Broward County Emergency Order 20-06 Issued

BROWARD COUNTY, FL –  Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-06 today, effective as of 12:01AM Friday, April 10, 2020.The Emergency Order clarifies essential businesses and essential services, as well as encourages essential businesses to provide enhanced sanitary practices at their locations.

The Governor’s Executive Order 20-89 issued on March 20th requires Broward County to restrict public access to business and facilities deemed nonessential under Miami-Dade Emergency Order 07-20. The Governor’s subsequent Executive Order 20-91 issued on March 30th orders that all persons in Florida limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their homes to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. The current order clarifies and codifies the Governor’s order to make it applicable to Broward County.

In addition, all businesses providing essential services are strongly encouraged to:

– Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers for use by customers and employees;

– Provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance, cash registers, and/or other appropriate locations for customers to disinfect carts, shopping baskets, and point of sale terminals; or, alternatively, designate staff responsible for disinfecting carts, shopping baskets, and points of sale terminals after each customer use; and

– Implement procedures for custodial or janitorial staff to sanitize frequent touch points through the day, including point of sale terminals at registers, conveyor belts, door handles, door plates, shelves, and other appropriate locations.

This Emergency Order does not limit religious services at any location, but all persons performing or attending religious services are urged to fully comply with all measures advised by the CDC including limiting gatherings to no more than ten (10) people and practicing social distancing of at least six (6) feet between persons.

Except as otherwise provided or required by any other applicable Executive Order, this order does not affect or limit the operations of Broward County, any public utility, any municipality, the Broward County School District, the North Broward Hospital District, the South Broward Hospital District, any other local government entity in Broward County, or any State or federal office or facility.

For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the Call Center at 954-357-9500. To learn what Broward County is doing, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus.

See Essential Services Frequently Asked Questions.

DATE: April 9, 2020 
MEDIA CONTACT: Ric Barrick, Assistant Director
Office of Public Communications
PHONE: 954-357-8541
EMAIL: rbarrick@broward.org

News Releases:

https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/Updates.aspx?=Releases

DeSantis orders entire state to stay home beginning at midnight

Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue statewide stay-at-home order for Florida

Order goes into effect at midnight on Thursday

“It makes sense to make this move now,” he said, of the order taking effect at midnight and in place for the next 30 days.

The Executive Order by the Governor – EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-91
https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6823554/Gov-Ron-DeSantis-Stay-at-Home-Executive-Order.pdf

Read more..
https://www.wtxl.com/news/local-news/gov-ron-desantis-issues-stay-at-home-order-for-state-of-florida

4 passengers dead, 138 sick on Holland America’s MS Zaandam

4 passengers dead, 138 sick on Holland America's MS Zaandam as the cruise remains in limbo due to coronavirus

The ship did not have coronavirus tests available on board until Thursday evening when it rendezvoused with Holland America's MS Rotterdam off the coast of Panama for additional supplies and medical personnel.

Read more…
https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/03/27/coronavirus-4-dead-138-sick-holland-america-cruise-limbo/2927031001/

Florida attorney general issues consumer alert about coronavirus-related scams

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According to a news release issued Friday by State Attorney Dennis W. Ward, of Monroe County, the scams range from text messages and phone calls to imposters posing as health workers offering free COVID-19 tests.

Read more…
https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/03/27/florida-attorney-general-issues-consumer-alert-about-coronavirus-related-scams/

A Letter from Whole Foods Market – Response to COVID-19

Dear Whole Foods Market Community,

First and foremost, I hope you are staying well. As a company, Whole Foods Market is adjusting to the current circumstances that all of us are facing during this unprecedented time. We believe that the service we provide as a grocer is an essential one, and we are committed to continuing to serve our customers in a safe and responsible manner, both in our stores and through delivery.

With information moving quickly, we think it’s important to keep you informed of the measures we’re taking to ensure the health of both our customers and our 95,000+ team members. As you’d expect, all decisions we’re making are being guided by the counsel of outside health and food safety experts, including the CDC and local health authorities.

Along with enhanced sanitation measures and social distancing practices in stores, here are the most recent operational changes we want you to be aware of:

  • We have adjusted hours, with stores closing up to two hours early to give our team members more time to restock shelves, sanitize our stores and rest in preparation for the next day.
  • We are inviting customers 60 and older into the store to shop one hour before it opens to the general public.
  • We have temporarily closed self-serve areas of the store, including our hot bars, salad bars and antipasti bars. Other seated venues in our stores will offer takeout only, and any indoor or outdoor café seating is closed.

If you’ve shopped our stores in recent weeks, you’ve experienced our team members’ dedication and diligence to serving your community during a time of uncertainty. None of this is lost on us, which is why in addition to the changes you’re seeing in our stores, we’re taking extra precautions to ensure our team member’s safety and well-being. That includes measures to compensate and further support them during this unprecedented time, including: •All part- and full-time hourly team members at Whole Foods Market stores and facilities will receive an additional $2 per hour as part of the announcement Amazon made this week.

  • Additionally, all part- and full-time hourly team members at Whole Foods Market stores and facilities will receive double their regular hourly base rate of pay for every overtime hour worked in a workweek from March 16 through May 3, 2020.
  • All Whole Foods Market team members who are placed in quarantine or have a confirmed case of COVID-19 have access to the two weeks’ paid time off related to coronavirus that was announced last week.

For more on how we’re taking care of our team members, customers and stores, follow the link below.
https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/company-info/covid-19-response?ref_=pe_32710620_487862460

 

Thank you for your kindness and patience as our team continues to work hard to serve our customers and communities. Please take care.

Sincerely,
John Mackey

Watch for CoronaVirus symptoms

Covronavirus disease from the CDC

Call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Visit the CDC:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html