October 9, 2020 12:12 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE - FRIDAY 10/9/20
GET YOUR FLU SHOTS NOW
• Public health officials are strongly urging residents to contact their health care provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to offer protection.
• Getting the flu shot each year is important but reducing illness and hospitalization from flu is even more critical this year to protect frontline health care workers and hospital systems who will continue to care for people with COVID-19 and other illnesses.
• Both the flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses, but until there is a steady vaccine supply against COVID-19, the way to prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get your flu vaccine now.
OCTOBER TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS
• Town Council will resume in-person meetings in Town Hall next week. The Regular Business meeting is scheduled for October 13 at 9:30am and the LPA/Development Review meeting is scheduled for October 14 at 9:30am.
• The meeting agenda for October 13 (time certain at 11:00am) includes an update and discussion on matters including, but not be limited to, a report on COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, a report on compliance and enforcement, input from the business community, and a discussion regarding future public meetings.
• Even though meetings will resume inside Council Chambers, the public is strongly encouraged to continue participating remotely. If you have symptoms, think you have been exposed or know you have been exposed to someone who has coronavirus, do not come to the meetings, as you will not be permitted to enter Town Hall.
• The public can listen via live audio stream from the Town’s website or via Zoom if they wish to make public comments. (Regular Business Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94971437681) (LPA & Development Review Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98233719840)
CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN SAFELY
• Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
• The Town of Palm Beach strongly encourages parents to follow CDC guidelines when planning Halloween activities for their children and avoid the traditional door-to-door trick or treating. Click on the link at the end of this update for a list of lower risk activities your children will be sure to enjoy, while keeping them safe.
COVID-19 INFECTION DATA
• As of NOON today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.
o Town of Palm Beach: 137 cases and 5 deaths.
o Palm Beach County: 47,648 cases and 1,425 deaths.
o State of Florida: 728,921 cases and 15,372 deaths.
o United States: 7,611,772 cases and 212,840 deaths.
o Worldwide: 36,625,213 cases and 1,063,532 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/
PALM BEACH COUNTY PHASE 3 REOPENING
• On Friday, September 25, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-244, that moved the State of Florida into Phase 3 of the COVID response. That order required all businesses to be open and allowed businesses and specifically restaurants to operate at 100% capacity. Palm Beach County subsequently issued EO 2020-28 to repeal certain previous orders and continue certain existing safety practices related to COVID.
• Click on the link at the end of this update to read frequently asked questions related to EO 2020-28, which have been provided to assist in the safe operation of businesses and facilities and to help control the spread of COVID-19.
• With Phase 3 re-opening 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.
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.
• Travel restrictions are in place for travelers going to Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, 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, playgrounds, golf course, and tennis facilities are open for play, but CDC guidelines are in place for the safety of visitors.
• Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is 866-779-6121 or email COVIDemail@example.com with questions.
• Questions for the Town can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Town Hotline is also available for questions 561-227-7070.
• Click the links below for more information.