Thursday, October 21, 2021

State of Emergency Declared in Palm Beach County Due to COVID-19 Surge

In what may feel like déjà vu for some South Floridians, The Palm Beach County Commission has declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing surge in cases of COVID-19. The emergency order was proposed by Commissioner Melissa McKinlay and unanimously approved during Tuesday’s meeting.

The surge, which is attributed to the spread of the delta variant of the virus, has strained local healthcare providers, with a number of outlets reporting that some local hospitals are nearly or completely out of ICU beds.

The order should allow the county to receive more accurate data about the number of COVID-19 patients and ICU capacity in Palm Beach County hospitals. It is the first such action by the county commission since its initial emergency order lapsed in June. To view the full emergency order, click here.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

James Biagiotti
James Biagiotti is the web editor at Boca magazine and a native of Boca Raton. He is an avid music fan who spends far too much time listening to, dissecting, and traveling to see his favorite bands. He is also, unfortunately, a devoted Miami Dolphins fan.

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