News Update for 8/11/20

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show that there have been 14 additional positive tests returned and 80 new negatives conducted in Highlands County.
Of the 16,091 tests administered locally over the past five months – 14,629 tests have been negative with 1,449 positive cases recorded.
There have been 160 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 40 deaths have been tied to the corona virus since numbers started being kept.

Highlands County Supervisor of Elections Penny Ogg has revealed that one of her elections workers has tested positive for the coronavirus. Ogg said the worker, who had been at the Lake Placid Town Government Center had been asymptomatic and had been wearing a mask while at work.
Ogg says that sanitizing protocols have been in effect since before the location opened and continue to be used. She said apparently about 320 people had cast their ballots at the station and will be contacted by mail.
Meanwhile, voting will continue at all three locations with sanitizing measures in place.

The Highlands County Historical Society is set for a move, and are looking for a little bit of help. The society has signed a deal to move from their current location beneath the Sebring Branch of the Highlands County Library system, to the nearby Weigle House.
Formerly called the “Yellow House,” when occupied by the Highlands Art League, the building now will be the repository of the Archives. To help finance the effort, the Society has started a GoFundMe page.

Four people were injured in a two vehicle accident yesterday in Hardee County. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers will only say that a sedan attempted to make a turn in front of an oncoming Hardee County Sheriff’s Cruiser at the intersection of US 17 and Moffitt Road.
Apparently, the driver of the sedan and two passengers suffered serious injuries. The driver was listed as 14 years old, with passengers of 14 and 13. Their names have not been released. b