August 7, 2020 2:36 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE - FRIDAY 8/7/20
UPDATE ON COVID-19 STATISTICS
• The Town has received a few requests for additional COVID-19 related data, including hospitalization and testing positivity rates. Although there are numerous websites that provide myriad of statistics related to this pandemic, the Town conveys information from one source for consistency purposes – the Florida Department of Health.
• State health departments throughout the country use different formats and provide varying degrees of statistics. For additional daily information provided by the State of Florida, beyond the summary provided by the Town, please visit the FDOH website at: http://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.
• As of 2:30 PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.
Town of Palm Beach: 95 cases and 4 deaths.
Palm Beach County: 35,737 cases and 892 deaths.
State of Florida: 510,389 cases and 7,871 deaths.
United States: 4,902,692 cases and 160,394 deaths.
Worldwide: 19,172,505 cases and 716,327 deaths.
ALL BEACHES CLOSE AT SUNSET
• Per Palm Beach County Order No. 6, please be reminded that all public, municipal, and private beaches are open only from sunrise to sunset, with certain limitations.
• Beachgoers must follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, while distancing themselves from other parties by more than 6 feet.
CARES ACT GRANT FUNDING FOR BUSINESSES
• A total of $60 million of Federal Funding from the $261 million received by Palm Beach County through the CARES Act has been appropriated by the County Commissioners to fund the “CARES Restart Business Grants Program”.
• A total of $50 million of CARES Act grant funding has been dedicated by Palm Beach County for businesses with 25 or fewer employees and $10 million for businesses with greater than 25 employees, to assist businesses affected by the pandemic.
• Interested businesses are encouraged to apply if you haven’t already done so, as applications will be processed on a first come, first eligible basis. The criteria for the grant can be found at: https://discover.pbcgov.org/HES/Pages/PBC-Cares-Business.aspx
MANDATORY MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS
• Face coverings directive, Emergency Order 2020-012, has been extended until 12:01 a.m. August 23. This order applies to the entire county and REQUIRES masks or face coverings to be worn by all persons 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.
• The types of masks that are acceptable, include cloth, surgical, dust, and N95 masks without vents. 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.
• Travel restrictions are 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. Please plan accordingly if you plan to travel to one of these locations.
• 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.