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By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter

DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – As of this morning, Monday, June 15th, Florida reports a weekend of surging new COVID-19 cases, adding over 7,000 cases since Friday morning, and Palm Beach County racked up 806. The Mayor of Delray Beach urges safety, while the community continues to help feed those in need.

Fire Department, COVID-19, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
The Delray Beach Fire and Rescue department is still doing home-bound testing for anybody who can’t make it out to a testing site, photo by DBFR.

Today, Florida’s COVID-19 cases have reached a total of 77,326, with 2,938 deaths, an increase of 61 since Friday morning. Palm Beach County set a record with 806 new cases in the last three days, pushing the total to 9,015 with 429 deaths, an increase of thirteen in the same time period.

To put that in perspective, Palm Beach County has 1.497 million residents, and from 2013 to 2018 the average deaths per year in the county were between 13,500 and 15,000, with the leading causes being heart disease, cancer and strokes. Across the country there have been 115,827 deaths due to COVID-19 reported already in 2020, in 2018 there were 2,813,503 registered deaths for the entire year, in a country of 331,002,651 people.

Over the weekend, Mayor for the City of Delray Beach, Shelly Petrolia, said, “It was announced that the Governor will be signing off on a partial Phase 2 opening for Palm Beach County in the coming days. This order will further increase restaurant occupancy as well as allow movie theaters, bowling alleys and arcades to re-open.”

“Most of these businesses have suffered a financial impact so devastating, it may prove impossible to recover. They need our support now more than ever to survive. At the same time, it is important to not let your guard down,” Petrolia said.

Adding, “Please continue to practice good COVID-19 protocols. Spikes in COVID-19 cases are anticipated as we move closer to 100 percent open, however, let’s not lose the gains we’ve made since becoming COVID-19 aware.”

Food Bank, Hunger, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida
To help with the devastating economic impact from the coronavirus, the City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreations department has been providing a daily ‘Meal Chart’ list, photo image recreation.

To help with the devastating economic impact from the coronavirus, the City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreations department has been providing a daily ‘Meal Chart’ list on their Facebook page where those in need can get food. From prepared meals for pick-up, grocery pick-up, food panties and even delivery options.

For prepared meal pick-up, there are options like the Cros Ministries set up at the Delray Beach Public Library at 100 W. Atlantic Avenue from 12:00 – 12:50 PM, who’s only requirement is being hungry. There are eight other locations in Delray Beach but most close by 1PM.

Cros Ministries also provides a home delivery option for seniors living in 33444 zip code. There are also two food pantries in Delray Beach, Cros Ministries at 141 SW 12th Avenue, which is open from 12 PM to 3PM, and Jacobson Family Food Pantry open from 9AM to 3PM.

In a push to restart the economy, Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner had requested the county join the State’s ‘Phase 2’ reopening plan last week and said after talking to officials in Governor Ron DeSantis’ office, “They feel comfortable with our narrowed Phase 2 request and a formal response will be forthcoming.”

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