public on Friday. And already, some changes had to be made. Apparently, the company has to change some of its operations and hours, to meet snow production needs required to allow a larger number of people to play in the snow. Snowcat Ridge Management said that they hope to increase hours of operations once they are at full capacity of snow production.  Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park | Florida Snow Tubing – Dade City, FL

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) officially submitted a Proposal (SIP) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Florida’s Prescription Drug Importation Program. According to the governor’s office, Approval of this program positions Florida to safely import prescription drugs, that will reduce prescription drug prices for Floridians. The governor says for far too long, prescription drug prices have been far too high. And with this program, the hope is to change that by bringing affordable prescription drugs to all Floridians.