March 31, 2020 1:17 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/31/20
• The Town would like to begin today’s update with a thank you to those who are abiding by the Stay Home - Stay Safe Order. Please encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to join you in helping us to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. Your actions will minimize infection and reduce what is expected to be a significant impact on our local hospitals.
• The curve has yet to begin flattening so your prolonged adherence to all of the Federal, State, County, and Town orders and recommendations is critical.
• There have been a lot of questions regarding Palm Beach County’s order which requires the closing of all community pools, including those located in condominium complexes. The reason pools were closed is because furniture, gates, handles, keys, can retain the virus for several hours. Also, the stay home stay safe policy is intended to prevent gatherings of people to slow the spread. Therefore, considering the importance of slowing the spread of COVID-19, to protect fire, police, health care workers, and those most at risk (60 and older) community pools must be closed.
• 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.
• Whether you are sick, caring for a sick family member or healthy, please securely tie all of your garbage in plastic garbage bags. This additional precautionary measure includes securing all personal hygiene products, used tissues, paper towels, sanitary wipes, facemasks, gloves, and similar items in plastic garbage bags. Garbage bags should be tied securely for disposal to protect our sanitation employees.
• In response to the numerous complaints of alleged unsafe social distance practices at many of the Island’s construction sites, the Town communicated with all contractors yesterday reminding them that CDC 6-foot social distancing requirements must be followed at all construction sites. They were also advised that failure to abide might result in an order to cease construction activities until further notice.
• Please note there is a lag in reporting, but the following numbers have been provided by the Florida Department of Health as of 1:00PM today:
11 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 deaths.
514 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 11 deaths.
6,338 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 77 deaths.
175,067 confirmed cases in the US, with 3,415 deaths.
823,479 confirmed cases worldwide, with 40,636 deaths.
• The confirmed cases numbers DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested or are asymptomatic, and the limited testing that has been completed.
• 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 Lake Trail.
Cyclists and all other permitted uses can take place outside of these times.
Please be reminded that motorized equipment, including motorized skateboards are not permitted on the trail at any time.
It is imperative everyone continues to stay in excess of 6 feet from one another at all times.
Please also remember that dogs must be leashed at all times and don’t forget to clean-up after your pet.
• Per previous State, County and Town orders, the following continue to be in effect. All orders can be found on the Town’s COVID-19 website.
The Town’s “Stay Home – Stay Safe” order urges to stay home. Residents and visitors may continue to engage in travel to and from critical retail and commercial business locations, to obtain emergency services, work in support of essential businesses, engage in outdoor recreational activities not closed to the public, and visit religious institutions, subject to CDC requirements. A daily curfew from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM remains in place.
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. The 14 day quarantine requirement is extremely important and applies regardless of if you arrived by plane, car or other means. Failure to comply with this order may lead to arrest and incarceration.
It is also extremely important for spouses or partners of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, to self-quarantine for 14 days.
All non-essential retail and commercial businesses should be closed, including those listed in the State executive order as well as the Palm Beach County order.
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 and golf courses are closed, including those in condominium complexes and homeowner associations.
All public beaches are closed, including the areas east of the mean high tide line adjacent to private property. Notices to appear in court will be issued to violators.
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.
• 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 will be open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday. It is EXTREMELY important that shoppers maintain 6 feet of distance from other shoppers.
• 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 COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
• Questions for the Town can be emailed to email@example.com. 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.