CASES IN MONROE COUNTY. Updated 9:00 PM April 3:
40 positive cases in Monroe County. The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County is reporting 40 total cases - 35 residents and 5 non-residents. Of the 40 cases, 20 are travel-related, 12 are community aquired and 8 are under investigation. The first COVID-19 death in Monroe County was reported on April 2, 2020. The patient was a 55-year-old man in Key West.
Key West - 21
Key Largo - 5
Tavernier - 4
Summerland Key - 1
Key Colony Beach - 1
Marathon - 1
Non-residents - 5
City not yet identified: 1
Updates are provided at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov and the surveilance dashboard. Testing continues throughout the county at the discretion of a doctor or healthcare professional.
The Islamorada Administrative Offices are closed through at least April 19. The closure will be regularly reevaluated. Most services are continuing with employees working remotely from home. Please send an email to the staff member you may need to reach.
The Founders Park pickleball courts and tennis courts are closed until further notice. The walking and fitness trails and the fields may be used by individuals and groups under 10 people if they are all members of the same household. Social distancing measures must be observed.
We are all SAFER AT HOME
On April 1, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91, which places the entire state of Florida under the “Safer at Home” initiative. View or download Executive Order 20-91 and it's attachments.
Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure or liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
All persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
Nothing in this order prohibits people from working from home; indeed, this order encourages individuals to work from home.
All businesses or organizations are encouraged to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service outside of the business or organization, of orders placed online or via telephone to the greatest extent possible.
- Attending religious services conducted in churches, synagogues and houses of worship; and
- Participation in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming; and
- Taking care of pets; and
- Caring for or otherwise assisting a loved one or a friend.
A social gathering in a public space is not an essential activity. Local jurisdictions shall ensure that groups of people greater than ten are not permitted to congregate in any public space.
The Order is effective 12:01 a.m. on April 3, 2020 and shall expire on April 30, 2020, unless extended by subsequent order.
Announced Thursday, March 19, Monroe County is closed to all tourists and leisure visitors, lodging establishment are no longer accepting reservations until further notice. All hotels, vacation rentals, and other transient rentals like marinas, RV parks, and time shares may not rent to tourists. The ban does not include rentals for military, first responders, health care workers, and construction workers actively engaged in projects in Monroe County.
Checkpoints into the Keys. Southbound traffic stops at mile marker 112.5 on US 1 and on Card Sound Road to restrict access to the Florida Keys and to reinforce the island chain’s closure to visitors and non-residents began operations early Friday, March 27. Only residents, property owners, and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted. Fuel tankers, delivery trucks and grocery trucks will be admitted. There may be delays at the checkpoints. Proof of residency can be demonstrated with a resident reentry sticker, local identification, utility bill, deed, lease or tax bill.
Those actively engaged in work in the Florida Keys, such as construction workers, will need to show a letter from their employer, employee identification, a paystub, or current construction contract in the Keys. First responders, healthcare workers and military actively engaged in work in the Keys will need proper IDs.
Village inspectors will not be performing inspections. In an effort to keep construction projects moving forward, inspections can be performed by a licensed professional (engineer, architect or 3rd party provider). Those wishing to have building inspections performed by a licensed professional must follow the guidelines set forth by the Building Official. Read the memo on our website.
Village Parks and Marina
All beaches and other Village parks including Anne's Beach and Library Park Beach are completely closed. All restroom facilities at parks and beaches are closed.
Fishing Bridges: All Florida Keys Fishing Bridges are closed to fishing. They are still open from running, walking, etc.
Boat Ramps: ALL Monroe County public boat ramps are closed to visitors. Residents may use the ramps. Reminder: the boat ramp at the Plantation Yacht Harbor Marina at Founders park is closed.
Reentry Sticker: You do not need a reentry sticker at this time. Sheriff’s substations where they can normally be picked up are closed to the public.
Non-Essential Businesses Are Open in Monroe County and Municipalities with the exception of the City of Key West. Non-essential businesses in Key West are ordered closed. Call the City of Key West Hotline for more information: 305-809-1101.
State Parks in the Florida Keys: All State Parks are closed in the Florida Keys to the public. This includes Bahia Honda State Park, Curry Hammock State Park, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Long Key State Park.
STATE OF FLORIDA
All of Florida is under a Stay-at-Home Order. Please read the details near the top of this page.
Travelers to isolate for 14 days: All persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), are to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida.
Restaurants closed except for takeout and delivery services. By Executive Order of the State of Florida Governor's Office all Florida restaurants are now allowed to provide takeout and delivery services only. Additionally, the Executive Order requires the closures of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida. The directive can be viewed at www.monroecountyem.com/covid-19.
Bars and nightclubs are closed in accordance the the Governor's Order on March 17 2020. Gymnasiums and fitness centers are closed in accordance the the Governor's Order on March 17 2020.
No gatherings of 10 or more people. There should be no social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people.
Persons over 65: All persons over 65 years of age are urged to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Persons with medical conditions: Persons that have a serious underlying medical condition that places them at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 including, but not limited to, chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; serious heart conditions; immunocompromised status, including those in cancer treatment; and severe obesity are urged to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Working remotely: Those who can work remotely are urged to do so.
Recreational Vessels: All recreational boasts must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board. This was enacted on March 27, 2020
Stay up to date with the actions and recommendations on the following sites:
Monroe County COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page
Florida Department of Health. Email COVIDemail@example.com or call the 24/7 hotline: 866-779-6121