September 21, 2020 2:19 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE – MONDAY 9/21/20
COVID-19 INFECTION DATA
• Florida and Palm Beach County has sustained a much smaller growth in new COVID-19 infections over the last few weeks, as compared to earlier this summer. Protective measures such as social distancing, wearing masks, limiting the number of people within indoor spaces, and frequent handwashing are all having positive mitigation effects.
• Now is not the time to pull back. Residents, employees, and visitors are strongly urged to continue these important practices to help further reduce the rate of new infection.
• As of 2:00 PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.
Town of Palm Beach: 130 cases (an increase of 2.4% or +3 cases from 1 week ago) and 5 deaths.
Palm Beach County: 45,425 cases (an increase of 2.9% or +880 cases from 1 week ago) and 1,277 deaths.
State of Florida: 685,439 cases (an increase of 3.0% or +19,709 cases from 1 week ago) and 13,480 deaths.
United States: 6,823,904 cases (an increase of 4.4% or +288,799 cases from 1 week ago) and 199,636 deaths.
Worldwide: 31,163,450 cases (an increase of 7.0% or +2,040,413 cases from 1 week ago) and 962,008 deaths.
• 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/
REGULATIONS FOR BEACHES
• 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. Masks are required when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be achieved.
MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS ORDER REMAIN IN EFFECT
• Masks or face coverings MUST be worn by all persons within the Town, 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.
• Face coverings MUST also be worn by all persons in outdoor public places where social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.
• MASKS MUST BE WORN PROPERLY – Please ensure masks and other acceptable face coverings are worn completely over the NOSE and MOUTH when in the presence of others. 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.
• 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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
• With Step 1, Phase 2 now in effect, it is extremely important that residents, employees and visitors continue to AVOID THE THREE C’s – CLOSED spaces with poor ventilation, CROWDED spaces with many people nearby and CLOSE-CONTACT settings. Also remember to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands frequently.
• Download the RISK INDEX CHART at the end of this Update to see which activities put you at most risk and which ones are low risk.
• Travel restrictions are in place for travelers going to Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois (Chicago only), Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Washington D.C. Please plan accordingly if you plan to travel to one of these locations.
• All public parks and playgrounds within the Town are open, but CDC social distancing guidelines must be followed, per Palm Beach County Orders 20-07 and 20-21.
• 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.
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