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After several weeks of big increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wilton Manors, this past week saw only four new ones in a dramatic drop off — just as the city began to reopen Monday. According to the Florida Department of Health the total number now stands at 114. 

This is the lowest new number of cases from week to week since April 13. Last week the number of cases rose 30%. Meanwhile Oakland Park saw its number increase to 95 from 87 a week ago.

“It is important to emphasize that as South Florida reopens, it does not mean that the virus is gone,” Wilton Manors City Commissioner Gary Resnick stressed.

One major reason for the decline in new cases could be because many of the residents, who were positive, and living in Manor Pines Convalescent Center were transferred out to local hospitals a week ago.

Last week it was reported 16 people, who had lived at the assisted living facility, had died of COVID-19 — the most deaths at any such facility in South Florida. According to the latest report from the Florida Department of Health there are only 10 positive cases still at the facility. The report says 40 were transferred out. The death toll now stands at 17.

According to the Florida Department of Health as of Monday, 6,369 people have tested positive in Broward County, up from 5,858 a week ago. On Monday Broward entered Phase 1 of reopening. 

This includes the partial reopening of:

Restaurants & Food Establishments
Retail Stores
Personal Service
Community Rooms & Recreational Amenities in Multi-Family Housing Developments
Public Community Pools & Private Club Pools

The current phase does not include bars, large venues, or beaches. 

Wilton Manors, along with Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park, will continue its partnership with Feeding South Florida hosting drive-thru Food Distribution Events Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mills Pond Park, 2201 NW 9th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

Wilton Manors City Commissioner Julie Carson is encouraging those that have the ability to donate money to give to this GoFundMe page, set up to assist the employees of Wilton Manors businesses. So far it has raised $7,126. 

In Fort Lauderdale there have been 1,465 (1,364) cases. (The numbers in parenthesis are from last week.)

Meanwhile there are 46,944 (40,596) confirmed cases in Florida, more than 1.5 million (1.37 million) in the U.S., and globally more than 4.9 million (4.21 million). So far there have been 2,052 (1,721) deaths in Florida, 93,000 (80,000) in the U.S. and globally more than 323,000 (284,000).

Looking at the four individual zip codes that include some portion of Wilton Manors 33305 has 97 (91) cases; 33306 has 8; 33334 has 94 (90), and 33311, which includes a large part of Fort Lauderdale has 362 (336). All of the zip codes include portions of neighboring cities.

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