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COVID-19 Updates: Coral Gables Timeline

As we all work together to get through this pandemic, we must try to remain calm and help each other. I decided to keep a journal of factual COVID-19 updates as they develop in the City of Coral Gables as a way to keep the community up-to-date and share resources I find along the way. If you have important information to share that would be valuable to the community please email info@coralgableslove.com.

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April 28, 2020 – City of Coral Gables Announces Re-Opening of Parks

Effective immediately, the City of Coral Gables has issued an Emergency Order which allows for the safe and organized reopening of several recreational amenities.
Starting, Wednesday, April 29th at 8 a.m., golf courses and tennis facilities in the City of Coral Gables will reopen. These facilities will open daily from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance. Payments must be made by credit card only. To reopen:

  • Biltmore Golf Course: For reservations, contact 305-460-5364.
  • Granada Golf Course: For reservations, contact 305-460-5367. (Senior hour: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-8 a.m.)
  • Salvadore Tennis Center: Open for singles social play only. For reservations, contact 305-460-5333. (Senior hour: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-8 a.m.)
  •  William H. Kerdyk Tennis Center: Open for private lessons only. For reservations, contact 305-460-5360.

On Friday, May 1st at 8 a.m., the following parks will reopen. These parks will open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Coral Bay Park
  • Country Club Prado
  • Ferdinand Park
  • Fred B. Harnett Ponce Circle Park
  • Ingraham Park
  • Jaycee Park
  • Phillips Park (Senior hour: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7-8 a.m.)
  • Ruth Bryan Owen Waterway Park
  • Salvadore Park
  • William H. Kerdyk Jr. and Family Park

All other neighborhood parks will remain closed until further notice. 
The Matheson Hammock Marina will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29th at 6 a.m. Coral Gables Police will be strictly enforcing the entrance into the park to ensure safe traffic flows. All boaters must enter Matheson Hammock heading northbound from Old Cutler and Red Road. Vehicles hauling boats will not be allowed to make a left turn into the park from Old Cutler Road. Police will have additional officers in the area to monitor traffic.
In an effort to contain the potential spread of the Coronavirus, the City has placed strict guidelines for the use of these facilities which will be enforced. All individuals are required to maintain social distancing (with exceptions to same household family members) and must wear masks/face coverings at all times.

City of Coral Gables Announces FREE COVID-19 Testing for Residents starting May 1st

Number of COVID-19 Cases in Coral Gables, Florida

April 16, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 23,340
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 8,326
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 668
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 99

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on April 16, 2020 at 8:41pm.

April 15, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 22,519
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 8,063
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 614
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 93

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on April 15, 2020 at 6:48pm.

April 14, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 21,628
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 7,712
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 571
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 93

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on April 14, 2020 at 11:37pm.

April 13, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 21,019
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 7,459
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 499
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 92

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on April 13, 2020 at 10:14pm.

April 12, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 19,895
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 7,058
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 461
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 86

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on April 12, 2020 at 10:36pm.

April 10, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 17,531
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 6,119
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 390
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 78

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on April 10, 2020 at 5:36pm.

April 9, 2020 – Face Covering Mandatory at Essential Businesses – Miami-Dade Emergency Order

“Orders the following effective as of 11:59 p.m. on April 9, 2020: Persons working in or visiting grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible shall wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC. A facial covering includes any covering which snugly covers the face and mouth, whether store bought or homemade, and which is secured with ties or ear loops. Examples of compliant home-made masks may be found on the CDC’s website. Persons should not utilize N95 rated masks, as those are critical supplies for health care workers, police, fire, emergency management, or other persons engaged in life/safety activities. Persons who wear masks should review the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines regarding safely applying, removing, and cleaning masks. A mask shall not be required for children under two or persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition.” – Miami-Dade County. To read the entire emergency order visit miamidade.gov

April 4, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 11,545
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 3,890
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 195
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 51

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on April 4, 2020 at 11:16pm.

April 4, 2020 – Miami-Dade County Encourages Wearing A Face Covering When Outside Your Home

“Orders the following effective immediately: All persons outside their homes are encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines, including cloth masks. Persons choosing to use masks are encouraged to review and comply with the CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines on personal protective equipment. Persons should not utilize N95 rated masks, as those are critical supplies for health care workers, police, fire, emergency management or other persons engaged in life/safety activities.” – Miami-Dade County. To read the entire emergency order go to miamidade.gov

April 3, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 9,585
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 3,029
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 163
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 63

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on April 3, 2020 at 12:16pm.

April 2, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 9,008
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 2,886
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 144
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 46

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on April 2, 2020 at 12:48pm.

April 1, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 7,495
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 2,202
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 101
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 46

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on April 1, 2020 at 7:02pm.

April 1, 2020 – State of Florida Issues Safer at Home Order

“All persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.” – State of Florida. To read the entire order visit flgov.com

March 31, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 6,096
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 1,926
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 77
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 36

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on March 31, 2020 at 1:56pm.

March 31, 2020 – Miami-Dade Gyms, Pools, and Common Use Amenities Must Close

“Orders the following: All pools, hot tubs, golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts, fitness centers, gymnasiums and other common use amenities, whether of a commercial or non-commercial nature, are closed for all purposes. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this order does not apply to any pool, hot tub, tennis court, basketball court, fitness center, gymnasium or other amenity located: (a) on a single family residential lot, or, (b) at any townhouse, duplex, or villa, and which is for the exclusive recreational or leisure use of the inhabitants of such individual dwelling unit. This order supersedes Emergency Orders 03-20, 06-20, and 09-20 to the extent inconsistent herewith.” – Miami-Dade County. To read the entire Emergency Order visit   miamidade.gov

March 30, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 5,489
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 1,701
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 71
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 28

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on March 30, 2020 at 5:59pm.

March 29, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 4,246
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 1,192
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 56
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 24

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on March 29, 2020 at 2:04pm.

March 28, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 3,763
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 1003
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 54
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 22

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on March 28, 2020 at 1:26pm.

March 27, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 3,198
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 869
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 46
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 17

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on March 27, 2020 at 10:26pm.

March 27, 2020 – Two Coral Gables Police Officers Test Positive for COVID-19

March 27, 2020 – Coral Gables Issues Curfew Between 11pm – 5am

Effective March 27, 2020, Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli has issued a Curfew Order between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. until further notice.” – City of Coral Gables.

To Read the entire emergency order click here.

March 26, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 2,484
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 654
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 29
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 10

Data from Florida Department of Health website and Daily Summary on March 26, 2020 at 7:23pm.

March 26, 2020 – U.S. Becomes Epicenter of COVID-19 and Leads The World In Confirmed Cases

US surpasses China in number of COVID-19 cases.

March 26, 2020 – Property taxes due on March 31 have been extended until April 15

Florida Department of Revenue has issued an emergency order extending the March 31, 2020 property tax due date to April 15, 2020. More info: https://floridarevenue.com/Pages/media.aspx

March 25, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 1,977
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 491
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 23
  • Coral Gables COVID-19 Cases: 7

Data from Florida Department of Health website on March 25, 2020 at 7:05pm.

March 25, 2020 – City of Coral Gables Issues “Safer at Home” Emergency Order

The following additional emergency measures, effective March 25, 2020 at 11:59 pm. (the “0rder”);

  1. All persons residing within the City of Coral Gables are strongly urged to remain in their residences, subject to the exceptions outlines in Paragraph 4 below.
  2. All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited,
    except as to those exempted activities described in Paragraph 4. This provision does not apply to gatherings within a single household or living unit.
  3. All travel, including, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or use of public transit is restricted, subject to the exceptions in Paragraph 4.
  4. Exceptions. Notwithstanding the “Safer at Home” order herein, all residents in the City may lawfully
    engage in the following activities: Essential Retail and Commercial Activities. Residents may engage in essential retail and commercial activities, including travel to or from essential retail and commercial business

Exceptions – Essential retail and commercial activities as of March 25, 2020 include:

  • Grocery stores; convenience stores; food distribution centers; restaurants (for take-out and delivery only, subject to social distance separation of at least six (6) feet between patrons)
  • Hospitals, pharmacies, an health care providers (including doctor’s offices, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care centers)
  • gas stations and auto-repair facilities
  • banks
  • hardware stores
  • businesses that provide
  • postal/shipping services and other office products
  • laundry service providers
  • childcare facilities providing services to groups of 10 or fewer (subject to limitations in County Emergency Orders);
  • certain professional services;
  • home—based care for seniors, adults or children;
  • pet supply stores, veterinarian and pet boarding facilities;
  • and offices in support of essential retail and commercial activities.

Exceptions – Allowed Outdoor Recreational Activities:

  • Residents may engage in outdoor activity and recreation in areas not otherwise closed to the public pursuant to Miami-Dade County Emergency Orders or the City’s emergency measures,
  • and are urged to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet between each other,
  • including, without limitation, walking, hiking, running, or cycling,
  • and such activities are in compliance with Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 10-20 declaring that no group of 10 or more individuals shall gather on a public street, alley, public way, sidewalk,
  • or government facility open to the public in the City.

Exceptions – Religious Activities:

Residents may travel to and from religious institutions and places of
worship, as long as the religious institutions and places of worship reduce their occupancy to no more than ten (10) persons, and are urged maintain a distance separation of at least six (6) feet, to promote social distancing.

Exceptions – Personal Support Activities:

Residents may travel to and from their homes to care for or support a friend, family member, or pet in another household.

Exceptions – Work in Support of Essential Activities

Residents, visitors, and those who work in the City may continue to perform work in support of essential activities (e.g., to perform work providing
essential products and services to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Order or any order of a City, County, State or Federal governmental entity). Travel by personnel of essential retail and commercial businesses shall be permitted, including personnel providing
essential services to residents within their homes, such as repair services, appliance repair, sanitation and extermination, landscaping and pool services, home care, housekeeping, childcare or other essential services (as provided in Miami—Dade County Emergency Orders, as
amended), provided persons engaging in these essential activities shall maintain reasonable social distancing practices.

Exceptions – Government Employees and Emergency Personnel

All first responders, gang and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel and related contractors, persons working for emergency service providers, and government employees performing work in the course and scope of their employment are categorically exempt from this directive.

Observance of Social Distancing Practices

As to all activities permitted under this Order, residents and visitors shall adhere to:

  • social distancing practices
  • washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds or using hand sanitizer
  • covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands)
  • regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces
  • not shaking hands.
  • Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to limit all of their travel, except as absolutely necessary.
  • Persons at high-risk of severe illness from COVID—l9 and people who are sick are strongly urged to stay in their residence, except as necessary to seek medical care.social distancing practices

To read the entire order visit coralgables.com

March 24, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 1467
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 367
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 20

Data from Florida Department of Health website on March 24, 2020 at 8:39pm.

March 24, 2020 – No Group of 10 or More Shall Gather

Effective immediately, the City of Coral Gables will enforce Miami-Dade County’s latest Emergency Order:

  • No group of 10 or more shall gather on any public street, alley, public way, sidewalk, or government facility;

This limitation does not apply to:· Federal, state, or local government employees;· Contractors acting on behalf of government entities;· Roadways interior to PortMiami or any airport;· Individuals traveling in any powered vehicle;· Individuals waiting at any bus stop, Metromover, or Metrorail station; or· Individuals responding to an emergency.

  • Essential commercial and retail establishments (as defined in Emergency Order 07-20) shall keep a distance of six feet between persons at their establishment or be subject to closure in a subsequent order.
  • Individuals are urged to stay home other than to engage in essential activities” – City of Coral Gables. Click here to read the entire Special Bulletin.

March 23, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 1227
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 278
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 18

Data from Florida Department of Health website on March 23, 2020 at 6:02pm.

March 23, 2020 – Miami ER Doctors Write Open Letter To Miami Saying “we must avoid all unnecessary contact with EVERYONE that we are not currently living with.”

Hello, people of Miami. We are your emergency room doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Most of you have met us, one way or another. We might have cared for you, your child, your parent, or someone else you love. We are of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, and political persuasions. Some of us were born here and others have adopted Miami as our home, but we are all united in our love for this unique and beautiful city and its diverse population.We’ve never written a letter to you before, but we’ve never experienced a crisis like the one we are currently facing. We are the people who are witnessing first-hand the impact that COVID-19 is having on people in our community, and we have seen a frighteningly rapid increase in the number of people with severe and life-threatening respiratory illnesses coming into our emergency rooms. The low number of confirmed cases in published reports does not show the true number of people who have been infected by the virus in Miami, or anywhere else in theUSA for that matter. It only reflects that we are far behind where we should be in testing. All of us expect that if and when COVID-19 testing reaches the appropriate levels, the number of confirmed cases will explode. What we have seen in the emergency rooms in Miami confirms what is being reported from other American cities: young and otherwise healthy people are also becoming severely ill from COVID-19. This is not just a problem for the elderly and chronically-ill. It is a dangerous threat to all of us. One of the most insidious aspects of this epidemic is that it draws strength from people’s skepticism and feelings of invulnerability. If people need to personally experience COVID-19 by having a loved one or close friend infected in order to take this crisis seriously, then it will be too late and we will suffer the full brunt of this epidemic. The worst-case scenarios indicate that over a million Americans may eventually die of COVID-19 if we are unable to control its spread. We have had good fortune not to be the first country to be affected, and we have seen the devastation the virus can cause in countries where it spirals out of control. We have also seen that social distancing has been very successful in reducing the spread of the virus and the death rate in manyAsian countries.Every close interaction between people creates a risk of virus transmission by microscopic droplets that can travel up to six feet from a carrier’s nose and mouth. The virus remains alive on surfaces for up to three days. It is virtually impossible to avoid being exposed to the virus if one comes in contact with a carrier. Since many carriers have no symptoms at all, we must avoid all unnecessary contact with EVERYONE that we are not currently living with. As difficult as it is, we must learn to live with a minimum of in-person social interactions until the epidemic is under control. We are all going to have to sacrifice a great deal temporarily for a better future for ourselves and the most vulnerable among us. The more determinedly we practice social distancing now, the sooner we can end this epidemic and get back to our normal lives. If we choose to ignore the danger and try to live the same way as always we risk allowing this epidemic to overwhelm our health care system the way it has in northern Italy, with thousands of people dying in hospital hallways without even the comfort of having their families nearby.We are a large and diverse group of medical professionals. Pretty much the only thing we all see eye to eye on is that we want our community to stay as healthy as possible, and we want to see as few people as possible needing our services. We have no other agenda, and absolutely no reason to mislead you. Please understand and believe that this is the worst health crisis that we who are currently living have ever faced. We need every last one of you to do his or her part to help us kick this virus out of Miami, out of America, and off our planet forever. Thank you and please stay safe and healthy.” – To read full letter go to https://www.scribd.com/document/452911872/Miami-Letter-Final#download&from_embed

March 23, 2020 – City of Miami Department of Fire Rescue Offers In-Home Testing For Seniors 65+

The City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue “is offering free, in-home #COVID19 testing for homebound local seniors, age 65 & above, who are experiencing symptoms & don’t have access to transportation. If you know someone who fits these criteria, please call 305-960-5050: http://miamigov.com/coronavirus.

March 22, 2020 – Four Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed in Coral Gables

The Florida Department of Health released a document showing the cases per city in the state of Florida; and states the city of Coral Gables has 4 cases. To view the document visit floridadisaster.org

March 22, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 1007
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 227
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 13

Data from Florida Department of Health website on March 22, 2020 at 7:18pm.

March 22, 2020 – Key Biscayne Closed To Non-Residents

“All non-resident travel, including, but not limited to, travel by automobile, motorcycle, scooter, or bicycle, except as otherwise permitted herein, is prohibited within the Village.” – Village of Key Biscayne. To read the full emergency order visit keybiscayne.fl.gov

March 22, 2020 – Miami-Dade County Boat Ramps & Marinas Must Close

“Effective immediately, all boat ramps at Miami-Dade County parks will be closed until further notice. All marinas will be closed to all boating activities, with the exception of commercial fishermen who provide food for restaurants and markets. In addition, I am ordering the closure of all boat ramps and marinas countywide. And, the Miami-Dade Police Department will be out on the waters, ramping up enforcement of my “no rafting up” order to keep large group parties from taking place” – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. To read the full statement visit miamidade.gov

March 22, 2020 – Miami Dade Transit Fares Suspended

Effective Sunday, March 22, the following adjustments will be implemented until further notice:

  • All transit fares will be suspended.
  • Auto reloads for monthly pass customers will be suspended.
  • Parking fees at Metrorail stations will be suspended.
  • Metrobus customers will be required to board through the vehicle’s rear entrance. Accommodations for riders in need of the wheelchair accessible ramp will continue to be made.

The department continues to urge the community to use public transit for essential trips only and for riders to practice social distancing while using transit. Miami-Dade Transit provides an essential service for many who need access to food, jobs, and care.” – Miami Dade Transit. To read the full press release visit miamidade.gov

March 21, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 763
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 169
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 12

Data from Florida Department of Health website on March 21, 2020 at 7:50pm.

March 21, 2020 – University of Miami Student Positive With COVID-19

On Saturday, March 21, 2020 the Miami Herald publishes an article with the first confirmed case of COVID-19 for a student of the University of Miami Coral Gables campus. To read the full story go to miamiherald.com

March 21, 2020 – Hotels & Motels To Not Take New Reservations

The City of Coral Gables will be enforcing an Emergency Order issued by Miami-Dade County related to hotels and motels which is summarized below:
· No hotel, motel or other commercial lodging establishment may accept new reservations except from “essential lodgers.”· “Essential lodgers” are defined as:

  • Healthcare professionals;
  • First responders;
  • Members of the National Guard;
  • Law enforcement personnel;
  • State/federal employees;
  • Airline crew members;
  • Patients;
  • Patient’s family members;
  • Journalists;
  • Other individuals responding to COVID-19;
  • Displaced residents and visitors;
  • Persons unable to return home due to COVID-19;
  • Persons forced to vacate their home due to exigent circumstances such as fire or flood;
  • Persons using hotels for transitional housing;
  • Victims of domestic violence seeking shelter
  • Hotel employees/service providers/contractors
  • Persons who are temporarily unable to live at home.

Establishes maximum occupancy for short-term rentals – 2 people/bedroom plus 2 additional people per property with a maximum of 10 people.

Short-term rentals may not accept new nightly or weekly reservations starting March 23, 2020.To view the full Emergency Orderclick here.

The City will be enforcing the County Mayor’s orders as they apply to all of Miami-Dade County.

All essential City services remain operational, and the City’s Trolleys and Freebees are currently still in circulation. The City of Coral Gables continues to monitor the development of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be providing updates as needed.” – City of Coral Gables

March 20, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 563
  • Miami-Dade COVID-19 Cases: 123
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 10

Data from Florida Department of Health website on March 20, 2020 at 9:50pm.

March 20, 2020 – Federal Student Loan Payments Suspended for 60 days

“All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. This will allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest.” – U.S. Department of Education. For more information visit ed.gov

March 20, 2020 – Income tax filing deadline moved from April 15 to July 15

“We are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.” – Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

March 20, 2020 – Miami-Dade Public Schools Spring Break week of March 23rd & Continued Distance Learning Starting on March 30, 2020

“Following Spring Recess, on March 30, distance learning at M-DCPS will resume, and parents and other caregivers are urged to continue to facilitate learning from home with the guidance of students’ teachers. Upon immediate return to at-home learning, families can expect the same type of experience they had during the first week (March 16 – March 20).” – Miami Dade Public Schools. To read the full press release visit news.dadeschools.net

To view video Superintendent Carvalho’s Video Message to Students, Families, and M-DCPS Employees visit: http://covid19.dadeschools.net/#!/fullWidth/3024

March 20, 2020 – List of Essential Commercial Establishments is Updated

The City of Coral Gables will enforce the County’s amendment to yesterday’s Emergency Order No. 07-20, which adds the following establishments to the list of “essential commercial establishments” that may remain operational:

  • Automobile dealerships;
  • Residence halls/dorms as needed to accommodate students who cannot return home;
  • Marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply, and other marina services;
  • Hotel, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments (previous restrictions placed on restaurants, bars, and fitness centers housed inside these establishments continue to apply);
  • Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities; and
  • Mortuaries, funeral homes, and cemeteries.

To view this Amendment, click here.

Previous Essential Commercial Establishment List

  • Healthcare providers, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, and convenience stores
  • Food cultivation (farming, livestock, and fishing)
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services to needy individuals
  • Media services
  • Gas stations, auto-supply, and auto-repair stores
  • Banks
  • Hardware stores
  • Contractors (appliance repair personnel, exterminators, etc.)
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services
  • Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges but only as needed to facilitate distance learning
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Restaurants only for take-out and delivery
  • Schools and entities that provide free food service, only for pick-up and takeaway
  • Businesses that supply office products
  • Businesses that ship/deliver groceries, food, good, or services directly to homes
  • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers
  • Home-based care providers
  • Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers
  • Professional services (legal/accounting) when necessary to assist with legally mandated activities
  • Landscape and pool care businesses
  • Childcare facilities with certain mandatory conditions
  • Businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other governmental facility
  • Pet supply stores
  • Logistics providers (warehouses, trucks, consolidators, fumigators, handlers)
  • Telecommunications providers
  • Propane or natural gas providers
  • Office space and administrative support for the listed activities
  • Open construction sites
  • Architectural, engineering, and land surveying services
  • Factories, manufacturing plants
  • Waste management services
  • Any business that interacts with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means and that delivers products via mail or delivery services.To view this Emergency Order, click here.

March 19, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 432
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 9

Data from Florida Department of Health website on March 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

March 19, 2020 – Parks & Beaches Closed. Non-Essential Businesses Closed.

“In order to safeguard the wellbeing of our community, the City of Coral Gables will be enforcing Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Orders in response to the public health threat of COVID-19 as they apply to all of Miami-Dade County. Your safety is our priority.
Effective 9 a.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020:

  • All parks, beaches, and recreational facilities throughout the County are ordered closed.
  • This includes both publicly-owned and private-owned parks, beaches, and recreational facilities.

To view this Emergency Order, click here.
Also, Effective 9 p.m. Thursday, March 19, 2020:

  • All non-essential commercial establishments are ordered closed.

Essential Business To Stay Open During COVID-19 Shutdown Summary

  • Healthcare providers, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, food banks, and convenience stores
  • Food cultivation (farming, livestock, and fishing)
  • Businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services to needy individuals
  • Media services
  • Gas stations, auto-supply, and auto-repair stores
  • Banks
  • Hardware stores
  • Contractors (appliance repair personnel, exterminators, etc.)
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services
  • Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges but only as needed to facilitate distance learning
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Restaurants only for take-out and delivery
  • Schools and entities that provide free food service, only for pick-up and takeaway
  • Businesses that supply office products
  • Businesses that ship/deliver groceries, food, good, or services directly to homes
  • Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers
  • Home-based care providers
  • Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers
  • Professional services (legal/accounting) when necessary to assist with legally mandated activities
  • Landscape and pool care businesses
  • Childcare facilities with certain mandatory conditions
  • Businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other governmental facility
  • Pet supply stores
  • Logistics providers (warehouses, trucks, consolidators, fumigators, handlers)
  • Telecommunications providers
  • Propane or natural gas providers
  • Office space and administrative support for the listed activities
  • Open construction sites
  • Architectural, engineering, and land surveying services
  • Factories, manufacturing plants
  • Waste management services
  • Any business that interacts with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means and that delivers products via mail or delivery services.To view this Emergency Order, click here.

March 19, 2020 – Stores dedicate shopping hours for customers age 65+

Milam’s Markets Senior Shopping Hours 65+

Milam’s locations on US-1 and Bird Road are open from 8am – 9am. Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for customers age 65 and over. To find your store’s hours visit http://www.milamsmarkets.com/locations.

Publix Senior Shopping Hours 65+

Publix is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 – 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over. This change in hours will begin Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Whole Foods Senior Shopping Hours 65+

Whole Foods located at 6701 Red Rd, Coral Gables is open today from 8am – 8pm; and guests 60+ can start to shop at 7:00 am. To find your store’s hours visit: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

March 18, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 328
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 8

Numbers from the Florida Department of Health March 18, 2020 – 6pm update.

March 18, 2020 – Shared Scooters, Bikes and other small mobility services are prohibited.

Effective as of 6 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020: In accordance with Miami-Dade County’s latest Emergency Order:

  • No person shall operate any shared moped device, scooter device, bicycle (motorized or not), or mobility device on any public street or sidewalk in Miami-Dade County. This includes all devices made available at public docking stations or through an online or application-based reservation system.
  • The use of personally-owned scooters, bicycles, and mopeds is not prohibited.
  • No person shall place any shared mobility devices on any public road or sidewalk in Miami-Dade County.

This order is placed into effect because these mobility devices, which are available at public docking stations, are not routinely cleaned between users, and may become vectors for the spread of COVID-19.
The City will be enforcing the County Mayor’s orders as they apply to all of Miami-Dade County.
The City of Coral Gables continues to monitor the development of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be providing updates as needed.”
– City of Coral Gables

March 17, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 314
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 7

Numbers from the Florida Department of Health March 17, 2020 – 11am update.

March 17, 2020 – Restaurants Must Switch to Take Out/Delivery Only. Entertainment Including Movies, Concerts, Arcades & Gyms Must Close

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, I receive an email stating restaurants must close their dining-in options, but can keep kitchens open for delivery and take out.

Effective as of 11 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020: In accordance with Miami-Dade County’s latest Emergency Order, all restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, nightclubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, and any other alcohol and/or food service establishment with seating for more than eight people shall close on-premises service of customers.
The above-mentioned establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery services, pick-up and take out services. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors, and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to these establishments.
The order does not apply to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and convenience stores, except if they provide alcohol and/or food service with seating for more than eight people.
All movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums and fitness studios shall close. The order does not apply to gymnasiums or fitness centers which are: (1) amenities of hotels and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less, (2) are an amenity of a residential building, (3) are interior to any fire or police stations, or (4) are located inside any single-occupant office building.
The City will be enforcing the County Mayor’s orders as they apply to all of Miami-Dade County. All essential City services remain operational, and the City’s Trolleys and Freebees are currently still in circulation. The City of Coral Gables continues to monitor the development of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be providing updates as needed.
– City of Coral Gables

March 17, 2020 – Statewide School Assessment Exams Are Canceled

All statewide assessments, exams students would have to take for graduation purposes or for promotion, EOCs, SAT & ACT have been canceled. None of the assessments for seniors will be counted in their absence. To graduate, students will need to have required credit hours and GPA.” – Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho

March 16, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 192
  • Florida COVID-19 Deaths: 6

Numbers from the Florida Department of Health March 16, 2020 – 10am update.

March 16, 2020 – All Bars & Clubs Must Close

On Monday, March 16, 2020 I receive a Special e-News Bulletin from the City of Coral Gables stating bars and clubs must close and movie theaters cut their capacity by 50%.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has ordered that starting today, Monday, March 16, 2020, all bars and clubs in Miami-Dade County close their doors by 11 p.m. each evening. Restaurants must close their dining rooms by 11 p.m., but restaurant kitchens may remain open for takeout and delivery.

In addition, all bars, clubs, restaurants, and movie theaters in Miami-Dade County are ordered to cut their capacity by 50 percent, up to a maximum of 250 patrons at a time, regardless of original capacity. This will facilitate the practice of “social distancing,” which is defined as leaving about six feet of space between persons. 

As such, the City of Coral Gables will be enforcing the County Mayor’s orders as they apply to all of Miami-Dade County. Coral Gables is working with its businesses and community stakeholders to keep everyone informed on any new developments.

All City essential services remain operational. The City of Coral Gables continues to monitor the development of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be providing updates as needed.” – City of Coral Gables

March 15, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 100

Numbers from the Florida Department of Health March 15, 2020 update.

March 14, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 64

Numbers from the Florida Department of Health March 14, 2020 update.

March 13, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 42

Numbers from the Florida Department of Health March 13, 2020 update.

March 13, 2020 – Miami-Dade County Public Schools To Close Week of March 16, 2020

“Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) will close all school sites for the week of March 16, beginning Monday, due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The following week, Spring Recess, will continue as planned.” – Miami-Dade County Public Schools. To read the full press release visit news.dadeschools.net

March 12, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 42

Numbers from the Florida Department of Health March 12, 2020 update.

March 12, 2020 – City of Coral Gables Declares State of Emergency

Consistent with Miami-Dade County’s declared State of Emergency, City of Coral Gables Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli has declared a City State of Emergency effective March 12, 2020 due to the public health threat of COVID-19. This proactive measure allows the City to better ensure the public safety of our residents. The City remains in direct communication with the proper county, state, and federal authorities and stands ready to respond to the crisis as it develops. As a precautionary measure, please be advised that the following events and facilities will be affected as follows: 

  • All special events requiring a Special Events Permit will be suspended until further notice.
  • All City events including The Farmers Market and sports tournaments will be suspended until further notice.
  • The War Memorial Youth Center, Adult Activity Center, Merrick House, Passport Acceptance Facility, and Venetian Pool will be closed until further notice.
  • All City advisory board meetings are suspended until further notice.
  • All City quasi-judicial board meetings are suspended for the month of March.
  • City Trolley service and Freebee service will continue until further notice.
  • All other city services and facilities will remain open until further notice.
  • The Tennis Centers, and the Granada Golf Course will remain open until further notice.” – City of Coral Gables

March 11, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 23

Numbers from the Florida Department of Health March 11, 2020 update.

March 10, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 14

Numbers from the Florida Department of Health March 10, 2020 update.

March 9, 2020 – COVID-19 Numbers in Florida

  • Total Florida COVID-19 Cases: 13

Numbers from the Florida Department of Health March 9, 2020 update.

March 4, 2020 – City of Coral Gables is Actively Monitoring the Coronavirus

On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, I receive a newsletter from the City of Coral Gables with one of the articles stating the department of Emergency Management is monitoring the Coronavirus. They shared two educational graphics from the CDC. I have shared them below.

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease

Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to respiratory illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

What to do if you experience symptoms?

If you have been in China or in close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks and develop symptoms, call your doctor.

How To Stop the Spread of Germs – COVID-19

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when you’re sick, except to get medical care.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

“The City of Coral Gables Fire Department’s Division of Emergency Management is actively monitoring the development of the current respiratory virus know as Coronavirus (COVID-19).

All measures up to this point are precautionary and educational in nature.”  – coralgables.com

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