Despite the rising numbers, Flagler County continues to be among the counties where testing has lagged, with a mere 143 tests conducted in total, many of them through the Flagler Department of Health and some at AdventHealth Palm Coast.
A high-ranking federal official’s messages on the quickly rising urgency in February provide a sharp contrast to President Donald Trump’s statements at the time that the threat the coronavirus posed to the American public remained “very low.”
It’s important to remember we’re doing this in part because the people at the top screwed up. Meanwhile, millions are losing jobs, while others put themselves at risk working outside the home because they can’t afford not to.
Mayor Milissa Holland and City Manager Matthew Morton will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 and residents will have the opportunity to submit questions in real time, through Palm Coast Connect.
One week into the lockdown, epidemiologists tracking rates of transmission in California and the United States worry that California’s shelter-in-place order is less effective in controlling new infections without stronger enforcement. Local lawmakers and public health officers share their concern and some are exercising their policing powers.
If it’s perspective we’re looking for in the age of coronavirus, we could do worse than looking to Voyager 1 and 2, emissaries from Florida in another century, whose language and distance remind us of our random place in the universe.
To enforce the Louisiana restrictions, DeSantis said he would authorize the Florida Highway Patrol and local enforcement agencies to establish checkpoints at Florida entry areas along roads such as Interstate 10. The restrictions would not affect commercial drivers.
Both the lawsuit and Palm Coast Data’s answers combine to paint a grim picture for one of Palm Coast’s largest employers, months after losing a major account and now facing yet another major blow from the coming economic consequences of the public health emergency.
With infection numbers rising locally and across the state and indications of less rigorous adherence with social distancing rules, Jonathan Lord, the county’s emergency management chief, hinted that more stringent restrictions could be ahead.
The only option to buy time and minimize coronavirus deaths until universal testing is available is to enforce a lock-down, without which voluntary half-measures will only prolong harm to the economy and increase the death toll.