COVID-19 UPDATE 3-31-2020: Mayor’s Message

Public Safety  |  March 31, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/31/20 1:17 PM

• The Town would like to begin today’s update with a thank you to those who are abiding by the Stay Home – Stay Safe Order. Please encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to join you in helping us to slow the spread of COVID-19 and flatten the curve. Your actions will minimize infection and reduce what is expected to be a significant impact on our local hospitals.

• The curve has yet to begin flattening so your prolonged adherence to all of the Federal, State, County, and Town orders and recommendations is critical.

• There have been a lot of questions regarding Palm Beach County’s order which requires the closing of all community pools, including those located in condominium complexes. The reason pools were closed is because furniture, gates, handles, keys, can retain the virus for several hours. Also, the stay home stay safe policy is intended to prevent gatherings of people to slow the spread. Therefore, considering the importance of slowing the spread of COVID-19, to protect fire, police, health care workers, and those most at risk (60 and older) community pools must be closed.

• 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.

• Whether you are sick, caring for a sick family member or healthy, please securely tie all of your garbage in plastic garbage bags. This additional precautionary measure includes securing all personal hygiene products, used tissues, paper towels, sanitary wipes, facemasks, gloves, and similar items in plastic garbage bags. Garbage bags should be tied securely for disposal to protect our sanitation employees.

• In response to the numerous complaints of alleged unsafe social distance practices at many of the Island’s construction sites, the Town communicated with all contractors yesterday reminding them that CDC 6-foot social distancing requirements must be followed at all construction sites. They were also advised that failure to abide might result in an order to cease construction activities until further notice.

• Please note there is a lag in reporting, but the following numbers have been provided by the Florida Department of Health as of 1:00PM today:

 11 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 deaths.
 514 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 11 deaths.
 6,338 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 77 deaths.
 175,067 confirmed cases in the US, with 3,415 deaths.
 823,479 confirmed cases worldwide, with 40,636 deaths.

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An information webpage for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been created as a resource to the community by the Town of Palm Beach. Town Staff will be providing updates via Town Alerts under Stay Informed on our website. Click here to visit the Town COVID-19 webpage.

Other COVID-19 resources

Florida Department of Health – COVID-19

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Palm Beach County Health Department COVID-19 Toolkit

World Health Organization (COVID-2019) situation reports

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