According to the Florida Department of Health at least 31 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Wilton Manors as of Sunday. That’s up from 23 a week ago and 10 two weeks ago.

As of Sunday, 1,886 have tested positive in Broward County up from 1,129 a week ago. 

Looking at the four individual zip codes that include some portion of Wilton Manors 33305 has 14 cases; 33306 has five; 33311 has 137 and 33334 has 34. All of the zip codes include portions of neighboring cities. 

“During this crisis, the City is continuing to provide essential services, and most City staff members are working remotely.  Police are patrolling the neighborhoods, and the Community Services Department is facilitating necessary building permits and property inspections electronically, where possible,” Wilton Manors commissioner Julie Carson said. “Residents are hunkered down for the next phase of this pandemic, leaving homes only to walk the dog or make a trip to the grocery or pharmacy.”  

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Carson said she believes the city’s residents are taking the pandemic seriously.

“Most are responsibly wearing protective masks and/or gloves and keeping appropriate social distance,” she said.  “These actions will help the Island City flatten the curve.”

In order to help mitigate the impact of the shutdown Carson said the city has cancelled code enforcement fine accruals; parking fees in metered lots have been suspended, and online convenience fees have been waived. She also said there will be no utility shut offs.  

In comparison to Wilton Manors there have been 442 cases in Fort Lauderdale (up from 290), and 29 in Oakland Park (up from 21). Meanwhile there are 12,350 (up from 5,473) confirmed cases in Florida, more than 350,000 in the U.S. (up from 150,000), and more than 1.3 million globally (up from 740,000). So far there have been 221 deaths in Florida (up from 63), 10,300 in the U.S. (up from 2,805) and more than 72,600 globally (up from 36,000).

Florida is now under a stay at home order and in Broward only essential businesses are allowed to operate.

Carson also encouraged those that have the ability to donate money to give to the GoFundMe account set up to assist the employees of Wilton Manors businesses. So far it has raised $3,400.