April 7, 2020 12:57 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE for 4/7/20
• The Town would like to remind everyone to beware of COVID-19 scams. 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.
• The Town learned today that our community still has one of the lowest response rates in the County for the 2020 Census. 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.
o Every address in Palm Beach received a mailer which contained instructions with a 12 Digit Census ID and instructions on how to complete the questionnaire through the Census website https://my2020census.gov/ or by calling 844-330-2020 to complete the survey by phone. The first set of mailers have been distributed between March 12-20 to each Palm Beach address.
o Each address will receive at least 2 reminders to fill out the census questionnaire. If the Census Bureau doesn’t receive a response, then a paper questionnaire will be mailed to each address between the dates of April 08-15.
o It is estimated that we are in danger of losing over $30,000 per person in the coming decade for each person NOT COUNTED in the 2020 Census.
o Please take a few minutes to learn more about the 2020 Census by clicking the link at the end of this alert.
• The following numbers have been provided by the Florida Department of Health as of 12:30PM 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.
1,136 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 63 deaths.
14,504 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 283 deaths.
369,069 confirmed cases in the US, with 11,018 deaths.
1,381,014 confirmed cases worldwide, with 76,507 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.
• 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 now recommends the use of cloth face masks if you need to leave your home, but please continue to maintain 6-feet of distance from others and follow CDC recommended hygiene guidelines.
• The Town has received several messages of concern in reference to the Four Seasons and recent news articles referencing Citadel’s presence there. After looking into the concerns, we have confirmed to the best of our ability that none of the State, County, or Town emergency orders have been violated, to include the self-quarantine order for travelers from specified locations. We are also in continuous communication with the management of the Four Seasons to ensure that they are aware of all of the aforementioned orders, and any new ones that may be issued. We have responded recently to the Four Seasons for several Violation of Town Ordinance complaints, but to date have not observed a citable violation. We will continue to respond as necessary to ensure the safety and comfort of all of the residents and visitors to Palm Beach.
• 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. It is strongly recommended that shoppers avoid peak hours, which appear to be between 11:00AM - 1:00PM, to assist in reducing congestion.
• The Town continues to communicate with the construction and landscaping industries to ensure solutions are being implemented to ensure compliance with CDC social distancing guidelines by workers. Town staff will monitor project sites as best we can to ensure guidelines are being adhered to.
• 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 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.
Businesses and residents can protect our front-line sanitation employees by securely tying garbage bags and placing them in secure containers. This includes securing all personal hygiene products, used tissues, paper towel, sanitary wipes, face masks, gloves, and similar items in plastic garbage bags. Collection crews must assume all waste is infected to properly protect themselves.
• 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.
• 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 2020 Census webpage.