Friday, July 10, 2020
We continue to provide our residents and businesses with the latest updates from the City of Miami Beach during this pandemic. Reminder, Countywide curfew remains in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Read the latest news and updates below.

Pool Reopening
The G.O. Bond Project at the Scott Rakow Youth Center Pool is complete and the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department will be reopening the facility for lap swimming on Monday, July 13 with operating hours mirroring Flamingo Park and Normandy Isle Park of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Click here to view pool safety guidelines.
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution on Saturday, July 11.

Saturday, July 11
9 AM - 11 AM
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL

The food distribution is on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Please remain in your car and open the trunk when it's your turn in line.

If you do not have a car and would like to qualify for food assistance, please call or register online. Phone: 305.604.CITY (2489) or  www.miamibeachfl.gov/food
COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

Miami Beach Convention Center Testing Site
Both the COVID-19 active virus and antibody tests are available at the Miami Beach Convention Center testing facility located on 17 Street and Convention Center Drive. The testing capability for the active virus is 1,200 tests per day and the antibody testing has a capacity of 300 tests per day. Antibody results are typically provided within one hour while active virus results take a few days.

The COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-up testing site is available daily, including weekends, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please note , drive-thru testing wait times can be up to four hours. We encourage you to have a full tank of gas and bring water, snacks and anything you may need to prepare for a long wait.

Walk-Up Testing
The walk-up testing site at 42 Street between Prairie and Royal Palm Avenue has moved to the parking lot at 21 Street and Collins Avenue. Once you check-in, you can return to your vehicle or move away from the mobile testing unit for your own protection and to ensure social distancing. There is no need to stand in a line, you will receive a text message advising when the nurse is ready for you.

Tomorrow, July 11, testing will begin at 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., with the weekly food drive taking place in same area. A total of 400 tests are available each day at this site between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

At both testing site locations, appointments are not necessary and testing is FREE and offered to anyone 18 years or older, regardless of COVID-19 symptoms.
Virtual Sustainachella
We continue to bring Virtual Sustainachella to provide the community with the knowledge and tools necessary to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Monday, July 13
12 PM - 1 PM
Communication is one of the most powerful tools to success. Join us during Sustainachella to learn about (virtual) public speaking using the best version of yourself. C lick  here  to register now.
North Beach Walk-Up Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a walk-up food distribution for those without a vehicle on Tuesday, July 14.

Tuesday, July 14
9 AM - 11 AM
7501 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL

To ensure your safety, we must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Everyone must wear a face covering that completely covers the nose and the mouth. If you do not have a face mask, one will be provided.

The food distribution is on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.
Miami-Dade County Emergency Rental Assistance Program
This week, the Board of County Commissioners approved legislation sponsored by Commissioner Eileen Higgins to create the  COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), providing one-time rental assistance grants to low and moderate income persons in Miami-Dade County that have lost income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The initial funding for the program is $10 million from Miami-Dade County and will be allocated equally across all 13 commission districts.
   
The  ERAP will assist eligible residents in Miami-Dade who earn no more than 80 percent of the County area median income (AMI)  according to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines, currently have a written lease, are not a participant in other rental assistance programs, and have documentation showing that their household’s income was impacted by COVID-19.
 
Applicants are able to apply online beginning Tuesday, July 14 at 9 a.m.  and closing at  5 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020 . After completion of the application, which includes submission of supporting documentation, applicants will be notified via email if they have qualified for assistance. To submit an application, visit:  https://bit.ly/3iHM7E7 . The website will not be live until Tuesday, July 14 at 9 a.m.
OneBlood Donation
OneBlood is working with the public and physicians to coordinate the delivery of potential lifesaving 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.
Face Coverings
All persons in public spaces and places, both indoors and outdoors, shall be required to wear facial coverings , as defined in the County’s EO 20-20, as amended.

Any person not wearing a facial covering is subject to a $50 civil fine.
 
Learn more about face coverings on our dedicated coronavirus webpage here .
Prepworks for SAT/ACT
Prepworks in partners hip with the City of Miami Beach are proud to provide online prep programs for the SAT and ACT for all Miami Beach youth residents. Prepworks is expanding free temporary access to online adaptive programs which i ncludes: practice tests, performance level specific modules, reports and virtual office hours.
 
Access is available now through August 31, 2020. To access:
  • Visit https://els.prepworks.com/mylogin/register
  • Enter code: MB_CV2020
  • Type in name and email, this email will become your username (please note your course will appear 24 hours after registration)
  • Go to: els.prepworks.com
  • Username: type in your email
  • Password: changeme (create your private password)
 
This is a self paced course, begin by taking Practice Test #1. Complete modules in SAT or ACT Math and English each week leading up to your official test. If you need help, email   support@prepworks.com
Stay Informed
Now more than ever it's important to get counted! So call up your friends and neighbors and ask them to visit  my2020census.gov  and make sure our community gets counted.

Visit our dedicated, city-related coronavirus webpage www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus f or the most up-to-date information, including important resources, impacts to city services and more.

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. Or connect with us through social media via email, Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and via text message (text MBAlert to 888777).