Wednesday November 11, 2020

Two hundred thirty-two students are quarantined according to the Hendy County School Districts Covid-19 dashboard. Ten students are currently reported to be positive for the virus. Twenty-one staff members are under quarantine at this time, while 3 staff members have reported positive. With all the new cases and active quarantine orders, many may be anticipating or expecting closures. Individual school closure will be recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, and following consultation with Hendry Public Health Officials. The superintendent may consider closing the District if 25% or more of schools have closed due to COVID-19 within 14 days, and again with direction from local Public Health Officials. If the cases are isolated to one area of the county, consideration may be given to closing the area rather than the entire district. There are no talks of closures at this juncture.

A LaBelle man has died following a crash on State Road 80 early Tuesday morning in Hendry County. The crash involved 2 other men, 1 driving a car, the other, a passenger on a moped. The men were traveling west on SR80 near Phillips road at the time of the crash, when, according to Florida Highway Patrol, the operator of the moped and his passenger were hit from behind by the 3rd LaBelle, man who was driving the car, causing the pair of men to fall from the 2-wheeled vehicle. The driver of the moped was pronounced deceased on the scene, according to FHP. His passenger was transported to the hospital.

Another accident in Hendry County involved a school bus and a minor driver. According to a witness, the school bus was traveling on Francisco street in Clewiston, when it made a turn into a residential neighborhood. A witness told WAFC news that the bus did not yield to oncoming traffic, when the turn made a turn onto East Alverdez Avenue. The driver of the car, a student at Clewiston High School, collided into the right side of the bus, totaling her car. The student, the driver of the bus as well as all of its occupants, appeared to be just fine, and the witness confirms that no one was hurt. The fire department, CPD and EMS officials were all on the scene, along with Kevin McCarthy, administrator of Transportation for Hendry County Schools. We are awaiting an official report on the cause of the accident and the status of all involved.

A Lee County single vehicle crash leaves a minor in critical condition. A 17-year-old Lehigh Acres girl was driving east on Lee Boulevard near Lee Street late Monday night. According to the report from the Florida Highway Patrol, she missed a curve in the road and hit a tree in the median, propelling the vehicle back into the roadway, then into a second tree, ejecting her from the car. At last report, she was in critical condition. The crash remains under investigation.

News affiliate WPBF news reports: During a special school board meeting, School District of Palm Beach County Superintendent Donald Fennoy announced rapid COVID-19 tests will be available to students, after the Thanksgiving break. The test is a nasal swab and the results come back within 15 minutes. Fennoy reportedly said, the school nurses have already been trained, and the state provided the county with almost 9,000 tests. According to the latest numbers from the School District of Palm Beach County, 239 students and 201 school district employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since Sept. 16. The tests will be used for students who have symptoms of COVID-19.