Wednesday April 14, 2021

Willie Miller, Manager of the West County Senior Center in Belle Glade is inviting area residents 60 and older to register for the Senior Bake Off which will take place on Friday, May 14 and May 21st, 2021, at the South Florida Fairgrounds. While producing delicious delicacies, Miller says that baking has the added benefit of reducing stress among senior citizens. He adds that many seniors nationwide are baking cakes, cookies, and pies during the pandemic and are thereby experiencing reduced stress and more comfort while finding purpose in the kitchen. The west county senior center and the South Florida Fair representatives have decided to host the 1st Senior Bake Off at the South Florida Fair. With that, if you or anyone you know over 60 is interested in participating, participants are welcome to register at https://www.southfloridafair.com/bakeoff. Contact willie Miller at the West County Senior Center for more details.

As of 5:21 A.M. troopers were enroute to a traffic crash involving a semi-truck rollover on State Road 29, south of Farm Workers Way in Immokalee. There are two confirmed fatalities and there was a complete roadblock on State Road 29.  Please find an alternate route of travel. Updates will be provided as needed.

Here’s an interesting piece of data that was shared with us through our local health department. A warning to our listeners, this story contains information that is sexual in nature. New data published by the CDC estimate that on any given day in 2018, one in five people in the U.S. had a sexually transmitted infection (STI).  The analyses, published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases, show the burden of diagnosed and undiagnosed STI’s in the U.S. and the estimated medical costs associated with STI’s. Nearly $16 billion in direct lifetime medical costs resulted from STIs acquired in 2018. Because the report only covers up to 2018, it’s an open question whether the pandemic has reduced the incidence of STIs since 2020, as it has for other infections like the flu. It’s possible that rates of STIs could jump once people can socialize freely again. But in any case, practicing safe sex and getting routinely tested if you’re sexually active, especially with multiple partners, will remain the best ways to avoid STIs for the foreseeable future. Visit your local health department for more information on testing and prevention.

Hendry County , FL — The Hendry County Health Departments in LaBelle and Clewiston will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations (Moderna-First Dose) by walk-ins and appointments today from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Hendry County Health Department – LaBelle, and on Thursday, April 15th 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. –  Health Department – Clewiston. All Florida residents 18 years and older, with proper ID, shall be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. Every vaccine recipient must be a resident of Florida or is a frontline healthcare worker providing services in Florida.