Coronavirus Information and Sweetwater's Protective Measures

The City of Sweetwater continues to work closely with Local, State and Federal agencies in monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are abiding and following the prevention guidance by Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Executive Orders of Governor Ron DeSantis and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

Effective 11 p.m. March 17,  Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez has ordered all food service establishments, bars and clubs in the City of Sweetwater are to close their doors to on-premises service. Restaurant kitchens may remain open for takeout and delivery only. In addition, movie theaters, gymnasiums, fitness studios, bowling alleys, concert houses, playhouses, and arcades must also close.

Gov. DeSantis issued an Executive Order and Surgeon General Scott A. Rivkees declared a public health emergency on March 1. Gov. DeSantis declared a state of emergency on March 9.

City of Sweetwater COVID-19 Protective Measures

Our priority is to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our residents and city employees. In an abundance of caution, the City of Sweetwater continues monitoring the respiratory disease and we will keep providing you with resources to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The following measures are being taken by the city at this time:

  • The City buildings remain open for city employees only until further notice.
  • All city related events are canceled.
  • All private and public events in Ronselli Park are canceled until further notice.
  • The Claude and Mildred Senior Center will be closed starting Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice.
  • Senior Meal Program will continue.
  • Early voting and Tuesday’s primary election at Claude and Mildred Center will not be impacted.
  • CDC, WHO, Florida Health Department flyers, newsletters and press releases have been distributed on social media.
  • The City has implemented a mandatory 14-day quarantine for any employee returning from outside the United States.
  • As CDC guidelines suggest, PPE gear has been distributed to all City of Sweetwater Police Department officers.
  • Background checks, fingerprints, or police report request walk-ins at the City of Sweetwater Police Department are suspended.
  • Due to the spread of the coronavirus and shortage of employees, Waste Pro has suspended recycle bins pick up until April 30. Trash (curbside) pick up and bulk waste will continue regular services. We apologize beforehand for any inconvenience and we hope that all of you are taking the necessary measures to protect your families from COVID-19. Para leer en español presione aquí.

Individuals in Sweetwater who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should immediately contact the Florida Department of Health at 305-324-2400.

If you have questions about COVID-19 you can contact Florida’s Department of Health Call Center at 1 (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24/7.

Miami-Dade County Testing Centers

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Florida schools will remain closed until May 1 as recommended by the Florida Department of Education.

All K-12 required testing is canceled for the rest of the school year.

To learn more about the Instructional Continuity Plan that enables students to continue learning during the school closures visit M-DCPS website or call the help center at 305-995-3000.

Price Gouging Hotlines:

Miami-Dade County State Attorney Price Gouging Hotline: 305-547-3300

State Attorney General Price Gouging Hotline: 1-866-966-7226

How to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.