Free COVID-19 testing sites available in Hendry and Glades counties

Asymptomatic cases of people infected with COVID-19 virus are being discovered locally. Our public officials and medical experts are urging people to get tested for the novel coronavirus, and have opened up multiple test sites throughout Hendry and Glades counties. These tests are administered to any Hendry or Glades resident, age 18 and up, they […]

COVID-19 Safety Course

LaBELLE – The Hendry County Economic Development Council, along with the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with the Hendry County Health Department to offer a free COVID-19 safety course for businesses and employees. The safety course will go over policies and procedures that can and should be utilized in order to protect both staff […]

Hendry County Health Department urges residents to follow guidance:

Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Hendry County, FL – Hendry County is currently experiencing a number of COVID-19 outbreak clusters that are a result of close contact environments. Information from the health department’s contact tracing process has indicated that some of the cases may be originating from individuals who have traveled outside of Hendry […]

Locals experience ridicule for wearing face masks

Complaints of locals being ridiculed, and even assaulted, for wearing protecting face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic have been occurring more and more often. Over the past few weeks, many residents of Hendry County have been following the CDC safety recommendations, by wearing cloth face coverings while in public. As stated on the CDC website, […]

Reopening of Barber Shops, Hair Salons, and Nail Salons

By Danika J. Hopper  Gov. Ron DeSantis shared an announcement via Social Media. The update was given in a video that featured J Henry, the owner of J Henry’s Barber Shop in downtown Orlando. In the video Henry states that Florida’s hair salons, barber shops and nail salons will be allowed to open on Monday, […]

More COVID-19 cases confirmed

Hendry County nursing homes tested for coronavirus Increased COVID-19 testing continues in South Central Florida, and more cases have shown up in Hendry County nursing homes. On April 24, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that 50 state “strike teams” had started traveling the state to test all of the long-term care facilities. Last week, following threats […]

What’s happening at the LaBelle area restaurants

LABELLE – Since Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the first phase of his plan to reopen Florida starting on May 4, restaurants may begin offering outdoor seating with a 6-foot space between tables and indoor seating at a maximum of 25 percent capacity. Below is a list of LaBelle restaurants and what they are offering. • […]

Hendry County Health Department collection site for COVID-19 testing

Hendry/Glades – The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County is now a COVID-19 collection/testing site. This gives private physicians (who don’t provide testing) the opportunity to have their clients tested. The CDC added 6 new symptoms for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms […]

COVID-19 Patients are Real People, Not just Numbers

Unfortunately, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are often referred to as statistics, and not individuals. This detachment can be dangerous in the battle against the spread of the virus, because when patients lose their identities, and become just numbers- it’s easy to become desensitized and maybe a little less careful. So many people […]

Can Prom still be salvaged for the Class of 2020?

So many of us have struggled with challenges and losses during these past weeks of isolation and social distancing. Loss, especially missing milestones, due to campus closures during the coronavirus pandemic, has become a tragic theme for the Class of 2020. From cancelled in theater, band, choir, art, and sports, or just not being able […]