April 4, 2020 12:19 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE for 4/4/20
• The number of confirmed COVID positive cases and associated deaths will unfortunately continue to increase in the days and weeks ahead. The peak is not here yet, so it is especially important for us to continue following the Statewide Stay at Home Order to protect us from COVID-19, by slowing the infection spread and flattening the curve.
• Yesterday, the CDC updated its guidelines to recommend the use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission, like Palm Beach County. Asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission has been a concern for health officials, so this recommendation is intended to further minimize infection spread when in public.
• It is important to emphasize that face coverings are not meant to replace social distancing guidelines, they are meant to supplement them. Please continue to maintain 6-feet of distance from others and follow CDC recommended hygiene guidelines.
• 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.
15 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 deaths.
908 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 34 deaths.
11,111 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 191 deaths.
278,568 confirmed cases in the US, with 7,163 deaths.
1,140,327 confirmed cases worldwide, with 60,887 deaths.
• 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.
• The Town continues to communicate with Publix, as well as the construction and landscaping industries to ensure solutions are implemented to ensure compliance with CDC social distancing guidelines. We are grateful for their cooperation and hopeful that our strong recommendations will be implemented.
• Per previous State, County and Town orders, the following continue to be in effect, unless expressly superseded by State EO 20-91.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 is open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday. The hours of 8:00AM – 9:00AM and 11:00AM – 1:00PM appear to be peak times at PUBLIX, so it is advised that you shop outside of these hours when the store in less busy.
• 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.