April 8, 2020 4:53 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE #2 of 2 for 4/8/20
• The following numbers have been provided by the Florida Department of Health as of 4:30PM today. Please note that these numbers lag and are not in real time.
16 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 deaths.
1,206 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 69 deaths.
15,456 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 309 deaths.
419,975 confirmed cases in the US, with 14,262 deaths.
1,495,051 confirmed cases worldwide, with 87,469 deaths.
• According to models, the number of confirmed COVID positive cases and associated deaths are expected to spike in the days and weeks ahead.
• The only proven way to slow the infection rate and flatten the curve according to the CDC is through social distancing, physical isolation, frequent hand washing, and not touching your face. The CDC also recommends using cloth face masks if you need to leave your home, but continue to maintain 6-feet of distance from others.
• The Town is still receiving reports of scammers trying to solicit funds from residents. The Town is not soliciting donations by phone calls. Residents should be wary of calls and emails from unknown sources, or sources posing as the Town or other local government entities.
• Our Census participation is still the lowest response rate in the County. The Town of Palm Beach is encouraging everyone that has not completed the Census to please do so as soon as you are able. Although April 1 has passed, you are still able to respond after that date and be included in the count. Please check your mail for the instructions on how to complete your census. The Town website has links or you can call the census hotline at 844-330-2020. If our participation remains this low, the Town stands to lose close to $30,000 per resident in the coming decade for each person NOT COUNTED in the 2020 Census.
• The Town has confirmed that Publix has implemented many of the solutions we recommended to ensure compliance with CDC social distancing guidelines for their customers and workers. A “movement coordinator” has been stationed outside the store and are limiting the amount of shoppers that can be inside at one time. They have also improved the flow of traffic in the aisles through the use of directional arrows. It is still strongly recommended that shoppers avoid peak hours, which appear to be between 11:00AM - 1:00PM, to assist in reducing congestion.
• Per previous State, County and Town orders, the following continue to be in effect, unless expressly superseded by State EO 20-91. All orders can be found on the Town’s COVID-19 website.
A Statewide “Stay at Home” order remains in place, all non-essential businesses are closed and a daily curfew from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM remains in place for the Town.
As mandated by State Executive Orders, all persons whose point of departure originated from an area of substantial community spread of COVID-19, including the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and Louisiana MUST isolate or quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida.
No new short-term vacation rentals of less than 30 days or one calendar month is permitted. Realtors are urged to advise clients from regions of high community spread that they are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
As ordered by Palm Beach County all public and private parks, golf courses, pools and tennis courts must be closed, including those in condominium complexes.
All boat docks, ramps, marinas, and any other venues utilized for launching any vessels are closed until further notice. All islands, sandbars, and intracoastal lands are also prohibited for use by the public.
All beaches are closed. Notices to appear in court may be issued to violators.
All Town public buildings and government offices remain closed. However, all departments continue to provide services remotely and with minimal on-site staff. Police, Fire-Rescue, and sanitation services are fully operational, as is the maintenance of critical infrastructure and utilities.
• The following rules remain in effect for usage of the Lake Trail, until further notice.
From 9:00AM - 4:00PM daily, only walkers and runners are permitted on the Trail.
Cyclists and all other permitted uses can take place outside of these times.
• Hours of operation for PUBLIX are 8:00AM to 8:00PM, 7 days/week (age 65 and over only from 7:00AM-8:00AM on Tuesday and Wednesday) and AMICI MARKET is open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday.
• Greens Pharmacy is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, offering free delivery. Lewis Pharmacy and Fedco Drugs are open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday.
• The Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline and email is up and running 24/7. Call 866-779-6121 or email COVIDemail@example.com with questions.
• Questions for the Town can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Town Hotline is also available for questions 561-227-7070.
• Click the link below to visit the Town’s COVID-19 Website for more information, including answers to FAQs.