Wednesday September 8, 2021

Hendry Regional Medical Center in Clewiston, released a state of the hospital report as of September 7. The medical facility currently 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.

Trade Only Today reports some exciting news for students, interested in the marine industry. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission just dropped five new interactive games that engage and educate students of all ages on marine fisheries conservation. The FWC has partnered with a digital education company, to create the latest Gone Fishin’ saltwater interactive editions. Players can take a virtual fishing trip, match habitats with Florida fish species, remove trash—and the invasive lionfish from a reef, learn proper fish handling techniques and complete a virtual fish dissection. The games are reportedly geared for 4th graders and up, but can be enjoyed by players of all ages. Click here to learn more.

Suicide numbers in Palm Beach County continue to be above the rates seen last year, according to figures released Thursday by the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office. Data shows there were 121 suicide deaths in Palm Beach County at this time last year. Through August of this year, the medical examiner’s figures show 147 suicides. It’s unclear how much the loss of life is attributed to the stresses of the pandemic. Suicide Prevention Day is Friday, and it’s a good reminder that if you’re hurting and thinking of harming yourself, help is available. The pandemic has been tough on a lot of people for many different reasons — with 1 in 4 young adults reporting suicidal thoughts since the coronavirus hit. If you know anyone who’s struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by local law enforcement officials in Lakeland, to announce three new policy proposals to help recruit new law enforcement officers. These proposals provide state resources to recruit law enforcement officers through three separate programs:

  • New officer signing bonuses;
  • Academy scholarship program; and
  • Out-of-state relocation support.

Governor DeSantis says, recruitment efforts are already underway, with recruits from the NYPD. New Officer Signing Bonuses will provide a one-time $5,000 payment to sworn law enforcement officers who are new to the profession in Florida. The Academy Scholarship Program, will provide additional resources for law enforcement academy enrollees. Florida will support the Recruitment of Out of State Law Enforcement Officers, by providing the Certification Exam free of charge. Additionally, the state will cover the cost of any necessary Equivalency Training Programs, up to a maximum of $1,000 per officer. To see the full video from the press conference, please click HERE.

The Glades Initiative offers food distribution to anyone in need on Wednesdays, 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 food drive takes place today from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

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

CONTACT: 561-996-3310