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March 30, 2020 5:25 PM

COVID-19 Update March 30

CALL CENTERS
Questions? Call Village Hall 561-791-4000 & our Senior Call Center 561-791-4796. These lines are reserved for information about senior services; they are not intended to provide medical assistance. Please call your physician or the Florida Department of Health for health-related questions.

Practicing Social Distancing

Wellington Urges Home Owners Associations to Practice Social Distancing

Wellington urges HOAs and Condo Associations to practice social distancing in their communities. Condominium and homeowner’s associations are governed by state law and the association governing board, meaning that they are responsible for adopting an emergency plan when needed. Many associations may have already implemented these plans and should have detailed emergency preparedness and response procedures.

In the interest of the health, safety, and welfare of our community, the Village issued Emergency Orders 1, effective on March 26, 2020, directing the closure of all public and private parks, playgrounds, golf courses, recreational facilities, pools, and public seating areas located within the Village. Visit our Executive Orders webpage to read this Order and other County and State Orders.

Whether it be a public or neighborhood common area, all residents should stay at least six feet away from others and avoid groups of more than 10 people. Persons aged 65 years or older, or with a pre-existing condition placing them at higher risk of contraction, should continue to stay in their home.

To know more about what steps your neighborhood is taking to manage COVID-19, contact your property manager.


VILLAGE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
• Village Services: including utilities, public works, and sanitation services continue to operate.

• Online Services: We encourage everyone to take advantage of our online services. For a list of services that may be accessed online, please visit our How Do I webpage.

• WASTE COLLECTION: As we continue to follow health mandates to stay home, many of us are taking advantage of this time to tackle spring cleaning projects. Our waste collection crews are working to pick up all the extra bulk trash, on schedule. If we miss you, we will be back, so please leave your bulk out on the curb.


COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Wellington wants to ensure that our residents, business, and employees have access to community programs and services aimed at helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For a list of resources available in our community, please visit our COVID-19 Community Resources webpage.

SCHOOLS

PBC Feeding Site Changes Starting March 30, Child No Longer Required to Be Present

Starting today, March 30, 35 sites across Palm Beach County will be distributing ‘Grab and Go’ bags filled with breakfast, lunch, supper, and a snack. Boxes of food from Feeding South Florida will also be available on specific dates per location.

Please be sure to check the full list of food distribution locations as some have changed. The schedule for the box food distribution, courtesy of Feeding South Florida, has also changed.

Food distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the meals are FREE to anyone under 18 years of age (under 22 for ESE students), regardless of financial need.
Wellington location: Our local distribution site is Wellington High School (bus loop).

PBCSD Distance Learning Starts Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Teachers are getting ready to greet students in their Google Classroom on Tuesday when Distance Learning officially begins for students across Palm Beach County.

All parents should visit palmbeachcountyschools.org/distancelearning for everything they and their child needs to know.

Helpful Contacts for Distance Learning

General questions call the District Helpline, 561-969-5840, Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Technical questions call the IT Service Desk, 561-242-4100, Monday to Friday, 6:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Emotional Support Helpline, 561-432-6389, Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Distant Learning Voicemail Hotline, call 561-684-5100 to leave a message Complete the Distant Learning Support Form

Reemployment Assistance
If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Florida, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. For more information, please visit the Florida Dept. of Economic opportunity website: http://www.floridajobs.org/

Senior Services: The following services are available to Wellington Senior Residents over the age of 60, ONLY:
Pre-Paid Prescription Pickup and Delivery Local (Within Wellington Area), Pre-Ordered and Paid Groceries Pickup and Delivery Local (Within Wellington Area), Senior Transportation Program Expanded to Unlimited rides in Wellington (to the doctor’s office, grocery store or pharmacy only). Call the Senior Call Center at 561-791-4796.

Visit our COVID-19 Community Resources webpage to learn about other resources available to our community.

CLOSURES & CANCELLATIONS

New Closure: The Wellington Boat Ramp, located off Forest Hill Blvd is closed until further notice.

Closures and Cancellations: For a complete list of Village closures/cancellations, visit our COVID-19 Events, Programs, & Meeting Cancellations webpage.

PUBLIC SAFETY
COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site

A COVID-19, drive-thru testing site has been established at FitTeam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches (5444 Haverhill Road West Palm Beach, Florida. Entry on Haverhill Road.). Individuals requiring testing must be prescreened and have an appointment.

Those who want to be tested may call the Health Care District testing line to schedule an appointment from 8 AM to 5 PM starting Monday, March 30, 2020. On-site testing will begin Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

To register and schedule an appointment, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County testing number is 561-642-1000. Testing is FREE.

A brief telephone interview will be conducted to determine eligibility for covid-19 testing. Callers approved for testing will be given an appointment date and time slot for arrival at the testing site. Upon arrival at the site, a rapid check-in procedure will be conducted that will include verification of appointment time. Individuals without appointments will be turned away and directed to call the Health Care District of Palm Beach County to schedule an appointment. The check-in procedures and the testing (swab sample collection) will be conducted through an open window of the vehicle. No one will be permitted to leave their vehicles.

Testing results will be reported to the Health Care District of Palm Beach County who will notify the patient and the Palm Beach County Health Department. Results can be expected within 2-3 days, however, it may take longer. Individuals testing positive will be advised of isolation and quarantine protocols and referred for medical care if necessary.

Anyone who goes to the FITTEAM Ballpark testing site without an appointment will NOT be tested.

RUMOR CONTROL

• All vital services, including water utilities and sanitation, continue despite the closure of Village Hall and other Wellington facilities.

• Our Call Centers (Village Hall 561-791-4000 & Senior Call Center 561-791-4796) are reserved for information about senior services; they are not intended to provide medical assistance. Please call your physician or the Florida Department of Health for health-related questions.

BUSINESS INFORMATION

Wellington is coordinating efforts with our local chambers of commerce, and local business leaders regarding the impacts that COVID-19 will have on businesses and employees.

Businesses Resources: We’ve created a dedicated Business Resource page on the village’s website. This page includes information relating to the IRS, Small Business Assistance programs, and more.

STAY INFORMED
Wellington offers an easy way to stay informed about the Village’s response to COVID-19. Visit wellingtonfl.gov/NotifyMe and sign up to receive email notifications as soon as updates are published and available on the Website.
We will regularly update residents and business owners about Village closures, cancellations, and resources pertaining to COVID-19 through:
• Wellington’s website
• Facebook
• Twitter
• E-Newsletter
• Wellington TV
• Website Notifications
• Local media

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