Monday April 19, 2021

Almost half of US states have seen an increase in coronavirus cases in the past week, and experts are urging people to maintain safety precautions and get vaccinated to avoid another spiral. There have now been more than 2.16 million reported cases of the coronavirus in Florida, with 34,439 deaths. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, the Florida Department of Health reported the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 6,473 from Saturday’s update. The state also reported a single-day increase of 35 deaths. Health officials reported 88,213 hospital admissions statewide. For a full breakdown of the cases in Florida, click here.

WAFC is receiving reports that one person died in a three-car crash in LaBelle on Friday morning, according to Florida Highway Patrol. Not many details have been released. Troopers are saying a dump truck was involved in the crash that happened on SR-29 and Industrial Loop. Both sides of SR-29 were completely shut down last week, as reported by the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office. Troopers have not released which driver died in the crash.

Another Florida panther has died after being struck by a vehicle. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, it’s the ninth panther death involved in a vehicle-related death. There have been a total of 14 panther deaths this year already. Wildlife officials said the remains of the one-year-old female Florida panther were found Monday in Lee County on Interstate 75 near Fort Myers.

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence that happened on April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis, Indiana, President Joe Biden, Jr. directed all flags to be lowered to half-staff. Out of respect and recognition of the victims, the governor of Florida is directing the flags of the United States and the State of Florida to be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. You can read the Proclamation by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. here.

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County encourages individuals 16 years and older to self-schedule their first-dose appointments for the Pfizer vaccine online at   Appointment dates are available between Wednesday, April 21 through Thursday, May 6.  Individuals 16 years and older are eligible to self-schedule appointments for the Pfizer vaccine brand.  The website lists the available dates, times, locations and eligibility requirements at each of the Health Care District’s three mass vaccination sites. Individuals need to follow the state eligibility guidelines when scheduling to avoid being turned away at the sites. A parent or guardian must be present at the appointment of those who are 16 and 17 years old. For those without internet access, the Health Care District’s helpline at 561-804-4115 is available to assist in English, Spanish and Creole.  All appointments are based on vaccine availability.

The Clewiston City Commission will meet tonight at 5:00 in City Hall. You can attend in person or virtually at