Boca Raton Coronavirus COVID-19 News Palm Beach County


Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner during a Thursday afternoon (July 2, 2020) news conference.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner announced in a late Thursday afternoon news conference that Palm Beach County will pass 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday.

The announcement comes as Florida announced that more than 10,000 positive cases were added statewide on Thursday, based on tests logged on Wednesday.

Earlier Thursday, reported on the growing number of children infected with COVID-19 in Florida. Commissioner Mack Bernard focused those child infections on Palm Beach County.

“For Palm Beach County, 866 kids under the age of 18 have tested positive. (Based on the number of children tested), close to 25 percent of our kids under the age of 18 have tested positive for COVID-19.”

Mayor Kerner reiterated that beaches are closed starting Friday, and police are ready to respond to deal with anyone who refuses to obey that order.

“The beaches are closed, and it is done by executive order, and it is by the force of law,” said Kerner. “Having consulted with the Sheriff and several police departments, a plan is in place to enforce compliance with the law.”

Kerner also announced that more than 14,000 calls have come in to the COVID compliance line. Kerner encouraged residents to call 561-24COVID if violations are seen. The goal, said Kerner, remains education. Citations are only issued if compliance is refused.

“The COVID education and compliance team has distributed thousands of pieces of PPE, including brochures, masks, sanitizer and more.”

On the issue of executive orders in Miami-Dade and Broward County closing restaurants overnight, Kerner said Palm Beach County does not — at this point — see a need to issue a similar order.


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