Dear Las Olas Boulevard Members and Visitors the following is an update from the City of Fort Lauderdale on the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:00pm
The City of Fort Lauderdale has numerous emergency regulations in place to limit public gatherings in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. To see the latest updates on current regulations, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus.
Department of Health Information
According to the Florida Department of Health, as of March 23, 2020 at 6 p.m., a total of 2,379 tests have been conducted in Broward County with 1,909 negative results, 263 positive results, and 207 results pending. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit http://bit.ly/2wb29D2.
Individuals with questions related to the coronavirus should call the Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or email [email protected]. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.
For the health and safety of our employees and neighbors, all non-essential City operations have been suspended through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, except for the following:
- Public Safety and Emergency Services
- Public Works/Sanitation Services
- Building Department Inspection Services
- Essential support services including Payroll, Finance, and Fleet
- City owned and operated cemeteries
Online City Services
Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more.
Department of Sustainable Development
The Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) building at 700 NW 19 Avenue is closed to the public; however, the department is providing services to the public under reduced operations. The preferable form of communication is email; however, the call center is open at 954-828-6520. Please be aware that response times may be reduced during this period of modified operations. The City’s online platform, Lauderbuild, is available 24/7 at https://aca3.accela.com/FTL/Default.aspx and provides access to permit searches, online payments, application submittal, license renewal, and more.
Permit Plan Application Submittal
Drop boxes have been installed outside the front door of the DSD building at 700 NW 19th Avenue. Applicants may pick up permit plan application forms as well as instructions for how to submit plans in the appropriate drop boxes. Intake staff will pick up submitted applications throughout the day for processing. Individuals are required to provide their name, email and phone number on the application so that staff can communicate as needed to complete the intake process. All payments should be made using the Lauderbuild online platform. Payments are required to be made prior to the City issuing a permit. Individuals may pick up applications for corrections by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 954-828-6520.
Scheduling of Inspections
Permit inspections are available to be scheduled either through the DSD Call Center at 954-828-6520 or through Lauderbuild. Please be aware that inspections are prioritized to ensure medical facilities are inspected first along with life safety. All other inspections are then performed on a first-come first-served basis. Any sites to be inspected should have all non-essential staff removed from the inspection area so that City staff can maintain social distancing.
Lien Searches are open and may be requested by contacting the DSD Call Center at 954-828-6520.
Code enforcement is open; however, activity is primarily in the field and with social distancing in place.
Urban Design and Planning (UDP)
Urban Design and Planning (UDP) is open, however, to maintain social distancing UDP staff is working remotely. Please contact planning staff via email by visiting https://bit.ly/2QVrqbR.
Zoning & Landscape
Zoning is currently operating at reduced capacity; however, plan reviews are moving forward. Landscape has inspectors in the field and plans reviews are moving forward.
Engineering is currently operating at reduced capacity; however, plan reviews and inspections are moving forward. Revocable licenses are being processed.
City Sanitation, Yard Waste, Recycling and Bulk Trash Services
All City sanitation collection services, including residential trash collection, yard waste, recycling, and bulk trash, will continue to operate on their regular collection schedules.
Water and Wastewater Services
Water and wastewater services are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. These essential services will continue without interruption. During this challenging situation, as people are spending more time at home, please help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows.
Neighbors may contact the City’s 24-Hour Customer Service Center by calling 954-828-8000 or by using the LauderServ app or visiting www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv.
Parking Customer Service
The Parking Customer Service Office will be closed until further notice and phone calls will be routed to the City’s general customer service number. Parking permits for the month of March will be extended and valid until April permits become available for sale; permit sales will resume once the parking customer service office reopens. Parking citation payments and account modifications may be made at www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. If you have any questions, please email Parking Customer Service at [email protected].
Utility billing staff will be available by phone at 954-828-5150 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighbors can call utility billing to ask questions, open a new utility account, or make a payment. Utility billing payments may also be made online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/utilitybilling and at the drive-thru kiosk on the east side of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.
Beware of COVID-19 Scams!
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department reminds everyone to be aware of potential COVID-19 scams by phone, email or in person. Currently, the CDC, Florida Department of Health and other public health officials, and law enforcement are NOT going door to door selling COVID-19 test kits. If someone offers to sell you a kit, either in person or by phone, please call 954-764-HELP to report it!
Business and Employee Assistance Programs
The City of Fort Lauderdale is sensitive to the stress and financial impact our businesses and their employees are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. For information about programs and resources designed to assist businesses, employees, and the general public during this challenging time, please visit https://bit.ly/2U2qwfw.
Broward County Schools
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will continue to provide regular updates on operational, academic, and other issues of concern related to the closing of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. To view the latest updates, please visit https://news.browardschools.com.
For Additional Information
For additional information regarding coronavirus, please visit:
Ways to Stay in Touch
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways for neighbors to receive important information and updates:
- Monitor the City website at www.fortlauderdale.gov
- Register for CodeRED alerts
- If you live in Fort Lauderdale, join NextDoor
- Follow us on Twitter @FTLCityNews
- Like us on Facebook @CityofFortLauderdale
- Get E-news delivered to your inbox
- Download the Lauderserv App on your smartphone or tablet
- Contact our 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-80, directing all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter. The Executive Order is below.
STATE OF FLORIDA – OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-80
(Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Airport Screening and Isolation)
WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and presents with symptoms similar to those of influenza; and
WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, I issued Executive Order number 20-51 directing the Florida Department of Health to issue a Public Health Emergency; and
WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer declared a Public Health Emergency exists in the State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, many cases of COVID-19 in Florida have been as a result of individuals coming into the State of Florida from international travel and other states and exposing our residents; and
WHEREAS, Florida is seeing an increase in individuals fleeing to Florida from states where “shelter-in-place” orders are being implemented, including from the New York Tri-State Area; and WHEREAS, as Governor, I am responsible for meeting the dangers presented to this state and its people by this emergency.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (1)(a) of the Florida Constitution, Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order to take immediate effect:
A. I hereby direct all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter. This Order shall not apply to persons employed by the airlines and those performing military, emergency or health response. This Order shall take effect on March 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. All persons isolating or quarantining under this Section, shall be responsible for all costs associated with that person’s isolation or quarantine,
including transportation, lodging, food, medical care and any other expenses to sustain the person during the period of isolation or quarantine.
B. I hereby direct the Florida Department of Health, pursuant to section 381.00315(5), Florida Statutes, to immediately apply existing rules adopted pursuant to that section. The Florida Department of Health shall take any steps necessary to ensure the screening and appropriate isolation and quarantine of individuals covered by this Order.
C. I hereby direct the Florida Department of Health to coordinate with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, each aviation and airport authority in Florida, county and local governments, and law enforcement agencies to effectuate the isolation or quarantine outlined above.
D. Pursuant to section 381.0012(5), Florida Statutes, “it shall be the duty of every state and county attorney, sheriff, police officer, and other appropriate city and county officials upon request to assist the [Department of Health]” in enforcing any isolation or quarantine or order of the Department of Health issued pursuant to this Order.
E. Any person who violates any isolation or quarantine directed by the Department of Health commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, which is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both. See § 381.00315(6), Fla. Stat. Section 2. This Executive Order shall expire upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions, or upon an Executive Order lifting the isolation or quarantine after advice from the State Health Officer and Surgeon General.
Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract coronavirus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.Symptoms of coronavirus
Symptoms of coronavirus may appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.Prevention – The CDC recommends taking everyday preventive actions, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Should I be tested for coronavirus?
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.