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Broward County Working to Reduce the Spread of Covid-19 in South Florida

Scott McCullough April 1, 2020

As the number of coronavirus cases in individual cities in Broward County continue to rise, county leaders and the individual cities are working to enforce strong social distancing measures to keep residents safe and healthy.

While more than 9,500 people in Florida have tested positive for coronavirus, South Florida has been particularly hard hit. Miami-Dade County has 3,029 cases, the most in the state, and 25 deaths from the virus. Broward has 1,565 confirmed cases and 22 deaths.

On April 1, 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis imposed a statewide Stay At Home order, instructing Floridians to remain in their homes and not to go outside for any non-essential business. All municipalities in the state are now working to enforce the governor’s order, which remains in effect through April 30, 2020.

Read the full executive order: https://www.wptv.com/news/state/gov-ron-desantis-issues-stay-at-home-order-for-florida

Broward County issued a Safer-at-Home Emergency Order directing a “Safer at Home” policy that encourages residents to stay at home as much as possible. Residents who have questions about COVID-19 can call 954-357-9500 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Broward residents concerned they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call that number before going to any local health care facility.

How Is Davie Responding to This Pandemic?

There have been 52 reported cases of COVID-19 in Davie. All Town of Davie governmental offices are closed to the public while employees are available by email, phone, or by visiting www.davie-fl.gov/directory. Parks and public spaces have been closed.

Davie is following the “Safer At Home” policy. Permitted activities include going to the grocery store or visiting restaurants for take-out or drive-thru, going to a pharmacy or medical appointment, or exercising. Davie also has an outreach initiative for all restaurants in the town doing takeout or drive thru orders.

To learn more about the order, visit www.davie-fl.gov/coronavirus.

Highlights from Broward County’s Stay at Home Policy

When Did the Order Go Into Place?

Broward County’s order started on March 26, 2020.

When Will the Order Be Lifted?

All Florida municipalities are following the mandatory Stay At Home order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis on April 1, 2020 at 12:01 am, which extends to April 30, 2020.

What Are Violations and Penalties Associated with The Order?

Broward County’s “Shelter in Place” policy does not have penalties at this time.

What Kind of Order Is It?

Broward County issued an Emergency Declaration, used by government leaders to state that conditions exist to justify the exercise of extraordinary governmental powers.

What Are Essential Businesses?

The stay-at-home order allows residents to leave their homes for grocery shopping, banking, doctor visits, exercise and trips to gas stations. Employees considered “essential” can report to work, including for medical providers, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and social services agencies.

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