News Update for 5/21/20

The Florida Department of Health for Highlands County has released their daily report. It showw three new cases of Coronavirus and 624 new negative tests here. Of the 3,552 tests administered so far, 3,437 have come back negative with 110 positives.
Currently, there have been 36 people listed as hospitalized at some point during their illness. Eight fatalities have been tied to the Coronavirus in Highlands County.
Another drive thru-testing event will be held this afternoon at the Highlands County Health Department. That’s on George Boulevard south of Sebring. The event will run from 5-7pm.

Highlands County commissioners have given their seal of approval on a new Tourist Development Commission plan. Under its provisions, there will be outlays for new events, community events, sports events and what has been termed “High Impact Events.”
The funding reportedly will be focused on summer months and what have been termed “shoulder-months,” spanning April through December.
Tourism officials say they are watching to see how much money they’ve lost this year – including money lost from the postponement of the Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring.
Apparently, a couple of grants for the funding of the Dixie Youth Baseball World Series and the Ozone State Tournaments which have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

A Sebring woman has been killed in a Hardee County traffic accident. According to Florida Highway Patrol Reports, the unidentified 50-year-old woman was driving a car on State Road 64 and turned into the path of an oncoming pickup truck.
The car was hit broadside, ejecting the woman. No names or other details have been released. It appears the woman may have been on a mail route at the time of the accident.

A man arrested by Lake Placid Police following a firearms incident reportedly now faces additional charges. Joshua Thomas McKeithan has been charged with aggravated assault and illegally carrying a concealed firearm.
The 20-year-old Lake Placid man originally was arrested after reports he had pointed a gun at another person while in the parking lot of the Lake Placid Publix. He was booked into the Highlands County jail.