October 8, 2021 3:09 PM
COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021
COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT
• Today’s weekly report from the Florida Department of Health indicated a continued decrease in Covid-19 positivity rates for the State of Florida and Palm Beach County. The State’s positivity rate was 4.8% and Palm Beach County’s positivity rate was 5.0% over the last 7 days. The prior week was 6.5% for the State and 6.5% for Palm Beach County.
• The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the State of Florida is now 3,601,755 (+25,792 from a week ago) and in Palm Beach County it is 221,820 (+1,744) from a week ago). The cumulative number of people in the State of Florida that have at least one vaccine dose is now 13,718,950 (+311,720) from a week ago) and in Palm Beach County it is 969,451 (+4,534 from a week ago). Click on the link at the end of this update to read the State’s report.
COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AND PALM BEACH COUNTY HOSPITAL REPORT
• As of yesterday, 56.4% of the US population has been fully vaccinated and 65.3% are partially vaccinated.
• The October 7, 2021, hospitalization report for Palm Beach County indicates an increase of 23 Covid-19 positive patients admitted in the last 24 hours, with a total of 163 current patients (4 pediatrics). The report also indicated 59 adults and 1 child are in ICU beds.
• The total bed capacity for all hospitals is 2,129. As of yesterday, 2,060 beds were occupied, which leaves only 3% of beds available county-wide. See the link at the end of this update for more details.
OCTOBER PUBLIC MEETINGS
• Members of the public are strongly encouraged to participate via Zoom. Links to all meetings can be found on the Town’s website: townofpalmbeach.com. Those you choose to attend in person will be required to wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
• The Regular Town Council on October 12 will include a Covid-19 situation update from staff, consideration of continuing virtual meeting formats for all boards and commissions through the end of October, and consideration of extending the State of Emergency for another month.
MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENTS
• Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment. mAb treatment may help people who have a positive COVID-19 test, and had symptoms for 10 days or less, and are at high risk of getting more serious symptoms.
• Treatment can be obtained by private providers or directly through the Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Department. Please call 561-227-7092 to make an appointment. A member of Palm Beach Fire Rescue will take your information, conduct initial screening, and schedule a time for a unit to come to your home to receive the treatment. Our department paramedics will arrive at your home to administer the medication and will stay to monitor the patient, or connect a patient to a healthcare provider via telemedicine for 1 hour. A business address is not permitted, as we require a private residence to monitor the patient.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
• The Town remains in a declared State of Emergency, due to the high rate of Covid-19 infections within Palm Beach County. The policy requiring masks for all employees and visitors (regardless of vaccination status) in Town-owned government buildings, including Town Hall, the Police Station, Fire Stations, Recreation Center, Tennis Centers, Golf Course, and the Public Works facility remains in effect.
• The Town will continue to follow CDC guidelines and strongly encourage residents and businesses to continue doing the same, including the CDC’s recommendation to require masks indoors.
• Information about vaccinations and other matters related to the Covid-19 Pandemic can be found on the Town or CDC websites by clicking the links below.