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According to the Florida Department of Health at least 34 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Wilton Manors as of Sunday.

That’s up from 31 a week ago and 23 two weeks ago. While Wilton Manors saw only three new cases this week Oakland Park surged to 39, up from 29 last week.   

As of Sunday, 2,865 have tested positive in Broward County up from 1,886 a week ago. 

“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 told SFGN last week.  “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.”  

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 canceled 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 shutoffs.  

The numbers in parenthesis are from last week. Looking at the four individual zip codes that include some portion of Wilton Manors 33305 has 19 (14) cases; 33306 has five (no change);  33334 has 45 (34), and 33311, which includes a portion of Fort Lauderdale has 178 (137). All of the zip codes include portions of neighboring cities. 

In comparison to Wilton Manors there have been 653 (442) cases in Fort Lauderdale, and 39 (29) in Oakland Park. Meanwhile there are 19,895 (12,350) confirmed cases in Florida, more than 560,000 (350,000), and globally more than 1.8 million (1.3). So far there have been 461 (221) deaths in Florida, 22,100 (10,300) in the U.S. and globally more than 116,000 (72,600).

Florida is now under a stay-at-home order and in Broward only essential businesses are allowed to operate. Additionally this week Broward County issued an order mandating the use of face coverings when visiting essential businesses for services, or are providing essential services during in-person interactions with the public.

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.