Wednesday August 11, 2021

The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID is sending an increasing number of children to hospitals in Florida, according to a recently published news article. According to data shared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday, Florida has the highest number of children hospitalized from COVID of any state in the country, with 172 currently being treated in medical facilities. That number is an increase from the 143 children hospitalized from COVID in Florida at the end of last week. Several school districts in the state have implemented face mask mandates for the start of the school year, despite Governor DeSantis’ executive order threatening their funding if they defy the order. The use of face masks by students is in line with a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which advises teachers, students and other staff members to wear face coverings in schools.

Speaking of mask mandates, Glades Central Community High School students got a special visit on their first day of class. A news affiliate reports that Interim Superintendent Michael Burke stopped by the Glades campus Tuesday morning. In a roughly 30-minute tour, the interim superintendent visited an agrotechnology class saying he “just wanted to stop by and say hi.” There are more than 1,000 students at Glades Central Community High School and students are back in the classroom for in-person learning, all masked up. Melanie Bolden-Morris, the Glades Central Community High School principal, said, she hasn’t gotten any notes from parents opting out of the mask mandate so far. She said she is very appreciative that parents and staff have all complied with this updated mask policy. Once conditions improve significantly, district officials will reconsider adjusting the mask policy. As of right now, masks are required indoors at all schools and on school buses in the Palm Beach County School District, unless parents decide to opt-out.

The Governor’s Office of Florida reports, Governor Ron DeSantis gave one-time relief checks to first responders with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office through the ‘Florida’s Heroes’ initiative. This initiative is an opportunity to recognize law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and firefighters in the state of Florida, with a check of up to $1,000 as an appreciation of the many selfless sacrifices made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and other crises. To see the full video from the event, please click HERE.

Please be advised that, beginning today, Hendry County’s contractor, will be conducting guardrail work near the intersection of SR29 and Old CR78, and along SR29 in LaBelle. This work is associated with the ongoing sidewalk construction project on Old CR78 from Kell Mill Boulevard to SR29. The speed limit will be reduced through the project area. Expect some lane closures and allow extra time to get to your destination. Flagmen will be present to help direct traffic, so please use extra caution when traveling through the work zone. The work is just for today but this schedule could change. The Hendry County Engineering Department will notify the public of any changes. Any questions or concerns? Contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.