Florida added 4,531 new cases on of the Coronavirus Sunday with 41 new deaths. In Palm Beach County, 339 new COVID-19 cases were added with 5 new deaths. Hendry County added 11 new cases and 1 new death. Glades County added 0 new cases and had no new deaths. There are now 17,559 COVID-19 deaths in Florida with 889,864 infections. Prevention tips include Avoiding close contact with sick individuals; frequently washing hands with soap and water; not touching the eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands; and practicing good respiratory hygiene.
In 1989, Richard DeLisi was sentenced to 90 years in prison by a Florida judge for marijuana crimes, making him the longest-serving inmate for marijuana crimes in the country . Eighteen months before his scheduled end of sentence, he’ll be released just before Christmas this year. DeLisi, the subject of a recent article in The Ledger, is being held at South Bay Correctional Facility. Advocates say DeLisi, 71, is at high risk of death if he contracts COVID-19 because of various health problems. So far, 6 inmates at the South Bay facility, have died from the virus. This will be the first Christmas since 1988 that DeLisi doesn’t spend behind bars.
Palm Beach County school district reports 578 confirmed COVID-19 cases with several school hotspots. Hendry County School district confirmed 190 students are under quarantine orders, while 7 students districtwide are confirmed positive. Two staff members are have reported positive results, while 11 staff remain quarantined. The Hendry County School Board meets tonight at 5:30 in LaBelle.
Winter in Florida? Says who? Florida’s first-ever snow park, that’s who! It will debut in Pasco County this week and the owners expect the winter wonderland to be a hit despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The Dade City attraction, called the Snowcat Ridge Alpine Snow Park, will open on Nov. 20. It’s main attraction? A 60-foot, snow-tubing hill. There will also be a 10,000-square-foot snow dome called Arctic Igloo, where guests can build snowmen, and a small bunny hill. There’s also the “Alpine Village” area for vendors. The site located on Saint Joe Road is on the same property where the haunted attraction Scream-A-Geddon is built. The park is expected to open on November 20, and stay open and operational until the spring. There will also be light shows at night.
The Florida Department of Health in Glades County will offer free COVID-19 Testing Monday, November 23rd In Moore Haven 9am-11am. (Weather permitting)
Please note: All Health Departments will be closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Open Testing – No Appointments Needed. No criteria or restrictions for testing
Testing Adults& Children over 5yrs (with Parent Consent)
Monday, Nov 23rd – 9am-11am, Glades Co Health Dept 1120 Healthpark Drive, Moore Haven
Due to the holidays, there will be no testing in LaBelle or Clewiston 11/23 to 11/27.