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Coronavirus! What You Need to Know and Other Resources

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Friday, April 3, 9 a.m.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis suspends evictions and foreclosures in the state for the next 45 days. Read more here.

Tuesday, March 31, 5 p.m.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced that school sites would remain closed through May 1, an extension from the date previously given, April 15. At the same time, it was announced that the school disticts Instruction Continuity Plan would begin on April 6. Read more here

onday, March 30, 1 p.m.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issues an executive order urging residents of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties to stay home through mid-May. Read more here

Thursday, March 26, 9 a.m.

Starting Friday night, the City of Miami will enact a 10 p.m. curfew. Read more here

Tuesday, March 24, 10 p.m.

The City of Miami issued an order for all residents to shelter in place and remain at home until further notice. Non-essential travel by car, public transit and motorcycle is prohibited. Residents are allowed to go to grocery stores and pharmacies, go to work if they are performing essential services or supporting such services and certain other situations. Read the order here

Tuesday, March 24, 9 a.m.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to waive work requirements for those participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) & Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Read tweet from Helen Aguirre  Ferré, communication director for Governor DeSantis.

Monday, March 23, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Those needing Coronavirus - COVID-19, tests can currently visit 4 locations in Miami-Dade County with more expected to open in coming weeks. The locations, as well as other testing sites in Broward and Monroe Counties, are listed in this Miami Herald story.

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11 a.m.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announces that all boat ramps and marinas would be closed indefinitely. Read this story from the Miami Herald for more information. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 2 p.m.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez orders all public parks and beaches closes, as well as non-essential retail businesses. Watch this video from the Miami Herald for more information. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 8:30 a.m.

On Tuesday March 17, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that all K-12 schools and career and technical center campuses are to remain closed through April 15. Read Press Release

Monday, March 16, 2020, 4:10 p.m.

Trust to Support Children, Families and Emergency Personnel During Coronavirus Pandemic Read Press Release

Friday, March 13, 2020, 4 p.m.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Announces Districtwide School Closures Effective Monday, March 16, 2020  Read more here

Thursday, March 12, 2020 4:15 p.m.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has declared a County State of Emergency effective March 12, 2020.
Statement from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez on Cancellation of Mass Gatherings

Coronavirus Information

While the world collectively holds its breath regarding the next bit of news about Coronavirus – COVID-19, Miami-Dade, like most places, is coming to the realization that there will likely be impacts to our everyday lives. Whether that means school or work closures, shortages of goods and services, or sicknesses that impact us directly, has yet to be seen. The situation and information coming out changes daily, sometimes hourly and even faster. 

Coping with the situation can be difficult, but we should all try to approach the coming days and weeks with calm. There are many ways to reduce the potential impacts and a variety of resources to help you and your family go about your daily routines with as little impact as possible. Most importantly, a calm and measured approach to dealing with the possible spread of the virus into our community will give us the best chance to mitigate the overall impact and keep families and children as safe as possible. 

Though a complete scientific understanding of the virus is still developing, there are certain precautions that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises will help lessen you and your family's chances of exposure. Because there is currently no vaccine for the disease, the CDC says the best way to avoid prevention is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19. As well as keeping a safe distance (6 feet) between yourself and others whenever possible, the CDC recommends:  

Cleaning your hands often

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick or display symptoms like coughing or sneezing. 
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.


The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Call your docotor if you show any of these symptoms, or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19. Additionally, if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19 also call a doctor.

The first step to being proactive is to stay as informed as possible. As well as listening to news on television and radio, we recommend visiting the CDC on a daily basis for updates and information on the situation. 

Additionally, there are a number of local and state agencies that provide information for your community, including: 

The CDC has a special web page with Coronavirus information, updates and tips.

Miami-Dade County’s Coronavirus page also has updates as well as a listing of additional online resources.

Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus page

The Miami-Dade School Board also has a Coronavirus page, as well as a Parent Guide to the Novel Coronavirus.