FYI Miami: July 2, 2020
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DHL OPENS FIRST IN HIALEAH: Hialeah will serve as the home of DHL Express’s first fully-branded, company-owned retail store in the US. The store at 407 W 49th St. offers both staff assistance and a self-service kiosk. “For years, Miami has been the up-and-coming gateway city to Latin America as well as an important hub for DHL. And now, as pandemic stay-at-home orders expire and businesses reopen, we are seeing an increase in the volume of international shipments coming through the Miami-Dade area,” said Richard Saavedra, VP and general manager, Southeast Area, DHL Express U.S. in a press release. “South Florida is the ideal market for the country’s first DHL-owned retail location, and we’re excited to support local businesses as they re-emerge from Covid-19-related shutdowns.”
LITTLE HAITI COMPLEX FUNDING: Miami commissioners approved more $234,000 for the internal and external repairs, renovations to the building, park enhancements and right-of-way improvements for the Little Haiti Community Cultural Center. The Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs awarded $78,250 to city for the center as part of the cultural facilities grant. The city will provide a matching fund to the center of $156,501. Located at 212 NE 59th Terr., the center provides spaces for art galleries and is home of the Caribbean Marketplace, the center’s largest venue space where visitors can find Haitian music, art and crafts for sale.
SAYING YES TO THE TEST: Drive-through, walk-up and appointment-only facilities across Miami-Dade are giving residents the opportunity to take Covid-19 and antibody tests. Some healthcare providers that offer these services for their patients say responses from patients, and in some cases parents, have been favorable and that few parties are reluctant to take the test. Dr. Marcos Mestre, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital senior medical director of pediatric services, said most parents are willing to allow their children to be tested. Nicklaus currently tests all patients seeking surgery since procedures often require intubation, as well as any patients entering psychiatric units or exhibiting Covid symptoms. Four percent of the tests have been positive, he said, though many patients are asymptomatic. Testing occurs in the hospital itself or at Nicklaus’ outpatient clinics, and staff don full PPE to perform the nasal swab test. For individuals who may have had Covid, many medical practices offer antibody tests. Marc Marchello, a senior partner at Miami Family Medicine, said demand for this type of test was particularly high. Within a day of informing patients that antibody tests were available, he said, hundreds of email requests had flooded his inbox and all patients are now offered the test.