Thursday September 9, 2021

A Leon County Circuit Court judge heard arguments on the motion, to vacate the stay of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ mask mandate ban for public schools, Wednesday morning. The judge said he will allow a previous ruling, which found the governor’s ban unlawful, to again, take effect. It’s set to last until the appeals process is complete, about 60 to 90 days. For now, districts can resume requiring face coverings without parental opt-outs. At least 13 school districts have done so and were facing financial penalties. Masks are optional for Hendry County Schools. The COVID19 dashboard shows the number of staff and students who tested positive, and those ordered to quarantine. As of the latest update, there are 47 students who have tested positive district wide. One hundred and twenty-three have been ordered to quarantine. Thirty-five staff have tested positive according to the site, just one teacher is in quarantine. Total numbers for Westside El and Upthegrove were not reported.

Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston, released a state of the hospital report as of September 7. The medical facility has 14 COVID positive patients as of the latest report, 2 of those patients in ICU. According to HRMCs Facebook page, 93 percent of the positive patients are unvaccinated.  To schedule your vaccine, you can call the Clewiston or the LaBelle location. Covid testing is done Monday – Friday at 1:00 p.m. at both the hospital and the clinics. Monoclonal Antibodies Treatment is done by appointment only. Until recently, very few people were receiving this treatment. Through the week of July 19, an average of less than 25,000 doses per week were being shipped. But that has jumped to more than 125,000 doses delivered the week of Aug. 9, according to an article in the Washington Post. The drugs often prevent severe disease, keepingpeople out of the hospital if taken within seven to 10 days after symptoms begin. Monoclonal antibodies are free to patients and there have been almost no side effects. They are accessible on an outpatient basis, via a single infusion or four injections. Hospitals, urgent-care centers and even private doctors are authorized to dispense them. Contact HRMC for more information.

Red Apple Supplies is a FREE teacher resource store, that helps equip teachers with essential school supplies for their classrooms.  Its mission is to serve the educational and creative needs of children in Palm Beach County public schools, by providing donated school supplies, free of charge. Well, this year, The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is partnering with Hendry County School District, as well as US Sugar Corporation, to incorporate Hendry County Teachers in this year’s effort. Teachers had the opportunity to “shop” for free supplies for their classrooms. Teachers will pick up their supplies today at US Sugars headquarters in Clewiston.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office took to its Facebook page, to bring awareness to an alarming trend. In the United States, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. It takes more lives than homicide, war and natural disasters combined. SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH and The Hendry County Sheriffs Office wants you to know, you are NOT alone. Help and resources are always available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.

The precautionary boil water notice in effect for the Port LaBelle Utility System service area has been lifted. Bacteriological testes run on the water returned with passing results. Residents may discontinue boiling their water. Starting this Friday, September 10, South Central Florida Express will be doing construction work at the railroad crossing on Francisco Street in Clewiston. The work includes replacement of a rail through the railroad crossing. The construction will require the Francisco Street railroad crossing to be closed. You may notice some signs along the roadway to detour traffic. Drivers may consider leaving a little early as the detours may cause delays in commute times. The work should be done in about two (2) days. They are gonna start early in the morning on Friday the tenth, and end on Saturday the eleventh at five in the evening.  This schedule is tentative and subject to change. The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify of any changes.