Palm Beach County coronavirus updates: Thursday, April 2

A roundup of what's happening in Palm Beach County

  • 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 7,773 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. 101 people have died. [Florida Department of Health]
  • There are 616 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Palm Beach County. 22 people have died. [The Palm Beach Post]
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a state-wide “stay-at-home” order, effective for the next 30 days. Click here for a list of essential business exceptions. [The Washington Post]
  • A drive-thru testing center has been set up at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. [Palm Beach Post]
  • 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.
  • All non-critical businesses, parks, and golf courses are closed in Palm Beach County. Click here for a list of critical businesses that will remain open. [WPTV West Palm Beach]
  • As of Wednesday March 25, Brightline suspended service until further notice.
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis issued executive orders asking seniors and people who have travelled from New York state and Louisiana in the past three weeks to quarantine for 14 days to help stop the spread of coronavirus. [USA Today]
  • Jupiter Medical Center established a Command Center to bolster COVID-19 Preparedness; 1210 S. Old Dixie Hwy., Jupiter, FL 33458; 561-263-2234
  • Scripps Research Scientists are researching medicines to repurpose to fight coronavirus. [Scripps Research]
  • All 175 state parks are closed as of Monday, March 23. [Florida State Parks]
  • Palm Beach has implemented a town-wide curfew between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. [25 WPBF News]
  • All boat ramps and marinas in Palm Beach County are closed to recreational boating activities. [Palm Beach County]
  • On Monday March 23, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the automatic deferments on loans through December 31, 2020.
  • Find out how you can help your favorite local restaurants during the health crisis while maintaining safe social distance. Patrons are encouraged to order takeout on Tuesday, March 24, in celebration of #TheGreatAmericanTakeout to bolster restaurant sales (eateries offering takeout here).
  • Walt Disney World Resort is closed until further notice. Universal Orlando Resort is closed through April 19.
  • 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

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