Dr. Sylvia Sharpe discusses her efforts to protect and support seniors during the coronavirus pandemic. For example, she helps them obtain a forbearance on their mortgage. In addition, part of her day is dedicated to operating an after-school care which is acting as a day care during the crisis.
She encourages those with symptoms to call the health department at (866) 779-6121, or those experiencing loneliness or other issues to contact 211. Court proceedings in the city remain suspended for 30 days, and certain health department facilities also remain closed. Sharpe also encourages the use of common sense and the need to follow the news about the current situation.
Riviera Beach Councilman Douglas Lawson also explains his activities to support the community. The police force is supporting the children’s, seniors’, and homeless population’s nutrition efforts by delivering food to them or offering meal pick-up locations. The city is also working with Florida Atlantic University to offer free healthcare to the homeless, and to open shelters to encourage social distancing. The opportunity to teach life skills to youth while they are quarantined at home is also mentioned, as is the need to turn to one another in the spirit of love. Lawson plans to host a Facebook Live discussion on March 24 with Officially Esza (Esza Allen).