November 13, 2020 3:12 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE - FRIDAY 11/13/20
CDC REITERATES IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY MASKING
• The CDC has updated its guidelines to confirm that masks protect individuals wearing them as well as those nearby, with a 70% risk reduction for virus transmission.
• Per Palm Beach County Order, masks or 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 of after wearing them.
• The rate of new COVID-19 cases continues to increase, with daily positivity rates over the last week in Palm Beach County well in excess of 5%. 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: 181 cases and 10 deaths.
o Palm Beach County: 57,361 cases and 1,620 deaths.
o State of Florida: 870,552 cases and 17,659 deaths.
o United States: 10,642,218 cases and 243,044 deaths.
o Worldwide: 53,126,651 cases and 1,312,339 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/
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEETINGS TO REMAIN VIRTUAL
• At the November 10 Town Council meeting, Council approved an extension of the Police Chief’s State of Emergency Declaration until December 8, 2020, and the continuation of virtual meetings for all boards and commissions (subject to a monthly review and reauthorization by Town Council).
• Instructions for participating in boards and commission meetings can be found on the Town’s website https://www.townofpalmbeach.com/853/Meeting-Audio.
WORKING TOGETHER TO SLOW THE SPREAD
• With infection and testing positivity rates continuing to rise, the Town strongly urges 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)
• GET YOUR FLU SHOTS NOW - Public health officials are strongly urging residents to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible. 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, Illinois (Chicago Area Only), Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, 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.
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