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Oakland Park Mayor Declares State of Emergency Over the Coronavirus


Just after 12:00 PM today Oakland Park Mayor declared a state of emergency and postponing various City events. Postponed events include the Local Government Academy Graduation scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday March 12), the Annual Youth Day Parade, and Big Reveal Community Dinner, in which the City was going to share the new plans for the City Park. The City’s facility rentals have also been suspended as City officials continue to actively monitor the situation.

Coronavirus: Broward County in State of Emergency

According to Oakland Park Mayor, Matt Sparks, the decision was made after Broward County issued a state of emergency yesterday and urged cities to follow suit. 

Mayor Matt Sparks took the decision after Broward County issued a state of emergency.

This should come as no surprise to Oakland Parkers. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the first case of the virus was reported in the United States on January 19 2020 after a 35 year old man checked into an urgent care clinic in Washington State. He stated that he had recently returned from China and decided to check into the clinic after he saw reports of the virus. 

Since then news about the virus and the virus itself has spread like wildfire. This has raised Americans concerns for their health and well-being. 

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of March 10 there 21 confirmed diagnoses. Four of those were in Broward County and all those diagnosed were over 65 years of age.

As of 11:26 am today the Florida Department of Health published the following information regarding the virus: 

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Positive Cases of COVID-19

21 – Florida Residents
5 – Florida Cases Repatriated
2 – Non-Florida resident


2 – Florida Residents

Number of Negative Test Results


Number of Pending Test Results


Number of People Under Public Health Monitoring

353 – currently being monitored
1230 – people monitored to date

Steering Clear of the Coronavirus

It is prudent to follow safety precautions and protocols in order to steer clear from the virus.  Living In Oakland Park’s Health Team Nurse Practitioners Kim Kodzik and Erica Tercha, from the Oakland Park Wellness Center recommend the following :

1. Wash hands often. Twenty seconds is the magic number, using soap and warm water. Hand sanitizers at least 60 percent alcohol are a good alternative.

2. Avoid touching your face.

3. Steer clear of people who are sick. Especially if high risk such as elderly adult or immunocompromised.

4. Watch for fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

5. Stay home if your sick.

6. Cover mouth and nose with a tissue or inner elbow when coughing or sneezing, then immediately wash your hands.

7. Wear a face mask only if you are sick.

8. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

9. Turn the TV and news off around children and talk to them.

10. Stay calm.


About the Writer


Desiree Avila


Désirée Ávila EDITOR, PUBLISHER, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, REALTOR® Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 35 years. In addition to publishing, Désirée has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida REALTOR® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism. Désirée consistently professionally develops herself and has earned several different professional designations and certifications in real estate including the GRI, PSA, e-Pro, AHWD, SRS, ABR®, SRES and SFR®. She was also awarded the C2EX, Commitment to Excellence award by the National Association for Realtors (NAR). This award is given to REALTORS® that distinguish themselves for their commitment to excellence in the real estate industry. She is esteemed by her real estate colleagues and has consistently received 5 star reviews from her clients. Her philosophy about real estate is that being a REALTOR® is a way of teaching and helping people, and in the process a real estate transaction may occur, that is to say her foremost priority is and has always been about helping others. She is dedicated to her hometown of Oakland Park and works consistently on building and fostering a strong community. She is passionate about photography and loves to read books about history ; the more detail the better! In addition to English, Désirée is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.

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