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Emergency Management Report – COVID19

Update 4 (April 1 – April 6, 2020)

Introduction

This report is to provide information about the emergency activities undertaken by City departments in response to the COVID19 pandemic. This report is to be considered accurate at the initial time of its distribution, the nature of this event is that information and direction is changing rapidly.

Primary Event Details

CDC is responding to a pandemic of respiratory disease spreading from person-to-person caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This situation poses a serious public health risk. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this situation. COVID-19 can cause mild to severe illness; most severe illness occurs in older adults.

Situation Globally

The WHO COVID-19 Situation Report for April 6 reported 1,133,758 confirmed COVID-19 cases (82,061 new since the previous day; 237,308 new since Friday’s briefing) and 62,784 deaths (5,798 new since the previous day; 17,258 new since Friday’s briefing). The global totals reached 50,000 deaths on April 3 and 1 million cases on April 4 .

Situation in the US

The US CDC reported 304,826 cases (27,043 new since the previous day; 65,007 new since Friday’s briefing) and 7,616 deaths (1,023 new since the previous day; 3,103 new since Friday’s briefing) on April 6. Of these cases, fewer than 2.5% have an identified exposure—travel-related or close contact of a known case. As of yesterday, 11 states have reported more than 5,000 cases (2 new since Friday’s briefing), and 27 states have reported widespread community transmission (1 new since Friday’s briefing). The Johns Hopkins CSSE dashboard is reporting 338,995 US cases and 9,683 deaths as of 11:45am on April 6.

Situation in Florida

The FL Department of Health is reporting 13,629 positive cases out of 124,726 tested. Of the positive cases 1,720 have been hospitalized and 254 have died. Florida continues to administer an average of 8000 tests per day with around 12% of those tested coming back positive. The Governor has enacted a stay-at-home order for Palm Beach County and all non-essential businesses are closed.

Situation in Palm Beach County

The FL Department of Health is reporting 1,082 positive cases out of 5,895 tested. Of the positive cases 1,070 have been hospitalized and 51 have died. The Governor has enacted a stay-at-home order for Palm Beach County and all non-essential businesses, parks, and beaches are closed.

Executive Orders

Palm Beach County Orders and Actions

Lake Worth Beach Orders and Actions

  • Resolution Re-Affirming Authority of City Manager (March 20, 2020)
  • Suspension of Utility Disconnects (March 18, 2020)
  • Administrative Order 2020-01 Temporary/Emergency Contagious Illness Telecommuting Policy and Procedure (March 20, 2020)
  • Administrative Order 2020-02 Temporary/Emergency Contagious Illness Policy Procedure (March 20, 2020)

Federal Information

COVID19 Support Toolkit

The House of Representatives have released an easy to read COVID19 Support Toolkit. This Families First Coronavirus Constituent Service Resource Toolkit helps residents understand all the benefits that are available — and how to access them.

https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-TOOLKIT-3.30.20.pdf

Census 2020

April 1st was the official US Census day. Residents of Lake Worth Beach have been encouraged to take part to ensure that an accurate count of our community is undertaken so Lake Worth Beach receives the Federal funding and assistance according to its population.

https://my2020census.gov/

State Information

COVID19 Resources For Floridians

In response to COVID19 the governor’s office has published a list of resources available for all Floridians to utilize at this time.

Small Business Support

Lake Worth Beach Local businesses and the downtown area are facing the threat of significantly reduced foot traffic and sales, due to ever changing protocol and regulations regarding the COVID-19. Below is a list of resources that could help your business.

Latest Business News

Business Resources

The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19.

Please click the link below for more information:

https://bit.ly/3bYYdEX

For more information for Small Businesses please visit: https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/sba-covid19/

Online Reemployment Assistance

For residents whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19, they may file a Reemployment Assistance Claim through CONNECT, Florida’s online Reemployment Assistance System http://floridajobs.org/.

Local Information

COVID-19 Testing Available

Telephone registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 testing is now available in Palm Beach County from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by The Healthcare District of Palm Beach County.

Health Care District of Palm Beach County testing line: (561) 642-1000

On-site testing (swab sample collection) is available at:

  • FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches
    • 5444 Haverhill Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
    • (561) 642-1000
  • South County Civic Center
    • 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446
    • (561) 804-0250

Pre Approval and appointments are required.

Click here for more detailed information.

School Food Service

Schools across Palm Beach County are distributing ‘Grab and Go’ bags. Hours for Food distribution will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

  • For the week of April 6th feeding sites will be open Monday through Thursday. Those who come on Thursday to pick up meals will be receiving meals for both Thursday and Friday.
  • Starting Monday, April 13th and until further notice, the 35 feeding sites will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Two days’ worth of meals will be provided each day. Meals distributed will be lunch and dinner only.

In Lake Worth Beach, Highland Elementary and Lake Worth High School are offering this service, for a full list across Palm Beach County please see http://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/COVID19/School-Feeding%20Sites_Post-Spring-Break.pdf

Message from Mayor Pam

Mayor Pam addressed the residents of Lake Worth Beach on April 3.

Assistance with Utility Bills and/or Rent

There are options available to assist residents at this time and Palm Beach County Community Services is a first contact in this situation.

Online Services:

  • Utility Assistance
  • Rental Assistance
  • Other emergency services available

www.pbcgov.org/communityservices

Drive through food pantry

On April 7th, members of the City Commission, City Management, and the CRA will again join Feeding South Florida and a team of helpful volunteers to provide a drive through food pantry at the HATCH1121 in Downtown Lake Worth Beach. Each car will receive a collection of essential groceries including; milk, eggs, and vegetables.

Online Building Permits

Many of the services provided for permits, contractor certification, code enforcement are now online. In-person, face-to-face contact inside a building is being limited. For a complete list of online services please visit https://lakeworthbeachfl.gov/online-services

The issuance of building permits will still take place while the office is closed to public access.

Lake Worth Beach Local

The Lake Worth Beach webmaster has developed an online database of local restaurants, shops, and other businesses to make it easy for residents to support local businesses.

https://local.lakeworthbeachfl.gov/

Live Streaming Leisure

The Leisure Services Department is implementing a program of livestreamed recreation and library activities including storytime for preschoolers, crafts for school children, and step challenges for teens and adults. This will allow residents to still benefit from leisure programs while maintaining social distancing and self isolating.

  • Library Staff are producing multiple weekly storytimes for preschoolers.
    • Parents are able to drive by the Library and pick up a bag filled with a book, a craft, and a booklet on how to have Storytime at home. Both English and Spanish versions are available.
  • Recreation Staff produced a virtual arts and craft project.
  • Recreation Staff will launch a Two-Week “Mount Kilimanjaro” Step Challenge.
    • Participants will register via link on city social media platforms
    • Tracking will be via Challenge runner website and app.
    • The challenge goal is 128,263 steps (to the peak of the mountain).
    • Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 participants

Beach Complex

The Beach, Pier, and Beach Park remain closed to the public with the exception of curbside pickup of togo orders.

  • Benny’s on the Beach and Kilwins remain open
  • Mulligan’s Beach House is open on weekends
  • Mama Mia’s has closed

The chart below shows the number of vehicles being turned away over the previous week.

Department Staffing

Upcoming Meetings

The following meetings are potentially being scheduled utilizing online streaming protocols in accordance with Florida Emergency Order 20-69. No members of the public will be able to attend in person due to social distancing.

  • April 7 – Commission Meeting
    • Moved to April 9
  • April 21 – Commission Meeting
  • April 28 – Electric Utility Commission Meeting

Commission Activities

  • Mayor
    • Recorded her second Public Address.
    • Continued working with the Lake Worth Beach business community to find ways to keep them in business and their staff employed.
  • District 1
    • Canvassed the City to ensure that all residents received vital information about COVID19 in their native language, whether that is English, Spanish, or Creole.
  • District 2
    • Volunteered with food distribution
  • District 3
    • Coordinated food distribution in conjunction with the CRA
  • District 4
    • Helping locate and assist Seniors throughout the City to make sure they are getting food and any assistance that they need.PAGE_BREAK: PageBreak

Palm Beach Sheriff Office

District 14 offices are closed to the public but Law Enforcement personnel remain fully operational. Operational procedures have been updated to allow for increased social distancing and use of PPE.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue

Station 23 is closed to the public. An additional procedure has been added to screen calls in dispatch to determine possible COVID19 patients before crews arrive. Crews are wearing additional PPE.

Palm Beach County Updates

  • Palm Beach County Schools closed until further notice. The School District provides education via both digital and television broadcast formats. Distance learning began 3/31/2020.
  • Clerk and Comptroller, Courts ­ All scheduled foreclosure sales are cancelled up to and including 5/1/2020. All grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials remain suspended until further order of the Court. Non essential court proceedings will be suspended through the end of business on 5/1/2020, unless the presiding judicial officer determines that the matter may be effectively conducted remotely with all parties using communication equipment. Sheriff Bradshaw stated PBSO would not enforce evictions until further notice.
  • Tax Collector ­Service centers will be closed 3/23/2020 as the agency prepares for critical operational changes. Beginning 3/24/2020, the office will serve the public online at https://www.pbctax.com, by mail, email, and telephone only. All in person services are suspended until further notice.
  • Property Appraiser ­ As of 3/23/2020, all offices will be closed to public walk­in traffic but will remain operational by phone, e­mail, and through the Property Appraiser website: https://www.pbcgov.org/papa.
  • Supervisor of Elections (SOE) ­ Offices will be closed to walk in traffic and will only serve the public remotely beginning 3/23/2020 until further notice. All services will be available to residents by phone, email, by appointment and through the SOE website: https://www.pbcelections.org/
  • CareerSource Palm Beach County offices are closed.
  • Florida Department of Children and Families offices closed to the public. Encourages the public to use online services to apply for programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid programs.
  • Palm Tran provides regular service on routes 1, 2, 3, 43, and 62. These specific routes will adhere to the respective Weekday, Saturday, and Sunday schedules. Remaining routes will continue running on Saturday schedule (unless it’s Sunday, which would run on a Sunday level service). Starting April 13th, Go Glades Routes 1,2,3, and 4 will no longer be serviced. But you will be able to call 561­649­98385 to book a trip on Go Glades. Palm Tran suspending sales of passes and operating fare free. Passengers can enter and exit the bus via the rear door only.
  • Tri Rail modifying running modified schedule. They now run 18 trains Monday through Friday and 12 trains on Saturday and Sunday and have suspended fares. On 3/31/220 Tri Rail reported a 78% drop in riders
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