In an update from Okeechobee County Health Department on Thursday, 212 cases were reported over the last week — that’s up 39% from the previous week.
Also reported over the last week were 44 cases of hospitalizations with COVID-like symptoms. As of Wednesday night, ICU’s were overflowed.
County health leaders said with only 41% of county residents vaccinated, the push continues.
“People need to get vaccinated,” said Brett Smith with the Okeechobee County Department of Health. “You need to get vaccinated, it’s not going to harm you, it’s not going to hurt you.”
Smith said so far, no cases have come from Okeechobee County School District. He said the county health department is waiting on federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to come through, which will help schools get the help they need as cases pop up.
“This will put a nurse in every single school,” Smith said.
The plan is to also provide rapid testing at each school campus. There are currently 10 vaccine sites throughout the county.