Friday, September 24, 2021

Vaccine Authorized For Booster Doses - Who Should Get It

LABELLE, FL. -- The Pfizer vaccine has now been authorized for booster doses.

The Pfizer booster can be administered 6 months after the second dose. At this time, combining vaccine types is NOT recommended. (If you received two Moderna vaccines or one J&J vaccine, you should NOT receive the Pfizer booster).

Those who qualify for the booster include:

Adults who are 65+
Adults who reside in a long-term care facility regardless of age
Adults over 50+ with underlying medical conditions
Adults 18+ with underlying medical conditions based on individual risk
Adults 18+ who are at an increased exposure to COVID due to employment (This includes healthcare workers, jail staff, daycare staff, school staff, and grocery store workers)

Additionally, a distinction was made between "additional doses" and "booster doses".

A booster refers to a dose given to those who had built enough protection after the first two doses, but protection has waned over time.
An additional dose is for someone who didn't get enough protection after the first two doses, such as the severely immunocompromised.

Information regarding booster doses for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines will continue to be researched.

Visit the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions page for information about COVID-19 vaccinations. Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC

Get answers to questions or help finding a vaccine near you. Help is available in English, Spanish, and many other languages.
CDC Resources in Languages Other than English

Call: 1-800-232-0233
TTY 1-888-720-7489
Disability Information and Access Line (DIAL):1-888-677-1199

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Obituaries - Harjo, Howell, Pyle, Karinski, Henderson, Gonzalez

Ramsey Harjo, age 62, of Seffner,FL passed away September 20, 2021 in Seffner, FL.
He was born Aug. 30, 1959 in Ft Lauderdale, FL.
He was predeceased by his parents Mr. Harjo and Ruby Osceola Harjo.
He worked as a Carpenter.

Survivors include his wife: Victoria (McDuffie) Harjo
daughter: Dialani Harjo
brother: John Harjo

Graveside services was held Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 10:00 am at Big Cypress Cemetery, Big Cypress Reservation with Rev. Paul Buster officiating.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Patt B Howell, age 59, of Lehigh Acres, passed away September 20, 2021 in Fort Myers.
He was born Apr. 27, 1962 in Honduras, to the late Lacey Clyde and Iris Ann (Diamond) Howell.
He owned a Pest Control Company.

Survivors include his wife: Dorothy Joy Howell
son: Tim
three daughters: Christina, Julie and Brittany
mother: Iris Ann (Diamond) Howell
two brothers: Alton and Toby
one sister: Claris
8 Grandchildren

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 11:00 am at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.
Interment will be Wednesday, September 29, 2021 in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

John L Pyle, age 84, of LaBelle, passed away September 19, 2021 in LaBelle.
He was born Jan. 5, 1937 in Monticello, KY, to the late Glanton and Martha (Lowe) Pyle.
He was the owner of a Carpet Store prior to retirement.

Survivors include his wife: Penny (Bunch) Pyle
son: Glanton
three daughters: Terri, Carol and Mary
5 grandchildren & 7 great grandchildren
He was a very loving man

Funeral services were held Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00 am at First Christian Church, LaBelle with Pastor W. T. Maddox Jr. officiating.
Visitation was Thursday from 10 to 11 AM at First Christian Church, LaBelle, FL.

Eddie Robert Karinski, age 26, of Alva, passed away September 19, 2021.
He was born Jan. 7, 1995 in Chicago, IL, to Ronald and Ann (Shutty) Karinski.
He worked as a Screener for an Aluminum Company.

Survivors include two daughters: Elliana and Rhylee
mother: Ann Shutty-Tolley
father: Ronald Karinski
two sisters: Natasha Karinski and Roselyn Karinski
three brothers: Darren Tolley, Joseph Tolley and Dale Tolley.

Funeral services will be held Friday, October 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Fort Myers.
Visitation will be Friday from 11am to 12 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Fort Myers, FL.

Hilda Lee Henderson, 96, passed away on September 19, 2021 in LaBelle, FL. She was born on February 17, 1925 in West Palm Beach, FL to the late Luther and Minnie (Jernigan) Raulerson.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Linda Goolsby of Jamestown, North Carolina, Sharon Miller of LaBelle, FL and one son John M. Henderson Jr. of Bronson, FL; Four sisters: Dorothy Mosier, Jeanette Volpato (Tom), Susan Carr (Ron), Barbara Barker (Sam); 2 brothers: Lloyd Raulerson, Vernon Raulerson and 2 brothers who proceeded her in death, Harold Raulerson and Earl Raulerson.

Grandchildren: Dana Harris, Amy Johnson, Ashley Henderson, Robert S. Miller (Nancy), and Kari Whidden (Chris).

Great Grandchildren: Tyler Harris, Amanda Davidson, Courtney Gonzalez, Amber Hamric, and Chance Taylor.

She had numerous great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Orchid Cove at LaBelle for their continued care and support.
Arrangements made by Akin Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Jose David Gonzalez Tapia, age 33, of Moore Haven, passed away September 18, 2021 in Fort Myers.

He was born Sep. 7, 1988 in Mexico to David and Maria Celia (Tapia Martinez) Gonzalez Castro. He was a loving and caring son, father, brother, and fiancé who will be greatly missed by everyone who loved him.

Jose leaves behind his loving parents; David Gonzalez - Castro and Maria Celia Tapia-Martinez, Sisters; Rubicella Gonzalez-Tapia, Yoselyn Gonzalez-Tapia, brother; Luis Angel Gonzalez-Tapia, children; Anai Lizete Gonzalez, David Gonzalez, Natalia Camila Gonzalez, fiancée; Karla Cecilia Umanzor and many extended family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 24, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston with Father Jiobani Batista Officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5-6 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.

Cremation arrangements are by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

DeSantis Lets Parents Choose To Quarantine Or Send Kids Back To Class

Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by newly appointed State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to announce that the Florida Department of Health issued a new rule, allowing parents to decide whether their child should be taken out of school after an exposure to COVID.

Emergency Rule 64DER21-15 prevents exclusion of students from in-person schooling; gives rights to parents and legal guardians and their children; provides health protocols for symptomatic or COVID-19 positive students; and allows parents and legal guardians to choose which protocols to implement when their student has had direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. It is effective as of today, September 22, 2021.

“Parents have the right to have their healthy kids in school,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The idea that schools are somehow a big problem when it comes to spread of the virus has been refuted yet again. Not only is the forced quarantining of healthy children disruptive to a student’s education, but many folks in Florida are not able to work from home. With this rule, we are following a symptom-based approach to quarantining students in Florida.”

State Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo said “We must make sure that we are doing what is right for parents and for students. There’s not a single high-quality study that shows that any child has ever benefited from forced quarantining policies, but we have seen demonstrable and considerable harm to children.”

Last week Hendry County schools had 53 students quarantined, 31 from the elementary schools.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Hendry Hospital Resumes Elective Surguries

Clewiston, FL (September 22, 2021) – Hendry Regional Medical Center will resume elective surgeries Monday, September 27, with safety guidelines in place.

For the past month surgeries and other elective procedures were placed on hold while the dedicated staff at HRMC stood on the front lines and battled the COVID19 pandemic within the community.

New and existing elective surgery procedures will resume with safety guidelines in place. Ongoing safety measures include: no visitors, screening questions for all patients prior to entry, temperature checks, and all staff and patients required to wear face masks.

Patients seeking elective general surgery require a COVID19 test, and results obtained prior to the surgery date. Patients must receive a negative result as part of the required pre-operative testing.

Patients undergoing outpatient surgery and/or procedures may have one designated visitor who will be permitted to assist with the arrival and registration process if needed. This visitor will leave the facility during the procedure/surgery, remain near the premises, and will be contacted by phone post-procedure/surgery.

Hendry Regional Medical Center has two state of the art surgery suites with an additional procedure unit. To schedule an appointment with a HRMC general surgeon call 863-983-5026.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021


LaBelle, Fla - The Health Department in LaBelle has coordinated with StatLab to provide FREE testing for COVID-19. 

Testing will be provided as a “drive-thru” service. Testing will be provided by StatLab 1-844-4MYLABS (1-844-469-5227) 

Results are expected within 48 to 72 hours. NOTE: The Health Department will not have access to your test results. StatLab will email or call you with the results.

Saturday, September 25th at the Hendry County Health Department – LaBelle
1140 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, FL 33935
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Above: Drone Photos by Don Browne - LaBelle Health Department Testing Site

El Departamento de Salud de Florida en los condado de Hendry en LaBelle ha coordinado una unidad movil para ofrecer PRUEBAS GRATUITAS para COVID-19 para adulto y ninos.

Sabado, Septiembre 25, Departamento de Salud del Condado Hendry 1140 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle
9:00 a.m. a 2:00 p.m. Pruba de PCR: (Resultados disponibles en 48-72 horas.

No hay pruebas rapidas disponibles en este evento)