August 3, 2020 1:14 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE for MONDAY 8/3/20
UPDATE ON COVID-19 STATISTICS
• As of 1:00 PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.
Town of Palm Beach: 88 cases (17.3% increase from 1 week ago) and 4 deaths.
Palm Beach County: 34,550 cases (11.6% increase from 1 week ago) and 845 deaths.
State of Florida: 491,884 cases (13.7% increase from 1 week ago) and 7,236 deaths.
United States: 4,679,739 cases (9.9% increase from 1 week ago) and 154,992 deaths.
Worldwide: 18,136,344 cases (11.1% increase from 1 week ago) and 690,452 deaths.
MANDATORY MASKS OR FACIAL COVERINGS
• Per Palm Beach County Order 2020-16, masks or facial coverings are REQUIRED to be worn by all persons within the county (including the Town of Palm Beach) while visiting or working in any businesses, establishment or residential buildings. This includes, but is not limited to, restaurants, retail establishments, hotels, grocery stores, gyms, pharmacies, indoor recreational facilities, houses of worship, government buildings, multifamily buildings, and vehicles for hire.
• Facial coverings MUST also be worn by all persons in outdoor public places where social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.
SELECTING THE RIGHT MASKS AND WEARING THEM PROPERLY
• The increase in selections for masks and face coverings can make it difficult to select the right ones. The types of masks that are acceptable, include cloth, surgical, dust, and N95 masks without vents. Download list of acceptable masks by clicking the link at the end of this alert.
• Masks with vents or exhalation valves are not acceptable, as they allow unfiltered exhaled air to escape. These mask only protect the wearer and not those within their presence.
• Acceptable masks should be worn completely over the nose and mouth when in the presence of others. They should not be worn around your neck or forehead.
• When removing masks, only touch the strings or ear loops. Do not touch the actual face covering to avoid contaminating your hands. Masks should be washed or disposed after wearing.
WORKING TOGETHER TO SLOW THE SPREAD
• Together, we can do this, but we must avoid the Three C’s – Avoid CLOSED spaces with poor ventilation, avoid CROWDED spaces with many people nearby and avoid CLOSE-CONTACT settings such as close-range conversations. Also remember to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands frequently.
• Individuals 65 and older, as well as individuals with significant underlying medical conditions, should stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
• The Town encourages you to stay active and stay engaged, but do so safely. Download the RISK INDEX CHART at the end of this Alert to see which activities put you at most risk and which ones are low risk.
• Curfew remains in effect from 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM until further notice.
• The Town’s Emergency Order No. 2020-03 supersedes all County orders pertaining to hours of operation for restaurants and other establishments with food service. Establishments within the Town of Palm Beach are currently prohibited from serving alcohol or food for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
• As of July 30, there are travel restrictions in place from Florida to Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois (Chicago only), Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C.
• All public parks within the Town are open, but CDC social distancing guidelines must be followed, per Palm Beach County Order No. 7. The Seaview Park playground remains closed until further notice.
• The Town’s public golf course and tennis facilities are open but usage must comply with restrictions outlined in Palm Beach County Order No. 2020-11.
• Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is 866-779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
• Questions for the Town can be emailed to email@example.com. A Town Hotline is also available for questions 561-227-7070.
• Click the links below for more information.