COVID-19: Broward County Updates, Thursday, May 28

Here's your daily roundup with what to know and what you may have missed about the COVID-19 pandemic in South Florida.

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Courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Hannah A. Bullock; Azaibi Tamin.
  • If you have questions, need further guidance, or have symptoms, call the Health Department at 1-866-779-6121 [Florida Department of Health]
  • There are 53,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. 2,341 people have died. There are 6,870 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Broward County. 307 people have died. [NBC6]
  • Carly Jo Jackson will perform on Happy Hour with The Galleria on Thursday, June 4. The show begins at 5 p.m. on Facebook Live.
  • The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale has partnered with the Broward Health Foundation to launch its “Salute to Health Care Heroes” fundraising initiative in support of the local medical community. The program raises public awareness for the ongoing need to purchase vital medical protection gear and to support hospital employees who have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Gulfstream Park Village‘s shops and restaurants are open with enhanced sanitation and safety protocols.
  • Westfield Broward is now open with enhanced health and safety protocols, as well as provide new services and amenities to address customer needs. The center will welcome back customers with modified hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Publix has implemented reserved shopping hours for first responders and began a buying program to help support farmers and food banks. Read more here.
  • Amazon will deliver more than 6 million meals between now and the end of June to underserved and vulnerable populations across the U.S. In South Florida, the company will partner with Feeding South Florida to provide and prepare all shelf-stable groceries and pre-packaged foods, while a network of Amazon Flex will make contactless, doorstep deliveries.
  • Sun Bum is working to give back to independent surf shops across Florida. The company is:
    • Providing Visa gift cards to shops to give to their staff to buy groceries or whatever the employees might need.
    • Purchasing $1,000 worth of gift cards from stores to give away to customers in the area to encourage foot traffic and purchases when the shops open back up.
    • Continuing to support the surf community, encouraging customers to purchase the brand’s cult-favorite sun, lip, and hair products from local shops’ online stores instead of their own website.
    • Donating hand sanitizers, moisturizers, and personal care products to first responders, hospitals, and those that are on the front lines of the pandemic.
  • TBC Corporation has donated a 24,000-square-foot facility in Pembroke Park to Feeding South Florida to use for overflow of dry food for the next three months. The company is also expressing appreciation for fellow members of essential business via exclusive discounts at more than 600 Tire Kingdom and NTB locations while also offering customers curbside and stay-in-car service for air pressure check, battery check and installation, fluid check and top-off, and wiper blade replacement.
  • The Dan Marino Foundation will be offering free virtual workshops for current students, alumni, and individuals with developmental disabilities. The workshops will be conducted by Marino Campus instructors and each topic will have three different sessions on the scheduled day (10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.):
    • Networking 101, June 19: Sometimes, it’s not what you know, but who you know that gets you access to what you want. Let us help you navigate what will be the most effective networking strategies for you.
  • World-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey is sharing his expeditions, insights of the sea, and art techniques for families confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic through free online art sessions, discussions and educational videos on Facebook Live every Saturday and Tuesday in May. Viewers who miss the live sessions can catch up on Guy Harvey’s Facebook Page.
  • Hilton and American Express will donate one million hotel room nights across the United States to medical professionals (doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, and other medical personnel). Rooms in Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton, and more will be available across Florida. [WPTV]
  • The Dunkin‘ Joy in Childhood Foundation has granted $10,000 of its $1.25 million COVID-19 emergency fund to Feeding South Florida to help the hunger-fighting organization meet the community’s pressing needs. The funding will provide 20 meals per week to 115,000 children and their families for Palm Beach County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and Broward County Public Schools.
  • The CDC recommends that all people wear a cloth face mask when leaving home. Click here for a homemade mask tutorial.
  • Westfield Broward launched its #WestfieldCares initiative to support the Plantiation community organizations that are on the front lines of the fight against coronavirus.
    • Westfield Broward will donate to the Broward Pantry to help provide meals and supplies to the families affected by COVID-19.
  • The UpCycle Project, a Miami-based sustainable fashion platform, is using resources donated to the UpCycle Foundation to create homemade cloth masks. The organization is repurposing a donation of 7,000 cotton t-shirts for the project, which is enough material for 12,000 masks. The foundation is also employing a team of seamstresses who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.
  • People across the state are placing teddy bears in their windows for children to find on neighborhood “scavenger hunts” during times of quarantine and isolation. [NY Times]
  • Tri Rail is offering an 18-train schedule every two hours on weekdays, a 12-train schedule with three hour frequency on weekends, and has suspended fares.​​​​​​
  • Brightline service is suspended until further notice.

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