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.
#PBCNews: At its August 17, 2021 regular meeting, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to declare a local State of Emergency relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. https://t.co/m1IaSXeeIx. #PBCGov pic.twitter.com/xGhzQKozlI— Palm Beach County (@pbcgov) August 18, 2021
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