Tuesday August 10, 2021 HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL

The daily COVID case count reported Sunday shows 15,319 new cases for Sunday and 19,567 for Saturday. As cases rise, so does the death toll, from the disease that has taken nearly 39,700 lives in the state. Another 232 people died from COVID-19 in the last two days, according to the CDC. In Hendry County, over the last 7 days, there have been 163 cases of COVID, 14 new hospital admissions, and the death count reads under 10, according to the CDC, as hospital leaders plead for more people to get vaccinated. For more information and resources for Hendry, Glades or Palm Beach County, visit CDC COVID Data Tracker.

As students head back to school today, they will see some firm COVID-19 protocols still in place, and some more relaxed. Face coverings are now optional for students and employees. Schools may continue to screen students, staff and visitors, with temperature checks. All schools will seat students at least 3 feet away from each other. Any staff member exhibiting symptoms must go or stay home, until they have no symptoms for 24 hours or get a doctor’s note. Parents of students who have been exposed to a positive case at school will be informed of the potential exposure in writing. Exposed students will be quarantined for 7 days. Those students who get a negative COVID test result on day 4, may return to school on day 5 of their quarantine. Staff will also continue their cleaning protocols for their classrooms. To see these guidelines in their entirety, visit Hendry-schools.org. No word yet on bus protocols.

A warning to parents, this story may be inappropriate for young children. A local man is accused of manipulating a 16-year-old girl into having sex with him and his friends. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested 39-year-old Willie Clarence Styles on three counts of kidnapping for human trafficking, and three counts of procure for prostitution. Investigators say last month, the girl’s mother found inappropriate text messages between Styles and the teen. The victim, according to the arrest report, said the encounters took place on five separate occasions last month. In one encounter, the girl told investigators Styles took her to South Bay to do a “show” and have sex with his friend in exchange for money. In another encounter with a separate friend, the girl said she felt “brainwashed” into letting the man touch her. Styles is at the Palm Beach County Jail on bonds of more than $300,000 since his arrest last Thursday.

The Glades Initiative offers food distribution to anyone in need. Those coming in cars are asked to line up beside the office at 149 SE Avenue D for drive-through pick-up on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Both drivers and walkers will receive food bags on a first-come-first-serve basis.

The next distribution will be Wednesday, Aug 11, 2021 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

at The Glades Initiative, 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade,

CONTACT: 561-996-3310