Sunday, April 19, 2020
The City of Miami Beach is fully committed to doing everything we can to protect our residents and businesses from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please find below useful information and available resources

Miami Beach COVID-19 Testing Now Available to Frontline Workers
The Miami Beach coronavirus mobile testing center has announced that test appointments will now be open to all frontline workers , including first responders, healthcare workers and employees of essential businesses (grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.), in South Florida.
Previously, tests were only available to those who had symptoms or been in contact with someone confirmed to have the virus. Testing will now be open to those on the frontline of fighting the disease, whether or not they meet the first two criteria. Same day appointments are often available.

Frontline workers interested in being tested should visit MedRiteUrgentCare.com/COVID . Once they have completed the initial questionnaire, they will be provided with an email address to which they can send a request for a testing appointment.

The testing site, located at 4621 Collins Avenue (adjacent to the Eden Roc hotel), is open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., every day with the exception of Saturday. Individuals with questions may call 305.735.3909 between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., every day with the exception of Saturday. Test administration is being provided by MedRite Urgent Care.

MedRite does not require patients to share in the cost (e.g. deductibles, copayments and coinsurance) of diagnostic tests or testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) if the patient is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or group health plans and insurers accepted by MedRite, in accordance with recently enacted Federal Law. Insurance information must be collected from every patient who is covered, including coverage that may have expired or apply to furloughed or recently unemployed individuals. In keeping with its commitment to the community, MedRite is electing to waive payment for those who are uninsured.

Those arriving at the testing location for appointments are required to arrive in a private, enclosed vehicle and remain in that vehicle at all times. In an abundance of caution, walk up patients and patients on scooters, bikes or other forms of transportation will not be seen, even if an appointment has been made. 

Free WiFi Courtesy of Comcast
As students continue distance learning and thousands of employees work from home, Comcast has been providing free access to Xfinity WiFi service to everyone (with over 18 million hot spots nationwide) since April 6 for 60 days. This includes existing Comcast consumers & non-Comcast consumers.
 
For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.”

City of Miami Beach Emergency Declarations
The City Manager has extended his State of Emergency Declaration through April 23, 2020.  The city has also extended its “Safer at Home” Emergency Order , as well as its Emergency Measures , through April 23, 2020. 
Safer At Home
Whether it’s board games, cooking with the family, or working out at home what activities are you and your loved ones up to?

We want to hear from you!

Tag us in your photos and videos online and show us how you and your family are staying safe at home via Facebook , Twitter or Instagram .




Miami-Dade Public Schools Meal Distribution
Nautilus Middle School will replace Miami Beach Senior High beginning next week as the meal distribution center for Miami-Dade Public Schools grab-and-go meals in our community.

Those in need can pick-up meals from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, click  here  for more information and other school locations. Free meals for kids are also available through  FLIPANY ,   Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services  and  Feeding Florida .
Upcoming Commission Meeting
The next Commission meeting being held Wednesday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m. will be televised on MBTV and streamed live on Facebook . The Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.
  • How to provide spoken public comment during the City Commission Meeting: The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 312.626.6799 or 1.888.475.4499 (Toll Free). The Webinar ID is 235797272#. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.

  • How to submit written public comment before the City Commission Meeting: The public may submit written comments by sending an email to CityClerk@miamibeachfl.gov by 5 p.m. the day before the Commission Meeting. Please identify the Agenda Item Number in the email subject line. Emails received will be forwarded to the Mayor and Commissioners and will be included as a part of the meeting record.
Feeding the Frontline
Created to help out local restaurants,  Miami Eats  has now expanded its efforts to also support your local front-line medical staff, police and fire first-responders through  Meals for Heroes Miami

This   amazing program provides warm meals to those saving our community every day!
Virtual Sustainachella
We're continue to bring you Virtual Sustainachella's all month long! View the schedule below of the remaining ones and don't forget to register for the Zoom meeting.

NEXT SUSTAINACHELLA
Wednesday, April 22
12 PM - 1 PM
Click  here to register today to obtain access to the Zoom meeting as we discuss fin-tastic sharks.
COVID-19 Testing

Seniors
The City of Miami Beach is offering in-home COVID-19 testing  for homebound Miami Beach seniors that are 65 years and older and are experiencing symptoms   associated with the coronavirus  — including fever, shortness of breath or a persistent cough.

Testing is  by appointment only  and residents who meet the criteria should call the city’s customer service center at 305.604.CITY (2489) to request an appointment. The customer service center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Since there are a limited number of tests, the city asks that only seniors that meet the criteria schedule an appointment.

In-home testing for homebound residents is provided by MedRite with the assistance of the Miami Beach Fire Department.
MedRite
MedRite is operating a mobile testing center in Miami Beach.

Pre-registration is required, please visit www.medriteurgentcare.com/covid/ to make your appointment.

If you have any questions, please call 305.735.3909 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
OneBlood Donation
OneBlood is working with the public and physicians to coordinate the delivery of potential life saving COVID-19 convalescent plasma to those in need. People who have recovered from coronavirus infection have developed antibodies to the virus that remain in the plasma portion of their blood.

Transfusing the plasma that contains the antibodies into a person still fighting the virus can provide a boost to the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover. Click here to learn more and how you can donate today.

Virtual Cultural Offerings
A new gallery opening with the Bass Museum, live performances courtesy of the Rhythm Foundation and more can be found in this week's virtual culture guide here . Also, click here to visit our dedicated webpage for all there is to experience virtually in Miami Beach.
 Customer Service
Our city hotline at 305.604.CITY (2489) is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can also email your questions to MBCovid@miamibeachfl.gov .
Mandatory Face Coverings
Remember, Miami-Dade County has issued Emergency Order 20-20, mandating persons working in or visiting grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible to wear facial coverings as defined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
To help keep you informed on the latest details of this ever evolving COVID-19 pandemic , the city has created a dedicated, city-related coronavirus webpage. We encourage you to continuously visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus f or the most up-to-date information, including a list of frequently asked questions , important resources, impacts to city services and more.
Below is an ongoing summary of updates from the City of Miami Beach.

Miami Beach Resource Center
Has your business or job been impacted by coronavarius pandemic? The City of Miami Beach is here to help! Please email your contact information and inquiry to resourcecenter@miamibeachfl.gov and one of our resource agents will assist you.
You can also view some helpful tools and resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on Governor DeSantis' Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program and more on our dedicated business portal .

Impacted Meetings/Events
For a full list of impacted meetings and events, please visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus .

Miami Beach Restaurants - Takeout and Delivery
The City of Miami Beach is maintaining the general curfew throughout the city beginning at midnight each night, but permits restaurants to continue to operate their kitchens after midnight, for delivery services only .


Meals for Seniors
If you are a senior citizen 65 years or older and are having problems getting meals, please call Miami-Dade County’s 311 Call Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m . and you will be immediately patched in with their Emergency Operations Center to get you the meals or other services that you may need. If you are not a senior, we still encourage you to share this message with any senior you may know.

Stay Informed
The City of Miami Beach remains committed to ensuring the safety and public health of our residents, visitors and local businesses. As the information is changing rapidly pertaining to COVID-19, the administration is conducting daily interdepartmental calls to monitor the progression of novel coronavirus COVID-19 to ensure that we stay informed and respond when needed. We are also closely following the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).

For updated information on the city’s efforts, please visit: www.MiamiBeachFl.gov/coronavirus . We will also post updated messages via email , Nextdoor , Facebook, Twitter and via text message (text MBAlert to 888777).