Found 171 blog entries tagged as Coronavirus.

This week, Jupiter Town council members voted on their first coronavirus relief package, offering up thousands of dollars to water utility customers.

During the next two monthly payment cycles, Jupiter officials will eliminate a chunk of the bill for local businesses that have taken a financial hit during the pandemic. They estimate it will cost the utility about $780,000.

About 1,330 businesses should benefit. The town is generally including all commercial accounts, except for big box stores that remained open, schools, government facilities, homeowner association spaces, irrigation meters and utility sites.

Town estimates indicate a wide range of savings for businesses: from under $150 to more than $14,000. The waived fees come from base…

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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:

Restaurants

May increase indoor capacity to 50% with proper social distancing

Outdoor seating encouraged

Retail

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.

Gyms

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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Florida fishing charters reopened starting on April 29th with CDC social distancing guidelines in effect.

Recreational fishing in Florida generates an annual $11.5 billion, making it one of the biggest drivers of the local economy, and charter fisherman are thrilled to get back to work after coronavirus restrictions. 

Social distancing, sanitation of heads after each use, and other requirements are in effect, including the establishment of online or telephone payment systems to reduce possible points of contact between customers and vendors.

Boat capacity restrictions are as follows, based on the size of the boat.:

  • 25-foot or less: maximum 6 persons (4 adult passengers plus 2 children 17 & under)
  • 26- to 36-foot: maximum 8 persons (6…

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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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Monroe County has announced that they plan to reopen the Florida Keys to visitors on Monday, June 1st. Roads will be reopened to traffic and lodging establishments will be allowed to take guests at 50 percent occupancy. Since Jupiter residents are only a quick 3-hour drive from the beautiful Florida Keys, this is great news!

Lodging establishments like hotels, campgrounds, vacation rentals, and other transient-licensed establishments will be required to implement sanitation procedures and follow the American Hotel and Lodging Association COVID-19 guidelines for enhanced cleaning practices (https://www.ahla.com/). The timeline for removing the 50 pecent capacity restriction for lodging will be determined at a later date.

Per Governor Executive Order…

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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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