Commissioner Weiss addresses the spread of Coronavirus
As I’m sure you’re all aware, the coronavirus also known as COVID-19 is continuing to spread throughout Palm Beach County, Florida, the United States and the world.
As the virus continues to spread a lot depends on you.
Our county currently has 8 people who have been diagnosed with the virus, statewide this number stands at 155. In all likelihood this number will continue to rise in the coming days, weeks and months.
It’s understandable if you are concerned or nervous.
I want you to know that I and our county administration take this issue very seriously and we are doing everything within our power to contain and slow the spread of the virus.
County staff, the sheriff, state attorney, fire rescue, emergency managers and area health officials regularly meet to coordinate and evaluate appropriate measures, working with local, state and federal agencies and the private sector to handle this in the best possible way.
We will inform you regularly about the measures we are taking.
At this point schools have been closed and most all public events have been canceled with a few exceptions.
The board meeting scheduled for Tuesday March 17 is taking place.
Tomorrow’s election will take place as scheduled.
Our county bus system PalmTran is still operating as is PalmTran connection.
County offices are open.
Our county libraries are open.
The courthouse is open though jury selection and jury trials have been suspended.
The landfill is open and trash will be picked up regularly.
County parks and beaches remain open until further notice.
Our county senior centers are open though they’ve taken precautions.
This might change as we continue to monitor and evaluate.
Again, we are doing everything to contain and slow the spread of the virus.
We are planning for the worst and hoping for the best.
Where we end up depends in large part on how you behave.
I’m asking for you to use common sense.
By now you should all be strict about handwashing, wiping down surfaces, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, not touching your face, not going to work sick and be serious about social distancing.
Social distancing means you should minimize in person contact. So stay at home when you can. Skip social gatherings. If you have to go out, maintain a six foot distance from others.
If you do this it will help contain and slow down the spread of the virus and this will save lives.
Lastly, I’m asking all of you to be kind to one another and to be good neighbors.
Though you may not be able to visit your friend in the hospital or your grandparents in the nursing home, you can call them or write them.
If you have an elderly neighbor or friend, offer to do groceries for them.
In times like this we need everyone, young and old, strong and vulnerable to be considerate and thoughtful and we will get through this together.
My office staff has compiled curated lists of useful sources ranging from essential phone numbers, to grocery delivery services, county, state and federal sources.
My office is here for you.
Find me on Facebook by looking for County Commissioner Gregg Weiss.
Email my office at District2@pbcgov.org or call us at 561-355-2202
LOCAL Palm Beach County Department of Health
For all your questions about the coronavirus also known as COVID-19 you can email the Florida Health Department at COVIDemail@example.com or call the COVID-19 call center that’s available 24/7: 1 (866) 779-6121
Palm Beach County offices and departments will be open Monday. County-operated libraries, parks, beaches, sports fields and courts, pools, golf courses, nature centers, and other recreation facilities remain open. Some county events have been cancelled, please check our website, www.pbcgov.com, for the latest information.
The Emergency Operations Center is currently at level II – Partial Activation. The partial activation means that selected county staff and partners will work from the EOC to support county operations dealing with COVID-19.
Starting Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, School Food Services will be offering nutritionally-balanced 'Grab and Go' meals at 30 school locations* around the District. The meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are FREE to anyone under 18 years of age (22 ESE), regardless of financial need. Students must be present in order to receive the meal.
Contact PBC Commissioner Gregg Weiss, District 2 at:
301 N. Olive Avenue, 12th Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Tel: 561-355-2202 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Website:www.pbcgov.com/D2 Follow us on social media: Facebook: @CountyCommissionerGreggWeiss Twitter: @GreggPBC