Monday January 24, 2022

Weekly COVID-19 Report

Florida’s weekly coronavirus report was a mixture of good and bad news. Research from a news source reports, deaths rose in one week from 470 to 605, the most since early November, but three other key indicators are slowing amid the omicron variant: cases’ saw the first decrease since late November, the positivity rate dropped to 26.8% from 29.3%, and hospitalizations are 11,468, which is 84 fewer than one week ago. During a spike, first cases rise, then hospitalizations, then deaths. We’ll keep an eye on the numbers, and keep you updated on the trend.

COVID-19 Scams

Brenda Barnes of the FDOH for Hendry and Glades County’s reports, now more than ever, residents should rely on trusted sources of information for access to COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and monoclonal antibody treatment locations. As demand for testing increases, so does the risk for potential scams. Residents are urged to be on the lookout for fraudulent COVID-19 products and practices, especially as it pertains to testing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has seen unauthorized fraudulent test kits for COVID-19 being sold online. So here’s some helpful tips for residents: • Rely on trusted sources of information for COVID-19 testing and locations. • Check to make sure a COVID-19 testing location is legitimate. Residents are encouraged to be cautious of: • Unexpected phone calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies. • Offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing on social media sites. • Purchasing at-home testing kits from street vendors. • Individuals going door-to-door selling at-home testing kits. • Links that seem questionable or are from unverified sources offering COVID-19 testing options. If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it immediately to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General at TIPS.HHS.GOV or call 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477).

Frost Advisory

A frost advisory is in effect for much of South Florida. The temperature plunged overnight into the low 40s, high 30s. That led the National Weather Service to issue an advisory that began yesterday. Residents be advised that temperatures around 33 to 36 degrees will result in frost formation, which could kill sensitive outdoor vegetation if left uncovered, according to NWS. The advisory covers Glades, Hendry, Okeechobee, Inland Palm Beach and Inland Collier Counties. Temperatures are expected rebound today into the upper 60s. The low tonight will be in the mid-40s, then we’re head back to the 70s on Tuesday. A cold weather shelter was opened last night for Hendry County residents. Look out for local advisories for shelters in your area.

Retirement Celebration for Local Coach

A double team of support, love and congratulations, as the Official Clewiston High School Athletics Facebook page dribbled around cheers, for one of Hendry County’s most special educators. Coach Willie Lee is laying up his whistle in his final regular season basketball game this Friday. All of his former student-athletes are invited to celebrate him for 30 years of dedication. The game will be held on January 28 at 6. CHS is asking all Tiger Basketball Alumni to come out, and help Coach Lee alley-oop into retirement after 30 years. The game and the celebration will be this Friday at the High School. Tip off at 6pm.

Local Play Coming Next Month

The Firehouse Community Theatre has a new play coming out. It’s called, “Vanities, the Musical”! It’s about three best friends’ journey through high school, college and their professional life, as they remember all their adventures. Vanities is a celebration of the enduring power of friendship, even when relationships hit bumps in the road. Organizers say, the story is full of warmth and charm and will put a smile on your face!! Call Firehouse Community Theater to get tickets! Leave a message and someone WILL call you back! The show runs February 11th, 12th and 13th and February 18th, 19th and 20th. (The Friday and Saturday evening show starts at 7 p.m. and the Sunday show starts at 2 p.m.) The Firehouse Community Theatre Inc is located in beautiful downtown LaBelle at 241 N. Bridge Street.