Coronavirus: update on city operations

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued several Executive Orders regarding the operation of bars, beaches and restaurants for the next 30 days. All City of Palm Beach Gardens establishments are required to comply.

The City of Palm Beach Gardens is currently under a State of Local Emergency due to the Coronavirus Pandemic Health Emergency. This emergency declaration allows the City Council authority to request State assistance or invoke emergency-related mutual aid assistance should the need arise. It also allows the City to take any/all emergency actions needed to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.

The Latest News from the Florida Governor’s Office

On Wednesday, April 1st, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91, requiring all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. 

The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) also released guidance on the essential infrastructure workforce, which is another helpful resource related to the Safer At Home order issued by the Governor.

DHS Essential Services List

In a bulletin disseminated on March 28, 2020, Brett Pollock of the Florida Fire Chief’s Association advised fire officers around the state that the State of Florida is preparing for a significant patient surge. Models anticipate COVID-19 cases in Florida will peak in late April to early May. The modeling is updated on a continuous basis.

Currently, there are 3,763 COVID-19 cases in the state (672 new cases since March 27th). There have been 646 hospitalizations, 395 patients in ICU, 174 patients on ventilators and 2,192 PUI- People Under Investigation. Currently Florida has tested 40,250 people for COVID-19.

Current DOH Case Dashboard
Note: dashboard may not match most current reported cases due to lag time updating data.

PBG Fire Rescue Data on COVID-19 Encounters

CITY MEETINGS

At this time, all Advisory Board and Committee meetings have been canceled through early May, at which time we will reevaluate scheduling. The City Council meeting schedule for April 2, 2020 will still be conducted. This meeting will be available via Livestream on the City’s website. For the April 2 meeting, if you wish to submit a public comment in advance of the meeting, please send your statement to City Clerk Patty Snider at psnider@pbgfl.com. The Council Chambers will be set up with a 6-foot distance in mind. Only essential staff will be in attendance.

RECREATIONS PROGRAMS & PARKS CLOSED

UPDATED: MARCH 26, 2020

The City of Palm Beach Gardens has additional closures and changes to the business operations previously announced. Effective at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the following closures and protocols will be in place:

All City playgrounds, athletic court facilities (pickleball, tennis, basketball, skatepark), and Lilac Dog Park will be closed until further notice. Signage will be placed at the entrances and the gates will be locked. 

The City Hall lobby and Building Department lobby will be locked and closed to the general public. There will be no outside appointments; any appointment or meeting must be done via teleconference.

The Riverside Youth Enrichment Center is closed until further notice. 

The City’s Efforts Related to COVID-19

As national health news related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be updated, the City of Palm Beach Gardens is working to prepare its staff and residents to mitigate any outbreak within the City. Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue has ordered extra supplies for use by both fire rescue and police personnel. Public safety leadership is also planning protocols and scheduling training on the proper donning and doffing of personnel protective equipment for officers. 

In addition, fire rescue dispatchers have been given a series of screening questions to ask patients in order to determine if they are potentially infected with Coronavirus, COVID-19, allowing personnel to prepare in advance. Fire Rescue leadership is conducting meetings remotely with Assisted Living Facilities throughout the City to discuss and review their readiness for a possible outbreak within their facilities. 

The Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services has met with Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center and Jupiter Medical Centers to review procedures for transporting patients suspected of having COVID-19. Currently, all hospitals in Palm Beach County will be receiving patients infected with COVID-19.

The Florida Department of Health has established a dedicated coronavirus call center at 1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week, as well as a dedicated email address at COVID-19@flhealth.gov which the public can use for questions or clarifications on issues related to the coronavirus. 

If you feel you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, contact the Palm Beach County Department of Health at 561-840-4500