Town of Palm Beach COVID-19 Alerts

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November 6, 2020 3:20 PM

COVID-19 UPDATE - FRIDAY 11/6/20


COVID-19 INFECTION DATA

• As of 3:00 PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health. Please note that reporting on COVID related deaths can be extremely delayed and should not be used as a week to week comparative metric.

o Town of Palm Beach: 170 cases and 8 deaths.
o Palm Beach County: 54,624 cases and 1,606 deaths.
o State of Florida: 832,625 cases and 17,224 deaths.
o United States: 9,665,009 cases and 235,416 deaths.
o Worldwide: 49,114,225 cases and 1,239,757 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/

NOVEMBER TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS

• The November Town Council meetings will take place next week in the Town Hall Council Chambers. The Regular Business meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10 at 9:30 AM, and the LPA/Development Review meeting is scheduled for Friday, November 13 at 9:30 AM.

• The meeting agenda for November 10 (time certain at 11:00 AM) includes a report on COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, a report on compliance and enforcement, consideration to extend a state of emergency, and a discussion regarding future public meetings.

• Members of the public who wish to provide public comments may come to Town Hall to speak or may email comments to council@townofpalmbeach.com by 4:00 PM the day before the meeting, which will be forwarded to the Mayor and Town Council and included in the final meeting records. If you wish for your comments to be read out loud, please indicate so.

• For members of the public who do not plan on providing public comments, the Town strongly encourages that you listen to the live audio stream from the Town’s website https://www.townofpalmbeach.com/853/Meeting-Audio in lieu of attending in person. 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.

WORKING TOGETHER TO SLOW THE SPREAD

• Infection and testing positivity rates remain on the rise, so 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. 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. (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)

MANDATORY MASK AND FACE COVERING ORDER IN FULL EFFECT

• Masks and other types of face coverings MUST be worn by all persons within the Town while visiting or working in any businesses, establishment, or residential buildings. Face coverings MUST also be worn by all persons in outdoor public places where social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.

• All businesses and establishments shall ensure compliance with the provisions of this order and shall establish a process for verification of compliance upon customer entry into the establishment. Specific signage must be displayed in the business requiring masks and signage must be posted conspicuously for easy visibility at all entry points.

• 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

• GET YOUR FLU SHOTS NOW - Public health officials are strongly urging residents to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to offer protection. Both the flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses, so the only way to prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get your flu vaccine now.

• Travel restrictions are in place for travelers going to Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, 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.

• Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is 866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov with questions.

• Questions for the Town can be emailed to questions@townofpalmbeach.com. A Town Hotline is also available for questions 561-227-7070.

• Click the links below for more information.

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