CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE UPDATE ON CORONA VIRUS


Monday, March 30, 2020

Governor DeSantis Issues Executive Safer At Home Order for South Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis today issued Executive Order 20-89 requiring people in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties to stay at home in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Citing that 60 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases are currently in South Florida, the Governor emphasized the importance of all four counties being under a uniform policy. The order restricts the public from accessing non-essential retail and commercial businesses. Essential businesses including, but not limited to, grocery stores, healthcare facilities, gas stations, banks, laundromats, pet supply stores, and funeral homes, are allowed to remain open provided they take reasonable measures for proper sanitation, maintain the cleanliness of their facilities, and comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) social distancing guidelines. The Governor’s order will remain in place until April 15. To view the entire order, visit bit.ly/2UNDNHV.

Federal Social Distancing Guidelines Extended to April 30

President Donald Trump has extended the federal guidelines for social distancing that were set to expire today, March 30. Titled "15 Days to Slow the Spread," the recommendations will now be in place through April 30 as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States. The social distancing guidelines advise all Americans to avoid groups of more than 10, urge older people and those with preexisting conditions to stay home and away from other people, recommend working from home, avoiding eating in restaurants or bars, and following proper hygiene and preventative measures. The White House is expected to finalize a new plan and announce details later this week. To view the current federal guidelines, visit bit.ly/2QhQMjC.

Fort Lauderdale Emergency Safer at Home Order in Effect

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rapidly increase, neighbors are reminded that an Emergency Declaration is in effect that requires residents of the City of Fort Lauderdale to stay at home in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Under the Emergency Declaration, travel in the City of Fort Lauderdale is restricted to visiting essential businesses only, including but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare providers, gas stations, and childcare facilities. Residents and visitors may also support restaurants offering drive-thru, delivery, and take-out services. Exercise and outdoor activities are permitted as long as they comply with the limits on the size of gatherings and the social distancing regulations defined in the Emergency Declaration. To read the full Emergency Declaration visit bit.ly/2Jlm5WR.

CareerSource Broward Virtual Job Fair on April 3

CareerSource Broward will host a virtual job fair with access to employers hiring for various in-demand occupations. The free event will take place on Friday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Unlike traditional job fairs, this virtual event will be open for 14 hours at no cost to allow job seekers unlimited access throughout the day and evening. To register, visit bit.ly/CSBDVirtualJobFair. Companies interested in participating in this hiring fair may reserve space by contacting Monique Wilson at mwilson@careersourcebroward.com or Auvernia Molina at AMolina@careersourcebroward.com.

Virtual City Commission Meeting on April 7

The next Fort Lauderdale City Commission Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place using audio/video conferencing software. The agenda for the meeting and additional information about public participation is expected to be disseminated later this week. Neighbors are encouraged to check www.fortlauderdale.gov for updates.

Business and Employee Assistance Programs

The City of Fort Lauderdale is sensitive to the stress and financial impact our businesses and their employees are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. For more information about programs and resources designed to assist businesses, employees, and the general public during this challenging time, please visit bit.ly/2U2qwfw. For the latest updates from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, please visit bit.ly/2JgQSUI.

City Parking Garages, Surface Lots, and Select On-Street Parking Areas

on Fort Lauderdale Beach Closed

In an effort to protect our neighbors and visitors, limit public gatherings throughout the Fort Lauderdale Barrier Island, and help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the following municipal parking garages, surface lots, and select on-street parking areas are closed until further notice: Las Olas Garage at 200 E. Las Olas Circle; Las Olas Intracoastal Lot (E Lot) at S. Birch Road and Las Olas Circle; D.C. Alexander Park Lot at SE 5 Street and A1A; Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Lot at 700 Seabreeze Boulevard; Vista Park Lot at 2880 N. Atlantic Boulevard; Loggerhead Park Lot at 2700 N. Atlantic Boulevard; the Sebastian Street Lot at 3031 Sebastian Street; on-street parking on SE 5 Street between Seabreeze Boulevard and A1A; and on-street parking on A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 18 Street. For more details and to view a map of the locations, visit bit.ly/3bzd3l6. Neighbors with questions may contact the City’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000 or email Parking Customer Service at parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov. 

Reminder All Public and Private Beaches CLOSED in Fort Lauderdale

Neighbors and visitors are reminded that all beaches in the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County are closed. This applies to both public and private beaches. The City closed its public beaches on March 15. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-70 on March 20, which closed all public and private beaches in Broward County.


Sunday, March 29, 2020

Following is an update from the City of Fort Lauderdale on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Federal Social Distancing Guidelines Extended to April 30

President Donald Trump has extended the federal guidelines for social distancing that were set to expire on March 30. Originally titled "15 Days to Slow the Spread," the recommendations will now be in place through April 30 as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States. The social distancing guidelines advise Americans to avoid groups of more than 10, work from home where possible, avoid eating in restaurants or bars, and follow proper hygiene and preventative measures. Older people and those with preexisting conditions are urged to stay home and away from other people. The White House is expected to finalize a new plan and strategy early this week and announce details on Tuesday. To view the current federal guidelines, visit bit.ly/2QhQMjC.

Fort Lauderdale Emergency Safer at Home Order in Effect

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rapidly increase, neighbors are reminded that an Emergency Declaration is in effect that requires residents of the City of Fort Lauderdale to stay at home in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Under the Emergency Declaration, travel in the City of Fort Lauderdale is restricted to visiting essential businesses only, including but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare providers, gas stations, and childcare facilities. Residents and visitors may also support restaurants offering drive-thru, delivery, and take-out services. Exercise and outdoor activities are permitted as long as they comply with the limits on the size of gatherings and the social distancing regulations defined in the Emergency Declaration. To read the full Emergency Declaration visit bit.ly/2Jlm5WR.

Governor DeSantis Suspends Vacation Rental Operations for 14 Days

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-87 requiring all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations for a 14-day period from March 27 through April 10. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check­-in for the duration of the order. View the full order at bit.ly/3bw1tHm.

City Parking Garages, Surface Lots, and Select On-Street Parking Areas on Fort Lauderdale Beach Closed

In an effort to protect our neighbors and visitors, limit public gatherings throughout the Fort Lauderdale Barrier Island, and help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the following municipal parking garages, surface lots, and on-street parking areas are closed until further notice: Las Olas Garage at 200 E. Las Olas Circle; Las Olas Intracoastal Lot (E Lot) at S. Birch Road and Las Olas Circle; D.C. Alexander Park Lot at SE 5 Street and A1A; Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Lot at 700 Seabreeze Boulevard; Vista Park Lot at 2880 N. Atlantic Boulevard; Loggerhead Park Lot at 2700 N. Atlantic Boulevard; the Sebastian Street Lot at 3031 Sebastian Street; on-street parking on SE 5 Street between Seabreeze Boulevard and A1A; and on-street parking on A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 18 Street. For more details and to view a map of the locations, visit bit.ly/3bzd3l6. Neighbors with questions may contact the City’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000 or email Parking Customer Service at parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov. 

Reminder All Public and Private Beaches CLOSED in Fort Lauderdale

Neighbors and visitors are reminded that all beaches in the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County are closed. This applies to both public and private beaches. The City closed its public beaches on March 15. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-70 on March 20, which closed all public and private beaches in Broward County.

Emergency Regulations

The City of Fort Lauderdale has numerous emergency regulations in place regarding staying at home, limiting public gatherings, and promoting social distancing in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. To see the latest updates on current regulations, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus.

Department of Health Information

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of March 28, 2020 at 7 p.m., results from 9,968 tests administered in Broward County indicated 8,836 negative results; 1,012 positive results; 2 inconclusive results; and 118 pending results. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit bit.ly/2wb29D2.

Individuals with questions related to the coronavirus should call the Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

Chamber to Host Call with Governor DeSantis on March 30

The Florida Chamber of Commerce will host a call with Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida's Surgeon General, Scott Rivkees, M.D. on Monday, March 30 at 2:00 p.m. Reservations for the call are limited. If you would like to participate, please register at bit.ly/2vNClN9. For questions, please contact Greg Blose at gblose@flchamber.com.

Business and Employee Assistance Programs

The City of Fort Lauderdale is sensitive to the stress and financial impact our businesses and their employees are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. For more information about programs and resources designed to assist businesses, employees, and the general public during this challenging time, please visit bit.ly/2U2qwfw. For the latest updates from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, please visit bit.ly/2JgQSUI.

Online City Services

Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more.

City Sanitation, Yard Waste, Recycling and Bulk Trash Services

All City sanitation collection services, including residential trash collection, yard waste, recycling, and bulk trash, will continue to operate on their regular collection schedules. 

Water and Wastewater Services

Water and wastewater services are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. These essential services will continue without interruption. During this challenging situation, as people are spending more time at home, please help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows.

Utility Billing

Utility billing staff will be available by phone at 954-828-5150 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighbors can call utility billing to ask questions, open a new utility account, or make a payment. Utility billing payments may also be made online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/utilitybilling and at the drive-thru kiosk on the east side of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.


March 29, 2020

Strict emergency measures needed if Zaandam cruise ship to dock at the port

It is deeply troubling to learn that the Holland America cruise ship Zaandam could traverse the Panama Canal after all and head to Fort Lauderdale. My concern is based on the fact that as the city of the largest city adjacent to the port,

I have been provided no information regarding any plans on how all the sick people on the ship will be handled, particularly when we are amid on our health crisis here with thousands of people already testing positive for the deadly and contagious COVID-19 virus in the tri-county area.

I personally would prefer the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to find a better plan than to bring the Zaandam to a community already experiencing a rapidly increasing spread of COVID-19. Our healthcare system could be extremely burdened by the time the ship arrives.

There are Navy bases on the Eastern seaboard where this ship could dock and be dealt with in a much more controlled environment. The problem here is that Port Everglades sits in the very middle of a vast urban area. There are neighborhoods to the north, south, and west of the port. 

I call on the Trump administration to develop a plan of action with myself and other local leaders if they truly believe this is the best place to bring the Zaandam. If it does come here, then at a minimum I want the same protocols that were followed several weeks ago when a cruise ship of sick people docked at the Port of Oakland in California. 

There must be stringent separation procedures. Foreign nationals must be triaged and as soon as possible put on planes destined for their own country. Sick Americans must be taken to hospitals that are not already facing the possibility of being overwhelmed. And, apparently, healthy American passengers must be taken to secure quarantine destinations. 

Until I am fully briefed by the Trump administration and am comfortable with their plans, I cannot support the Zaandam docking in my community said, Mayor Dean.


March 27, 2020

City of Fort Lauderdale Issues Emergency Safer at Home Order

Collaborative Action Taken in Partnership with Cities throughout the County

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis today issued an Emergency Declaration requiring residents of the City to Fort Lauderdale to stay at home in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“Today, Fort Lauderdale and cities across Broward County came together to take unprecedented action to protect the people of our communities. This mandatory order is critical because we are at a tipping point in the fight against this deadly and contagious virus,” said Mayor Trantalis. “Now is the time to stay at home. If we do not do so, the virus could spread rapidly through our community and overwhelm our hospitals. Without concerted action, people are at risk and lives at stake.”

Under the Emergency Declaration, travel in the City of Fort Lauderdale is restricted to visiting essential businesses only, including but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare providers, gas stations, and childcare facilities. Residents and visitors may also support restaurants offering drive-thru, delivery, and take-out services.

Essential businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open provided that they follow the employee screening guidelines and cleaning protocols outlined in the declaration. Screening guidelines include, but are not limited to, prohibiting employees from entering work premises if they have returned or been in contact with someone who has returned from international travel or been on a cruise in the last 14 days; been in any gathering of 50 or more people in the last 14 days; traveled to any cities with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, or exhibited any of the COVID-19 symptoms.

In addition, essential businesses will be required to follow strict cleaning guidelines, including but not limited to: disinfecting check out areas, cash registers, and credit card areas; hourly disinfection of public door handles; disinfection after each customer uses a pen, stylus or screen to sign a receipt; and daily disinfection of all areas of a business that customers may touch or come into contact. Employees will also be required to wash and/or disinfect their hands at least once per hour.

The declaration also includes specific criteria for social distancing in public including requirements that individuals stay at least six feet apart whenever practicable. Additionally, individuals exhibiting flu or COVID-19 like symptoms should not enter any public place; they should contact their medical provider by phone before visiting the medical provider’s office, and use the drive-thru or delivery service to receive their prescription or medications.

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Emergency Declaration will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020 and will remain in effect up through and including April 16, 2020.

To read the entire order, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus.

-Read the Declaration of Emergency and Safer At Home Regulations

-Read the Press Release Announcing the Safer At Home Regulations


in conjunction with neighboring cities

Thursday, March 19, 2020 

Following is an update from the City of Fort Lauderdale on the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Business and Employee Assistance Programs
The City of Fort Lauderdale is sensitive to the stress and financial impact our businesses and their employees are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. For more information about programs and resources designed to assist businesses, employees, and the general public during this challenging time, please visit https://bit.ly/2U2qwfw. 

Department of Health Information
-According to the Florida Department of Health, as of March 19, 2020 in Broward County, 682 people have been tested with 300 negative results, 96 positive results, and 286 results pending. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit http://bit.ly/2wb29D2.

-Individuals with questions related to the coronavirus should call the Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites

  • Broward Health
    Testing is available by appointment only. To schedule a time to be tested, individuals must be prescreened and meet CDC and DOH testing guidelines, have a prescription, and be preregistered through the Broward Health call center at 954-320-5730. To be tested individuals must bring a photo ID, prescription for testing, and the confirmation number provided by the call center. For details, visit https://bit.ly/395dT7q.
  • Cleveland Clinic
    For information about testing through the Cleveland Clinic, please call 954-659-5951.
  • Memorial Healthcare
    Memorial Healthcare opened a drive thru testing site at C.B. Smith Park, located at 900 N. Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines. There is no pre-screening for this site.

City Commission Special Meeting on March 20
The Fort Lauderdale City Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, March 20, 2020 at noon in the City Commission Chambers, located at 100 N. Andrews Avenue. The current emergency regulations regarding public gatherings will remain in effect for the meeting. To view the agenda, please visit https://bit.ly/2wmJX9K

City Sanitation, Yard Waste, Recycling and Bulk Trash Services
All City sanitation collection services, including residential trash collection, yard waste, recycling, and bulk trash, will continue to operate on their regular collection schedules. 

Online City Services
Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more. 

Broward County Schools
-Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will continue to provide regular updates on operational, academic, and other issues of concern related to the closing of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. To view an update on academics during the coronavirus closure, please visit https://bit.ly/2UgSsuY.

-Broward County Public Schools has also announced that Comcast has launched program enhancements to help students access the internet during the coronavirus crisis by offering two months of internet free. For information about the offer, please visit bit.ly/2TUp9zd. To learn more about Internet Essentials, please visit www.internetessentials.com or call toll-free 1-855-846-8376. For the latest information from Broward County Public Schools, please visit www.browardschools.com/coronavirus.

EMERGENCY REGULATIONS 

The following measures are in effect through April 16, 2020 for the protection of our community including our neighbors, visitors, and employees to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. The City will continue to assess the situation and make changes as necessary.

-All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Exemptions include grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, as well as land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government. 

-All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but not limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility or structure, shall close. 

-All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studios, dance studios, and gymnasiums shall close. This regulation shall not apply to gymnasiums, fitness centers, and fitness studios which: (a) are amenities of hotels or office buildings and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less; and (b) are an amenity of residential buildings.

-All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services.

-All City parks, including recreational facilities, are closed.

-All public beaches in the City of Fort Lauderdale, from the Atlantic Ocean to the easternmost sidewalk of A 1A or to any right-of-way or property line abutting the beach, and from Oakland Park Boulevard south to Harbor Drive, as more specifically defined in Section 8-52, Code of Ordinances, City of Fort Lauderdale remain closed.

-All meetings of the City Commission, City boards, including all advisory and statutory boards, City committees and City working groups are postponed;

-All Special Magistrate, Code Enforcement, Board of Adjustment, Nuisance Abatement Board hearings, and Community Court are postponed;

-All homeowner association and civic association meetings conducted or held on City property are postponed;

-All City events, including but not limited to, events approved pursuant to Chapter 15, Article V, Code of Ordinances of the City of Fort Lauderdale are postponed; and

-All City recreational programs, facility rentals, and organized sports leagues are postponed.

CITY OPERATIONS
For the health and safety of our employees and neighbors, effective at 5:01 p.m. on March 17, 2020 and continuing through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, all non-essential City operations will be suspended, except for the following: 

  • Public Safety and Emergency Services
  • Public Works/Sanitation Services*
  • Building Department Inspection Services
  • Essential support services including Payroll, Finance, and Fleet
  • City owned and operated cemeteries

*Water and wastewater services are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. These essential services will continue without interruption. During this challenging situation, as people are spending more time at home, please help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows.

Customer Service
Neighbors may contact the City’s 24-Hour Customer Service Center by calling 954-828-8000 or by using the LauderServ app or visiting www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv

Building Permits and Inspections
The City’s online platform, Lauderbuild, is available free of charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Lauderbuild can provide access to permit information, fee payments, scheduling of inspections, and much more. You can find Lauderdbuild on the City’s webpage, by simply doing an online search for “Lauderbuild” or visiting www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderbuild.  

Parking Customer Service
The Parking Customer Service Office will be closed until further notice and phone calls will be routed to the City’s general customer service number. Parking permits for the month of March will be extended and valid until April permits become available for sale; permit sales will resume once the parking customer service office reopens. Parking citation payments and account modifications may be made at www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. If you have any questions, please email Parking Customer Service at parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov. 

Utility Billing
Utility billing staff will be available by phone at 954-828-5150 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighbors can call utility billing to ask questions, open a new utility account, or make a payment. Utility billing payments may also be made online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/utilitybilling and at the drive-thru kiosk on the east side of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.

Water and Wastewater Services
Water and wastewater services will continue to be provided.  

Ways to Stay in Touch
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways for neighbors to receive important information and updates: 


Fort Lauderdale Police Department's Statement on COVID-19

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is taking necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of the community, including neighbors, visitors, and first responders. 

pdf Read FLPD’s Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - updated 03/20/20


Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites

Broward Health pdf

Testing is available by appointment only. To schedule a time to be tested, individuals must be prescreened and meet CDC and DOH testing guidelines, have a prescription, and be preregistered through the Broward Health call center at 954-320-5730. To be tested individuals must bring a photo ID, prescription for testing, and the confirmation number provided by the call center.

Cleveland Clinic

For information about testing through Cleveland Clinic, call 954-659-5951.


Business Assistance and Employee Assistance

Click here to view the latest updates on business and employee assistance resources.

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) is also sharing information about resources that become available from the federal, state, or county government at www.broward.org/econdev.

For the latest updates from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, visit their website.


Broward County

For the latest information from Broward County, visit www.broward.org/coronavirus.

Broward County Public Schools

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will continue to provide regular updates on operational, academic, and other issues of concern related to the closing of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. The following documents (updated 03-18-2020) are specific to the impact on student academics:

Broward County Public Schools has also announced that Comcast has launched program enhancements to help students access the internet during the coronavirus crisis by offering two months of internet free. For information about the offer, please visit bit.ly/2TUp9zd. To learn more about Internet Essentials, please visit www.internetessentials.com or call toll-free 1-855-846-8376.

For the latest information from Broward County Public Schools, please visit www.browardschools.com/coronavirus

Port Everglades

Port Everglades is open and operating at normal levels. Cargo and fuel are being delivered on their regular schedule. For additional information, visit www.broward.org/port

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is open. FLL passengers are encouraged to check with their airline for the latest travel and flight advisories. For additional information, visit www.broward.org/airport.


Florida Department of Health

To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware of the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily.

The Florida Department of Health has established a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Questions about COVID-19 may also be submitted by using the Florida Department of Health's dedicated email address at COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Read the latest updates from the Florida Department of Health regarding coronavirus at www.floridahealthcovid19.gov.

Read the latest Florida Department of Health Press Releases at www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued the following Coronavirus Guidelines For Americapdf

15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD
Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.

  • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.

DO YOUR PART TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS

  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Practice good hygiene:
    • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
    • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

Additional Resources from the CDC:

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. For the latest information about the coronavirus from the CDC, please visit www.coronavirus.gov


World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO is continuously monitoring and responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The WHO provides daily updated situation reports. To read them, visit www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports. For the latest information from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the coronavirus, visit www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.


General Information

How Does Coronavirus Spread?
Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract Coronavirus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of Coronavirus
Symptoms of Coronavirus may appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Prevention
The CDC recommends taking everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention.

Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Should I be tested for Coronavirus?
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility. 

For More Information
The Florida Department of Health has established a dedicated Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week, as well as a dedicated email address at COVID-19@flhealth.gov which the public can use for questions or clarifications on issues related to the Coronavirus. 

For additional information regarding the coronavirus, please visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.cdc.gov.


Travel Information

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel. Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe. Learn more at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html.

Additional information from the Department of State about travel as it relates to COVID-19 is available at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html.

For the latest travel information, alerts, and warnings from the CDC, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Anyone who experiences symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan or any other destination under a CDC travel advisory should call ahead to their health care provider and contact the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 before visiting any healthcare facility. In addition, any individual who has had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from any of these areas or who has been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should follow the same procedures. Their health care professional will work with the Florida Department of Health in Broward County to determine if the person should be tested for COVID-19.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) remain open.

FLL passengers are encouraged to check with their airline for the latest travel and flight advisories. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is monitoring passengers arriving into the facility and looking for anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms. If displaying, they may detain/isolate the passenger(s) and will contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to handle. They will also look at a passenger’s travel history but if they are not displaying, they are not detained.

Port Everglades

Port Everglades is open and operating at normal levels. Cargo and fuel are being delivered on their regular schedule. For additional information, visit www.broward.org/port

The CDC recommends that travelers defer all cruise travel worldwide. Additional information is available at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-cruise-ship.


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