April 5, 2020 1:30 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE for 4/5/20
• As of 1:00PM today and as projected, the number of confirmed COVID positive cases in Palm Beach County has almost doubled from 567 to 998 since April 1, according to reports from the Florida Department of Health. Deaths since April 1 in Palm Beach County has tripled from 16 to 49.
o There are 15 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 known deaths.
o Statewide, confirmed COVID cases have almost doubled from 6,955 to 12,151 since April 1, and the number of deaths have more than doubled from 87 to 218.
o There are now 321,762 confirmed cases in the US, with 9,132 deaths.
o There are 1,237,420 confirmed cases worldwide, with 67,260 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.
• According to models, the number of confirmed COVID positive cases and associated deaths will continue to increase in the days and weeks ahead and the only proven way to slow the infection rate and flatten the curve is through social distancing, physical isolation, frequent hand washing, and not touching your face.
• Palm Beach Police has received numerous calls about beach use. Please be reminded that 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.
• The Town continues to receive complaints about the congestion at Publix. The Town continues to communicate with Publix management and will detail new social distancing regulations tomorrow. Please be reminded that shoppers need to take responsibility as well and follow guidelines of the CDC. It is strongly recommended that shoppers avoid peak hours, which appear to be between 8:00AM-9:00AM, 11:00AM-1:00PM and 4:00PM-5:00PM. When you do go shopping, stock up to avoid unnecessary repeat visits to the grocery stores.
• 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. We are grateful for their cooperation and hopeful that our strong recommendations will be implemented.
• State Executive Order 20-91, implemented a “Stay at Home” Order on April 3, which remains in full effect for the entire state. Yesterday, the Governor’s Office issued clarifications related to EO 20-91, as well as a detailed listing of essential businesses and services. This information can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the end of this alert.
• Yesterday, the CDC also updated its guidelines to recommend the use of cloth face coverings. 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. 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.
• 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 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 download a copy of the Governor’s clarifications to Executive Order 20-91, as well as a list of essential businesses and services.