This page is updated daily. The FDOH report today shows another Monroe County resident who had tested positive for COVID-19 has died. A 97-year-old man was confirmed to have died yesterday. This marks the 6th COVID-19 related death in Monroe County. We are awaiting specifics from local DOH on current hospitalizations today (yesterday there were 5 – 3 at Lower Keys Medical Center and 2 at the Baptist run hospitals). The number of new cases listed in the report today is 32; the highest number to date for a single day in Monroe County. Three previously confirmed cases have been removed from the Monroe County list due to residency in a different Florida county. The cumulative total for Monroe County has risen by 29 and is now 427. Of the 32 new cases, 10 are residents of Key West (now 147), 9 are residents of Key Largo (now 76), 3 in Tavernier (now 55), 3 in Islamorada (now 22), 2 in Summerland (now 8), 1 in Stock Island (now 3), and 3 cases do not as yet have residency determined. Of the 32 new individuals who have tested positive 14 are 40-years-old or younger, 9 are between 41 and 60 years old, 8 are over 60 years old with the oldest being a 76-year-old.
Here in Stock Island, in just a few years, we have had such over development that we have a hard time getting off Stock Island and onto US 1 highway, the traffic has become horrendous with too many cars. Parking has become an issue. Our neighbors have been evicted from their homes, with no protection from our local government, only assistance to the developers who evicted these families.
On May 21st Adam Bounds, who was shot 3 times inside his houseboat by FWC Captain David Dipre during an October 15th welfare check, was arrested for attempted arson and threatening a law enforcement officer. Bounds has since been released on bond. Today we received an unredacted copy of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office’s May 20th probable cause statement.
The governor of the state of New York just initiated an interesting program: over the next nine months he invites every community in his state to “put pen to paper” and propose what kind of police force they want. “It’s not that government gives us their vision of what the police should look like because we have government’s vision of what the police should look like: It’s called the current police.” He wants to hear what ideas the people have to propose. Now that is a great idea. Why couldn’t the Keys and Key West do the same?