Healthcare Committee Announcements

Healthcare Committee Announcements

May 15, 2020 Nancy Gau COVID-19: As our state and county begin to re-open, we continue to suffer the medical and economic effects of this pandemic.  Please continue to tune in to our weekly COVID Zoom calls every Wednesday at 6:00 pm.  Brent Schillinger always begins with a medical update (on testing, treatments, etc.) and then we have a guest speaker.  We have covered a variety of topics, from mental health, domestic abuse, to the census.  In the future, we will cover topics such as disparities in testing and treatment, and the effect that the pandemic has had on the health insurance industry. Useful contact information: 561-642-1000 for testing appointments.  TESTING IS FREE! For mental health support, call 211. Or 211palmbeach.org. For mental health counseling information, you can also contact the Faulk Center for Counseling (561-483-5300.) For additional Covid-19 information: cdc.gov or coronavirus.gov For medical assistance for the uninsured, contact

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Positive Impacts of Coronavirus on the Environment

by Kathy Panko There is no denying that the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have been nothing short of catastrophic – and that will change our lives for a very long time. However, we can take one positive out of this difficult period – the environmental impact. With everyday life coming to an abrupt halt, our planet has been given a chance to breathe. In an effort to contain the spread of the pandemic, many factories have been shuttered, planes sit on runways, and more people are working from home, thus cutting traffic to a minimum. The global shutdown caused by the virus has become the biggest experiment ever in the reduction of greenhouse gases. As far as the Earth is concerned, the flora and fauna, as well as the rest of nature are all enjoying the benefits of this deadly virus. It seems like the plants

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Track your ballot like a package

‘Track your ballot like a package’: How technology will smooth the way for November’s mail-in ballot surge As many states rush to implement new ways to protect voters from COVID-19 exposure, they’re turning to systems to help ensure people’s access to the ballot doesn’t get lost in the mail. 05-07-20 – 2020 ELECTION BY TALIB VISRAM – 9 MINUTE READ Read the whole article online at Fast Company As part of a string of voting laws signed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in mid-April, the state became the 34th in the country whose residents may vote by mail without having to prove that they couldn’t vote in person. Of the remaining 16 states that don’t grant that right, governors and election officials in 11 allowed exceptions during the primaries on account of the pandemic—and if the coronavirus is still lingering in November, might be expected to continue those exceptions. “Whether

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Vote By Mail

Vote By Mail

Safe  – Convenient  – Easy by Voting Rights Committee The effects of the coronavirus have made voting by mail more appealing than ever before. There are just a few simple steps you need to take in order to ensure your vote is counted.  Instructions are included with your Vote-By-Mail ballot.   Always place your ballot in the return envelope provided by the Supervisor of Elections. Also, remember to sign the envelope. Your ballot will not be counted if the signature is missing on the return envelope or if the signature does not match your signature on file.   The first thing the Supervisor of Elections does when your ballot is received in their office is to check that there is a signature on the return envelope and that it matches the signature you submitted when you registered to vote. Our Supervisor uses sophisticated signature matching technology and trained staff to

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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

by Nancy Gau   On April 29, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the partial reopening of the state, with the exception of the three counties in southeast Florida. This includes “Palm Beach County”. Here, we look to Dr. Alina Alonso (PBC Director of the Florida Department of Health, for guidelines. She announced on April 29 that most golf courses, pools, parks, and tennis courts in the county would be open, with social distancing still required. Beaches, hair salons, and restaurants remain closed (with the exception of carryout for food). Elderly individuals continue to be advised to stay at home as much as possible. Everyone should wear a mask when they do go out.   Abuse centers (e.g., The Lord’s Place, Butterfly House for Rape Victims, etc.) are open to assist victims of domestic abuse. Victims should NOT avoid reporting or seeking treatment out of fear for contracting the virus. Please at

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Census Committee Updates

Census Committee Updates

by Rich Bartholomew   The Palm Beach County League started to engage on the topic of the 2020 Census in the summer of 2018. Although few people realized it, the “infrastructure” activity for the 2020 count was well underway, not only at the federal level but also by local and state governments. The national associations of state and local governments, such as the Conference of State Legislatures and the League of Cities, were sending detailed recommendations to their member jurisdictions to prepare for the census. Government “insiders” knew just how much was at stake in terms of political representation and potential federal funding.  The National Association of State Budget Officers was getting special briefings from scholars at George Washington University, who have built data displays showing how major federal programs distribute census-related federal funds to each state. Florida received more than $44 billion in 2016. That number will move past

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COVID-19

COVID-19

Check below for the latest COVID information.
Learn first hand how the Coronavirus is affecting our local community and what we can expect in the weeks to come, and what we need to do to stay safe.

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We Should Never Have to Vote in Person Again

Read the entire article online. Our new paper shows vote-by-mail dramatically boosted Colorado’s turnout. It could change this fall’s election and every election after. By Charlotte Hill, Jacob Grumbach, Adam Bonica and Hakeem Jefferson The authors are political science researchers. May 4, 2020 Voting at Westminster Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles Calif. on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Credit…Josh Haner/The New York Times           As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, there are growing concerns about whether in-person voting can be conducted safely in the months ahead, including for the November presidential election. A huge expansion of mail voting is one way to ensure that participating in democracy won’t undermine public health. The idea of “all-mail voting” is straightforward: Every registered voter gets sent a ballot via mail to their home address, then after making their choices, voters mail it back; and those who want

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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

by Nancy Gau Keep washing those hands for 20 seconds, but if your hands become chapped or cracked-moisturize! Practice social distancing! (Even on your walks and grocery run.) Wearing a mask to the grocery is now advisable if only to prevent you from touching your face. Contact the Florida DOH Covid-19 call center at 1-866-779-6121. If you become symptomatic and are unable to reach your physician, contact the Health Department at 561-840-4500. And stay home! Other useful contact information: 561-642-1000 for testing appointments.  TESTING IS FREE! For mental health support, call 211. Or 211palmbeach.org. For mental health counseling information, you can also contact the Faulk Center for Counseling (561-483-5300.) For additional information: gov or coronavirus.gov For medical assistance for the uninsured, contact FACHC.org or FLmedical.org. Price Gouge Hotline: 1-866-966-7226 Elder Care Hotline: 561-684-5885 or 561-214-8600   Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (including your cell phones), using wipes, or a

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Vote By Mail

By Nancy Cohen While many Floridians will begin preparing for the hurricane season this summer, many will also be taking additional measures to prepare for the election season. Unlike previous years when voters typically delay any thought related to the election season until August, public officials and voters are forced to consider the impact of the pandemic on the upcoming primary election in August and the general election in November.    Our League agrees with election experts, including Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections Wendy Link, that vote-by-mail is the safest and most convenient way for voters to exercise their civic duty without compromising their health and safety.  The League met with – that is, virtually met with – Supervisor Link in April who highlighted the benefits of mail-in voting: Voters have more time to read the ballot and vote from the comfort of their homes. Voters will avoid the health

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