April 1, 2020 1:34 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE for 4/01/20
• Today’s alert is the 30th update the Town has provided about the Coronavirus outbreak and our efforts to mitigate its spread. Today is also the original deadline to complete the 2020 Census. The Town of Palm Beach has the lowest Census participation in Palm Beach County as of today. It is extremely important that all residents complete the CENSUS as soon as possible so the Town is in the best position to receive valuable State and Federal funding, which is based on population, including funding that may come to assist in our expenses related to the COVID-19 response.
• Participating in the Census is private, safe and affects everyone regardless of citizenship. Completing it is mandatory for everyone living in the United States and part of your civic duty. Every person that is NOT counted equates to less funding received to provide services to the community. The Census questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete. The Census postcard you received in the mail provides instructions for completing the questionnaire on-line or by phone (844-330-2020). If you are unable to complete it on-line or by phone, the Census Bureau will mail you a questionnaire soon, but we urge you to find a safe way to complete it now to notify the Federal government where you were residing on April 1, 2020. Click on the link at the end of this alert for more information.
• As we start the month of April, health officials have warned us that the positive COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida and Palm Beach County are still weeks away from peaking.
• We, as a community, cannot control what happens statewide or countywide but we are urging bolder actions. We can, however, play our part in minimizing the infection spread within the Town of Palm Beach by Staying Home - Staying Safe. Please urge your friends, family, and neighbors to join you in helping us to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve.
• State Executive Order No. 20-89 was issued yesterday, requiring Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties adhere to Miami Dade’s Order No. 07-20, which places public access restrictions to non-essential business as described in the order. A copy of the order can be found on the Town’s website.
• One of many businesses/services listed as critical include construction. The Town does not have the legal authority to override the Governor’s State Executive Order 20-89 or Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-002a and deem construction as a non-essential activity. We understand that there are concerns about the lack of proper social distancing and hygiene precautions at certain construction sites. The Town is actively working with contractors to ensure their workers are abiding by the CDC 6-foot social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
• Please note there is a lag in reporting, but the following numbers have been provided by the Florida Department of Health as of 1:00 PM today. Also, note the numbers for the Town may not include all positive cases due to self-transports to hospitals or private providers.
13 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 deaths.
567 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 16 deaths.
6,955 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 87 deaths.
190,740 confirmed cases in the US, with 4,127 deaths.
887,067 confirmed cases worldwide, with 44,264 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.
• Town Manager, Kirk Blouin, and members of his team will provide an update on the COVID-19 outbreak at 3:00PM today, via live audio stream from the Town’s website. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The next update will be on Friday at 3:00PM. Archived audio from previous updates can be found on the Town website.
• 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 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, golf courses and pools must be 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.
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.
• 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 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 get more information on Census 2020.