On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Broward County declared a local State of Emergency due to the regional spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and several confirmed cases in Broward County. Today, Friday, March 13, 2020, Mayor Bill Ganz has declared a local State of Emergency for the City of Deerfield Beach. The purpose of this State of Emergency is to provide for the necessary preparations and response to COVID-19. The City of Deerfield Beach is in regular communication with state and local health officials on mitigation strategies to slow the transmission of the disease. The best way the City and its residents can prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to take precautionary measures and adhere to the CDC’s guidelines.
Who is at Risk?
The CDC reports that older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease are at the greatest risk. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious existing health problem, it is especially important to take actions that could reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
What is the City of Deerfield Beach Doing?
Deerfield Beach administration and staff have taken precautionary measures to help protect its employees, residents, and visitors who rely on local government for essential services. These precautions include:
- Providing additional sanitizer dispensers and signage at all City facilities.
- Increased sanitation of all frequently touched surfaces at all City facilities (Door handles, phones, restroom fixtures, water fountains, computer keyboards, etc).
- Restrooms at all City facilities and recreational areas are undergoing daily specialized deep disinfection.
Effective immediately, all City events, programs, recreational activities, classes, and athletic events taking place at City facilities are canceled until April 13. Those with paid facility reservations can be fully refunded. Those with existing outdoor facility rentals, such as pavilions, may keep their rental for small gatherings less than 50 participants. Current paid outdoor rentals may also be canceled and fully refunded. No new rentals of any City facilities are being taken at this time. For any questions or concerns about facility rentals, please call the Parks Department at 954-480-4483. Someone will be available to take your call Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. If the line is busy, please leave a message, and someone will call you back. The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and is taking these measures in the interest of public safety and based on the recommendations of federal and state health officials.
At this time, the City is planning to hold its scheduled regular City Commission Meeting on March 17, 2020. Note that the agenda has been substantially modified. Several items have been removed. The revised City Commission agenda can be found at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas
Afterschool Camp and Spring Break Camp have not yet been canceled. The City will follow the lead of the School Board of Broward County (SBBC) regarding the cancelation of these activities. If and when schools close, the City’s afterschool and spring break camps will be suspended or canceled.
What should Residents and Visitors be doing?
Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy per CDC recommendations.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.
Stay informed. CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary is updated regularly as information becomes available.
To reduce anxiety and fear rely on factual information from official sources.
Residents are encouraged to visit the CDC’s Coronavirus website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html, for more information related to COVID-19.
The City of Deerfield Beach will be providing updates related to COVID-19 and impacts to the community and city services through the following social media handles:
We are a community, and as we do, we will get through this together. Please stay healthy and safe.