Memo from Bay Harbor Islands mayor: Town declares state of emergency over possible presumptive positive coronavirus case

If confirmed, would be first positive COVID-19 case in Miami-Dade County

BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, Fla. – A state of emergency has been declared in the Town of Bay Harbor Islands regarding COVID-19.

The decision was made Wednesday.

Town Manager Juan Carlos Jimenez was alerted by Mayor Stephanie Bruder in an internal memo, which can be seen below.

A letter from Bay Harbor Islands Mayor Stephanie Bruder to Town Manager Juan Carlos Jimenez regarding a presumptive positive COVID-19 case. (WPLG)

An updated memo was sent out by the mayor Wednesday afternoon, which removed the word “presumptive" while adding that “no positive case has been confirmed.”

Local 10 News obtained the memo from several residents of Bay Harbor Islands, though it is unclear how those residents received the memo as it was not sent out by the town.

A town employee called in sick on Wednesday, complaining of symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and fearing they had contracted the virus. That employee indicated that they were a presumptive positive case, though at the time of the call, they had not been tested.

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That employee has since been tested, and results are pending. In the meantime, the employee in question has self-quarantined at their home.