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Coronavirus Live Updates: Palm Beach County To Let State Of Emergency Order Expire

Thomas Cordy, The Palm Beach Post
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Palm Beach County Dave Kerner received his first dose of the Modern COVID-19 vaccine at the South Florida Fairgrounds vaccination site in unincorporated Palm Beach County, Fla., on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Kerner urged all eligible residents to sign up for the vaccination.

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Palm Beach County To Let State Of Emergency Order Expire

Updated Thursday at 5:50 a.m.

The mechanism through which Palm Beach County could mandate masks, close businesses and request reimbursement for dollars spent on the coronavirus pandemic will expire at midnight on Sunday.

County Mayor Dave Kerner signed the final week-long local state of emergency declaration related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, 466 days after he first deemed the pandemic an emergency on March 13, 2020.

“I was ready to not continue the state of emergency,” Kerner said. “I don’t want this to go on in perpetuity.”

— By Hannah Morse / The Palm Beach Post

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Updated Thursday at 5:46 a.m.

The Miami-Dade County school district will likely hire additional mental health professionals to deal with an expectantly large — and possibly unprecedented — number of returning students and staff who suffered psychological trauma over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There are going to be many that are going to be experiencing mental challenges and our education business will certainly never be the same,” School Board Member Mari Tere Rojas said during the nine-member body’s meeting Wednesday.

The proposal, which was unanimously approved by the board, comes as hospitals, clinics and private practices in South Florida report a surge in behavioral health issues among adolescents brought on by the pandemic, as well as a shortage of mental health professionals to meet those needs.

— By David Goodhue / The Miami Herald

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