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August 21, 2020 2:05 PM

COVID-19 UPDATE - FRIDAY 8/21/20


COVID-19 STATISTICS

• As of 2:00 PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.

 Town of Palm Beach: 111 cases and 5 deaths.
 Palm Beach County: 40,157 cases and 1,048 deaths.
 State of Florida: 593,286 cases and 10,304 deaths.
 United States: 5,595,361 cases and 174,647 deaths.
 Worldwide: 22,773,308 cases and 795,196 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/

COMPLIMENTARY CAR MAGNETS

• As part of the Town’s COVID-19 communication plan, Palm Beach branded car magnets with the message – “Social Distance, Wear a Mask” - are available for residents and may be picked up at the Mandel Recreation Center or Town Hall lobby.

• Help use spread the message and get your car magnet while supplies last.

DOWNLOAD “COMBAT COVID PBC” CONTACT TRACING APP

• The CombatCOVID 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.

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.

WORKING TOGETHER TO SLOW THE SPREAD
• 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)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

• 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.

• 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 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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