News Update for 9/23/20

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health show there have been 44 additional positive, and 8 negative tests added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 20,765 tests administered locally – 18,644 have been negative with 2111 positive cases recorded.
There have been 222 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 81 deaths have been tied to the corona virus here since numbers started being kept.

One person was injured yesterday when they were struck by a car west of Sebring. According to reports, the incident occurred on Golfview Road. The pedestrian was airlifted to a local trauma center. Florida Highway Patrol officials have released no names or other details.

After months of waiting, the Highlands County Children’s Advocacy Center finally will get signage naming the center in honor of former Highlands County School Superintendent Ruth Handley. Highlands County commissioners took the action to bestow the honorarium on Handley back in December.
Dedication ceremonies now have been set for October 2nd. Handley, then-Human Services Director Kevin Roberts and then-County Commissioner Doris Gentry were among a group that developed the facility to assist youngsters involved in child abuse cases.

Although travel has been down across the country due to the coronavirus, a new report shows road trips are up – at least locally. The numbers from SEO Clarity claim that long-distance road trips are up by nearly 78-percent for the Sebring/Avon Park Metro area.
The numbers show that there were some 1,946 road trips last year – but that number has jumped to 3,440 thos year. There have been concerted efforts by Visit Floria and the U.S Travel Association for residents to discover all the Sunshine State has to offer.