News Cast 5/3

News Cast for May 3rd:

In the last seven days, 8 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Okeechobee County. Since last March, Okeechobee has had 3,895 cases and 88 deaths. Florida has had over 2.2 million cases and 35,000+ deaths since March 2020 with 3,841 new cases in the last seven days.

Remember to wash your hands, social distance when you’re able and wear your masks in buildings/businesses that require you to wear one. Covid-19 vaccinations are being offered on Tuesdays at the Agri-Civic Center to any individual over 18 years of age that wants one. For more details, go to myvaccine.fl.gov.

Festival shooting claims life near Clewiston

Hendry County Sheriff Deputies said a 20 year old Lehigh Acres woman… Evereonna Sankey was shot dead at the Brown Sugar Festival in Harlem outside of Clewiston Saturday.

Three others were injured in the shooting.

Efforts were made to save the victim’s life but were unsuccessful.

They continue to investigate and have not made an arrest.

Sheriff Steve Whidden promised to bring the culprit or culprits to justice, “Our Investigators are following up on all leads and we are determined to bring about closure for this family,” Whidden said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Evereonna Sankey.”

Structure fire damages home

A fire damaged a home on 441 southeast Saturday, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue reported.

Fire Rescue and city firemen both responded to put out the blaze.

Fire rescue says the family lost a pet in the blaze.

The American Red Cross Okeechobee office is assisting the family.

The cause is under investigation.