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- 300 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach: 12 deaths.
- 81,111 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County: 1,824 deaths.
- 1,250,676 confirmed cases in the State of Florida: 19,851 deaths.
- 17,110,219 confirmed cases in the US: 309,334 deaths.
- 74,687,157 confirmed cases worldwide: 1,657,132 deaths.
TOWN-WIDE CURFEW IN EFFECT FROM 1:00AM – 5:00AM
A Town-wide Curfew is in effect from 1:00 AM until 5:00 AM daily. This curfew applies to all persons within the Town of Palm Beach, with the exception of law enforcement and public safety personnel, medical, work or school personnel, travel for religious services, or other travel authorized by law enforcement personnel.
COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE
- COVID-19 vaccinations have now been approved and begun shipping across the United States. Based upon the State of Florida’s plan, we expect that many of the Town’s residents who are over the age of 65 or those with underlying health conditions will be eligible to be vaccinated in Phase 2, which we anticipate to begin at the end of January or beginning of February. (Phase 1 will start this week and include health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities.)
- Palm Beach Fire Rescue has registered with the State to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. We have an agreement with the County Health Department to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. And, we have trained all of our employees to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. As soon as those vaccines are available to us, Fire-Rescue plans on beginning vaccinations for those residents of the Town who meet the Phase 2 criteria.
- The great news about vaccines and the imminent distribution plans should bring comfort but should not cause us to let our guard down. Cases of new infection are still rising, so we urge residents to remain vigilant, wear their facemask, and practice social distancing.
SAFELY ENJOY THE WINTER HOLIDAY SEASON BY FOLLOWING CDC GUIDELINES
- The CDC has advised that the safest way to celebrate the winter holiday season is to celebrate at home with the people you live with, as gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of COVID-19 transmission.
- Unfortunately, many people chose not to follow the guidelines that were issued by the CDC for the Thanksgiving holiday, and now the entire nation is experiencing a more rapid increase of new COVID-19 infections.
- Protect yourself, your family, and your friends. Click on the link at the end of this update for tips and guidelines on how to enjoy a safe holiday season.
WEARING A MASK COMMUNICATES KINDNESS AND CONCERN FOR OTHERS
- A county-wide mask mandate remains in effect, requiring face coverings by all persons visiting or working in any businesses, establishment, or residential buildings. Face coverings MUST also be worn by all persons in outdoor public places where social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.
- The Town is urging its residents to do more. As you enjoy the beautiful outdoor spaces in Town, such as the Lake Trail and playground at Seaview Park, please show kindness and concern for others by wearing your mask when others are around, even if they are more than 6 feet away.
- There are so many factors we cannot control in this pandemic. The one element we can control is wearing a mask. Please do your part and be an example in your circle of influence. Wearing a mask does help mitigate the virus’ spread.