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Coronavirus Update for Residents of Jupiter

Posted by Gerald Lombardo on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 at 1:15pm.

The state provides a glimpse of numbers on a more hyper-local basis by breaking diagnoses down by zip code. Here are the figures for the Jupiter area as of today:

– 33408: 12 positive diagnoses

– 33410: 40 positive diagnoses

– 33418: 24 positive diagnoses

– 33478: 5 to 9 positive diagnoses

– 33458: 46 positive diagnoses

– 33469: 5 to 9 positive diagnoses

– 33477: 10 positive diagnoses

Some other things to note

– Palm Beach County is getting a second government-coordinated testing site. It will open Tuesday, but it’s in unincorporated Delray Beach. Closer to home, the MedExpress Urgent Care location on Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens is doing testing.

– Per Gov. Ron DeSantis’ orders, we are under a statewide lockdown. People can leave their homes for work, to shop at essential businesses and for recreation as long as they maintain social distancing. Groups are limited to 10 people. We have more on that here.

– The latest numbers: Countywide, there were 1,082 cases of the coronavirus. Fifty-one people have died in Palm Beach County, the state said, more than any other county in Florida so far.

What is going on in the Jupiter area?

For one, there won’t be a Jupiter Town Council meeting this week. Officials say they’re concerned about how to run a safe, but effective meeting and added that it would’ve been a light agenda anyway.

The town has been dealing with a ransomware attack since March 21. It’s brought down several of the town’s online services, including email and online utility payments.

If you have to pay your water bill, do it via mail or by leaving payment in the town’s utility drop box at the town hall.

In nearby Tequesta, officials talked last week about how the village is already projecting a hit to its pocketbook.

Other reminders

Jupiter announced last week that it’s suspending registration for summer camps.

Tequesta Fire Rescue says it will wear masks on all medical calls through the end of the pandemic. If you’re calling 9-1-1 to report an emergency, the department and Jupiter Police Department both ask you to tell dispatchers if someone at your location has flu-like symptoms.

First responders will still come, but they will take necessary precautions

What’s going on at the hospital?

Jupiter Medical Center is seeing patients with COVID-19, the disease associated with the virus.

When it confirmed it’s receiving patients with COVID-19, Jupiter Medical Center also said it set up a Incident Command Center to streamline its approach to handling the caseload, specifically staffing measures and the allocation of rooms and supplies.

Also, of note: The hospital is under a no-visitation policy. The only exceptions are for births and pediatric patients.

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