Two cases of coronavirus were confirmed Thursday afternoon in the Town of Palm Beach.
According to Town Manager Kirk Blouin, one of the residents was taken by paramedics and tested positive, while the other person is the daughter of a town resident who public safety personnel encountered on a call. It is unclear whether she is a resident of the island.
COVID-19 Notice for 3/19/20: Beginning today, Town Manager, Kirk Blouin, will provide a daily update on the COVID-19 outbreak from 3:00 – 4:00PM, via live audio stream from the Town’s website. After his update, questions will be answered. https://t.co/jXJVEqqKCA
— Town of Palm Beach (@townpalmbeach) March 19, 2020
Meanwhile, town officials Thursday extended a curfew which has been in effect since Tuesday until May 12, the date of the next council meeting.
After some debate, the Town Council approved a resolution 5-0 allowing Chief of Police Nicholas Caristo to extend the 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew during the state of emergency as a response to the pandemic.
Florida currently has 432 cases of COVID-19, with about half of those in South Florida. Palm Beach County currently has 29 confirmed cases. Nine Florida residents have lost their lives to the virus, the latest occurring in Duval County.
Florida Department of Health officials say they have not yet issued any mandatory quarantine or isolation orders in the state.