August 14, 2020 2:28 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE - FRIDAY 8/14/20
REPORT FROM THE AUGUST 11 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
• At the August 11 Town Council meeting, staff provided reports on COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, as well as compliance and enforcement of local, county and state emergency orders. Council also approved a resolution extending the Declaration of a State of Emergency until September 10, 2020.
• Click on the link at the end of this alert to download the report from Fire-Rescue Chief Donatto and Resolution No. 63-2020.
NEW CONTACT TRACING APP LAUNCHED - COMBAT COVID PBC
• All Palm Beach County residents should have received a package by now, which includes 2 disposable face masks and 2 reusable cloth masks. Included in the package is information about a newly launched contact tracing app (CombatCOVID).
• This app is the Official COVID-19 notification and information app of Palm Beach County Government, which was funded through the CARES ACTS. The app is free for users to download from the Apple or Google Play stores “Combat COVID PBC”.
• HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: If a person tests positive, they must enter the information into the app. The app then uses Bluetooth to detect other phones that passed within 6 to 13 feet within the past 14 to 21 days. If the app determines the phones were in contact long enough to be a risk, it sends an alert warning that the person may have been exposed. The app will not reveal exactly when and where it happened, just that the person should get tested.
• Unlike other apps, CombatCOVID does not use GPS or location notification in its architecture. The app user’s privacy and identity are protected. No names, emails addresses, locations or personally identifying information is required. There is never any location or identity information acquired by CombatCOVID.
• The CombatCOVID app uses Bluetooth signals to determine if you are near another user. All users who have been in close proximity to a COVID-19 positive person will be notified by a push notification recommending they get tested immediately, without revealing anyone’s personal identity. Suggested locations for testing are also provided.
• Your device’s phone number is encrypted and never shared with anyone, including local health officials. Access to the data indicating the device’s user may have tested positive is only shared IF/WHEN the user chooses to share it. IF the user does choose to share a COVID-19 positive result, they are still totally PRIVACY PROTECTED.
• As of 2:00 PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health. All confirmed cases include tests that were taken in Florida.
Town of Palm Beach: 107 cases and 4 deaths.
Palm Beach County: 38,575 cases and 976 deaths.
State of Florida: 563,285 cases and 9,275 deaths.
United States: 5,269,868 cases and 167,369 deaths.
Worldwide: 20,995,929 cases and 760,633 deaths.
• It is important to note that although the specific numbers are not provided by the Florida Department of Health, a significant number of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 has recovered, with many being asymptomatic while they were infected.
• 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/.
MASKS OR FACE COVERINGS ARE MANDATORY
• Face coverings directive, Emergency Order 2020-012, remains in effect. This order 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.
• 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.
• Curfew remains in effect from 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM until further notice.
• 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.
• 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.
• The Town continues to urge residents to AVOID THE THREE C’s – CLOSED spaces with poor ventilation, CROWDED spaces with many people nearby and CLOSE-CONTACT settings such as close-range conversations. Also remember to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands frequently. The Town encourages you to stay active and stay engaged, but do so safely. (Individuals 65 and older, as well as individuals with significant underlying medical conditions, should take extra measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19)
• 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.