Broward County Shuts Down All Retail and Commercial Business

Drive-thru testing for COVID-19 has begun at Cleveland Clinic Weston’s Krupa Center on Thursday, March 19, 2020.(Amy Beth Bennett / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

(SS) As Florida reports 1,171 cases of the new coronavirus on Monday morning, South Florida finds itself in many ways on lockdown.

AAAADDDCorooaHomepageADFourteen people have died across the state. The latest death was in Palm Beach County. “South Florida is pretty much down to just essential operations,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said as he spoke to the news media from a golf course at The Villages, a Central Florida seniors-only community where he was announcing the opening of a drive-thru coronavirus testing site.

As the governor spoke, individuals wearing masks, gloves and raincoats could be seen teeing off behind him.

On Sunday night, Broward County published an order shutting down all retail and commercial businesses, effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday. Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties made similar moves last week, in an effort to reduce contact between persons and slow the spread of the deadly virus.

Across the region, businesses that people depend on are remaining open, including grocery stores and pharmacies; health care providers, such as doctor’s offices and urgent care centers; as well as banks and gas stations.

Broward and Miami-Dade are the counties with the highest number of coronavirus cases in Florida. Broward has 258 cases. Miami-Dade has 267.

Latest developments

  • On Sunday, a drive-thru coronavirus testing site opened at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. It opened Monday for the members of the public who meet certain criteria. Wondering where to get tested for the new coronavirus? Here’s our guide to drive-thru sites.
  • When New York imposed a coronavirus shutdown, some fled the city — and ‘huge’ number started flying to Florida.
  • On Sunday, DeSantis said state and local officials are looking to add more South Florida testing sites. Gimenez said later that he was working to have a testing site opened at Marlins Park. He said details, including an opening date, weren’t yet finalized.
  • All of Florida’s state parks will be closed starting Monday.
  • Three deaths in Broward, reported earlier by the state, were a 77-year-old man, a 92-year-old man and a 96-year-old woman. All three were residents of Atria Willow Wood, a Fort Lauderdale assisted-living facility.
  • An employee of the Whole Foods Markets grocery store in Fort Lauderdale has tested positive, the first known case of a grocery store employee contracting the virus in Broward County.
  • A Miami Beach police officer has tested positive for the coronavirus, a city official confirmed Sunday. Other officers who may have been in contact with the officer who tested positive are being monitored. As the pandemic grows, South Florida’s healthcare and emergency workers find themselves at increased risk of infection.
  • Shuttered businesses could leave thousands of people in financial need. Various companies, nonprofits and government assistance agencies are offering aid to consumers.

By the numbers

There are now 1,171 documented cases of the new coronavirus in Florida, according to state figures released at 11 a.m. Monday.

The numbers include the first death in Palm Beach County and three in Broward, out of 14 total deaths from COVID-19 in Florida.

In South Florida, Miami-Dade has 267 cases, Broward 258 and Palm Beach County 72. There have been no reported deaths in Miami-Dade County.

 

There are more than 353,000 confirmed cases worldwide in more than 100 countries and territories, with more than 15,400 deaths.

The number of documented cases in a given location is not necessarily an accurate reflection of the actual number of infected people.

In South Florida, a well-documented testing bottleneck and the likely existence of widespread community transmission means that the number of infected persons may well be much higher than the total number of documented cases.

However, given the limited data, reliable estimates of the total number of infected persons in the state are not currently available as of Sunday, March 22.

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