Wednesday December 22, 2021

COVID-19 Cases in Florida

Florida reported 12,915 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. The surge in new cases has people rushing to get tested ahead of the holidays, as the omicron variant becomes the dominant strain of newly reported cases. The 7-day average for new cases is 8,606 as of Tuesday, the highest level since Sept. 24. Until this week, positivity rates across the state were below 5%, according to a news source. As of Tuesday, at least 3,779,467 Floridians have been infected by COVID-19. With no new deaths reported by Florida Tuesday, the total death count remained at least 62,264. As of Tuesday, about 62.0% of Floridians are now fully vaccinated and 28% have received booster shots.

Partnership to Provide Employment Services for Floridians

The Governor’s Office of Florida reports: First Lady of Florida Casey DeSantis announced that Florida is partnering with the Adecco Group – a leading talent advisory and solutions company – to provide dedicated employment opportunities and careers for Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity program participants. Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity, spearheaded by First Lady Casey DeSantis and implemented by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), is now available in every county in Florida and since the launch in September, has served more than 6,600 individuals. 

Sexual Predator Notification

In accordance with Chapter 775 of the Florida Statues, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is advising the public about a declared Sexual Predator, Roland Moore Jr. who is now residing at 401 Pelican Lake Drive, Apt. B, Pahokee.

Hendry/Glades Unemployment

Charles Murphy of our sister station WOKC reports, unemployment rates dropped in Florida again in November. There are 730,000 vacant jobs in the state, Murphy says. Adrienne Johnston, Chief Economist at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity says, unemployment rates are still lower for the rural areas, and higher in metro areas. Hendry County had 5.1 % unemployment; Glades County shows 3.1 %.

Artificial Intelligence Inspires Students at Local High School

Some students at Pahokee Middle Senior High School got to see artificial intelligence in action, as they were part of a futuristic presentation by the company Levatas. A robot named Spot was the star of the presentation, as team members from the company provide insight into careers in artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, STEM and robotics. The students got the opportunity to operate the robot, and understand the brain of the robot, and learn how to design one. A student by the name of Derek, says he was totally inspired by the presentation To watch, click the link:  Robot Inspires Students at Pahokee Middle-Senior High – YouTube