News Update for 9/3/20

The latest Coronavirus test numbers released by the Florida Department of Health today show that there have been 8 additional positives, and 81 negatives added to Highlands County’s ongoing count.
Of the 18,778 tests administered locally – 16,914 have been negative with 1854 positive cases recorded.
There have been 198 people hospitalized at some point during their illness and 69 deaths have been tied to the corona virus since numbers started being kept.

Avon Park city council members will get together tonight. It’s the second time this week they will have convened to take care of business in the City of Charm. Tonight they will be discussing municipal health insurance among other things.
Reportedly, the rising cost of coverage is colliding with the city’s unusually low tax rate. In other action, the council will look at enacting rules and regulations for historic buildings in the city.
This again will be a blended session, with some members and staff in the city council chambers with others participating via a ZOOM internet session.

Ten people were injured and Highway 27 was closed for a time yesterday when two vehicles collided near Lake Placid. The accident occured at the intersection of Aaron Drive and 27.
Reportedly, a child was flown out to an area trauma center as the result of the accident. Florida Highway Patrol officials have not released any details on the incident.

Officials at the Sebring International Raceway are releasing details about plans for this year’s Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring. The event was pushed back from March to November due to the coronavirus.
Track officials say they will have some tickets and parking passes available starting in mid-October. However, the paddock will not be open to spectators and no additional passes will be available for much of the hospitality areas.
A vendor village will be set up at the site for trackside vendors. More details on the restrictions have been posted at the track’s website.

The city of Frostproof will be kicking off the Labor Day weekend tomorrow evening. To be held at Henderson Field beginning at 5pm, there will be music with bands and a live DJ.
In addition to family games and activities, organizers say there will be some buskers, including “Pyro Joe,” a fire eater. A long list of food trucks and other vendors