Thursday, January 27, 2022

Local Rabies Alert

The Florida Department of Health in Glades County issued a rabies alert for the Moore Haven area. This is in response to an unvaccinated cat that tested positive on January 24, 2022. All residents and visitors in Glades County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population, and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Glades County but beware of other nearby areas as well. This alert is active through February 24th. The center of the rabies alert is at Daniels Road and includes areas to the North from Yaun Road to Alvin Ward Park, and East from US Highway 27 to Herbert Hoover Dike. Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans.  The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health in Glades County at 863-265-6050. 

Sen Rick Scott Visits Clewiston

Florida Sen. Rick Scott was in Clewiston on Tuesday. He visited the Army Corps of Engineers site and toured the Herbert Hoover Dike. To his side were city and county officials and commissioners, school board members, Army Corps administrators and other state representatives. The dike has been under construction since 2007 at a 1.8-billion-dollar price tag and is scheduled to be completed this year.  Scott’s office said his visit was to show his continued support for the state’s environment and the Everglades.

Monoclonal Antibodies Sites Closed

The Florida Department of Health says, the federal government has closed all monoclonal antibody state sites until further notice. Individuals with appointments have been directly contacted regarding cancellations. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please contact your health care provider for more information and resources on treatment options. Resources for emerging treatments can be found at www.HealthierYouFL.org. Pharmacies that have received allocations of anti-viral treatments can be found at www.FloridaHealthCOVID-19.gov. Florida disagrees with the decision that blocks access to any available treatments in the absence of clinical evidence. To date, such clinical evidence has not been provided by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For more information on why this decision was made, please contact the FDA at 1-888-463-6332.

Road Work

Beginning January 27th, Hendry County’s contractor will be conducting roadway construction at the intersection of SR29 and Helms Road in LaBelle. The work consists of shoulder construction along with installation of the required signing and pavement markings, and activation of the existing traffic signal. The traffic signal is anticipated to be operational February 10, 2022. Expect possible lane closures and delays throughout the duration of the project and allow extra time for their commute. Motorists should use extra caution when traveling through the work zone.