BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — There is growing concern that Thanksgiving could be devastating to South Palm Beach County, as families disregard COVID-19 orders and protocols to welcome family members from other parts of the country.
“We haven’t seen anything yet,” said a medical professional from an area hospital speaking with BocaNewsNow.com but wishing to remain anonymous due to the controversial nature of his comments. “The last thing we need is families from New York or the Midwest coming to Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton — all with sizable elderly populations. Visitors are going to bring COVID and literally kill people. It’s going to happen. I fear for Century Village. I fear for King’s Point. I fear for schools. I fear for people in gated communities who think it’s okay to go to a clubhouse or a gym. It’s not. People come to South Florida and act like they’re on vacation. We live here. We’ll be paying the price for the ignorance of others.”
Palm Beach County School District sources told BocaNewsNow.com last week that they are preparing for a significant COVID wave. Even weeks after schools opened for in-person learning, roughly two thirds of the district’s 180,000 person student body remains learning from home. That hasn’t stopped the school district’s COVID count from rising — it’s 106 as of early Monday morning (October 19, 2020) and there are signs of clusters developing. There are five cases at Polo Park Elementary in Wellington, four cases at Whispering Pines Elementary in West Boca Raton and four cases at Diamond View Elementary in Greenacres.
If there is any good news, it’s that Palm Beach County hospitals are seemingly in better shape for another COVID onslaught than they were when the crisis began in February and March. As of early Monday morning, 36.72-percent of all hospital beds in Palm Beach County are currently available, with 40.05-percent of all ICU beds available.
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