News Update for 3/24/20

As testing continues, Highlands County now has jumped to four confirmed cases of the Corona virus. Reportdly the demographics indicate the cases are one male and three females. There is no indication as to where they are located in county or the severity of the infections.
Authorities remind citizens to continue to wash their hands thoroughly and often, keep your hands off your face, cough into the crook of your arm, stay away from sick people and if you feel sick stay home.

Highlands County commissioners held a special session this morning. They extended the State of Emergency – which positions the county to be eligible for state and federal funding or resources should they become available.
They also decided to close county parks, but to leave the boat ramps open. Additionally, the county’s recycling program also has been put on hold. Residents now may use both the blue and green cans for trash collecion.
Saying they had no pressing issues, Avon Park city council members scrapped their session last night. They plan to get together again next month.

Some local youngsters may not feel as well following word from the Highlands County School System. Officials say although youngsters will not be returning to the classroom for a while, learning needs to continue.
They say teachers have been back at work and are implemententing creative ways to keep students up to date with their lessons while they are at home.
Schools are scheduled to be open April 15 – however, distance learning will commence next Monday.
Meanwhile – No-Cost Meals are being served weekdays for ALL CHILDREN 18 or younger at ALL school campuses. It does not have to be the school the child attends. Hours are from 10:00am-1:00pm.