Wednesday December 30, 2020

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, there have been 1,292,252 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 21,409 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. Yesterday, there were 12,075 total new cases reported and 101 new resident deaths reported. Glades County reported a total of 764 cases, that number rising by 2 since the last report, and 11 deaths.
Hendry County reported an increase of 20 cases overnight, totaling 3,255. Hendry county reported 49 deaths. Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown.

Palm Beach County’s new hotline for seniors to schedule COVID vaccine appointments is resulting in error messages Tuesday afternoon. The county department of health announced a new number for those 65 years and older to make their appointments, but now dozens of seniors who have tried to use it, say there’s an answering machine tells them it is a non-working number. A spokesperson for the county health department people may be getting errors due to high call volume. A similar situation is unfolding in Martin County. Lee County started its program this week, resulting in long lines of seniors waiting for just a few hundred available doses. The Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties received a limited quantity of vaccines yesterday and will start accepting calls to make appointments for seniors 65 years and older. You can visit: www.preparehendry.com for the consent form that must be filled out and brought to the Health Department to check-in for your appointment. Brenda Barnes, spokesperson for the DOH in Hendry and Glades says, although the distribution dates and times will change in coming weeks, the immediate plan is to offer vaccinations beginning on Monday, January 4th (by appointment only) at the Health Departments in Hendry & Glades Counties. Additional dates and times will be announced when more vaccines and vaccinators become available. According to a press release, the COVID-19 vaccine shall only be given to long-term care facility residents and staff;  persons 65 years of age and older; and health care personnel with direct patient contact.

Former Hendry County Deputy Sheriff Julius Taylor recently passed away. Taylor was employed with the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years and his wife Claudia continues her employment at the Clewiston Sub-Office. Services for Taylor will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 2, at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 S. WC Owen Ave., Clewiston.

Slowly, but surely, vaccinations are underway in Okeechobee County. Between Tuesday of last week, when Raulerson Hospital began receiving COVID-19 vaccinations from Moderna to distribute, and today, a total of 51 local residents have been vaccinated for the Coronavirus. Okeechobee County Emergency Management Director Mitch Smeykal says those who’ve been vaccinated have consisted mainly of first responders and high-risk health care workers. Those who reside in nursing homes and assisted living facilities will be getting their vaccinations beginning this Thursday, New Year’s Eve. Smeykal says despite the recent snowstorm in the northeast, there hasn’t been much of a problem in getting the vaccines delivered here in a relatively timely fashion and he equates that to the time when the county was getting the vaccines for the H1N1 flu virus back in 2010. Meanwhile, Mayor Dowling Watford couldn’t be any more excited that the process of vaccinating is underway in the community. Thus far, according to the state department of health, more than two thousand people on the Treasure Coast have been vaccinated. People age 65 and older will be the next group scheduled to receive the vaccine after those in nursing homes and assisted living.