Palm Beach County has been placed under a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus.
The announcement was made Friday afternoon during a press conference with several top officials.
According to Mayor Dave Kerner, while there are only two declared cases of the coronavirus in Palm Beach County, declaring a state of emergency will allow for much-needed government funding so that the city can hire more workers to administer testing for the virus among other concerns.
Mayor Kerner also urged residents not to panic but to be more diligent about their personal health:
“This state of emergency should not change anything in your life except to pay more attention to what’s going on, to be diligent in watching out for your personal health, and being even more concerned about not interacting unnecessarily or unscreened with vulnerable members of our community, i.e. those that are 65 years of age or older.”
So far 47 people in Florida have contracted the virus and at least two people have died from it.
The school district for Palm Beach County has made the decision to close public schools for two weeks starting on Monday. The Miami-dade school district is expected to make an announcement regarding their decision at 3:00 pm.
While many public and government facilities have been shut down or are not operating at full capacity, Elections will continue to take place. Early voting ends Saturday.
This is a developing story.