COVID-19: Broward County Updates, Wednesday, July 22

From mask mandates to virtual programming, here is a roundup of Broward County's coronavirus news.

Courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Hannah A. Bullock; Azaibi Tamin.
  • If you have questions, need further guidance, or have symptoms, call the Health Department at 1-866-779-6121 [Florida Department of Health]
  • There are 379,619 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. 5,459 people have died. There are 43,747 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Broward County. 529 people have died. [Florida Department of Health]
  • The Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department has an array of virtual interviews, workshops, and performances for all to enjoy. The department is featuring virtual versions of its popular programs, like Lyrics Lab, A Taste of Jazz,  Montage – A Film Series, Soulful Sundays, Lunch with Art, Blended Conversations, and talks with the visual artists who have taken part in exhibitions. Visit the website to see more.
  • Broward County has issued an Emergency Order that requires people to wear masks when they leave home. [Broward County]
  • The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale has partnered with the Broward Health Foundation to launch its “Salute to Health Care Heroes” fundraising initiative in support of the local medical community. The program raises public awareness for the ongoing need to purchase vital medical protection gear and to support hospital employees who have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Publix has implemented reserved shopping hours for first responders and began a buying program to help support farmers and food banks. Read more here.
  • Amazon will deliver more than 6 million meals between now and the end of June to underserved and vulnerable populations across the U.S. In South Florida, the company will partner with Feeding South Florida to provide and prepare all shelf-stable groceries and pre-packaged foods, while a network of Amazon Flex will make contactless, doorstep deliveries.
  • Hilton and American Express will donate one million hotel room nights across the United States to medical professionals (doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, and other medical personnel). Rooms in Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton, and more will be available across Florida. [WPTV]
  • The CDC recommends that all people wear a cloth face mask when leaving home. Click here for a homemade mask tutorial.
  • People across the state are placing teddy bears in their windows for children to find on neighborhood “scavenger hunts” during times of quarantine and isolation. [NY Times]
  • Tri Rail is offering an 18-train schedule every two hours on weekdays, a 12-train schedule with three hour frequency on weekends, and has suspended fares.​​​​​​
  • Brightline service is suspended until further notice.

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