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Many in the Palm Beaches and around the country are returning to work and a sense of normalcy as the coronavirus pandemic seems to have plateaued. Still, now more than ever it is important for everyone to do their best to follow CDC recommendations as well as to fortify their immune systems. Here are a few suggestions to boost your immune system—which will improve your health and may even help protect you from COVID-19.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep and immunity are closely tied.

In fact, inadequate or poor-quality sleep is linked to a higher susceptibility to sickness.

Those who sleep fewer than 6 hours each night were more likely to catch a cold than those who sleep 6 hours or more each night.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, try limiting

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Whether you are looking for a safe place to vacation this Summer or considering a major move, Jupiter, and the Palm Beaches in general, is the perfect post-Corona destination.

Great Outdoor Spaces

Jupiter is known not only for its beautiful beaches but also as the home of many great parks and outdoor spaces. If you live in Jupiter, you’ll have convenient access to:

  • DuBois Park

  • Jonathan Dickinson State Park

  • John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

  • Riverbend Park

  • Jupiter Beach Park

  • Carlin Park

  • And Many Others

Health and Fitness

The importance of health and fitness has taken on even greater weight as the coronavirus seems to have a greater impact on the less-healthy. Now more than

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state is opening 5 new walk-up testing sites this week. These sites support underserved communities and can test 200 individuals per day. This is good news for everyone in Florida as it will help paint a clearer picture of the current situation and will help inform the decisions of local government.

Here’s where you can get tested if you live in the Palm Beaches

Palm Beach

Walk-Up Testing Sites

Lakeside Hospital

  • 39200 Hookey Hwy

  • Belle Glade, FL 33430

  • Days of operation: Mon. - Sat.

  • Hours: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Call to schedule an appointment: 561-642-1000

Drive-Thru Testing Sites

FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches

  • 5444 Haverhill

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Gyms across the state are now open and, although people are eager to get back, many remain leery. If you are considering returning to your local gym (or if you already have) here are some things you can do to minimize your exposure and help keep yourself safe.

Go to the gym during off peak-hours

The risk of infection increased during periods of peak occupancy. Most gyms are busiest between 5:30 and 7pm. If you can avoid those times and instead go in the early morning or during your lunch hour, that would be best.

Wipe Down Equipment

Thankfully, the coronavirus appears to be very susceptible to these cleaning and disinfecting agents.

Many gyms provide disinfectant wipes or sprays for members to use on equipment. If you choose to bring

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Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Here’s what to do if you think you may have been exposed to coronavirus.

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms — ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Use the CDC’s self-checker to help make decisions and seek appropriate medical care regarding COVID-19.

You may have COVID-19 if you have these symptoms or combinations of symptoms:

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss

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Governor Ron DeSantis rolled out a series of changes to his plan to reopen Florida, with the latest update including allowing gyms to reopen and granting some leeway to restaurants looking to seat more customers.

What does this mean? The State of Florida released the following set of rules for the following establishments:


May increase indoor capacity to 50% with proper social distancing

Outdoor seating encouraged


May increase capacity to 50% if permitted by local governments

Barber Shops and Salons

Barber shops, hair and nail salons can reopen but must follow safety protocols.


May operate up to 50% capacity

Machines and surfaces must be self-sanitized after each being used

Museums and

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Things are looking up across the state of Florida as gym, restaurants, and retail stores are now open (with restrictions) and many are returning to work. If you are young and healthy, the risks you face with the coronavirus are minor compared to other groups. Those who fall into the “high risk” category should continue to strictly follow CDC guidelines. Here are some of the things high-risk groups need to know about the coronavirus.

Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:

  • People 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:

  • People with chronic lung
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The Mall at Wellington Green reopens today, with new measures in place to protect shoppers and employees from the coronavirus.

The mall will have reduced hours and will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Wellington Green announced on its website.

Face coverings are not required to enter the mall, but they are recommended, the mall’s website said. Some stores do require face coverings.

All parking lots are open, and Wellington Green suggests parking six feet from other vehicles for continued social distancing. The mall recommends determining which store or restaurant you want to visit, and then checking the mall’s map to see which entrance and parking would be the closest.

Sanitation and security

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made his decision to begin reopening the state based on the steadily decreasing number of coronavirus cases throughout the state as well as our local medical systems gearing up to prepare themselves for any potential influx in cases.

The governor has cited hospital bed availability as a key indicator that the state is ready to open up again. About 33% of the state’s 59,000 hospital beds are available.

Even more — 37% — of Palm Beach County’s roughly 4,000 beds are free. About 31% of adult intensive care beds in the county and statewide are not filled.

Working Out in South Florida

As gyms in South Florida reopen, here are a few important things you should know.

First, people are more spread out in gyms than they

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This weekend, West Palm Beach rolled out a new “Dining on the Spot” initiative to increase outdoor seating in on Clematis Street downtown.

Dining on the Spot is a collaborative program between the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of West Palm Beach.

The program will allow the service areas for Downtown restaurants to extend beyond traditional café seating onto Downtown streets, into parking lots, and into alleyways, for pedestrians and patrons to enjoy.

The dining spaces will allow for small groups or members of the same household to enjoy a restaurant meal while following CDC guidelines of six feet distance between guests.

Today (Monday, 18th), all Florida

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