“Governor DeSantis’ decision to allow parts of Palm Beach County to reopen is troubling. In this week alone, since Monday, May 3, there have been 482 new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Palm Beach County. This growing increase shows that Palm Beach County has not yet succeeded in flattening the curve. At best, the county is in a high plateau.
“In addition, Palm Beach County is experiencing a hospitalization rate of 17% of all cases and a death rate of 6% – 2% higher than the state death rate. One or more county residents continues to die almost every single day.
“Palm Beach County residents have respected the stay at home orders which have probably resulted in fewer new cases and fewer deaths. But we risk reversing that success with the reopening of restaurants and stores, leading to an increase or second wave of the virus and resulting fatalities.
“I have grave concerns about the decision to reopen before truly lessening the spread of COVID-19. I also question whether we truly have a robust contact tracing program in place to handle any subsequent surge. We recognize the need for a return to normal — our economy is struggling. But lives are more important than short term economic gain. Palm Beach County needs a more concrete and accessible testing regime in place before moving forward with reopening.
“I ask that everyone please exercise caution when going out. All elderly and those compromised should continue to stay at home. Whatever you decide to do, please remember that the lives of your family, friends and neighbors are at stake.”