Wednesday, June 24, 2020

While social distancing guidelines are still in effect to prevent the spread of Covid-19, many Fourth of July celebrations have been put on hold. The Fireworks at Torrey Island in Belle Glade, City of Clewiston Fireworks, LaBelle Fireworks and even as far as Fort Myers. Well, as of yesterday, that’s not the case for Glades County.  Moore Haven will be holding its 2nd Annual Star-Spangled BBQ! Fireworks included.

Music, food, games, and of course Bar B Que! The event will be held On Saturday July 4th at the Moore Haven City Park from 10 to 6pm. Visit the Facebook page at 2nd Annual Star-Spangled BBQ Bash. Or, contact WAFC for details.

As universities throughout the state present plans to the university system’s Board of Governors, leaders of state universities have finalized details of how they will reopen campuses for the fall semester. One university however, is reportedly considering changing the name of its stadium. Florida State University President John Thrasher has asked the university’s athletic director to look into potentially renaming Doak Campbell Stadium after more than 2,000 people signed an online petition. Campbell encouraged the construction of the stadium that now bears his name, but his actions during segregation, some say, have led to calls for a name change. As a result of the petition, current FSU President John Thrasher has tasked the Athletics Director with reviewing the issue and making recommendations. Former FSU player Dr. Kendrick Scott, who started the petition, hopes the stadium will be renamed in honor of former FSU Coach Bobby Bowden. To read more visit wjhg.com.

Please be advised that contractors will be installing an asphalt speed hump on C Road today. Road work will take place from 7am – 5pm. Motorists should expect lane closures and allow extra time for their commute or seek an alternate route if possible. Please use extra caution when driving through the work zone. Residents with questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predator, Joseph M Carmona, who is now residing at 104 Pelican Lake Drive, Pahokee, FL.   

By now, it’s pretty evident that the state of Florida has ramped up its COVID-19 testing, thereby watching the numbers of reported positive cases climb as well. Specifically, in Hendry County, there are 780 cases, 489 are in Clewiston, 289 are in LaBelle. There have been 24 deaths related to the virus. We reached out to the Department of Health to find out how we can get, on a regular basis, the recovery numbers in the county so that we my present the most accurate and up to date information possible. According to the DOH, there are multiple ways for recovered cases to be recorded and several methods are used by different countries and states. Some states and countries measure a case as recovered when a person has had COVID-19 for more than 14 days, while others upon hospital discharge data – neither of which completely capture recovery of the full COVID positive population. The Florida Department of Health will continue to provide information on hospitalizations and deaths to keep the public informed about the threat of the virus.