UPDATE #27 COVID-19 April 6, 2020 (5:00 PM)
The Village Emergency Operations Team is working hard to ensure the health and well-being of the community. We continue to monitor the latest information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and strive to share the most current information available:
Social Distancing In Bal Harbour
It is important to keep in mind under our "Safer At Home" order, while you are enjoying our public space, we practice appropriate social distancing. You are safer at home. Keep at least a distance of 6 feet from others in all public areas, avoid public (and private) gatherings with people outsite your household, and remember that kindness is contagious too. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We have also compiled a list of frequently asked questions from residents of Bal Harbour Village, for your convenience, regarding the Coronavirus. A copy of the "FAQs" can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/3aPSGQA.
Local Testing Information
Drive Through Testing for individuals 18 years of age or older, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm by appointment only:
- Marlins Park (501 Marlins Way, Miami, FL 33125) - Call 305.499.8767 for appointment
- South Dade Government Center Lot E behind building (10710 SW 211th Street, Cutler Bay, FL 33189) – Call 305.499.8767 from 9 a.m. for an appointment.
- Medrite Urgent Care (4621 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach (Municipal Parking Lot adjacent to the Eden Roc Hotel) Call 305.735.3909 for an appointment; individuals must be pre-approved by a doctor, and have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.
Drive Through Testing for symptomatic individuals 65 years of age or older from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
- Hard Rock Stadium (347 Don Shula Drive Miami Gardens, Florida 33056) - Must bring ID.
- Amelia Earhart Park (401 E 65th St, Hialeah, FL 33013) - Call 305-268-4319 for appointments at this site.
For additional testing site locations, please visit Miami-Dade County’s COVID-19 page, under “Testing” https://bit.ly/2XcQBKD
Status of Village Services
Following is the status of Village services:
- The Bal Harbour Building Department is only open for plan drop off and/or permit pick up.Building inspection services are suspended; however, the Building Department is accepting Inspections by Affidavit. For information on the Inspection by Affidavit process https://bit.ly/2xqTn42
- Bal Harbour Shuttle service is discontinued until further notice;
- Bal Harbour Park, Recreation Center and basketball courts are closed until further notice;
- All recreation programming is cancelled until further notice; and
- The Bal Harbour Jetty is closed for fishing until further notice.
Update from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
The IRS has issued an update regarding checks from the Coronavirus Stimulus Package. Most people won't need to do anything to have their check directly deposited into their bank accounts. To find out more, and to see if you meet the criteria to receive a check, please visit the IRS website at https://bit.ly/2WW4FIi.
South Florida Joint-Construction Industry Commitment
The South Florida construction industry has issued a joint pledge to institute practices aimed at reducing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus on South Florida’s Construction Sites, including guidelines for workers regarding personal responsibilities, social distancing, handwashing, hoists and elevators, lunch trucks and communications. A copy of the pledge is can be downloaded from our website at https://bit.ly/2X6ajrI.
Meals for Seniors
If you are a citizen over the age of 60 and have any problems getting meals, please call the Miami-Dade County’s Call Center by dialing 3-1-1, and they will assist you in registering for meal delivery service.
Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert about new scams related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The scams include text messages with links to claim funding from the federal stimulus package and imposters posing as health workers offering free COVID-19 tests. The bottom line is Floridians need to be on the lookout for scams and never give out personal or financial information to solicitors. Visit the Attorney General’s page for Consumer Alerts http://myfloridalegal.com/ConsumerAlert
State, County & Village Emergency Orders
Miami-Dade County Orders
Information from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC)
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) recommends the following in order to be tested:
- Call the DOH Epidemiology Department at (305) 470-5660 for guidance, or
- Contact your primary care physician, explain your symptoms and whether or not you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 14 days, or
- Contact an urgent care facility or hospital emergency room, explain your symptoms and whether or not you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 14 days.
If you are sick or have been diagnosed positive, or are caring for someone who is sick, please follow these steps to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
- Stay home. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
- Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
- Avoid public transportation. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Stay away from others. As much as possible, you stay away from others. You should stay in a specific “sick room” if possible, and away from other people in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Wear a facemask if you are sick. You should wear a facemask, if available, when you are around other people (including before you enter a healthcare provider’s office).
- Follow health care instructions. Follow instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. Your local health authorities may give instructions on checking your symptoms and reporting information.
More information on what to do if you think you have been exposed, if you are sick, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19 can be located on the CDC’s website at https://bit.ly/2UEFkB5. You may also reach the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at (305) 324-2400 or 1-866-779-6121.