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Placing Civic Responsibility at the Forefront of our Agenda

By Larisa Svechin, Commissioner

(May 15, 2020) – It is a scary and frustrating time. It seems that the future of our city and country is unknown as it relates to COVID-19. But please know that the City of Sunny Isles Beach is working hard to keep you safe while maintaining our high standard of living – within legal parameters set by the County and Governor. It is our goal to communicate as often as possible, but also accurately and informatively. One question the City has frequently received is why we are not posting the daily case data for Sunny Isles Beach and what building those cases are in. The Florida Department of Health does not disclose the exact location of cases, only the city total. This means we do not know which building or area of the city an individual who tests positive lives in. But more importantly, we do not publicize the daily numbers because our efforts are not driven by that number alone.

It is widely known that there have been far more infected individuals than those who show symptoms and get tested. Many individuals who are asymptomatic CAN spread the virus and do not even know they have the virus. These individuals will never appear in the numbers. Miami-Dade County believes that the actual County numbers may be 16 and a half times the number of those captured through testing sites and local hospitals alone. For that reason, the County Mayor has said to assume YOU have the virus and assume EVERYONE else has the virus. This is why it is imperative to practice social distancing, wear a face mask, and stay home as much as possible.

I know you miss going to the beach and taking the kids to the playgrounds, (the kids are even missing going to school!). I do too. Now is the time for our community to unite and take care of each other; act as if every elderly person is your grandparent and every vulnerable person is your best friend. We will ride this out and come out BETTER and STRONGER. This is our chance to take personal and civic responsibility. Be strong. Don’t let personal desires override your duty to yourself and each other. I hope everyone is staying home and I look forward to seeing you all as soon as it is safe to do so.

I welcome you to reach out to me virtually at 305.792.1754 or by email at lsvechin@sibfl.net.