Up-Dating and Catching Up
Updated: Aug 12
Vol. 1, No. 39 August 7, 2020
THE FUTURE OF CITY HALL
As far as I know, no one can predict the future. Even when there are plans, those plans can go awry. One thing is clear, however, the Commission did not support moving forward on new City Hall plans that were in the making. Thus, there are no current plans to sell or exchange the City Hall property, no current plans to build a new police department, and no current plans to do anything with the Sylva Martin building.
Wind has become the leading source of clean energy. The week of August 9-15 has been proclaimed American Wind Week in celebration of wind power’s emergence as a leading source of renewable energy.
Protected bike lanes are going to be put in place along Hardee Drive (64th Street), between Red Road (57th Avenue) and 62nd Avenue. The lanes will be separated from car traffic by a narrow raised hump or curb. The humps are intended to make the lanes visible and safe for bicycle traffic.
SIGN CODES SUSPENDED
Business will be allowed to place appropriate signs about their businesses without having to meet the City's code. The suspension of enforcing the Code about signs will last as long as there is a Covid-19 state of emergency.
The developers of the "Winn-Dixie property" and the City have reached an agreement which has been signed. The next steps are for them to draw up all the construction plans and to apply for permits to build. These may take longer than one and a half years.
To get to the instructions click on: https://apply.unitedwaymiami.org/submit
HELP WITH MEDICARE PLANS
Seniors who are confused about the various plans that are offered through Medicare can get information and advice through SHINE (http://www.floridashine.org/) (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders). While SHINE is not meeting with people in person, they can be reached at
CENSUS DATA COLLECTION ENDING SOON
The Miami-Dade cities had hoped that the County would distribute the CARES funding that it received proportional to the population of each city. According to the 2010 census, South Miami is only 0.45% of the County's population. As far as I know, this census year, only 62.8% of South Miami's population has completed the Census. That may mean that South Miami will have even less of any pie that comes along to be shared. The Census Bureau has announced it will be accelerating its data collection. Census data collection will now conclude on September 30 (previously October 31). It is imperative that all who have not completed the Census questionnaire do so soon. The Census web page tells you how to do it online or over the phone: https://2020census.gov/en.html. Or there is the option of completing the questionnaire by phone. To begin, call 844-330-2020. There are other numbers if your preferred language is not English.
State of Florida Prioritizes SYMPTOMATIC, VULNERABLE And PEDIATRIC Populations at State-Supported COVID-19 Testing Sites
August 3, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced that state-supported drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will prioritize testing for symptomatic individuals, individuals 65 and older and children under the age of 18 starting Wednesday, August 5. This adjustment is consistent with CDC guidance that was issued on July 17, which no longer recommends a test-based strategy to determine when an asymptomatic individual is no longer infectious. While asymptomatic lanes will still be available, testing sites are working to expedite results and make testing more accessible to populations that need it most.
Two state-supported drive-thru testing sites in Miami-Dade County, Hard Rock Stadium and Marlins Park, will begin offering rapid COVID-19 testing to symptomatic individuals and those over the age of 65. Results from these tests will be available within 15 minutes through rapid testing machines on site.
All other state-supported drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will expand lanes for symptomatic individuals, and individuals 65 and older. The priority lanes will offer self-swab tests, under the supervision of health care personnel, with results available within 72 hours.
In addition to expanding priority lanes at all state-supported testing sites, all state-supported drive-thru testing sites will begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing to assist with asymptomatic testing. Antibody testing will also be available at four walk-up COVID-19 testing sites: West Perrine Health Center in Miami-Dade County, Miramar Youth Enrichment Center in Broward County, Lincoln Park in Manatee County and FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium in Leon County.
This testing initiative will provide expedited results for symptomatic and vulnerable populations, enable faster data reporting, make contact tracing more effective, and enable a greater understanding of the transmission of the virus in the general population.
This testing initiative is in accordance with Governor DeSantis’ initiative, One Goal One Florida, which emphasizes the following simple, yet effective steps to mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19:
· Protecting the vulnerable, including the elderly and those with underlying medical
· Practicing proper hygiene, including washing your hands;
· Practicing social distancing, avoiding closed spaces and crowded places; and
· Wearing a mask, if you are in close contact with others.
HOTEL ROOMS FOR ISOLATING
Miami-Dade County has established a “help line” for residents who need temporary hotel rooms to quarantine/isolate due to COVID-19. For assistance call 305-614-1716 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM daily.
PARENTS URGED To Get Their CHILDREN VACCINATED
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is urging parents/guardians to check their children’s immunization records to see if they are due for any mandated school entry vaccines. Particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important for children to receive vaccinations to protect them from preventable disease and outbreaks. During the upcoming influenza season, the flu shot will also be critically important to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses in the community.
All M-DCPS students are required to have the mandatory school age vaccines for the 2020-2021 school year, including those participating exclusively via My School Online.
Parents/guardians should not wait to contact their medical provider to schedule an appointment. Not only are school age vaccines required for school, vaccinations prevent illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits, hospitalizations and further strain on the healthcare system.
The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Federally Qualified Health Centers, University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic and the Jessie Trice Community Health System provide FREE or low-cost vaccines.
Two are near South Miami: CHI - South Miami Health Center (305-252-4820) and the other is JMH - Rosie Lee Wesley Health Center (786-466-6900). Both of them want appointments to be made.
TESTING IS ON-GOING
But until then, please wear a mask correctly! Stay healthy, be safe.