COVID-19 Updates

Published on March 31, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Latest Updates

Tuesday, March 31

UPDATE #2

Please see the latest Emergency Order from Miami Dade County. 

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami has loosened age requirements for its drive-through COVID-19 testing at Charles Hadley Park and for its in-home testing service for homebound residents. Both testing services are now open to City of Miami residents ages 45 and older who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. Testing was previously for residents age 65 and over.

Testing is by appointment only and residents who meet the basic criteria must call the City's testing call center at 305-960-5050 to request an appointment. The Charles Hadley Park drive-through testing site is located at 1350 NW 50th St., Miami, FL 33142. In-home testing for homebound residents who have no access to transportation is provided by City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue personnel.

Monday, March 30

UPDATE #2

Effective Tuesday, March 31st, the City of Miami is suspending or largely curtailing a number of processes related to building inspections, opening new businesses and other key functions. The changes are being made to reduce person-to-person contact as local cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to grow across South Florida. 

For more information, please the visit Building + Permitting tab on the City of Miami's COVID-19 update page.  

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami is strongly advising condominium homeowner associations and management companies to close common areas such as fitness centers, pools, and other areas where owners and residents congregate.
 
It they have not done so already, it is recommended that homeowner associations review and implement the following measures:

  • Close Common areas and amenities – close gyms, fitness centers, playgrounds, business centers, libraries, and other common areas and amenities. 
  • Drain pools to prevent swimming. 
  • Hold Virtual Meetings and events – County and city authorities have recommended against any gatherings of 10 or more people. We ask that community events and nonessential meetings be postponed. Alternatively, we ask that residents are given the option to tune in to board and association meetings remotely.
  • Perform Extensive Cleaning - extensive cleaning, disinfecting, and wiping down surfaces in common areas and amenities.
  • Practice Social distancing - experts are urging people to practice “social distancing,” which is the idea of maintaining a roughly 6-foot distance between other people.

In its response to COVID-19, the City of Miami has issued emergency orders urging residents to shelter in place and closing all entertainment establishments and non-essential businesses. The aim of these emergency orders is to eliminate unnecessary person-to-person contact in public settings.       

Saturday, March 28

UPDATE #1

Beginning Tuesday, March 31st, City of Miami residents age 65 and over who are experiencing symptoms associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus can request a drive-through test at Charles Hadley Park in Liberty City. Charles Hadley Park is located at 1350 NW 50th St, Miami, FL 33142.

COVID-19 testing for seniors at Hadley Park is by appointment only and interested residents must call 305-960-5050 to request an appointment. Drive-through testing for seniors who meet all criteria will be provided from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily at the park, and the testing will be expanded to serve City residents younger than age 65. 

Thursday, March 26

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami has ordered a nightly curfew beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 27th, in an effort to slow the person-to-person spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The citywide curfew runs from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. nightly until further notice and will be enforced by the City of Miami Police Department. 

Key exceptions to the curfew order include the following: 

  • Medical emergencies
  • Travel to or from approved, essential workplaces
  • Dog walking: residents must stay within 250 feet of their home or residential building at all times
  • Food delivery services  

Tuesday, March 24

UPDATE #3

The City of Miami is ordering all residents to shelter in place and remain at home until further notice, effective today, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., in order to help halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. All non-essential travel within the City of Miami, including by by automobile, public transit, motorcyle, etc., is prohibited until further notice, with the following exceptions:

  • Travel within the City to seek goods and services from essential retail establishments such as grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Travel within the City to perform work in support of essential activities and establishments
  • Travel within the City to deliver essential services to homes, such as repair, landscaping and pool services

Additionally, residents may engage in outdoor recreational activities, but not in those places that have already been closed to the public under the existing emergency order, such as City of Miami parks. When outdoors exercising, residents must practice social distancing measures at all times. 

UPDATE #2

Drive-through COVID-19 testing for symptomatic seniors age 65 and over will be available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY beginning tomorrow, March 25, at Marlins Park. Please call 305-499-8767 to request an appointment. 

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami Commission will be holding a special virtual meeting tomorrow at 8PM to discuss the City's ongoing #COVID19 response. To learn how you can watch the meeting or submit a public comment, please click HERE

Monday, March 23

UPDATE #2

The City of Miami Fire-Rescue is offering free, in-home COVID-19 testing for homebound City of Miami senior residents, age 65 and above, who are experiencing symptoms and don't have access to transportation. If you know someone who fits these criteria, please call: 305-960-5050. 

UPDATE #1

In response to COVID-19, the City of Miami will be adjusting its Trolley Services beginning Tuesday, March 24. All Miami trolley routes will operate from 8AM to 7PM. 

Saturday, March 21

UPDATE #3

Boaters take note: all public boat ramps and all marinas throughout Miami-Dade County are now CLOSED, per Miami-Dade County order. Failure to observe social distancing on the water will be strictly enforced. 

UPDATE #2

Social Distancing applies to the water too. If you go boating in Miami, "rafting" up your boat to other boats is absolutely prohibited until further notice to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

UPDATE #1

Due to COVID-19, hotels, motels and other lodging establishments in the City of Miami - as well as short-term vacation rentals- are now prohibited from accepting lodgers until further notice. 

Friday, March 20 

UPDATE #3

Permitted essential businesses include the following and remain open:

  • Grocery Stores
  • Food Banks
  • Convenience Stores 
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Financial Institutions 
  • Restaurants - for take-out, delivery and drive-thru only
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, Post Office Boxes, 
  • Laundromats, Dry Cleaners and Laundry Service Providers 
  • Gas Stations, Auto-Supply, Auto-Repair, related facilities 
  • Hardware Stores 
  • Contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators and other service providers 
  • Open Construction Sites 
  • Architectural, Engineering or Land Surveying Services 

 

UPDATE #2

Non-essential businesses closed under emergency orders include the following:

  • Restaurants 
  • Alcohol Service Establishments 
  • Entertainment Venues 
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Casinos 
  • Beauty Salons, Spas, Nail Studios
  • Indoor Amusement Parks, Trampoline Parks 
  • Driving Ranges, Tennis Clubs, Golf Courses, Fishing Charters 
  • Malls, Shops/Boutiques, Sporting Goods Stores, Bookstores, Jewelry Stores, Toy Stores, Music Stores, Arts and Crafts Stores, Pawn Shops 
  • Social Clubs 

UPDATE #1 

Miami residents are strongly urged to self-isolate at home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Only leave the house if absolutely necessary - medical or groceries, for example - and exercise proper social distancing measures at all times. 

Thursday, March 19

UPDATE #3

Message from the Mayor

Fellow Miamians: 

The intent of this message is to urge all Miami residents to self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent possible to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. If it is absolutely necessary to leave your place of residence, whether to obtain or perform vital medical or health services, or to otherwise facilitate authorized activities necessary for continuity of social and commercial life, you should at all times reasonably comply with Social Distancing Requirements. 

Since declaring a State of Local Emergency in the City of Miami on March 9, the COVID-19 virus has continued to spread in Miami-Dade County - and across the nation - despite our best efforts, and more emergency measures may be required. Alarmingly, some individuals who contract the COVID-19 virus have no symptoms or mild symptoms, which means they may not be aware they are carrying the virus. Because asymptomatic people can transmit the disease, and because evidence shows the disease is easily spread, even small public gatherings or person-to-person interactions can result in preventable transmission of the virus. 

Scientific evidence shows that at this stage of the emergency, it is absolutely essential to slow virus transmission as much as possible to protect our most vulnerable residents - particularly the elderly and those with preexisting conditions - and to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed. One proven way to do this is by limiting interactions among people to the greatest extent possible. 

I urge you in the strongest terms to shelter in place to the extent possible and to avoid any and all unnecessary interactions with others. 

UPDATE #2

Closed Until Further Notice:

All City of Miami Parks, Beaches and Recreational Facilities 

UPDATE #1

Effective today, and in an effort to drastically reduce the need for customers to make in-person visits to the Building Department, the City of Miami is temporarily amending its permitting processes and services. The changes include shifting in-person permit counter consultations to e-mail based consultations, as well as adding secure, easily accessible document drop boxes at the City's main administrative building to eliminate the need for person-to-person exchanges.

These temporary changes are in keeping with the City's ongoing response to COVID-19 and reinforce social distancing practices, without reducing levels of service. Details follow below: 

Legacy Plans Drop-Off:

  • Legacy Plans Drop will be conducted daily at the MRC Ground Floor Lobby. The Building Department will be providing a Drop Off Bin for these services. Customers may also dial (305) 416-2571 for additional information.

Legacy Plans Pick-Up:

  • Legacy Plans Pick Up will be conducted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only at the MRC Ground Floor Lobby. Customers will be required to submit their plan pick-up request 24 hours in advance to the following e-mail addresses: AOsorio@miamigov.com / RConcepcion@miamigov.com / jarrinda@miamigov.com. Customers may also dial (305) 416-2571 for additional information.

Permit Counter: 

  • Permit Counter requests shall be submitted to ePlanBuilding@miamigov.com. Customers will be contacted by a Building Department staff member to complete their transaction. Customers may also dial (305) 416-1605 for additional information. All of the following services will be conducted via e-mail:
    • Issue New Legacy Process Number for Additional Legacy Plans
    • Process Legacy Plan Revisions
    • Revision Requests
    • Complete Revisions
    • Phase Permit Requests
    • New Contractor Registration
    • Change of Contractor
    • Add/Update Contractor and Subcontractor
    • Change of Architect / Engineer
    • Plan Reactivation Request
    • Completion Permit Request (Expired Permits)
    • Fee Credit Request
    • City Project Fee Waiver

Microfilm Requests:

  • Microfilm requests shall be submitted via e-mail to BuildingRecords@miamigov.com. Customers will be provided an Invoice / Transaction ID # via e-mail, and upon payment, the microfilm records will be released via e-mail. Customers may also dial (305) 416-1140 for additional information.

 

Wednesday, March 18

UPDATE #3

Please be advised that the City of Miami is indefinitely suspending the Motorized Scooter Pilot Program and Citibike Shared Bicycle Program as a response to Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 05-20.  Per the emergency order, no common use moped, scooter, bicycle, or micromobility device are to be operated as of 6:00 p.m. today, March 18th, 2020.  Vehicles must be disabled remotely to ensure there is no option to rent via mobile applications and removed from the Public Right of Way immediately.  This order will remain in effect until expiration of the Miami-Dade County State of Local Emergency or City of Miami State of Local Emergency, whichever occurs later.  We appreciate your understanding during this time and request companies report when removal of all scooters/bicycles is completed.

UPDATE # 2

Scooter Rentals Suspended Until Further Notice:

Effective at 6:00pm today, and in keeping with Miami-Dade County orders, all electric scooter rentals will cease until further notice.  

UPDATE #1

Effective today, and consistent with the City of  Miami's Emergency Declaration related to COVID-19, design professionals that do not possess a Digital Signature will be allowed, for a limited time and until further notice, to scan and upload their paper signed and sealed documents into the City of Miami Electronic Plan Review System (ePlan).

During this period, design professionals that fall under this temporary exception shall be required to maintain the original documents for future auditing purposes. The City of Miami Building Department strongly encourages all Design Professionals to obtain a Digital Signature Certificate. Below is the approved list of Digital Signature Providers:

 

Tuesday, March 17

UPDATE #3

In order to effectively maintain essential sanitation services while managing COVID-19 impacts, the City of Miami Department of Solid Waste will implement the following changes to its garbage, recycling and bulky trash services, effective Friday, March 20th, 2020.

  1. Residential garbage collection will continue on a regular schedule – twice weekly.
  2. Residential recycling collection will be suspended until further notice. All recyclable materials should be placed inside the green garbage cart for collection. All materials (garbage and recycling) will be converted into electricity at the Miami-Dade County Resource Recovery Center. 
  3. Bulky trash collection will transition from weekly service to service every other week. Pickup for (A) routes will take place on your designated day the first and third week of the month. Pickup for (B) routes will take place on your designated day the second and fourth week of the month.

The following bulky trash routes will be serviced as follows:

  • Monday A - East of I-95 |Monday B – West of I-95
  • Tuesday A – East of NW 12 Ave. |Tuesday B – West of NW 12 Ave.
  • Wednesday A – East of SW/NW 47th Ave. |Wednesday B – West of SW/NW 47th Ave.
  • Thursday A – East of SW 22th Ave. | Thursday B – West of SW 22thAve.
  • Friday A – East of SW 22nd Ave. | Friday B – West of SW 22nd Ave.
     

Please see bulky trash map HERE for more information.(JPG, 564KB)

 

The mini dump facility for bulky waste will remain open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 1290 NW 20th St. Additionally, dead animal removal services and street litter container collection will continue on a regular basis while street sweeping services will continue on a reduced schedule.

 

UPDATE #2

Retailers, service businesses and private offices including the examples below may operate. However, to increase #SocialDistancing, they may only operate at 50% or less of their normal occupancy load until further notice.

 

- Retailers

- Private Offices

- Hair & Nail salons

- Barber Shops

- Car Dealerships

 

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami today issued an order mandating all entertainment establishments and non-essential businesses closed to patrons until further notice, in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus and increased cases of community transmission in South Florida. The new order aims to eliminate unnecessary person-to-person contact in public settings and was issued as an amendment to the City's recent COVID-19 emergency declaration. 

The following types of entertainment businesses within the City of Miami will be closed, effective today, March 17, 2020 at 11:59PM until further notice:

  • All alcohol service establishments that do not serve food, including bars, nightclubs and lounges
    • *Bars that serve food may continue to do so for takeout only 
  • All Dine-in Restaurants 
    • Restaurants may sell food for takeout/delivery/drive-thru on a 24-hour basis
    • Proprietors must establish social distancing measures for patrons waiting in line
  • All Entertainment Venues including movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades
  • All Gyms and Fitness Centers 

The new order includes important exceptions, notably that dine-in restaurants may provide takeout/delivery/drive-thru service at any hour. Furthermore, the following institutions and businesses are not affecting by the entertainment establishment closure order: grocery stores, food banks, pharmacies; and commissaries, cafeterias and restaurants located entirely within hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities. 

Monday, March 16

UPDATE #1:

Effective immediately, all City of Miami public meetings are cancelled until April 1, 2020 to prevent unnecessary gatherings and encourage social distancing. Cancelled meetings include all City advisory board, committee and hearing board meetings, as well as regularly scheduled City Commission meetings.

Additionally, this morning, the City began screening all employees and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to granting entry into City buildings. Individuals who are cleared to enter will be given a colored wristband that must be worn at all times for the duration of their visit (wristband colors will change daily). Visitors who are screened and present with any signs or symptoms stated on the CDC’s COVID-19 flyer will be denied entry and directed to contact the Department of Health immediately. An informational sheet for conducting City business remotely, which includes key phone and e-mail contacts for City services, will be provided.

The City of Miami is also partnering with the Miami-Dade County Community Action & Human Services Department to provide home delivery of meals to local seniors who normally gather for large, communal meals at local senior centers. The City suspended those communal lunches last week - shifting to pick-up service only - to increase social distancing and reduce close personal interactions among local seniors, who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

Sunday, March 15

The City of Miami issued an order today mandating all businesses and establishments within the City of Miami to reduce their maximum occupancy loads to 50% of their authorized maximum occupancies, effective 12:01 a.m. tonight. Businesses or establishments with an existing occupancy of 500 persons or more are now capped at 250 persons maximum. Businesses and establishments that do not comply with this emergency order face immediate closure.

Additionally, the City has ordered that all non-essential businesses and establishments within the City close no later than 11:00 p.m. daily, including on weekends. This order applies to bars, restaurants, lounges and other entertainment establishments. The order is effective citywide at 11:00 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, March 16. Exceptions to this order are the following: hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, medical service providers, medical supply stores, gasoline service stations, hardware stores, convenience stores, private offices, hotels and automotive repair centers.

Both measures were made as amendments to the City’s recent COVID-19 emergency declaration, and both aim to increase social distancing and reduce communal gatherings. With confirmed cases of community transmissions of COVID-19 in Florida, the need to reduce gatherings of people in public spaces has grown in urgency. The City also issued a ban on price gouging in its new emergency order. 

“These measures are a direct and prudent step to reduce close person-to-person interactions, which are medically confirmed to be spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus in South Florida,” said City Manager Arthur Noriega V. “We’re in this together and will prevail if all Miamians make a conscious decision to do their part for the greater good.”  

 

Saturday, March 14

The City of Miami continues to do its part to ensure the safety and public health of our residents, visitors and our valued employees, as it relates to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated and the administration is conducting daily interdepartmental calls to monitor the progression of novel coronavirus COVID-19 to ensure we stay informed and prepared to respond as needed. We are also closely following the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). 

 

As the situation continues to evolve, please take a moment to review the update below, which summarizes the many actions that City emergency managers and leaders are implementing to keep our organization and our community safe and strong. As always, if you demonstrate symptoms related with COVID-19, please call the Florida Department of Health immediately: 866-779-6121.

 

  • The City has established a COVID-19 informational hotline for employees, which provides the latest updates on City operations, reporting to work and more
  • Risk Management personnel are stationed at the EOC, closely monitoring and communicating with employees who may have been in contact with infected persons 
  • All Department Directors have created Continuance of Operations Plans – or COOPs – to ensure that all City of Miami government functions continue
  • City facilities are being thoroughly cleaned, including the daily effort of wiping down every touch surface, such as door handles, elevator push buttons, handrails, etc.
  • City emergency managers at the EOC are in close, regular contact with leading infectious disease experts who are providing high-level guidance and expertise
  • Procurement staff is at the EOC to assist in making expedited emergency purchases as needed to respond to the COVID-19 situation
  • IT has boosted helpline staffing to assist those working from City offices and remote locations
  • The EOC has established fully-staffed media and community hotlines to provide COVID-19 information and updates

 

Community Measures

 

  • All special events in the City have been cancelled until further notice
  • All permitted gatherings at City of Miami Parks have been cancelled until further notice
  • Effective Monday, all Parks & Recreation programs are suspended indefinitely; all City pools and the Jose Marti Park gymnasium are closed indefinitely
  • Homeless Outreach has distributed CDC informational flyers to local homeless persons, distributed personal hand sanitizers and placed handwashing stations in areas where local homeless persons congregate
  • City first responders have already visited all assisted living facilities, nursing homes and group homes throughout the City to ensure compliance with state and federal emergency guidelines
  • The City’s trolley Operator is increasing frequency of cleanings, including “high touch” areas like buttons, handholds, pull cords and rails; trolleys have also been equipped with hand wipes
  • The City is working with the County Elections Department to keep all local Early Voting sites and Election Day polling places clean, including hand sanitizer and hand-washing at all sites

 

Friday, March 13

UPDATE #3:

Effective this coming Monday, March 16, all City of Miami Parks & Recreation programs will be suspended until further notice. Additionally, all City of Miami pools will be closed effective Monday until further notice. Cancellations and closures include all of the following:

  • Afterschool programs
  • All City of Miami pools
  • Jose Marti Park Gymnasium
  • Learn-to-Swim classes
  • City-run sports and swim programs
  • All programs scheduled at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Caribbean Marketplace
  • Programming for adults with special needs at the Sandra DeLucca Developmental Center 

Parks open spaces will be open for general public use, including Virginia Key Beach North Point and the Virginia Key Mountain Bike trail. 

For more information on affected Parks programs, please call 305-416-1300. 

UPDATE #2:

Message to Residents from Mayor Francis Suarez

I was informed that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I feel completely healthy and strong. However, I am doing the responsible thing by working with the County's Health Department to take every precaution to ensure that not only my family is healthy, but everyone I have come in contact with is healthy as well. 

If we did not shake hands or you did not come into contact with me if I coughed or sneezed, there is no action you need to take whatsoever. If we did, however, touch or shake hands, or I sneezed or coughed near you since Monday, it is recommended that you self-isolate for 14 days, but you do not need to get tested. 

After speaking with medical personnel, I will continue to follow Department of Health protocol and remain isolated while I lead our government remotely. The City will continue to function as usual under our comprehensive preparedness plan to ensure operational continuity. 

If you suspect you have been in contact with anyone who is sick or are exhibiting any symptoms, like fever, cough, or shortness of breath, pleas call the County Department of Health. Our residents' health and wellness continues to be my absolute priority. For additional guidelines, visit Floridahealth.gov or call the Health Department at 866-799-6121 or the City of Miami's COVID-19 call center at 305-960-5027.

Thank you. 

UPDATE #1:

As of yesterday (3/12), all Park permits granted by the City’s Department of Parks & Recreation were cancelled for at least the next 30 days. Furthermore, no new Park permits will be granted within that timeframe. Parks & Recreation staff are directly contacting affected parties to notify them of this change. 

Parks permits generally apply to smaller events and gatherings held within City of Miami parks by families, groups, clubs, etc. Examples include:

  • Birthday parties
  • Baby showers
  • Youth soccer 
  • Swimming training sessions

 

Thursday, March 12

UPDATE #3: 

City of Miami Declares State of Emergency 

UPDATE #2:

Miami Mayor's Personal Message on COVID-19 Update 

 

  

  

UPDATE #1:

Effective immediately, the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department is suspending all of its Active Adults 55+ programs for senior citizens, due to the heightened COVID-19 risks associated with seniors. Senior citizen programs being suspended include daily fitness and recreation classes, as well as daily communal lunches at two Parks facilities. The City is working to identify alternative means to continue providing meals to participation seniors.

Senior programs at the following parks are impacted:

  • Charles Hadley Park
  • Antonio Maceo Park
  • Maximo Domino Park
  • West Emd Park
  • Coral Gate Park
  • Shenandoah Park
  • Jose Marti Park

Residents with questions or concerns should call 305-416-1300.  

Wednesday, March 11 

UPDATE #2:

Today, a member of the City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue returned to work following personal travel to California. The firefighter felt unwell and, in an abundance of caution, was transported to a local hospital in accordance with City of Miami EMS protocols. This individual has since been tested for COVID-19 novel coronavirus and the results are negative. Fire-Rescue services throughout the City of Miami continue as normal.

UPDATE #1:

 The Florida Department of Health has announced eight new positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Florida. To keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the virus, the Department is issuing regular updates as information becomes available. 

Monday, March 9

UPDATE #2:

An Executive Order has been issues by Governor Ron DeSantis declaring a State of Emergency to contain the spread of coronavirus. The emergency declaration allows for a united command structure to limit the spread of the virus and allow the state to more effectively mobilize resources. 

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed one new positive case in Volusia County with the patient being isolated. As of Monday, March 9, 2020, the Department of Health reported the state had 19 cases of COVID-19. 

UPDATE #1:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus, SARA-CoV-2. 

This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update highlights guidance and for evaluating and identifying patients who should be tested for COVID-19 that were shared on March 4, 2020. It supersedes the guidance and recommendations provided in CDC's HAN 428 distributed on February 28, 2020. 

Sunday, March 8

Florida health official announced Sunday that a 13th case of coronavirus has been diagnosed in the state, a 67-year-old Broward County man. 

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott sent a letter to three federal agencies and two county health departments requesting more information on the two deaths caused by COVID-19 in Florida.

As of Sunday, cases of the virus had been confirmed in Manatee County (2), Charlotte County, Volusia County, Okaloosa County, Hillsborough County (2), Lee County (2), Broward County (3) and Santa Rosa County. 

Saturday, March 7 

Governor Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to activate to Level 2 (partial activation). 

Vice President Mike Pence and Acting Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf met with officials from cruise companies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and announced new procedures cruise operators will adopt to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus on their ships. 

Within the next 72 hours, the industry, with the assistance of the DHS, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Coast Guard, Pence said cruise operators will develop new guidelines in three areas:

  • Further enhancement of entry and exit screening and shipboard testing for the coronavirus.
  • New quarantine standards will be coordinated with the CDC for all cruise ships. 
  • A protocol to move any patients that contract the coronavirus or otherwise become seriously ill to land-based facilities. 

CDC is encouraging older people and people with severe chronic medical conditions to "stay at home as much as possible."

Friday, March 6

The City of Miami Division of Emergency Management (DEM) continues to monitor COVID-19 and is active in emergency planning.  

Information regarding COVID-19 prevention/preparation measures, illness reporting, and recent travel has been released to all City employees. The Department of Risk Management has established a call-back and data collection procedure for employees who claim COVID-19 related illness.

The Department of Finance has created an accounting project string to track all COVID-19 related expenditures. Effective today, all purchases for supplies and equipment related to COVID-19 are being requested through the Logistics Section Chief within DEM.

Most Pandemic COOPs have been submitted, the compiling of information and drafting a Citywide document is being conducted within DEM with a planned completion date of March 13, 2020. 

What You Should Know 

COVID-19 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 COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, 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; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

Returning from Travel
Individuals who have traveled to China, Japan, Italy, Iran or South Korea, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino & Vatican City within the last 14 days (or since February 22, 2020) and who have no flu-like symptoms should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the United States. Please do not go to work, athletic events, or other social gatherings until a full 14 days have passed after the date of your departure from the country in question.

Individuals returning from a country listed on the CDC's COVID-19 travel advisories page who are experiencing specific COVID-19 symptoms should do the following:

  1. Contact the Florida Department of Health immediately at 305-470-5660 or 1-866-779-6121 to report any specific COVID-19 symptoms
  2. Seek medical attention if necessary and as directed by the Department of Health
  3. Stay in your room, home or apartment and limit exposure to others, including your family


Be Prepared
Please review the following recommendations and take steps to complete them:

  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick and/or who will care for small children if they cannot attend school for an extended period.


Useful Resources
Florida Department of Health contact numbers:

Miami-Dade County: (305) 470-5660

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CDC COVID-19 Information

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