News Update for 8/25/20

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show that there have been 7 additional positive tests and 63 negatives added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 17,898 tests administered locally – 16,141 tests have been negative with 1,747 positive cases recorded.
There have been 189 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 57 deaths have been tied to the corona virus since numbers started being kept.

Avon Park city council members worked through a budget workshop last night with a hybrid session. Some board members and staff showed up at the council chambers, with others participating in a Zoom meeting.
Early indications are that at the current .3 mil taxation rate, the city will be dipping into reserve funds to meet upcoming expenditures. The council will meet again on the 31st in a special meeting where they can take action on some of the issues.

A youngster in Avon Park Lakes took a tumble last night and it earned him a trip to the hospital. According to reports, the 8-year-old fell approximately 10-feet from a loft during a hay moving operation at a Bowden Road address.
The boy was airlifted to a pediatric trauma unit with leg injuries.