Wednesday May 27, 2020 News

Governor Ron DeSantis noted that when the number of Coronavirus cases swells it’s typically linked to an outbreak at a prison, a long-term care facility or, at migrant farm camps. As of Tuesday, 1,428 inmates and 255 corrections officers had been diagnosed with COVID-19 at state prisons, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. The numbers infected at South Bay Correctional Facility in western Palm Beach County continues to spike. Fifty-two corrections workers and 159 inmates have tested positive for the virus at the prison operated by GEO Group. According to a source, inmates are still in quarantine status and testing is still in process for both staff and inmates.

Veteran NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are set to make history today, riding SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on a test flight. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected at Kennedy for the planned 4:33 p.m. launch. If SpaceX does not launch during today’s window, the next try would be Saturday. The last time astronauts launched from Florida was on NASA’s final space shuttle flight in July 2011. Hurley was the pilot of that mission.

Glades County Public Safety has been notified that 5 additional residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the number of positive cases in Glades County since testing began to 24.

Over in Hendry County, the DOH has been notified that the number of reported positive cases since testing began is 337. This brings the number of ACTIVE positive cases of the Coronavirus in Hendry County to 285. Hendry County COVID Dashboard can be found at The Department of Health strongly urges residents to continue following the guidance provided by the CDC and DOH in order to slow the spread of COVID-19:   COVID-19 testing is available for any resident- There is no criteria for testing.

Residents can be tested at Hendry County Health Departments in Labelle, Clewiston, and Moore Haven,  Forbes Family Medicine, Hendry Regional Medical Center, Florida Community Health Centers and Hendry Convenient Care center in Labelle.

We’d like to make a special effort to congratulate Clewiston High School science teacher, Leslie J. Harn, Clewiston High Schools teacher of the year, now named, Hendry County’s Teacher of the year. Congratulations, Mr. Harn! Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to our students, our children, for so many years.

Hendry County is rescheduling the code enforcement Special Magistrate hearings originally scheduled for May 28, out of guidance for the special gathering guidelines for the state.  Notices will be mailed and posted once the new hearing dates are scheduled. Residents with questions can email

WAFC has just received reports of a death investigation being conducted by Clewiston Police Department. Assistant Chief of Police Marci V says a 7 month old in was found dead after EMS units were called to a residence on WC Owen Avenue in Clewiston. No further details have been provided regarding this incident. We’ll bring you updates as they become available.