LABELLE — As Florida approaches becoming a new epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic, local demand for both testing and vaccines has increased exponentially.
Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, July 31, 2021. Which is the state's highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Over the last week, Florida saw a 50% increase weekly in new cases, as the state reported 110,477 cases from July 23 to July 29, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health.
Florida also reported 409 deaths this week, which brings the state's total to more than 39,000 since the pandemic began in March 2020. The peak for deaths in the state happened in mid-August 2020 when 1,266 people died over the span of seven days.
“We had been hesitant to get the vaccine, as so many of our family and friends are against it,” said Kathy Prescott, a LaBelle resident and mom of three teen boys. “But after speaking with our family doctor, we are all getting our vaccines at K&M this week. I think it’s really important for everyone who can, to get vaccinated. This new surge is scary, and the new variants, too. I’m worried for our community.”
Due to the high amount of requests for COVID 19 vaccinations, K&M Drugs in LaBelle has begun to offer vaccines on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. No appointment is needed, and both Moderna and J&J vaccines are available. They are also offering rapid covid tests daily, during normal business hours.
LaBelle’s K&M Drugs is located at 149 W. Hickpochee Avenue and can be reached by calling 863-675-0004.