Thursday December 3, 2020

The Palm Beach County mask order has been extended until December 21st. Health officials say that the mere presence of a vaccine doesn’t mean any changes to precautionary measures should be expected anytime soon. In fact, the expectation is that the mask order in Palm Beach County will continue at least until the summer, if not through the summer. It will take at least that long for a sizable portion of the population to be vaccinated. Under the order, face coverings remain a requirement in all public places, retail establishments, restaurants and more.

Florida reported 9,994 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, a day after the state officially counted at least 1 million people with infections since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The state is experiencing an upward trend in positive test results that began in mid-October, which public health experts have partly attributed to the full reopening of bars and restaurants in late September. Gov. Ron DeSantis this week again vowed there will be no more lockdowns or restrictions to tame the virus. With the new infections reported Wednesday, the state has had a total of 1,018,160 cases. Many of these people have recovered since receiving a positive test result. Florida also reported another 97 resident deaths, according to the state Department of Health.

Governor Ron DeSantis provided an update on Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, as well as details on the different types of vaccines that have been developed by several companies. The governor says nursing home residents will be first in line for the vaccine, followed by health care workers, with the 65 and over community and others following. Desantis also reiterated that the vaccine will not be mandated. Watch the Governor’s entire message by clicking HERE.  

Crimes Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Tusharma Alexander. Her last known address is Padgett Circle Pahokee. She is wanted for felony child abuse. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Tusharma Alexander, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.

COVID-19 infections among children under age 18 continued to rise across Florida. Records show 91,851 cases statewide since the beginning of the pandemic. The state reported an increase of 12,412 cases over the past two weeks and 1,202 new cases in the past 24 hours. Records show 767,518 kids have been swabbed so far. And 12% of them have tested positive. The statewide report also shows 961 children have been treated in hospitals for COVID-19 illness since March, out of almost 56,000 total hospitalizations. Nine have died. The death total has been the same since Sept. 26.