News Update for 9/21/20

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show there have been 41 additional positive, and 359 negative tests added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 20,542 tests administered locally – 18,454 have been negative with 2078 positive cases recorded.
There have been 221 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 81 deaths have been tied to the corona virus here since numbers started being kept.

Highlands County fire/rescue units last night pulled a motorist from a stranded car. At first, the driver thought they’d driven into a pond – what it turned out to be was a deep puddle at the intersection of Queen Avenue and Sunrise way – brought on by yesterday’s torrential rains.
It was deep enough that the water was pouring into the vehicle. Workers used an EMS backboard to get the driver back to land.
They said the bands of rain brought as much as 6-inches of water to Highlands County.

One person was injured in a single vehicle rollover accident early yesterday morning. It occurred on Highway 27 at Lykes Road north of Lake Placid. Reportedly, the victim was transported to a local hospital. No indication has been given as to the extent of their injuries.
Two other vehicles were involved when they struck the debris field from the rollover. No injuries were reported there.
A motorist was flown out from an accident Saturday night at Highway 27 and Harrel Road in Venus. The roadway was closed for a time as the result of that mishap.

They may be the City of Charm – but they might not be the City of Food Trucks. At least some Avon Park city council members say they have received calls of concern about the mobile food vendors setting up shop in various areas of the city.
They say at this time, the city has no rules or regulations regarding such vehicles. Avon Park Mayor Garrett Anderson has called for a special meeting the first Monday in October to address the issue.