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Staying Safe & Supporting The  Community In Trouble Times Throughout The Pandemic

By Austin Torres

Information To Keep You updated during the Coronavirus

The continuing spread of COVID-19 is bringing the economy to a screeching halt. During these times it is important to remain informed. Although many businesses are closing, and many more may be closed by the time this article is published, we must remain vigilant and supportive of one another during this pandemic. For that reason, this article will inform you of what you can do to stay safe, informed, and hopeful, during this trying time.

At the time that this article is being written, the current number of Floridians who have tested positive for the virus stands at 1171, but we expect there will be more new cases in the coming days. With over 300,000 cases confirmed worldwide many cities, states, and countries, are taking intensive precautionary measures to avoid spreading the infection. Traveling has been highly restricted, and many businesses are suffering, being forced to close to avoid spread or exposure.

It is important now more than ever to support your community and neighbors as many businesses may face severe hardships due to the financial turmoil that the virus has brought. Although restaurants are restricted from allowing indoor dining, many will remain open for take-out and delivery. Below is a list of some of those restaurants:

Carini’s Pizza & Pasta - 954.457.4444 - Pickup & Delivery
El Tamarindo Coal Fire Pizza - 954-456-4447 - Pickup & Delivery
Aqua Bistro - 954.589.1796 - Curbside Pickup & Curbside Delivery
Blue Bar and Grill - 954.251.2658
Bagel Cove Hallandale - 754.999.8999 - 20% OFF & FREE Delivery
Flanigans - 954.458.2566 - Pickup & Delivery
Ceviche Avenue - 754.217.4113 - Pickup & Delivery
Toojay’s Traditional Deli - 954.624.8753 - Pickup & Delivery

“We are open, please come in. We have pizza, Italian dishes, and we would appreciate it if we can get some business coming in,” said the Manager of Carini’s.

Bella Luna - 305.792.9330
Divieto Ristorante - 786.786.7807
Grand Lux Café - 305.932.9113
Pubbelly Sushi Restaurant - 305.690.7710

At the time that this article was written all of the above businesses were open, but we ask you to call and verify as the situation is constantly changing.

We will provide some information that will help prevent the spread and the contraction of this virus. According to the CDC, the virus is contracted mainly from person-to-person interaction. We want to emphasize the importance of thoroughly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap that contains at least 60% alcohol, and to completely dry them. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

If you are experiencing symptoms of the virus which include, shortness of breath, fever, and a dry cough, then it is best to contact your doctor, healthcare provider, and/or health department. Although drive-thru testing sites have opened, and there are more expected to come in the following weeks, many will only test on the basis of a doctor recommendation. This is done mainly to prioritize elderly patients, who make up 80% of the fatality rate, as well as those with preexisting conditions.

It is also important to give notice to any healthcare facility before you visit them to be evaluated so that doctors can prepare and take the necessary precautions to avoid exposure or spread of the virus. It is imperative for everyone to follow instructions from their healthcare provider and local healthcare department to stay safe and minimize exposure or spread of the virus.

To minimize risk of contraction and spread of the virus, it is highly important to clean all high touch surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. The CDC also recommends wearing a face mask only if you are sick so that you can prevent spread of the contagion. Face masks may be in short supply and are needed for healthcare providers. If you think you have contracted COVID-19 contact the Florida Department of Health at 305.470.5660, and for more information about COVID-19 you can contact their call center at 1.866.799.6121. If you are sick it is recommended that you self-isolate until the virus passes.

You should not leave your home until 72 hours have passed since your fever has subsided, and until your other symptoms have diminished. Although the virus has spread at a rapid pace, do keep in mind that most cases do not exceed mild symptoms and the majority of those infected recover. Out of 381,739 confirmed cases, 86% have recovered or been discharged and 14% have been deceased. Below we have included some testing sites and their phone numbers. Please keep in mind that some of these sites test based on priority, and others may only accept those who have received recommendation from a doctor, please call in advance for more information.

Broward Health:
• Location in Pompano Beach will be disclosed to those who make an appointment
• Patients must receive written approval from a physician
• 954.320.5730

C.B. Smith Park:
• 900 N. Flamingo Rd., Pembroke Pines
• 954.276.4680

Larkin Community Hospital
• 1475 W.49th Pl., Hialeah
• 305-830-0790

For those of you who are elderly and are afraid that you will not be able to stock up on items after the rush, there are providers who open strictly for senior shopping to accommodate you as well as other at-risk populations. We encourage you to call your local providers as the situation is subject to change.

Wal-Mart - Tuesdays 6-7AM
Publix - Tuesdays 7-8 PM
Milam’s Stores - Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 8-9 AM
Family Dollar - 633 W Pembroke Road, Hallandale Beach Thursdays 8-9 AM
Walgreens - 509 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. Thursdays - 9-10 AM

Additionally, if you are a senior citizen who is currently receiving home delivered meals from South Florida’s Meal on Wheels, then you can rest assured knowing that this service will continue. For those of you who normally take meals at a meal site or senior center that is now closed, you will be entitled to meal delivery until that facility re-opens. Although facilities are closing, staff are still available to take calls and answer questions.

For those of you who are not the recipient of meal programs but are experiencing food shortages you can call the Area Agency on Aging of Broward’s Elder Helpline at 954.745.9779 for assistance.

To help businesses in these trying times the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency is reworking their Low Cost or No Interest Loan Program to increase eligibility to assist those suffering from COVID-19. The program, designed to stimulate existing businesses and generate new ones, guarantees a portion of the loan to reduce borrower equity requirements and/or reduce interest rates. It also subsidizes a portion of the monthly interest cost to provide a lower effective interest rate to the borrower.

To further assist businesses and employees who are suffering during this crisis, The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) is offering a Short Time Compensation Program for employees. For more information you can visit The State of Florida is also providing Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans. These short term and interest-free working capital loans are used to assist small businesses during catastrophes. For more information on eligibility and applying you can visit

We hope that you find this information helpful and reassuring during this time. We will continue to keep you updated throughout this ongoing situation. It is important to be there for one another, and especially be considerate to the elderly population and those with preexisting conditions as they are the most vulnerable to the virus. Practice social distancing, and try to leave home only for essentials such as food, medicine, and supplies.

“We’re just encouraging people to stay home and only go out if it’s truly necessary,” says Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper.

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