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😷 COVID-19 Information

 

Information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing. Please use the following links to find the latest information from these sources:

City of Fort Lauderdale: Coronavirus Updates 

Broward County: COVID-19

FloridaHEALTH: COVID-19

CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

 

Please also read the latest information from our Mayor Dean Trantalis and Commissioner Steven Glassman:

Newsletters from Mayor Dean Trantalis

Newsletters from Commissioner Steven Glassman

 


Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors Team Up with Feeding South Florida to Host Weekly Drive-Thru Food Distributions

THURSDAYS, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, AT MILLS POND PARK

Due to the ongoing need in our local community for essential groceries, the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors will host weekly drive-thru food distributions on Thursday mornings from 9 - 11 a.m. at Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 AvenueRecipients are asked to arrive with their own empty box or container placed in the trunk of their vehicle so it can be filled with food as they pass through the distribution stations.

Produced in partnership with Feeding South Florida, the free events are intended to provide healthy and nutritious food to those who are most in need due to job loss, income loss, or the inability to cover their monthly expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to the first 1,000 vehicles with a limit of one container of food per vehicle (while supplies last).

Recipients must remain in their vehicles and will be instructed to open their trunk when volunteers are ready to load it. 

To access the event, enter Mills Pond Park from southbound NW 9 Avenue.


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COVID-19 Updates

City Update - Monday, September 21, 2020 

Following is an update from the City of Fort Lauderdale on the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

City Uses Hi-Tech Bracelets to Keep Workforce and Customers Safe
Fort Lauderdale City employees began receiving an extra level of protection against COVID-19 today, Monday, September 21, 2020. The City has ordered 3,000 safety temperature monitoring bracelets that signal if any employee may be at risk. The smart bracelets provide updated body temperatures with green, yellow, and red indicators every 15 minutes. The City of Fort Lauderdale is one of the first local governments in Florida to provide wearable devices for their employees. Department heads will distribute the wearable devices to all City employees over the coming days so staff can help maintain a safe work environment. In addition, the City will continue to mandate that all employees follow proper safety protocols at work, including wearing a mask, washing hands, following posted signage and practicing social distancing. The City has also made provisions to have free COVID-19 testing for any employee who may have any concerns. To see a video announcement from City Manager Chris Lagerbloom to City employees, visit https://youtu.be/5T_BMlLYm3M. 

Department of Health Information
According to the Florida Department of Health, as of September 21, 2020, from approximately 38,998 daily COVID-19 tests conducted statewide, there were 1,701 positive results and 37, 297 negative results for a positive rate of 4.36%. There were also 21 reported deaths. In Broward County, from approximately 5,243 daily tests conducted, there were 131 positive results and 5,112 negative results for a positive rate of 2.50%. In total, results from 552,225 tests administered in Broward County indicated 475,541 negative results, 75,801 positive results, and 883 inconclusive results. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit bit.ly/2wb29D2 or bit.ly/2ZfwR9n.

COVID-19 Testing Site at Mills Pond Park
The Florida Department of Health is operating a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Fort Lauderdale’s Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 Avenue. The site offers free drive-thru testing Monday – Wednesday and Friday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The testing site is closed on Thursdays and Sundays. Testing is available to anyone with or without COVID-19 symptoms. There are no age requirements and no doctor referral is needed. Appointments are not required. Patients will receive test results via text messaging. For more information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 or visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19testing.

COVID-19 Testing at Holiday Park
Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park offers free drive-thru rapid COVID-19 antigen testing with same day results, as well as free drive-thru oral self-swab testing. Located at U.S. 1 and N.E. 8 Street (just south of Sunrise Boulevard), rapid COVID-19 testing is offered Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to individuals of any age with COVID-19 symptoms or individuals ages 5 to 17 or 65 and over without COVID-19 symptoms. Appointments and photo ID are required. To schedule an appointment, visit www.tourhealth.com. Most results are delivered via text or email within a two-hour timeframe. Free drive-thru COVID-19 oral self-swab testing is available, Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., to anyone age 5 or older with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral needed. Proper photo ID is required. To schedule an appointment, visit florida.curativeinc.com/welcome. Patients who do not receive test results after 72 hours, may contact Curative, Inc. via email at support@curativeinc.com. For details, visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19testing.

Census Deadline Approaching – 9 Days Left to Raise the Count!
The 2020 U.S. Census will end on September 30, meaning there are only 9 days left for City of Fort Lauderdale residents to help raise the count! Currently, Fort Lauderdale’s response rate is 56%, which is more than 10 percentage points behind the national response rate of 66.1%, and 7 percentage points under the state of Florida response rate of 62.9%. If you have not done so already, please respond to the 2020 Census today! Fill out and mail back the questionnaire sent to your home; complete the census form online at www.my2020census.gov; or take the census by phone by calling 1-844-330-2020.\

School Board Workshop on September 22
A special Broward County School Board Workshop will take place on Tuesday, September 22 at 10 a.m. to discuss plans, strategies, and timing for reopening campuses for face-to-face learning. As part of the meeting, Broward County Superintendent of Schools Robert W. Runcie will present the eLearning Phase 2 reopening plan to the School Board for review and recommend that Broward County Schools reopen for face-to-face learning on Monday, October 5. To view the agenda for the special School Board Meeting, visit bit.ly/3mBMuSX. To view video messages from Superintendent Runcie, visit bit.ly/3msdcx9.

Weekly Food Distribution at Mills Pond Park on September 24
The next drive-thru food distribution event hosted by the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors will take place on Thursday, September 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 Avenue. Produced in partnership with Feeding South Florida, the event provides healthy and nutritious food to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis (while supplies last). Recipients must remain in their vehicles and will be instructed to open their trunk when volunteers are ready to load it. To access Mills Pond Park, please enter from southbound NW 9 Avenue. For more details, visit bit.ly/2K8cnrn. For more information about Feeding South Florida, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org. To make a donation to Feeding South Florida, please visit bit.ly/2WJVl8Y.

National Weather Service Tracking Multiple Storms
The National Weather Service is currently tracking numerous weather systems including Tropical Storm Beta, Hurricane Teddy, and a concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms located over southeastern Florida, the central Bahamas, and the Straits of Florida. Neighbors are reminded to stay alert, remain vigilant, and continue to pay close attention to weather developments in our area as we are now in the most active part of hurricane season. Please make sure you have emergency plans in place and supplies ready as weather forecasts can change quickly. For the latest weather updates, visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov. For hurricane preparation tips, visit the City's website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/hurricane. To sign up to receive emergency alerts from the City, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/alertftl.

Be Prepared for King Tides
Unusually high tides, called “King Tides” are occurring in our area each month through December. King Tides are anticipated through the end of this week. In addition, the seasonal high tides are expected to return October 14 - 21; November 13 - 18; and December 13 - 15. These tides have historically caused flooding in low lying areas of our community and can be exacerbated by high winds, rain, and storms. The City uses stormwater fees to invest in long-term strategies to adapt to King Tides. We also take proactive action to prepare for the high tides and we encourage our neighbors to do the same. Please review flood safety tips, evaluate your property’s readiness, and review your flood insurance policy. Avoid driving on flooded streets. Be aware of the timing of the high tides and how they may affect your travel plans. If you experience flooding on your street, make sure storm drains are not blocked and remove waste carts as soon as possible once emptied, or wait until your next scheduled collection day to put them out. For more details, visit bit.ly/2Ulrd27.

LauderBriefs from Recent Budget Hearing and Commission Meetings Now Online
In case you missed them, highlights from the Fort Lauderdale City Commission’s Second Budget Hearing on September 14, and the City Commission Conference Meeting, Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Board Meeting, and Regular Meeting, all of which took place on September 15, are available online at bit.ly/lauderbriefs. The meeting videos are available at youtube.com/cityoffortlauderdale and the vote summary is available at bit.ly/ftlccagendas.

Next Virtual City Commission Meetings on October 6
The next virtual City Commission Meetings are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 6. The public will be able to listen to and view the virtual meetings on FLTVYouTube, Zoom, Comcast Channel 78, and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. The agendas will be posted in the days leading up to the meetings at bit.ly/ftlccagendas. To learn more about virtual City Commission meetings, including how to sign up to speak, visit fortlauderdale.gov/vcmeetings.

Fit Fort Lauderdale Goes Virtual
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department continues to strive to make Fort Lauderdale the healthiest city in the nation! To get there, Parks and Recreation has expanded its Virtual Recreation Center to include Fit Fort Lauderdale classes. Fit Fort Lauderdale is now virtual with FREE live classes on Sundays from 1 - 2 p.m. Don’t miss upcoming classes that include: Yoga with Yvonne (September 27); and Line Dance with Tommy and Kathy (October 4). For details and to register, visit bit.ly/ftlvirtrec.

City’s Virtual Recreation Center Expands Offerings
In addition to fitness classes, Fort Lauderdale’s Virtual Recreation Center offers a variety of free, fun, and educational activities and resources for the entire family. The Virtual Recreation Center offers instructor-led virtual classes in art, cooking, line dancing, acrylic painting, yoga, Zumba, and more!  To view the current weekly schedule, visit bit.ly/2T3Pjib. To sign up for a class, visit bit.ly/ftlvrec.

Important Deadlines from the Supervisor of Elections Office
The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office reminds everyone about the following important deadlines related to the November 3 General Election: October 5 is the last day to register to vote in the General Election on November 3; October 24 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot for the General Election on November 3. Early Voting for the November 3 General Election will take place from October 19 - November 1 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily. For a list of early voting locations, visit bit.ly/31E54zV. Voting on Election Day, November 3, will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Supervisor of Elections Office website at www.browardsoe.org.

Broward County Issuing Fines for Facial Covering Violations
Broward County code enforcement officers are actively issuing $100 fines for people seen violating the county’s facial covering requirement. As a reminder, individuals may report business violations anonymously online at any time by visiting MyBroward.Broward.org or by calling 311 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Residents may also view which businesses have been issued citations for non-compliance by visiting http://arcg.is/1riWfH.

 FAQs About Facial Coverings and on Reopening Guidelines
Broward County has issued two documents that provide residents, businesses, and visitors with answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about the rules pertaining to facial coverings and the regulations that apply to reopenings. In addition to providing guidance on when and where facial coverings must be worn, the documents provide information about the types of businesses that are allowed to operate, along with details regarding rules, regulations and requirements that must be followed by employees and customers to protect public health and safety. To view Frequently Asked Questions about facial coverings, visit bit.ly/3g04Hp9. To view Frequently Asked Questions about reopenings, visit bit.ly/3eY3OfQ.

Public Meeting on Kinney Tunnel Rehabilitation and Tunnel Top Park on September 24
The Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Fort Lauderdale will host a virtual public meeting on Thursday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m. to provide an update on the Tunnel Top Plaza project and the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel rehabilitation. To register for the GoToWebinar and receive the link to join, visit bit.ly/2ZqZyjO. To join by phone, call 415-930-5321 and use the access code 283-184-198. To view a copy of the presentation prior to the workshop, visit bit.ly/2ZE2DgF. If you have questions or technical issues during the workshop, contact Laila Haddad at 786-837-4881. For details, visit bit.ly/3mCxXpI.

Chamber to Host Pathways to Essential Careers on September 24
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will host "Pathways to Essential Careers," a free virtual event focused on providing vital information about high paying careers that do not require a four-year degree. The event is designed to help parents, students searching for a career path, or those in our community who are coping with loss of work. The panel discussion will feature Chamber President and CEO Dan Lindblade; Cecil Kidd, CEO of Tech Lauderdale; Mario Rojo, Owner of Bel Air Services and A/C; and Lori Wheeler, Vice President of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. For details and to register, visit bit.ly/3hEDk44.

Happy Hour with The Galleria Featuring Laura Vivas on September 24
Laura Vivas, former contestant on NBC’s The Voice, will headline Happy Hour with The Galleria, The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s free virtual music series that will take place on Thursday, September 24, at 5 p.m., via Facebook Live at facebook.com/GalleriaFtLauderdale. A native of Puerto Rico, Vivas’ career began at age 18 singing back-up for local artists. Since 2007, she has been the lead singer and the lone female in a six-piece South Florida cover band called Re-Mix. She has opened for artists such as Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, Bruce Hornsby, and more. For details, visit facebook.com/GalleriaFtLauderdale.

COVID-19 Roundtable with Broward Leaders on September 25
Join leaders from Broward County including Mayor Dale Holness, Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools Robert Runcie, and Broward Health CEO Gino Santorio for a COVID-19 Roundtable. The free webinar, which will take place on Friday, September 25 at noon via Zoom, will be moderated by James Donnelly, CEO of The Castle Group. For details and to register, visit bit.ly/33N8q4T.

See Something Say Something Awareness Day on September 25
On Friday, September 25, Florida will recognize “If You See Something, Say Something” Awareness Day. The campaign is designed to raise public awareness about the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement. Citizens, businesses and schools are encouraged to participate by visiting the campaign website at flseesay.org to learn tips on how to be more aware of their surroundings, educate themselves on suspicious activity indicators, review proper reporting procedures, and more. For details, visit flseesay.org.

Nominations for Chamber’s Healthcare Awards Due September 25
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce's Healthcare Council is currently accepting nominations for this year's Excellence in Healthcare Awards, which will take place on November 12. The awards recognize individuals, programs and entities who provide care, services and innovative programs above and beyond all expectations. The award winners are shining examples of the best and the brightest in our healthcare community. The deadline to submit nominations for the awards program is Friday, September 25. For more details and to submit a nomination, visit bit.ly/2ZfVHWD.

 Free Facebook Boost Training for Small Businesses on September 30
Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development has partnered with Facebook to provide local small businesses with free Facebook Boost Training. The virtual training session will take place on Wednesday, September 30, at 3:00 p.m. via Facebook Live at Facebook.com/BrowardCountyOESBD. Participants will learn about the Facebook and Instagram tools that are available to help them connect with customers, manage their digital presence, and grow their business. For details and to register visit, bit.ly/3kk3mLG.

Mass District to Host Drive-in Movie Night on October 1
Jack & Jill’s Young Professionals Group in partnership with the Jack & Jill Children’s Center and the Mass District will present a double-feature Drive-in Movie Night. The event will take place on Thursday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. in the Mass District, located at 844 NE 4 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Featured screenings will include the 2008 comedy “Step Brothers,” and the 1993 Disney family film “Hocus Pocus.” Admission is $30 per vehicle for one film or $40 per vehicle for both movies. For details and to purchase tickets, visit bit.ly/2EjXrXW.

Chamber’s “Saluting Excellence in Business and Beyond” Event Set for October 1
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will host “Saluting Excellence in Business and Beyond,” a virtual celebration of outstanding individuals and businesses that will take place on Thursday, October 1, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This year’s honorees include Downtowner of the Year: Jim Ellis Founder, Ellis Diversified, Inc.; Hall of Fame Honoree: Feeding South Florida; and Broward Business of the Year: Urban League of Broward County. The event is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members. For more details and to register, visit bit.ly/3aTSpNJ.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Set for October 28 - November 1
The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), owners of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), along with show producer, Informa U.S. Boat Shows, are pleased to announce that the 61st annual FLIBS will go on with support from government officials in both Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale. The five-day outdoor boat show will take place from Oct. 28 – Nov. 1 with Informa Markets’ comprehensive AllSecure health and safety standards in place designed to create an exceptional visitor experience that prioritizes the safety of all attendees, exhibitors, crew members, and staff. For more details, visit www.flibs.com.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Grab and Go Meals
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) reminds parents that grab-and-go meals are available for students at elementary, middle, and high school locations throughout the District and breakfast is also available to all BCPS students at no charge. Meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 3 - 5 p.m., in bundles that include multiple days-worth of meals. The afternoon hours were added to provide greater convenience for parents assisting their students with eLearning during the morning hours. For complete details about grab-and-go meals and how to apply for free or reduced-price meals, visit bit.ly/3lBlRgo.

Check Caller ID to Avoid Contact Tracing Scams
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) encourages everyone to avoid scams by checking caller ID for phone numbers from official COVID-19 contact tracers. The FDOH is asking Floridians to answer calls from the following three phone numbers: (833) 917-2880, (833) 443-5364 and (850) 583-2419. The Department’s team of contact tracers will discuss potential exposure to COVID-19 with you. For more details, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/prevention.

COVID-19 Plasma Donors Needed
According to the Broward County Medical Reserve Corps (BCMRC), there is a critical shortage of plasma in our community. If you tested positive for COVID-19, a small amount of your blood could save the life of someone suffering from the coronavirus right now. Donating plasma is safe and easy. Individuals interested in donating may visit bit.ly/2E1q1fT to register. Thank you for being a hero!

Virtual Exhibit at African American Research Library and Cultural Center Now Open
A virtual exhibition of 20 important acquisitions from the Special Collections of the Broward County African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), is now open for visitors! Virtual AARLCC is a specially curated exhibit, which "lives" online and features 3D models of African masks, carvings, figurines and other unique and significant artifacts. Visitors to Virtual AARLCC can take an online video tour, view and virtually interact with the items individually, and hear and watch curated information related to the objects. For details, visit browardcountylibrary.omeka.net.

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale Now Open
The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale has reopened to the public. For the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers, new health and safety guidelines are in place, which include social distancing, reduced capacity, face coverings and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. Several of the Museum's current exhibitions have been extended, including Happy!, which will now be on view through October 11, 2020. In addition, Transitions and Transformations will remain on view through January 2021, and I Paint My Reality: Surrealism in Latin America and William J. Glackens: From Pencil to Paint will both remain open until Spring 2021. The Museum begins its new exhibition season on November 21 with the South Florida Cultural Consortium exhibition, featuring works by 13 preeminent South Florida artists who are recipients of the 2020 South Florida Cultural Consortium awards. For details, visit nsuartmuseum.org.

FLIFF’s Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale Now Open
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) has reopened Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, located at 503 S.E. 6 Street. Movies that are now playing include Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll PresidentThe Secrets We Keep, and The Dark Divide. Opening September 25 will be The Nest as well as Ottolenghi and the Cakes Of Versailles. For showtimes and ticket information, visit www.fliff.com. Savor Cinema is adhering to strict operating guidelines to protect public health and safety that include, but are not limited to, limits on capacity, maintaining social distancing, requiring mandatory facial coverings and temperature checks, providing touchless hand sanitizing stations, and conducting frequent sanitizing of all areas. For more details, visit www.fliff.com.

September is Broward Attractions and Museums Month
Broward Attractions and Museums Month (#BAMM) runs through September 30. Visitors just need to mention “BAMM” or inquire about the offer, to purchase one regular price admission and get a second admission of equal or lesser value for free at these 12 participating museums and attractions: Art and Culture Center/Hollywood; Bonnet House Museums & Gardens; Butterfly World; Flamingo Gardens; History Fort Lauderdale; International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum; Jungle Queen Riverboats (Noon and 2:30 p.m. 90-minute cruises only); NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; Old Davie School Historical Museum; Sawgrass Recreation Park; Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts; Xtreme Action Park (XD Dark Ride Theater only). In addition, Stonewall National Museum & Archives and the World AIDS Museum are offering free admission. Participating organizations may have additional restrictions or blackout dates that apply, as well as additional discounted offers available. For details, visit the BAMM page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BAMMSFL.

Fall Camp at Birch State Park Through December 18
Camp Live Oak at Birch State Park, located at 3109 E. Sunrise Boulevard, is underway. In small groups of nine, campers learn about Florida ecology as well as other science topics covered at local schools.  Participants enjoy hands on experiments and activities as they seek out and learn about the wonders of nature at Birch State Park. COVID-19 restrictions are in place and being followed. The current fall session runs through December 18 and is open to youth ages 5 - 13. For more information, contact Susanna Coleman at 954-563-4880 or via email at info@campliveoakfl.com. To register, visit bit.ly/32ctFNS.

SFRPC Offering Small Business Loans Through CARES Act
The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) has secured more than $5.3 million in funding to help struggling businesses as a result of COVID-19. The small business Revolving Loan Fund CARES Act program is available to eligible businesses including small businesses, sole-proprietors, and 501(c)(3) organizations located within Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade or Monroe Counties. Loan amounts range from $25,000 - $500,000 with fixed interest rates from 3% to 4% and financing for up to 10 years. Funding from the program may be combined with other programs including the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), or the State of Florida Bridge Loan Program. Personal guaranties and collateral are required. The Revolving Loan Fund CARES Act program is not a grant or forgivable loan. Interested businesses may apply at www.CARESActRLF.org. For more information, please contact Jeff Tart, Senior Loan Officer, at 954-924-3653 or jtart@sfrpc.com.

No Immediate Changes for Broward County in Phase 2 of COVID-19 Reopening
Broward County is in Phase 2 of the state’s COVID-19 Reopening Plan; however, the county has made no changes to how businesses are currently operating. The existing Broward County Emergency Orders will remain in effect. According to the county, additional openings are expected in Broward in the coming weeks. Despite the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations rescinding the state’s Amended Emergency Order 2020-09, bars in Broward County currently remain closed. To read the Broward County press release regarding Phase 2 reopening, visit https://bit.ly/2ZvsTtq. To read Broward County Emergency Orders that are currently in effect visit https://bit.ly/bcemergencyorders.

Broward County Emergency Order 20-24 Restricts Alcohol Sales
Broward County Emergency Order 20-24 allows restaurants to serve customers on-premises until 11 p.m. The order prohibits the sale of alcohol for off-site consumption (i.e., alcohol to-go) by restaurants and food establishments from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Take-out and delivery of food is still permitted between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The order prohibits the consumption of alcohol between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. in areas open to the general public, including but not limited to, “beaches, beach boardwalks, and other pedestrian areas, parks, streets, highways, sidewalks, parking lots and parking areas, and any public area that is immediately adjacent to an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold or dispensed.” In addition, bars, pubs, breweries, billiard halls and clubs, and cocktail lounges which derive more than 50% of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages must remain closed. For more details, visit bit.ly/3l87Pm4.

CareerSource Broward Offers Webinars for Job Seekers
CareerSource Broward offers a variety of webinars for job seekers. The free online workshops focus on a wide range of job-readiness topics including: Job Search Methods That Work, Networking: the Power of People, Video Interview Skills, Résumé Preparation, Soft Skills: Getting and Keeping the Job, Interview Coaching and Practice Session, Telephone Interview Skills, Social Networking Online, and more. For more details and a complete schedule of offerings, visit bit.ly/2ziGHNA.

Facial Coverings and Signage Requirements
Under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, establishments are prohibited from serving or transacting business with customers who are not complying with the facial covering requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-21.  In addition, owners, operators and landlords of commercial property where retail, restaurants, or food establishments are located must ensure those establishments comply with the signage requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-17, including displaying information about proper social distancing and facial covering requirements, and ensuring that the required signage is conspicuously posted in common areas of the property such as mall entrances, food courts and hallways.

Signage Requirements for All Establishments
Broward County Emergency Order 20-23, clarifies that all establishments that conduct in-person transactions with the public, other than parks and beaches, must comply with signage requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-17, including displaying information about proper social distancing and facial covering requirements, and ensuring that the required signage is conspicuously posted for easy visibility within the establishment. To read Emergency Order 20-23, visit bit.ly/310Tq1S. To read Emergency Order 20-17, visit bit.ly/3dYeP0F.

Department of Health Information
According to the Florida Department of Health, as of September 16, 2020, from approximately 52,350 daily COVID-19 tests conducted statewide, there were 2,340 positive results and 50,010 negative results for a positive rate of 4.47%. There were also 152 reported deaths. In Broward County, from approximately 5,227 daily tests conducted, there were 155 positive results and 5,072 negative results for a positive rate of 2.97%. In total, results from 540,090 tests administered in Broward County indicated 464,375 negative results; 74,832 positive results; and 883 inconclusive results. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit bit.ly/2wb29D2 or bit.ly/2ZfwR9n.

Department of Health Issues Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Alert
The Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Broward County. Human case(s) of West Nile virus have been confirmed and there is a heightened concern that additional residents will become ill. DOH-Broward and Broward County Mosquito Control Division continue surveillance and prevention efforts. West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. DOH-Broward reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure, including: draining standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying; covering skin with clothing or repellent; and covering doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house. For more information, visit DOH’s website at https://bit.ly/3gsQi4t.

COVID-19 Consumer Survey on Reopening for Greater Fort Lauderdale
In partnership with the International Downtown Association (IDA), the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is encouraging Greater Fort Lauderdale residents and employees to participate in a short survey about reopenings by sharing your priorities concerning safety and economic issues. The survey has 15 questions and takes about five minutes to complete. Responses received can help inform local officials during the phased reopening process and will be benchmarked against responses from other cities in the U.S. and Canada. To complete the survey, please visit https://bit.ly/2OPZ417.

Residents Not Required to Wear Masks at Home
Broward County Emergency Order 20-23 clarifies that residents are not required to wear facial coverings while at home (indoors and/or outdoors), and property owners shall not be individually liable for violations of facial covering requirements by guests or other persons who are not residents of the property. To read Emergency Order 20-23, visit https://bit.ly/310Tq1S.

Masks Mandatory in Establishments; Violators Risk Fines
Broward County Emergency Order 20-21 requires facial coverings to be worn in public and private spaces, including at all establishments, where social distancing cannot be maintained. The order also requires the mandatory use of facial coverings in residential facilities and condominium common areas (including reception areas, hallways, lobbies, and elevators), and requires that masks be worn by all persons in any establishment, other than amenities, regardless of social distancing; all people working in any establishment allowed to operate; and all workers in any establishment involved in preparing, handling or serving food. Any individual or establishment that violates the facial covering requirements is subject to a criminal and/or civil infraction, with fines up to $500 per violation for a criminal misdemeanor, $1,000 per day per violation for a civil citation, or up to $15,000 per violation for a known violation that is irreparable or irreversible. To read Emergency Order 20-21, visit bit.ly/2O9GSis.

Facial Coverings and Signage Requirements
Under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, establishments are prohibited from serving or transacting business with customers who are not complying with the facial covering requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-21.  In addition, owners, operators and landlords of commercial property where retail, restaurants, or food establishments are located must ensure those establishments comply with the signage requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-17, including displaying information about proper social distancing and facial covering requirements, and ensuring that the required signage is conspicuously posted in common areas of the property such as mall entrances, food courts and hallways.

Signage Requirements for All Establishments
Broward County Emergency Order 20-23, clarifies that all establishments that conduct in-person transactions with the public, other than parks and beaches, must comply with signage requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-17, including displaying information about proper social distancing and facial covering requirements, and ensuring that the required signage is conspicuously posted for easy visibility within the establishment. To read Emergency Order 20-23, visit https://bit.ly/310Tq1S. To read Emergency Order 20-17, visit https://bit.ly/3dYeP0F.

New Email for Vacation Rental Complaints in Fort Lauderdale
The City of Fort Lauderdale has established a new email address for neighbors to use to file complaints about vacation rental properties. Neighbors are encouraged to report issues with vacation rentals to the Community Enhancement and Compliance Division by emailing vrinfo@fortlauderdale.gov. Complaints will be investigated by the City’s code team to ensure vacation rental properties are in compliance with applicable regulations.

Outdoor Events Prohibited Unless Approved by Broward County
Broward County Emergency Order 20-23, clarifies that outdoor, open air events are not permissible unless a reopening or operating plan (that must include, without limitation, appropriate operational safeguards, attendance limits such as persons per square feet, sanitation procedures, facial covering requirements, and staffing/security) is submitted to reopening@Broward.org and approved in writing by the Broward County Administrator. To read Emergency Order 20-23, visit https://bit.ly/310Tq1S.

Private Gatherings Restricted to 10 People
Under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, private gatherings that take place at residential properties, whether indoors or outdoors, are limited to no more than 10 people. Individuals who are present at gatherings of more than 10 people are subject to civil and criminal penalties. Owners of properties where violations take place are also liable regardless of whether they are present when the violations occur. In addition, residents of residential properties, whether they own or rent, must ensure that all individuals on their property comply with the limitations on private gatherings stated in Emergency Order 20-22 or be subject to civil and criminal penalties. To read Emergency Order 20-22, visit https://bit.ly/bceo20-22.

Additional Restrictions in Place for Restaurants, Gyms, and Fitness Centers
Under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, ordering food and/or beverages from a bar counter is strictly prohibited. Restaurant patrons must order and consume food and drinks at a table, and establishments must continue to follow all other applicable operating requirements as defined in Emergency Order 20-22 and previous orders. In addition, individuals using or visiting a gym or fitness center shall wear a facial covering at all times, including while exercising, except while in a pre-swim shower or swimming pool. To read Emergency Order 20-22, visit https://bit.ly/bceo20-22.

Broward County Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions and Penalties
Broward County Emergency Order 20-21, tightens COVID-19 restrictions and increases penalties for violators. Any business that violates a local emergency order related to COVID-19 including but not limited to, requirements for operating procedures, capacity and seating, facial coverings, social distancing, spacing of tables and chairs, prohibiting gathering at bars and counters, limiting the size of parties, and proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures, will be forced to immediately close for 24 hours after their first citation. An additional 72 hours of closure will be added for each subsequent citation (e.g., 96-hour closure after a second citation, 168-hour closure after a third citation, etc.). In addition, any repeat violation is subject to a fine up to $15,000. Residents are urged to report business violations online at Mybroward.Broward.org or by calling 311 or the City of Fort Lauderdale 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000. To read Emergency Order 20-21, visit bit.ly/2O9GSis.

City’s Code Enforcement Team Citing Businesses for COVID-19 Violations
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Code Enforcement Team continues to conduct inspections of restaurants and businesses to ensure COVID-19 regulations are being followed, particularly as they relate to requirements for operating procedures, indoor and outdoor seating capacity, facial coverings, social distancing, spacing/placement of tables and chairs, prohibiting congregating at bars and counters, limiting the size of parties, and proper hygiene and cleaning procedures. The City will continue to issue citations and fines and close down restaurants and businesses that are not in compliance. The City of Fort Lauderdale encourages the public to report COVID-19 violations to 311 or the City’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.

Online Dashboard Tracking COVID-19 Violations
An online dashboard is tracking Broward County complaints about businesses not following proper COVID-19 regulations related to operating capacity, social distancing, facial covering and other reopening requirements contained in local emergency orders. The GIS-based website displays details about business complaints received, including: name and location of the business being reported; number and type of warning or citation issued; and complaint outcome (i.e., warning issued, citation issued, complaint resolved, pending inspection, etc.). To access the dashboard and view updates for cities in Broward County, visit http://arcg.is/1riWfH.

Find Local COVID-19 Statistics on Broward County Dashboard
To help residents understand the magnitude of the pandemic locally, Broward County is posting a daily statistical dashboard of COVID-19 indicators. The data includes statistics on number of positive cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations, hospital capacities, and deaths. To view the dashboard, visit https://bit.ly/2CncuPv.

Contactless Parking Options in Fort Lauderdale

The City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Transportation and Mobility reminds neighbors that contactless parking options are available in the City. The free “PayByPhone” app may be downloaded to mobile devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once installed, drivers simply need to enter the zone number listed on signs posted in the lot, garage, or on-street space where they are parked; pay for a parking session; and go. As an added benefit, residents are eligible for a special rate when using PayByPhone. To learn more and to apply, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. Transportation and Mobility customer service staff is available to provide more information and answer questions about contactless parking options Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at 954-828-3700 or parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov.

Parking Services Has Gone Virtual
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Parking Services Office, located at 290 NE 3 Avenue, is closed to the public until further notice to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In recent weeks, staff members at the office have tested positive and/or are quarantining after potential exposure to individuals that have tested positive. City employees from the Parking Services Office remain committed to serving residents and visitors online and over the phone. Customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 954-828-3700 or via email at parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov to provide more information and answer parking and transportation-related questions. All parking permits for lots and locations throughout the City are now available for purchase and renewal on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. Citations may also be paid online. Residents and visitors are reminded that contactless parking options are available in the City, including the free PayByPhone app that may be downloaded to mobile devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play (learn more below).

Adjustments to New Parking Rates for Residents and Visitors
City of Fort Lauderdale parking lots, garages, and on-street spaces now have standard parking rates based on their location within one of three zones throughout Fort Lauderdale. Zone 1 is located east of the Intracoastal Waterway and south of Oakland Park Boulevard. Rates are $1.50 per hour for residents and $4.00 per hour for non-residents. Zone 2 is located east of I-95, west of the Intracoastal Waterway, south of NE 11 Street, and north of SW 7 Street. Rates are $1.50 per hour for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Zone 3 is located in any area outside of Zones 1 and 2. Rates are $1.00 per hour for resident and $2.00 per hour for non-residents. The following adjustments have been made to provide residents and visitors with enhanced service:

  • The minimum amount of time that can be purchased has been reduced from 60 minutes to 15 minutes in Zones 1 and 3 and to 20 minutes in Zone 2 to help reduce costs for residents and visitors who are parking for short periods of time.
  • A new $10 COVID all-day flat rate has been established that allows patrons to park from the time of purchase until midnight for a total cost of $10. This all-day rate provides residents with a 35 percent discount from the previous rate structure for eight hours, and visitors with close to a 70 percent discount from the current non­resident rate structure for an eight-hour stay.
  • The application process for the discounted resident rate has been modified to streamline operations and expedite approvals so that customers may begin receiving the discounted parking rate as quickly as possible.
  • The Transportation and Mobility Department is promoting its permit programs which offer residents monthly parking rates ranging from $35 to $50 throughout the City, and can provide significant savings over the standard hourly rates.

A map of the new parking zones and applicable rates may be viewed by visiting the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. City of Fort Lauderdale residents are encouraged to visit bit.ly/ftlresidentrate to apply for a special resident rate when using PayByPhone to pay for parking sessions throughout the City. 

Avoid the Three Cs to Help Slow the Spread

The City of Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Department of Health remind everyone to protect themselves and others by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public: 

  • Closed Spaces. Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that could allow contagious droplets to linger in the air.
  • Crowded Places. Avoid crowded places with many people nearby; the greater the number of individuals in an area, the greater the chances of COVID-19 spreading from person-to-person.
  • Close-Contact Settings. Avoid close-range conversations and stay at least six-feet from others. 

In addition to avoiding the three Cs and wearing facial coverings in all public spaces, individuals should continue to practice social distancing by staying at least six-feet away from others; stay home when sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; clean and disinfect countertops and frequently used surfaces often; and wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol). For additional prevention tips, visit www.floridahealthcovid19.gov/prevention.

FDA Warns Consumers of Risk of Methanol Contamination in Certain Hand Sanitizers

FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk. FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. Complete and submit the report online or download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178. For more details, including a list of recalled hand sanitizers, visit bit.ly/2W0XvRN.

Beachscapes Exhibit at History Fort Lauderdale Through September 27

History Fort Lauderdale is proud to present “The Art of Tim Forman: Beachscapes,” an exhibit featuring masterful interpretations of Florida beach life and inspirational ocean views created by acclaimed Fort Lauderdale landscape artist and paintbrush historian Tim Forman. The exhibit will be on display from July 5 through September 27 at the New River Inn, located at 231 Southwest Second Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The awe inspiring works portray the splendor and simplicity of the natural world, while instilling a sense of serenity during these uncertain times. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for students. For more information, visit www.historyfortlauderdale.org

Visit Lauderdale Encourages Businesses to Take the Safe + Clean Pledge

In support of Broward County’s hospitality industry and business community, Visit Lauderdale has launched the Safe + Clean pledge. Taking the pledge will enable tourism-related businesses in Broward County to let their guests see that Safe + Clean protocols have been adopted. Businesses that take the pledge commit to following CDC Cleaning Protocols; wearing masks; providing hand sanitizer; practicing social distancing; training staff how to be Safe + Clean; and working toward contactless payment. To learn more and take the pledge, visit sunny.org/pledge. Businesses completing the pledge will receive a poster to proudly display their commitment to offering guests a Safe + Clean experience. For more details, visit sunny.org/pledge.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Launches New Campaign

In an effort to help stimulate the local economy amid COVID-19, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, in partnership with Six Pillars Broward, has launched a playful marketing campaign to encourage supports of Broward County to buy local. The campaign amusingly invites consumers to identify as “SOBs,” which stand for Supporters of Broward, and do their part to support local businesses. Elements of the campaign will include colorful signage, ads, and merchandise to remind folks to eat, drink, and shop locally (like an SOB!) but to also wear a mask, social distance, follow proper hygiene and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more details, visit www.ProudSOB.com.

Visit Lauderdale Launches “LauderDeals”

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched LauderDeals, a destination-wide special savings program for visitors and residents. The campaign features special discounts on hotels, dining, activities, amenities, and more! In addition, the program includes deals and special offers for Florida residents, along with first responders and members of the military. Check out all of the savings as you plan your “Staycation” at bit.ly/3cxW4zP.

 

CDC Encourages Businesses to Flush Plumbing Systems

As businesses begin to reopen, the CDC encourages them to flush their plumbing. Because many businesses have been closed during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, water has not been used and has remained in meter-to-building pipes for several weeks. The CDC and regulatory agencies advise that stagnant or standing water may cause conditions that increase the risk for the growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria. This advisory includes hot and cold-water systems, cooling towers, hot tubs, pools, spas, water heaters as well as decorative fountains. Following the Centers’ for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines may greatly reduce chances for Legionella and other opportunistic waterborne microbes from developing within plumbing systems and devices. Businesses owners with questions regarding the CDC recommendations regarding water systems may call the Florida Department of Health at 305-324-2400. To review the CDC Guidelines for reopening buildings after a prolonged shutdown, visit the CDC website at bit.ly/2AbifhF or the EPA website at bit.ly/3chW7Q0.

CVB’s Future In Focus II Now Online

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau recently hosted “Future in Focus II,” the second edition of its online destination recovery summit. The virtual event provided participants with details on the CVB’s recovery marketing plan designed to revitalize Greater Fort Lauderdale and the local tourism industry. In case you missed it, the tourism recovery summit may be viewed online at  www.sunny.org/partners. In addition, the slide presentation from the summit may be viewed by visiting  bit.ly/2UigPt7.  

 

What’s Open in Fort Lauderdale
The following businesses and amenities have reopened: beaches; bowling alleys, arcades, and indoor entertainment facilities; commercial gyms and fitness centers; dance, yoga, and martial arts studios; hotels, motels, and commercial lodging establishments; restaurants and food establishments; retail stores; personal services (hair and nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, etc.); recreational amenities in housing developments; community pools and private club pools; museums; movie theaters (outdoor only); city parks, dog parks, pools, and boat ramps; youth activities, and sports leagues; vacation rentals; and other professional services. Reopenings come with strict operating, cleaning, health, and safety guidelines; limitations on occupancy; and regulations on social distancing. For more details, visit bit.ly/ftlreopen.

 

City’s Dogs Parks are Open!
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s dog parks have reopened.  The City operates Bark Park (the park dogs ask for by name), located at Snyder Park at 3299 S.W. 4 Avenue, and Holiday Park Dog Park, located in Holiday Park at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive. In addition, swimming for dogs is available at Snyder Park’s East Lake and at Canine Beach (by permit only), located at approximately 1269 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Dog walking is permitted (by permit only) daily from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. on the west side of A1A from Sunrise Boulevard south to the intersection of A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard. Dog walking is available on the west side of A1A north of Sunrise Boulevard 24 hours a day, with no permit required. Dog walking is free and permitted daily along downtown’s Riverwalk. For details about dog friendly places in Fort Lauderdale visit bit.ly/ftldogs. To download a free Dog Park Guide, visit bit.ly/3gzJfYU.

 

City’s Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) Building is Open
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Department of Sustainable Development building, located at 700 N.W. 19 Avenue, has reopened. Customers are allowed to conduct business in the building Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., provided they adhere to strict guidelines that have been put in place to protect health and safety and ensure proper social distancing. A check-in process has been established in the DSD parking that requires customers to remain in their vehicles and provide staff with their name and phone number. Each customer receives a call when it is their turn to enter the building. Prior to entering, customers are required to have their temperature taken, clean their hands, have any paperwork disinfected, and be wearing a facial covering. Signage inside the lobby prompts customers to follow a designated one-way counter-clockwise direction. Customers proceed to a designated permit services technician for permitting assistance, and those awaiting service are positioned a minimum of six feet apart from each other. Customers with questions may contact the DSD call center at 954-828-6520.

 

Chamber Offers Reopening Guidance for Businesses

To help local businesses that are beginning to reopen, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has created a Return to Work Checklist that businesses can access at bit.ly/2WybWgY. The Chamber has also developed a comprehensive reopening guide that can be accessed by visiting bit.ly/2y2rGPN. The guide offers businesses recommendations for safely reopening, protecting customers, and safeguarding public health.

 

CDC Offers Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Businesses

As cities and counties prepare to begin to slowly reopen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released “Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes.” The guidelines offer specific recommendations and best practices for cleaning and disinfection of a wide range of entities, including restaurants, offices, schools, healthcare facilities, childcare programs, faith-based organizations, recreational facilities, transportation companies, and more. To view the CDC recommendations, visit bit.ly/3dEDPJR. The CDC also released "Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employees," which offers updated strategies and recommendations for employers responding to COVID-19, including those seeking to resume normal or phased business operations. For more details, visit bit.ly/2WKQFj3.

 

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Offers Standards for Hospitality Reopening

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, has developed a set of reopening standards for restaurants and hotels. The standards cover a wide range of areas including food safety, cleaning and sanitizing, employee health and personal hygiene, social distancing, infection prevention, environmental safety, and more. The operating standards are designed to increase safety, restore consumer confidence, and deliver a clean, comfortable, and sanitary experience to guests. To view the recommendations, visit bit.ly/2xVIvfe.

 

Select Broward County Libraries Offering Walk-Up/Drive-Up Service

Broward County Libraries is offering walk-up/drive-up service at a limited number of libraries. The new service will allow customers to pick up reserved library materials in a safe manner while Broward County Libraries remain closed to the public. Customers may resume reserving books, DVDs and other library materials using BCL’s online catalog or by calling their local library. Library staff will be unable to provide customers with any materials that have not been reserved ahead of time. A Broward County Library card is required to reserve library materials. For more information, visit bit.ly/2Z9VOE6.

 

Broward County Offering Mobile and In-Home COVID-19 Testing

Broward County, in partnership with Florida Department of Health in Broward, American Medical Response (AMR) and Century Ambulance Services, is offering mobile at-home COVID-19 testing. Residents eligible for this testing option 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. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. - Noon, and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Residents who believe they are eligible for the mobile/in-home testing option should call the Broward County COVID-19 Call Center at 954-357-9500 for a pre-qualifying assessment. The Call Center is open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. seven days a week. 

FDOH Launches New Mobile COVID-19 App

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has launched a new mobile app app, StrongerThanC19, to help Floridians combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Individuals may use the app to complete the StrongerThanC19 community action survey. The app allows users to go back and update their survey answers as symptoms and conditions change, which provides officials with the latest information to help improve the distribution of resources in response to COVID-19. Once the survey is completed, users may sign-up to receive COVID-19 updates from the FDOH. The free StrongerThanC19 app is available to both iOS and Android users and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores. The survey is available in both English and Spanish and responses are anonymous. To access the survey online, visit www.StrongerThanC19.com. 

Check Out the City’s COVID-19 Community Resources Webpage
The City of Fort Lauderdale cares about the safety and well-being of its neighbors and is particularly focused on connecting them with resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the City’s Neighbor Services Division has launched a new COVID-19 Community Resources page to help neighbors navigate this challenging time. The page features easily accessible information on a variety of topics including healthcare, childcare, education, elderly support, food distribution, housing, assistance programs and more. To access the webpage, please visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19commres

Please Dispose of Used Gloves and Face Coverings Properly
As more and more people wear gloves and face coverings in public to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important to remember to properly dispose of these items after use. Gloves and face coverings should never be left on the ground, on sidewalks, in streets, or in parking lots. These items may be contaminated and could potentially pose a risk to workers who have to pick them up. In addition, used masks and gloves are not biodegradable or recyclable. Those discarded on streets and sidewalks can easily make their way into our stormdrain system, potentially causing drainage problems and polluting our oceans and waterways. Please be respectful of others, particularly during this challenging time, and dispose of these items properly. To view CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and others, visit bit.ly/3acut6g.

U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Offering Business Assistance
The U.S. Conference of Mayors Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force is pleased to announce that individual business assistance is now available at no cost to small business owners. Small business owners impacted by the economic consequences of the pandemic can call 855-876-5561 to receive one-on-one help. Owners will be connected with experts who can assist them in developing strategies for their businesses, including personnel management, operations, and liquidity. Additionally, specialists will help owners navigate funding options at the federal, state, and local levels. For more details, visit bit.ly/2Vhvqoo

Report Price Gouging to 1-866-966-7226
During the COVID-19 outbreak, neighbors are reminded to be on the lookout for scams and guard against price gouging. For a list of items covered under the state’s price gouging laws during the COVID-19 state of emergency, visit bit.ly/2wAxiA4. Individuals who have experienced price gouging or scams related to COVID-19 can report them by calling Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline toll-free at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226). Complaints may also be submitted online at www.myfloridalegal.com. Violators of the price gouging law are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period. For more information on price gouging, visit bit.ly/2K2pWsi

Florida Poison Control Hotline 1-800-222-1222
Florida Poison Control offers immediate assistance through a nationwide, toll-free hotline, 1-800-222-1222, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Calls are answered by specially trained physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, toxicology fellows, and board-certified toxicologists who have immediate access to the latest, in-depth poison assessment and prevention techniques. The Poison Control Centers remind everyone, particularly children, that while many household cleaning products may look good enough to eat or taste, they should never be consumed. In case of exposure to cleaning products or disinfectants, call the Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. For more information, visit floridapoisoncontrol.org.

211 Broward Checking on Elderly Through Senior Touchline
211 Broward is a free, confidential helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week that provides trained specialists who are available to speak directly with callers, assess current circumstances, de-escalate crisis situations, and provide valuable linkage to available community resources. Through a grant from the Jim Moran Foundation, the agency continues to operate the Senior Touchline program, a service that enables 211 Broward representatives to place calls to senior citizens to check on them during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you know of a senior, 60 years of age or older and living alone that would like a daily reassurance call, please contact Rafael Vazquez at 954-640-5800. 

White House Plan to Reopen the Country
President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. The steps are designed to help guide state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. The plan focuses on a phased approach to reopening the country once criteria is met that includes: seeing a decrease in symptoms and reported COVID-19 cases over a sustained 14-day period; confirming that hospitals are no longer operating in crisis care mode; and having a robust testing system in place. The plan offers state and local officials the flexibility to take local circumstances into consideration when applying the criteria (e.g., metropolitan areas that have suffered severe COVID outbreaks, rural and suburban areas where outbreaks have not occurred or have been mild). In addition, Governors are encouraged to work on a regional basis to satisfy the criteria and progress through the phases of the reopening plan. For details, visit www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Launches “Keep Florida Growing” Website
With restaurants and foodservice businesses closed due to COVID-19, agricultural producers across the country have struggled to sell perishable products like fruits and vegetables. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are working to support farmers, ranchers, producers, and consumers during this difficult time. The FDACS has launched the Keep Florida Growing website and the Florida Farm To You Commodities List to connect potential buyers with farmers and producers of Florida-grown commodities like fresh produce, seafood, poultry, and more. Buyers, food banks, and consumers can directly connect with growers selling these products using contact information on the list. To view the Keep Florida Growing website, visit bit.ly/3bcosI1. To view the Florida Farm To You Commodities List, visit bit.ly/34FddFn.

FAQ on Reemployment Assistance from Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has produced a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document focusing on Reemployment Assistance. The FAQ, which can be accessed by visiting bit.ly/2xuVuo2, covers an array of topics including reemployment eligibility requirements, CARES Act eligibility requirements, submission requirements, processes and procedures, benefits, and examples of numerous situations that may be applicable to people requesting benefits. The DEO’s Connect claims system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at connect.myflorida.com and the DEO’s contact center hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 6:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Contact phone numbers are as follows: 

Customer Service Hotline:                                                      1-800-204-2418
Main Department:                                                                   1-850-245-7105
Fraud Hotline:                                                                         1-800-342-9909
Language Barrier/Computer Assistance:                                1-800-681-8102 

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council Resources
The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) has assembled an important and timely list of resources and information to help businesses handle the challenges associated with COVID-19. The organization’s website includes quick links to loans, assistance with loan packaging, technical assistance, webinars, advice on business continuity and strategies for managing remote workforces. For more information, visit fsmsdc.org/covid19

U.S. Surgeon General Shows How to Make Your Own Face Covering
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) and especially where significant community-based transmission of the coronavirus is occurring. In support of this recommendation, Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General, has produced a video showing simple steps to making your own face covering. To view the video, visit bit.ly/2y8FE2u. In addition to the video, the CDC offers simple step-by-step instructions for making sewn or non-sewn homemade face coverings at bit.ly/39X2OFZ

SAMHSA Offers Free Information on Mental and Behavioral Health During COVID-19
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. The organization offers free information, materials, and resources focusing on better mental and behavioral health, as well as ways that individuals and families can cope with the stress and challenges of COVID-19 (see links to flyers below). SAMHSA has also established a Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide immediate crisis counseling and support to people dealing with mental or emotional issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. For more information, visit www.samhsa.gov. 

 Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
 Talking with Children about Infectious Disease Outbreaks
 How to Cope with Sheltering in Place
 Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health

Help Prevent Sanitary Sewer Overflows
Neighbors can do their part to help prevent sewer overflows. Never flush the following items down the toilet: tampons and other feminine hygiene products; baby wipes, wet wipes and cleaning pads; dental floss; swabs and cotton balls; diapers; paper towels and tissues; hair; cigarette butts; condoms; and kitty litter. When flushed down the toilet, these items bind together and may cause sewage backups in homes, manhole overflows, and failures at sewage pumping stations. In addition, never pour cooking oils down the drain. Instead, pour the oils into old cans, milk containers or other packages and dispose of them in the black garbage cart. To report a sewer overflow, please contact the City’s 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000 or online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv

Sun Trolley and Riverwalk Water Trolley Service Updates
The Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (TMA) has introduced service changes to the Sun Trolley and Riverwalk Water Trolley to ensure the safety of drivers and riders and help slow the community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The following route-specific updates are in effect: 

  • The Downtown Link remains in operation using a single vehicle.
  • The Beach Link remains in operation using a single vehicle. Fares on the Beach Link will continue to be temporarily suspended.
  • The Las Olas Link remains in operation using a single vehicle and the service schedule will be offered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fares on the Las Olas Link continue to be temporarily suspended.
  • The Riverwalk Water Trolley is temporarily suspended until further notice.
  • The Seabreeze Tram remains suspended until further notice.
  • The Neighborhood and NW Community Links’ schedules remain unchanged. 

Social distancing precautions will remain in effect. Stacked seating is implemented by blocking off every other seat, vehicle capacity is limited to nine passengers, riders are encouraged to board through the rear door when possible, and all Sun Trolley drivers are having their temperatures checked daily. In addition, all passengers are required to wear a cloth face covering, in accordance with Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-07. Riders without a cloth face covering will not be allowed on the Sun Trolley. For more details, visit bit.ly/STServiceChangesApril13 or call 954-TROLLEY (954-876-5539).

CDC Issues New Return to Work Guidelines for Essential Employees
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising that critical infrastructure workers may now be permitted to return to work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community. Critical Infrastructure workers who have had an exposure but remain asymptomatic should adhere to the following practices prior to and during their work shift:

  • Pre-Screen: Employers should measure the employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to them starting work. Ideally, temperature checks should happen before the individual enters the facility.
  • Regular Monitoring: As long as the employee doesn’t have a temperature or symptoms, they should self-monitor under the supervision of their employer’s occupational health program.
  • Wear a Mask: The employee should wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after the last exposure. Employers can issue facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings in the event of shortages.
  • Social Distance: The employee should maintain 6 feet and practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace.
  • Disinfect and Clean Workspaces: Clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment routinely.

For more details regarding the CDC’s return to work guidelines, visit bit.ly/3aZyL1J.

Fact Sheets on CARES Act Business Assistance Programs
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development have made fact sheets available outlining information and eligibility guidelines for business assistance programs from the state of Florida, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and through the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The fact sheets can be accessed by visiting bit.ly/2JSprRn

New Operating Hours for Broward County Coronavirus Call Center
The Broward County COVID-19 Hotline, 954-357-9500, has new operating hours. The hotline is now available 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., seven days a week. The County’s COVID-19 Call Center assists the public with answers to questions about the virus. In addition to providing information, call takers also conduct over-the-phone pre-screening for testing eligibility before referring callers to the Department of Health for testing. In addition to the Broward County COVID-19 Hotline, the Florida Department of Health offers a 24/7 Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Please note the Broward County COVID-19 Call Center will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 12. 

Chamber Resource Guide for Small Businesses
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has produced a COVID-19 Guide for Businesses and Employees that includes information about state and federal business loans and economic assistance programs, including the new Paycheck Protection Plan that is part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act, which was recently passed by Congress. The guide also includes information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how it affects organizations. To access the guide, visit bit.ly/gflccguide.


Department of Health Information

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of September 21, 2020, from approximately 38,998 daily COVID-19 tests conducted statewide, there were 1,701 positive results and 37, 297 negative results for a positive rate of 4.36%. There were also 21 reported deaths. In Broward County, from approximately 5,243 daily tests conducted, there were 131 positive results and 5,112 negative results for a positive rate of 2.50%. In total, results from 552,225 tests administered in Broward County indicated 475,541 negative results, 75,801 positive results, and 883 inconclusive results. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit bit.ly/2wb29D2 or bit.ly/2ZfwR9n.

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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

 

For a list of COVID-19 Testing site in Broward County, visit:
https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/Collection-Sites.aspx

For a list of State-supported testing sites in Florida, by County, visit:
https://www.floridadisaster.org/covid19/testing-sites/#dbroward


City Operations

Department of Sustainable Development
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Department of Sustainable Development building, located at 700 N.W. 19 Avenue, has reopened. Customers are allowed to conduct business in the building Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., provided they adhere to strict guidelines that have been put in place to protect health and safety and ensure proper social distancing. A check-in process has been established in the DSD parking that requires customers to remain in their vehicles and provide staff with their name and phone number. Each customer receives a call when it is their turn to enter the building. Prior to entering, customers are required to have their temperature taken, clean their hands, have any paperwork disinfected, and be wearing a facial covering. Signage inside the lobby prompts customers to follow a designated one-way counter-clockwise direction. Customers proceed to a designated permit services technician for permitting assistance, and those awaiting service are positioned a minimum of six feet apart from each other. Customers with questions may contact the DSD call center at 954-828-6520. The City’s online platform, Lauderbuild, is available 24/7 at the following link: https://aca3.accela.com/FTL/Default.aspxLauderbuild provides access to permit searches, online payments, application submittal, license renewal, and more.

Permit Plan Application Submittal
Drop boxes have been installed outside the front door of the DSD building at 700 NW 19th Avenue. Applicants may pick up permit plan application forms as well as instructions for how to submit plans in the appropriate drop boxes. Intake staff will pick up submitted applications throughout the day for processing. Individuals are required to provide their name, email and phone number on the application so that staff can communicate as needed to complete the intake process. All payments should be made using the Lauderbuild online platform. Payments are required to be made prior to the City issuing a permit. Individuals may pick up applications for corrections by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 954-828-6520. 

Scheduling of Inspections
Permit inspections are available to be scheduled either through the DSD Call Center at 954-828-6520 or through Lauderbuild. Please be aware that inspections are prioritized to ensure medical facilities are inspected first along with life safety. All other inspections are then performed on a first-come first-served basis. Any sites to be inspected should have all non-essential staff removed from the inspection area so that City staff can maintain social distancing. 

Code Enforcement
Code enforcement is open; however, activity is primarily in the field and with social distancing in place.

Urban Design and Planning (UDP)
Urban Design and Planning (UDP) is open, however, to maintain social distancing UDP staff is working remotely. Please contact planning staff via email by visiting https://bit.ly/2QVrqbR. 

Zoning & Landscape
Zoning is currently operating at reduced capacity; however, plan reviews are moving forward. Landscape has inspectors in the field and plans reviews are moving forward.

Engineering
Engineering is currently operating at reduced capacity; however, plan reviews and inspections are moving forward.  Revocable licenses are being processed.

Additional City Services 

Online City Services
Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more. 

City Sanitation, Yard Waste, Recycling and Bulk Trash Services
All City sanitation collection services, including residential trash collection, yard waste, recycling, and bulk trash, will continue to operate on their regular collection schedules. 

Lien Searches
Lien Searches are open and may be requested by contacting the Finance Department at 954-828-5155 or liens@fortlauderdale.gov.

Water and Wastewater Services
Water and wastewater services are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. These essential services will continue without interruption. During this challenging situation, as people are spending more time at home, please help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows.

 

Customer Service
Neighbors may contact the City’s 24-Hour Customer Service Center by calling 954-828-8000 or by using the LauderServ app or visiting www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv

Utility Billing
Utility billing staff will be available by phone at 954-828-5150 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighbors can call utility billing to ask questions, open a new utility account, or make a payment. Utility billing payments may also be made online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/utilitybilling and at the walk-up kiosk on the east side of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.


Business and Employee Assistance Programs

The City of Fort Lauderdale is sensitive to the stress and financial impact our businesses and their employees are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. For more information about programs and resources designed to assist businesses, employees, and the general public during this challenging time, please visit https://bit.ly/2U2qwfw.

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) is also sharing information about resources that become available from the federal, state, or county government at www.broward.org/econdev.

For the latest updates from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, visit their website.


Fort Lauderdale Police Department

Beware of COVID-19 Scams!

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department reminds everyone to be aware of potential COVID-19 scams by phone, email or in person. Currently, the CDC, Florida Department of Health and other public health officials, and law enforcement are NOT going door to door selling COVID-19 test kits. If someone offers to sell you a kit, either in person or by phone, please call 954-764-HELP to report it!


Broward County

For the latest information from Broward County, visit www.broward.org/coronavirus.

Broward County Public Schools Summer Meals Distribution on Tuesdays

The Broward County Public Schools Summer Meals program is underway at 49 school sites throughout the District. Grab-and-go meal service is open from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, providing children 18 years and younger, and adults who accompany them, meals for the entire week. Adults may receive meals for children who are not present by providing identification for the children. Adults wishing to receive meals must be present. Meals may be obtained by walking up or driving up to the designated location on campus. The Summer Meals program is made possible with the help of community partners including Feeding South Florida, Health Foundation of Broward, The Hunger Coalition, United Way of Broward, Miami Dolphins and The Jim Moran Foundation. For more details and a complete list of distribution locations, visit bit.ly/3cBZK3I.

Port Everglades
Port Everglades is open and operating at normal levels. Cargo and fuel are being delivered on their regular schedule. For additional information, visit www.broward.org/port

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is open. FLL passengers are encouraged to check with their airline for the latest travel and flight advisories. For additional information, visit www.broward.org/airport.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.

DO YOUR PART TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS

  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Practice good hygiene:
  • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

 Additional Resources from the CDC:

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. For the latest information about the coronavirus from the CDC, please visit www.coronavirus.gov


World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO is continuously monitoring and responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The WHO provides daily updated situation reports. To read them, visit www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports. For the latest information from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the coronavirus, visit www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.


General Information

How Does Coronavirus Spread?
Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract Coronavirus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of Coronavirus
Symptoms of Coronavirus may appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Prevention
The CDC recommends taking everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention.

Should I be tested for Coronavirus?
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility. 

For More Information
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. 

For additional information regarding the coronavirus, please visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.cdc.gov


Travel Information

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel. Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe. Learn more at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html.

Additional information from the Department of State about travel as it relates to COVID-19 is available at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html.

For the latest travel information, alerts, and warnings from the CDC, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Anyone who experiences symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan or any other destination under a CDC travel advisory should call ahead to their health care provider and contact the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 before visiting any healthcare facility. In addition, any individual who has had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from any of these areas or who has been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should follow the same procedures. Their health care professional will work with the Florida Department of Health in Broward County to determine if the person should be tested for COVID-19.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) remain open.

FLL passengers are encouraged to check with their airline for the latest travel and flight advisories. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is monitoring passengers arriving into the facility and looking for anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms. If displaying, they may detain/isolate the passenger(s) and will contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to handle. They will also look at a passenger’s travel history but if they are not displaying, they are not detained.

Port Everglades
Port Everglades is open and operating at normal levels. Cargo and fuel are being delivered on their regular schedule. For additional information, visit www.broward.org/port

The CDC recommends that travelers defer all cruise travel worldwide. Additional information is available at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-cruise-ship.


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Ways to Stay in Touch

The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways for neighbors to receive important information and updates:

 

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