Wednesday July 22, 2020

Hendry County Road & Bridge Department will be replacing a culvert at the intersection of Marion Ave. and N. Bridge St. in North Labelle today, so the intersection will be closed from 7am – 5pm. Detour signs will be posted to redirect traffic. Please seek an alternate route if possible and allow extra time to reach your destination. If travel thru the work zone is necessary, please do so carefully. Residents with questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

The Muse Community Association is reporting someone missing. Well, it’s not exactly a person. According to the Facebook Page, there are reports of a stolen Smokey. The Smokey Bear portion of the sign that was located at the intersection of Loblolly Bay and Rainbow in Muse, has been stolen. The Muse Community Association is asking anyone that has information to please report to the Glades County Sheriff’s Office.

MSN reports: A Florida Education Association’s lawsuit argues that the state’s order for brick-and-mortar schools to open five days a week for in-person teaching, violates the constitutional mandate to provide a “safe, secure” environment. The lawsuit, argues that the reopening of schools will not allow officials to “safeguard the health and welfare of Florida public school students, educators, staff, parents, and the general public. Since Florida began reopening, the outbreak has soared, up to more than 365,000 positive cases residents as of Monday. At least 5,200 residents have died so far.

The Florida Department of Health July 21 report shows 287 Glades County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The county has one death and 24 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 to date. According to FDOH, 934 tests have been done on Glades County residents for a positive rate of 30.7%. The report shows 1,409 Hendry County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The county has had 31 deaths and 124 hospitalizations related to COVID-19 to date. According to FDOH, 7,030 tests have been done on Hendry County residents for a positive rate of 20%.

Palm Beach County’s chief administrator Verdenia Baker reportedly says she’s considering a curfew for the Glades during the coronavirus pandemic. This decision stems from reports of a weekend block party in Pahokee. The crowd apparently gathered Saturday night about three blocks from the center of the town. Baker said she spoke with mayors in the Glades cities and towns — Pahokee, Belle Glade and South Bay — and by today, she expected the county and those cities to take steps “to ensure the communities are as safe as possible.” We’ll follow this story to see what happens. It will be interesting because Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has been on record against full curfews during the pandemic.