The Voice of the Gem City

April 28, 2020

This is Marcia Lane, your roving reporter.

Good news for Putnam and St. Johns counties where no new coronavirus cases were reported Monday. Putnam remained at 87 confirmed cases since virus reporting began by the Florida Department of Health. Likewise, St. Johns stayed at 204 cases. Flagler County saw six new cases Monday, which puts that count at 127 cases. That county’s Covid-19 testing site at Daytona State College will resume testing Wednesday in their partnership with AdventHealth Palm Coast. Testing there is now available to anyone who has symptoms or who has had close contact with someone testing positive for the virus.

Two staffers at two assisted living facilities in Palm Coast have tested positive for coronavirus. Florida Department of Health released a corrected statewide report for cases at long-term care facilities. Exactly when the cases occurred isn’t clear but the reporting began in mid-March. One staffer was at Princeton Village of Palm Coast. The other was at Brookdale Palm Coast, which was formerly Sterling House.

Beach reopenings continue although authorities are reminding people lifeguards aren’t yet in place. Flagler County has reopened its beaches 24 hours a day. St. Johns County beaches are now open from 6 a.m. to noon daily. In both counties, beaches are for exercising not sitting and talking.

Classmates of two Creekside High School students killed in a car accident Saturday on the Suwannee County line gathered Monday to remember them. St. Johns County students gathered at Rivertown Dock, lighting candles and remembering Jacob Llana, 18, and Aurelia St. Jean, 16. Theirs was the third accident involving deaths of Creekside students in the last four months. In December student Jack Wheeler died after being ejected from a car. In March, Rhett McCool, 18, died in a crash in Palatka. None of the students involved were wearing seat belts, according to reports.

St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to find a trailer and about $15,000 worth of construction tools stolen March 7. The incident occurred at a construction site inside Beacon Lake Subdivision off of County Road 210. Among the tools were 10 framing guns, which possibly have the initials H.E.S., S.M.A. or H.S. on them. If you have information, contact Detective R. Owens at rowens@sjso.org.

As stay-at-home isolation continues, some families are in need. Drive thru food giveaways are scheduled at South Putnam Church, 284 Union Avenue, in Crescent City from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday and on Friday at Victory Christian Church on U.S. 19 South in East Palatka beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Veteran and former Florida Highway Patrol trooper Jerry Bedenbaugh and his family have been honored by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Although Bedenbaugh never worked at the Sheriff’s Office his son, Jed, is a youth resource officer and his granddaughter, Lyndsey, works in the administrative building. He and his wife owned and operated Brunner’s Building Supply in East Palatka for decades. He’s currently in hospice care with Haven Hospice and the ceremony was arranged to honor his legacy.

 

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