October 23, 2020 2:15 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE - FRIDAY 10/23/20
MANDATORY MASK AND FACE COVERING ORDER EXTENDED
• The Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners has extended the Mandatory Mask order until November 21 and will consider further extensions, depending on the rate of new COVID-19 infections over the next month.
• 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.
• With new infections on the rise, 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.
CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN SAFELY
• Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses, including COVID-19. The CDC has advised that the following HIGHER RISK ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE AVOIDED this year.
o Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
o Having trunk-or-treat events where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
o Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
o Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
o Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
o Traveling to a rural fall festival that is not in your community if you live in an area with community spread of COVID-19
• There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. The Town of Palm Beach strongly encourages parents to follow CDC guidelines when planning Halloween activities for their children. 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.
PALM BEACH COUNTY CARES RESTART BUSINESS GRANTS STILL AVAILABLE
• Acceptance of applications for the Palm Beach County Restart Business Grant Program will resume on Monday, October 26, and will be processed on a first come, first eligible basis. The Restart Business Program guidelines, including eligibility criteria are outlined on the County's website.
• Click on the link at the end of this update for application instructions.
COVID-19 INFECTION DATA
• As of 2:00 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: 147 cases and 8 deaths.
o Palm Beach County: 49,988 cases and 1,558 deaths.
o State of Florida: 771,780 cases and 16,544 deaths.
o United States: 8,440,895 cases and 223,381 deaths.
o Worldwide: 41,982,448 cases and 1,140,422 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/
• 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 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.
• Click the links below for more information.