COVID-19: Palm Beach County Updates, Friday, June 5
| May 2020
Here's your daily roundup with what to know and what you may have missed about the COVID-19 pandemic in South Florida.
- If you have questions, need further guidance, or have symptoms, call the Health Department at 1-866-779-6121 [Florida Department of Health]
- There are 60,183 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. 2,566 people have died. There are 6,688 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Palm Beach County. 359 people have died. [Florida Department of Health; NBC]
- Boynton Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (BBCRA) Board approved an additional $500,000 to be added to its Small Business Disaster Relief Forgivable Loan Program, bringing the total Program funding to $1 million. Now through September 30, 2020, businesses with 50 or fewer employees can apply for a $10,000 interest-free business loan to be used for payroll, utilities, or inventory expenses within one year of the loan date. The loan will be forgiven if the business can provide documentation of the eligible expenditures.
- The Gardens Mall is now open to guests with sanitizing stations, required daily health screenings and protective face coverings for employees, a strolling concierge, and curbside package pickup. The mall will increase sanitizing and disinfecting, particularly in high-traffic areas, including the Gardens Cafes, restrooms, and seating areas.
- Rosemary Square guest services will be open on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit the website to find out which of your favorite shops are open.
- Town Center at Boca Raton is now open and is following a comprehensive COVID-19 Exposure Control Policy developed in conjunction experts in the fields of Epidemiology and Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).
- Palm Beach Outlets are open and stores will gradually reopen. Center hours are Monday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Phase One of Florida's reopening plans mean that some of your favorite restaurants are reopening their dining rooms to offer 25 percent capacity seating in addition to curbside takeout and delivery.
- Emergency Order 2020-005 is in effect for Palm Beach County, which will reopen public and private golf courses, tennis courts, marinas, and community pools. All public county and municipal parks and natural areas, with the exception of beach parks, are open as of April 29. Click here for a complete list of what's open. [WPTV]
- Publix has implemented reserved shopping hours for first responders and began a buying program to help support farmers and food banks. Read more here.
- Amazon will deliver more than 6 million meals between now and the end of June to underserved and vulnerable populations across the U.S. In South Florida, the company will partner with Feeding South Florida to provide and prepare all shelf-stable groceries and pre-packaged foods, while a network of Amazon Flex will make contactless, doorstep deliveries.
- Sun Bum is working to give back to independent surf shops across Florida. The company is:
- Providing Visa gift cards to shops to give to their staff to buy groceries or whatever the employees might need.
- Purchasing $1,000 worth of gift cards from stores to give away to customers in the area to encourage foot traffic and purchases when the shops open back up.
- Continuing to support the surf community, encouraging customers to purchase the brand’s cult-favorite sun, lip, and hair products from local shops' online stores instead of their own website.
- Donating hand sanitizers, moisturizers, and personal care products to first responders, hospitals, and those that are on the front lines of the pandemic.
- TBC Corporation has donated a 24,000-square-foot facility in Pembroke Park to Feeding South Florida to use for overflow of dry food for the next three months. The company is also expressing appreciation for fellow members of essential business via exclusive discounts at more than 600 Tire Kingdom and NTB locations while also offering customers curbside and stay-in-car service for air pressure check, battery check and installation, fluid check and top-off, and wiper blade replacement.
- For every $100 spent within a consecutive seven days at Rosemary Square restaurants, patrons will receive a $20 gift card on takeout/delivery purchases from Wednesday, April 15 through June 1.
- Hilton and American Express will donate one million hotel room nights across the United States to medical professionals (doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, and other medical personnel). Rooms in Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton, and more will be available across Florida. [WPTV]
- Palm Beach Outlets will host a Feeding South Florida distribution center in the parking lot adjacent to the Congress Ave. entrance. Each Monday through May from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., the organization will distribute meals to families in need.
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County has expanded its free food programs to include breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks seven days a week to ALL children under the age of 18. More than 30,000 free meals are now provided weekly across Palm Beach County in collaboration with the Juvenile Transition Center. Each weekday, parents pick up the free meals via a drive-thru style distribution system at seven individual Clubs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Fridays, five Club sites distribute free meals for the entire weekend.
- The Dan Marino Foundation will be offering free virtual workshops for current students, alumni, and individuals with developmental disabilities. The workshops will be conducted by Marino Campus instructors and each topic will have three different sessions on the scheduled day (10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.):
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- World-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey is sharing his expeditions, insights of the sea, and art techniques for families confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic through free online art sessions, discussions and educational videos on Facebook Live every Saturday and Tuesday in May. Viewers who miss the live sessions can catch up on Guy Harvey’s Facebook Page.
- Residents are encouraged to wear a cloth mask upon leaving their homes. For an example of CDC-compliant homemade facial coverings, click here. [Palm Beach County; CDC]
- The Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted $10,000 of its $1.25 million COVID-19 emergency fund to Feeding South Florida to help the hunger-fighting organization meet the community's pressing needs. The funding will provide 20 meals per week to 115,000 children and their families for Palm Beach County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Broward County Public Schools.
- Jupiter Medical Center is offering two daily online meditation sessions via Zoom to help ease anxiety and increase mindfulness during times of isolation. The 45-minute sessions are hosted by the Calcagnini Center for Mindfulness, Monday through Friday at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. The sessions are free of charge; click here to register.
- The UpCycle Project, a Miami-based sustainable fashion platform, is using resources donated to the UpCycle Foundation to create homemade cloth masks. The organization is repurposing a donation of 7,000 cotton t-shirts for the project, which is enough material for 12,000 masks. The foundation is also employing a team of seamstresses who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.
- Tri Rail is offering an 18-train schedule every two hours on weekdays, a 12-train schedule with three hour frequency on weekends, and has suspended fairs.
- Scripps Research Scientists are researching medicines to repurpose to fight coronavirus. [Scripps Research]
- U.S. Small Business Administration announced the automatic deferments on loans through December 31, 2020.
- Publix is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. for seniors 65 and over. The supermarket chain's pharmacies will also open at 7 a.m. Other grocers, like Fresh Market, Target, Trader Joe's, Walgreens, Walmart, Whole Foods, and Winn-Dixie have implemented similar shopping plans.
Images courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This article is being updated.