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April 3, 2020 12:54 PM

COVID-19 UPDATE for 4/3/20


• Council President Pro-Tem and Chair of the Public Safety Committee, Maggie Zeidman, will moderate today's 3:00 PM Town Manager’s Community Briefing, featuring Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. David Dodson. Dr. Dodson will give a brief overview of the Coronavirus situation and provide insight on a range of topics from transmission to what to do if you think you have the virus. Please click on the link at the end of this alert to listen to the briefing at 3:00 PM.

• The Town has strongly encouraged the management of Publix to identify and implement additional solutions to ensure compliance with CDC social distancing guidelines for their customers and workers.

o We have asked that they safely limit the number of people who can be in the store at one time and better manage the flow of customers in and out of the store.
o Because of narrowness of aisles, we’ve recommended they make them one-way.
o We’ve recommended they identify a “movement coordinator” inside and outside of the store to ensure shoppers are maintaining safe distances from each other.
o We’ve requested they consider installing hand sanitizing dispensers at entrances.
o The hours of 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM appear to be peak times, so it is advised that you shop outside of these hours when the store in less busy.

• The Town is communicating with the local construction industry on a daily basis to ensure all CDC social distancing and hygiene guidelines are being followed. We are also providing safety guidelines and urging them to strictly monitor their job sites and limit crew movement about the island. Contractors have been extremely receptive to our direction and we thank them for that.

• The Town is also communicating with the local landscaping industry and have communicated similar guidelines to the companies who provide service to our residents, as well as monitoring their work sites and limit crew movement on the island to job sites only. We are hopeful their employees will strictly adhere to the CDC guidelines.

• Please note there is a lag in reporting, but the following numbers have been provided by the Florida Department of Health as of 12:30 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.
 781 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 29 deaths.
 9,585 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 163 deaths.
 257,773 confirmed cases in the US, with 6,586 deaths.
 1,056,777 confirmed cases worldwide, with 55,781 deaths.

• Nearly 92,000 tests have now been formed in Florida, which is second only to NY. However, the confirmed number of cases still 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.
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• 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 State-wide “Stay at Home” order remains in place. Individuals 65 and older, as well as individuals with significant underlying medical conditions shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. All other individuals shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. 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, pools and tennis courts 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.

• 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.
 Please be reminded that motorized equipment, including motorized skateboards are not permitted on the trail at any time.
 Please also remember that dogs must be leashed at all times and don’t forget to clean-up after your pet.

• 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.

• 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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov with questions.

• Questions for the Town can be emailed to questions@townofpalmbeach.com. A Town Hotline is also available for questions 561-227-7070.

• Click on the link below to listen to today’s Town Manager’s COVID-19 Briefing.

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