Friday July 23, 2021

Florida reported 12,647 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily number of cases since late January, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Last week, the White House COVID-19 coordinator said that Florida made up roughly 20 percent of new cases in the country. Despite this, Gov. Ron DeSantis called it “a seasonal virus” on Monday. He predicted cases would be down in August. On Thursday, the governor pledged no mask mandates for the state. Three doctors with the Committee to Protect Health Care, a nationwide organization of doctors describing themselves as “key health care advocates” committed to patient advocacy, said state officials are not doing enough to protect Floridians.

A 30-year-old LaBelle woman was killed after being hit by a car before sunrise yesterday. According to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, at 5:42 yesterday morning, a 33-year-old Clewiston man was traveling west on Hunting Club Avenue, approaching South Datil Street in Hendry County. A 30-year-old LaBelle woman was walking west along the edge of Hunting Club Avenue, when she was struck by the man’s car. The woman was pronounced deceased on the scene. No word yet on the condition of the driver, or if charges are pending.

Willie Smith was a big-time athlete at Glades Central High School and in college, before getting shot landed him in a wheelchair. In spite of that, he still inspires the youth of Belle Glade to live out their dreams. Smith is making a difference in people’s lives in a positive way through his track and field team called Sweatshop NBS, which stands for Nothing but speed. The small up-and-coming team has often had to practice on a make shift track, yet 24 kids have advanced to the USATF Junior Olympic Championships in Jacksonville coming up toward the end of this month, all fueled by Willie’s inspiration. To learn more about Sweatshop NBS or to donate to the team for their training and trip to Jacksonville, click here.

The Florida Department of Health will offer mobile vaccination units in LaBelle, Clewiston, and Moore Haven. The community will have the opportunity to choose from the Pfizer Vaccine for ages 12 and older or the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine for ages 18 and older. They are offering free Food Vouchers, hygiene kits and socks to all individuals vaccinated. Walk-ins are accepted and no appointment is required. Vaccinations will take place on Saturday, July 31st  at LaBelle Veteran’s Memorial Park, at Clewiston Town Plaza, and at Glades County Health Department. The vaccination event will take place from 11am-5pm each day.

Hendry County will be conducting aerial adult mosquito control operations over the Pioneer Plantation and LaDeca Communities today through Sunday. These operations will continue throughout the remainder of the year as mosquito levels warrant. The insecticide to treat for adult mosquitoes is approved for application by the Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Florida.