Thursday, April 14, 2022

Hendry County Commission Meeting

Hendry County Board of County Commissioners opened up their meeting this week with a proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention Month for the month of April, and a word of appreciation from Brenda Barnes of the department of health. The Board also welcomed Marlin Vaugh, CEO and Founder of The Joseph Project 863. Vaughn is seeking funding to continue to provide jobs, food, clothing and other resources to those who need it. Vaughn currently works out of the former site of the Harlem daycare center, but says he is running out of space for the pantry, as the need in the community continues to grow. Vaughn says the center feeds 20 to 30 people per day. This volunteer effort is his way of supporting the community that supported him. Airglades International Airports reps took to the podium to give a force main update and to discuss advisory board appointments. Emergency Management Director Bob Pastula spoke about special needs shelters. Karsin Turner filed a motion for at least one site in LaBelle, the Nobels Senior Center in LaBelle. The motion passed unanimously. The agency is currently working on a Clewiston shelter sight, possibly Hendry Regional. The goal was to predict how much space would be needed for those with special needs, and to have the facilities available to support the numbers. Last year, 45 to 60 people showed up to be sheltered from storm conditions. To watch the meeting in its entirety, which lasted less than 50 minutes, visit the Hendry County Facebook page.

National Telecommunications Appreciation

April 10-16, 2022 is National Public Safety Telecommunications Appreciation Week. Hendry County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Clewiston Police Department, and Glades County Sheriff’s Office, are all saying “thanks our Telecommunications personnel” who serve our citizens and public safety agencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hendry County has 9 full time Telecommunicators who serve Hendry County.  Fielding more than 94,000 calls annually in Hendry, they play a vital role in keeping our communities safe. A press release from PBSO says the agency handles over1.3 million calls annually, answering both emergency and non-emergency calls. PBSO recognized its Supervisor of the Year Chanita Wells and its Employee of the Year Jesselyn Mesa-Hamilton.  We reached out to them for comment, we have not heard back. In honor of all dispatchers, the unseen heroes of public safety, we appreciate you and thank you for all the work that you do.

Narcan Spray “Grab and Go” in Palm Beach County

To combat the rising number of overdose deaths this year in Palm Beach County, the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics are offering free canisters of Narcan nasal spray without a prescription to adult patients at its network of clinics countywide.  Patients and their families no longer need to ask for Narcan; they can grab it and take it on the go. Experts say nasal spray is safe, easy to administer and has no side effects.  Lasting about 30 to 90 minutes, Narcan rapidly reverses an opioid overdose from prescription painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl. You still have to call 911 after its used. Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office reports the number of drug overdose deaths between January and March of 2022 was up 31% from the same time last year.

Test to Treat for COVID-19 Underway in Belle Glade

Florida is once again experiencing a rise in COVID-19 cases according to CDC data. Florida reported 2,565 new cases of COVID-19 to the federal government yesterday. Cases haven’t been this high since February. The good news is anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 at certain pharmacies in Palm Beach County can get medication on the spot. The “test to treat” initiative supplies pharmacies and clinics across the county and the country with antiviral pills and other treatments. Anyone seeking a one-stop shop for testing and treatments can enter their ZIP code or city on the web page, which will be posted on our website. The closest test-to-treat locations to us are the CVS and Walgreen in Belle Glade.