County Holds Pre-Holiday Virtual Briefing

On Thursday, July 2, Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner held a virtual briefing at the Emergency Operations Center ahead of the July Fourth holiday weekend. Joining him were Commissioner Mack Bernard and Fire Marshall David Derita.

Palm Beach County currently has 14,859 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 523 fatalities. The county is expected to top 15,000 confirmed cases on Friday, July 3. Statewide there are 169,106 confirmed cases; 10,109 new cases were reported Thursday, a one-day record.

Bernard said that Palm Beach County continues to do very well with testing for the virus. Wednesday, July 1 was the highest single testing day with 981. To date, a total of 148,912 residents countywide have been tested with a positivity rate of 10 percent. However, the percentage is much higher among young people: 866 who tested positive are under age 18, about 25 percent in that age group who were tested.

“We have to continue to be vigilant to make sure our kids are safe in Palm Beach County,” Bernard said.

“Hot spots” in the county with the highest number of new cases by zip code are 33463, 33415, 33410, 33407 and 33411.

Derita urged caution by anyone who chooses to light fireworks this weekend, including sparklers. With most public fireworks displays canceled, more accidents by private users are anticipated. Keep a bucket of water handy to douse hot wires and duds. He advised keeping your pets indoors away from the noise and excitement.

Kerner reminded residents that all beaches in Palm Beach County are closed to the public through Sunday night, per executive order. “I can assure that an operational plan is in place to ensure compliance with the law,” he said. “Please stay off the beaches.”

The county remains under Phase 1 of the governor’s re-opening plan. The COVID Education and Compliance Team (CECT) will be out checking businesses and public venues for compliance with masks and practicing social distancing. “Their emphasis is on education,” Kerners said.

To report observations at establishments, call (561) 24-COVID or e-mail

Video from briefing is below: