Palm Beach County Operations Coronavirus Update
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
LATEST OPERATIONAL UPDATES FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY
PBC ORDERS, ACTIONS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Executive Order 20-214 – Palm Beach County is approved to move into Incremental Phase 2 by Governor Ron DeSantis.
This order by Governor Ron DeSantis allows Palm Beach County to enter into an Incremental Phase 2 plan of the Governor’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” plan for Florida’s recovery.
The link to Palm Beach County’s Incremental Phase 2 plan is here: PBC Phase 2 Plan
Emergency Order 2020-024 - Palm Beach County COVID-19 Phase 2, Step 1 Re-Openings
This order, which took effect at 12:01 a.m. on September 8, 2020, is authorizing additional business re-openings in accordance with the direction of Governor DeSantis and Step 1 of the Incremental Phase 2 Re-Opening Plan.
Emergency Order 2020-023 - Palm Beach County COVID-19 Revised Operating Hour Restrictions and Other Business Hours
This order, which took effect on September 4, 2020, revises an earlier order that restricted operating hours on serving food and/or alcohol for on premises consumption and other business hours.
Emergency Order 23 amends Sections 4 and 5 of Emergency Order 2020-018 to replace all hour references from "between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m." to "between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m."
Subsection 6k of Emergency Order 2020-018 is also amended to remove the references to tattooing, body piercing, and tanning business establishments, which are no longer closed within Palm Beach County.
All other provisions of Section 6k are unchanged and all other provisions of Emergency Order 2020-018 remain in full effect.
Executive Order 20-211 Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief Orders Extended
This order by Governor Ron DeSantis provides a limited, one-month extension until 12:01 a.m. on October 1, 2020 to Executive Order 20-180, which made significant changes to prior versions of the mortgage foreclosure and eviction relief orders.
Click here to view Palm Beach County Emergency Orders
Palm Beach County has extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency until September 11.
*NEW* PALM BEACH COUNTY TESTING
Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Testing for Tuesday, 9-8-20:
The Health Care District’s C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics [brumbackclinics.org] are providing safe, in-person medical appointments and pharmacy services at eight clinic sites throughout Palm Beach County. Patients can call 561-642-1000 to schedule an appointment for either a telemedicine or inpatient visit.
Rapid Antigen Testing Site
Rapid antigen testing is now available at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The site will be open Tuesday – Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for anyone 65 years of age or older, 5 to 18 years of age or anyone over 5 years old showing symptoms of COVID-19. Appointments are required. Registration can be done online at www.tourhealth.com or by calling (866) 416-6341. Online scheduling is preferred.
Florida Atlantic Testing Site in Boca Raton
The site tested 144 residents today. The testing site is located at the FAU Tech Runway on the north end of the FAU campus at 901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton, 33431. Appointments are required for testing. To make an appointment, call American Medical Response at 1-800-209-7919 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Testing is available to anyone over the age of 12, with or without COVID-19 symptoms.
South County Civic Center Site in West Delray Beach
The site tested 36 residents today. The drive through testing site is located at the South County Civic Center located at 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446. Appointments are required for testing. To make an appointment, call American Medical Response at 1-800-209-7919 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Testing is available to anyone over the age of 12, with or without COVID-19 symptoms.
Wellington Community Center Testing
The Village of Wellington has partnered with Premier Family Health to provide FREE walk-up COVID-19 testing for all western communities’ residents age 12 and over. Health officials from Premier Family Health will conduct tests at the Wellington Community Center located at 12150 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington, 33414. Testing will be available daily by appointment, and is available for both symptomatic and asymptomatic residents. To make an appointment, call 561-753-2484.
Homebound Resident Testing
Residents eligible include homebound elderly or individuals with disabilities who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to access one of the drive-up or walk-up test collection sites. Residents who believe they are eligible for the in-home testing option should call 561-712-6400 for a pre-qualifying assessment. The testing line is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
*NEW* DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAMS
The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, through its Community Services Department (CSD), is providing direct assistance for food to eligible residents of Palm Beach County under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Palm Beach County will issue pre-paid debit cards to approved residents to purchase food. Eligible residents who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 and who are at or below 140% Area Median Income (AMI) may apply. The one-time benefit allowance is based on household size and maximum amounts is listed. Only one card will be given out per household, and all expenditures must be made by December 30, 2020.
Applicants must present evidence their household was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to qualify to receive the prepaid card. Supporting documentation must be provided to prove income eligibility, such as last a pay stub or last filed tax return, valid government issued ID and Social Security card. Clients who received assistance for rental and utility services thru Covid Cares program may apply for the food assistance without uploading additional documentation. Eligible residents may apply for food assistance at www.pbcgov.com/OSCARSS. A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. For more information, contact CSD's Contact Centre at (561) 355-4792.
RENT AND UTILITIES
Currently, more than 3,400 applications have been submitted for a total request of approximately $8 million. An additional 3,300 applications are in draft status. Individuals who have already submitted applications can check their status at www.pbcgov.com/clientservicessearch. To date, Palm Beach County has processed close to 1,000 rental and utility payments totaling over $1.4 million. The review process has been completed for an additional 360 payments totaling approximately $560,000. There are 620 applications currently pending due to missing documents, 320 have been denied, and 1,120 applications are under review.
UP-TO-DATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 DASHBOARD
To find the latest information about your specific zip code and other COVID-19 data, check out the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard. Also find more health/COVID-19 information in multiple languages here.
YOUTH SERVICES AND EARLY LEARNING COALITION PROVIDE CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIPS TO WORKING FAMILIES AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners will provide funding through its Youth Services Department to the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County to provide child care scholarships for qualifying families with school age children grades K-5 who may be participating in the School District of Palm Beach County’s distant learning curriculum. Monies are made available through the county’s CARES Act funding to meet the need of access to childcare services for those families affected by financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, visit https://www.elcpalmbeach.org/.
PBC Youth Services Provides Free Mental Health Services to Glades Residents
Mental health services provided by Palm Beach County Youth Services Department’s Youth and Family Counseling (YFC) program are available at no charge for Palm Beach County residents in the Glades area with youth ages 0-22. YFC’s community-focused services include assessments, family and individual therapy, parent education, school-based behavioral health services, and the “Real Talk” teen support group.
Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Telemental health services are offered in English, Spanish, French and Creole via Zoom Video. To schedule an appointment, please email YSD-YFC-WestAppt or call the YFC West County Office (Belle Glade) at (561) 922-1233. For a full list of telemental health services provide by Palm Beach County Youth Services Department’s Residential Treatment and Family Counseling (RTFC) Division, please visit our website.
COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPT. PROVIDES HELP FOR RESIDENTS FACING EVICTION
The Palm Beach County Community Services Department has contracted with the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. and Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. to provide county residents with free legal representation and assistance in handling landlord/tenant matters and past due payments through the Rapid Response Eviction Assistance Project (RREAP). The program is part of the CARES Act COVID-19. Individuals facing eviction may call the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s Rapid Response Eviction Project at (561) 655-8944, ext. 328 or Florida Rural Legal Services at 1-888-582-3410.
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Individuals with questions related to the coronavirus should call the Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or email mailto:COVIDemail@example.com. They can also visit http://pbchd.org for the latest health information. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronavirus COVID-19.
For the latest information and updates from Palm Beach County, visit http://pbcgov.com/coronavirus.