Wednesday January 13, 2021

As of the latest report, there have been 1,488,586 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 23,071 Florida resident deaths reported since March, according to the Florida Department of Health. According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 22 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Friday. The type of variants is not specified on the table. Florida Department of Health and the CDC have been  investigating the evidence of the first known case of the UK COVID-19 variant on Dec. 31, 2020. Yesterday, there were11,576 new cases logged, along with 159 new resident deaths. Glades County recorded 811, up by 4 since the last report, and has a total of 11 deaths. In Hendry County, there have been a total of 3,609, an increase of 15 overnight. 52 Hendry County residents have died from the virus.  Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

As Hendry County residents await the next shipment of COVID-19 vaccine dosages, the Florida Department of Health in Lee County announced yesterday that there is enough vaccine supply to schedule about 1,800 additional appointments. They will begin scheduling today for Thursday and Friday, Jan. 14 and 15. The site is near Southwest Florida International Airport, and following governors’ orders, the vaccine is only for seniors and frontline healthcare workers. After this, there will be no Lee County vaccine supply remaining this week. The appointments are expected to be filled within minutes. Nevertheless, a toll-free number opens at noon today. That toll-free number is 866-200-3468. Please note: The call line will not open until noon today. Only people with appointments will be vaccinated at the site this week. Lee and Hendry County are both waiting for information on when and how much vaccine will be available in the coming weeks.  The United Way 2-1-1 hotline remains available for general questions about the vaccination rollout.

Beginning Wednesday, the Health District of Palm Beach County’s COVID-19 drive-through testing at the FITTEAM Ballpark will be open to all ages, with or without symptoms. Testing will be done on a first come, first served basis, and appointments are no longer necessary at the ballpark. The hours of operation have also expanded to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Health officials say testing will no longer be available at the Health Care District C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinic in West Palm Beach, as of Wednesday.

The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinic at Lakeside Medical Center will continue to be a walk-up testing site.

  • 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, 33430
  • Walk-up site, appointments recommended
  • Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. – Noon
  • Any age; with or without symptoms
  • Call 561-642-1000 for an appointment

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued a temporary executive order on Jan. 11 that states the take or possession of largemouth bass from Lake Okeeheelee, Tropical Park or Bear Creek Pond is currently prohibited and is catch-and-release only, until Feb. 12. The FWC stocks urban ponds at partner sites around Florida with largemouth bass as part of a community-based fishing program. The initiative provides greater fishing access to Florida’s world class bass fishery. The stocking program is a conservation initiative that creates and helps sustain quality fishing opportunities. If you have questions about the executive order, contact Ryan Hamm at or 904-424-4838.