By Marsha Mullings, MPH
1,555 hospitalizations, 221 deaths
Important to Know
Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a state-wide Stay-at-Home order, effective 12:01am, April 3, 2020. Citizens are asked to shelter in place at home. You may go out for essential activities such as grocery shopping, obtaining pharmaceutical items, attending healthcare appointment, going to work as applicable and exercising. The order is enforceable by law.
Social distancing guidelines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should always be followed when out in public.
The CDC has now recommended the use of non-medical grade face masks in public. Bandanas, scarves and other coverings may be used and should be worn whenever individuals venture out into public spaces.
Local food assistance agencies and pantries have increased their food drives to support the increasing number of people who have recently lost jobs and are struggling to feed their families. Following is a list of agencies that provides food and other services to individuals in need:
*San Isidro Catholic Church, 2310 Hammondville Rd. – (Martin Luther King Boulevard)
Pompano Beach, FL 33069 – (954) 978-2302
*Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, Inc., 1503 N.E. 26 St., 2nd Floor, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 – (954) 630-9501, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (M-F)
Intercession Food Pantry, Inc., 501 NW 17 St., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 – (954) 881-1802
*Cooperative Feeding Program, 1 N.W. 33 Terr. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 – (954) 7920-2328 Food Pantry: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
*Feeding South Florida, 2501 S.W. 32 Terr., Pembroke Park, FL 33023 – (954) 518-1818
*Pantry of Broward, Inc., 610 N.W. Third Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 – (954) 358-1481Food Pantry, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (M-F)
For more information and updates, visit: floridahealthcovid19.gov or visit sun-sentinel.com