July 17, 2020 3:05 PM
COVID-19 Update for 7/17/20
NEW COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE SPIKING
• The State of Florida has experienced significant daily increases in new COVID-19 cases this week, with an average of over 10,000 new cases per day. The Florida Department of Health reported 130 more deaths, and 11,548 more people with infections today. Only two other days have had more fatalities reported, and only three other days have had more cases since the pandemic began.
• The 11,466 new cases reported today marks the seventh time in eight days that more than 10,000 cases have been reported on a single day. No other state in the nation has seen such a sustained level of rapid growth.
• Palm Beach County has also seen a dramatic increases this week, averaging over 600 new cases per day, which is likely due to community spread caused by insufficient social distancing and mask use.
• Community spread is occurring at its highest rate in Palm Beach County since the pandemic began and the Town’s confirmed cases are also on the rise. Palm Beach County is 22nd out of 3,141 counties in the US for the most number of cases by County.
• As of 1:30 PM today, the following information was provided by the Florida Department of Health. Please be reminded that these numbers are cumulative and includes those who have recovered from the virus.
64 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach: 4 deaths.
24,361 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County: 659 deaths.
327,241 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida: 4,912 deaths.
3,604,408 confirmed cases in the US: 138,649 deaths.
13,885,746 confirmed cases worldwide: 592,573 deaths.
SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK, WASH YOUR HANDS
• As we have seen in the past weeks, the coronavirus is unforgiving and takes hold in communities where vigilance around public health measure begin to falter. The Town urges everyone to do their part to help slow the rate of infection – wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands. With all the unknowns of COVID – 19, there is consensus that these three practices reduce spread.
• Individuals 65 and older, as well as individuals with significant underlying medical conditions should stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. All other individuals are strongly encouraged to limit their movements and personal interactions outside their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or to exercise. Fresh air is good and we encourage you to outside, but practice social distancing and wear a mask when near others.
TOWN OF PALM BEACH EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 2020-03
• The Town’s Emergency Order No. 2020-03 went into effect on July 16, prohibiting establishments within the Town of Palm Beach from serving alcohol or food for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM. This order excludes delivery, drive-through, pick-up, or take-out services, for off-site consumption. Daily curfew begins at 11:00 PM and ends at 6:00 AM.
• Please be reminded that masks are required by employees at all times and by patrons when not seated at their table. Diners should be at least 6 apart from diners at other tables. Tables must be spaced out to meet these requirements.
MANDATORY MASKS OR FACIAL COVERINGS
• Per Palm Beach County Order 2020-12, masks or facial coverings are REQUIRED to be worn by all persons within the county (including the Town of Palm Beach) while visiting or working in any businesses or establishment. This includes, but is not limited to, restaurants, retail establishments, hotels, grocery stores, gyms, pharmacies, indoor recreational facilities, houses of worship, government buildings, and vehicles for hire.
• Facial coverings MUST also be worn by all persons in public places where social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible. This includes outdoor areas and common areas shared by multiple individuals, which include common areas inside and outside of residential buildings. This includes all CONDOMINIUMS, CO-OPS and all other multi-family dwellings.
• Curfew remains in effect from 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM until further notice.
• All public parks within the Town are open, but CDC social distancing guidelines must be followed, per Palm Beach County Order No. 7. The Seaview Park playground remains closed until further notice.
• The Town’s public golf course and tennis facilities are open but usage must comply with restrictions outlined in Palm Beach County Order No. 2020-11.
• Please be advised that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have issued a travel advisory that requires people arriving from states with high coronavirus rates, including Florida, to quarantine for 14 days.
• Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is 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.
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