November 20, 2020 2:01 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE - FRIDAY 11/20/20
CDC GUIDELINES FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that Americans should not travel for Thanksgiving, due to the opportunity to translocate disease or infection from one part of the country to another.
• The CDC has advised that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people you live with, as gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19.
• If you must travel for the holiday, the CDC has advised getting a flu shot, always wear a mask in public settings while using public transportation, stay at least 6 feet apart from those who do not live with you, wash and sanitize your hands often, and avoid touching your face.
• Click on the link at the end of this update for additional guidance to enjoy a safe Thanksgiving celebration.
NEWS ABOUT VACCINES PROMISING BUT NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR COMPLACENCY
• Recent news about the efficacy in clinical trials for multiple vaccines under development is very promising and brings great hope, but now is not the time to change our preventative behavior.
• The United States is currently experiencing a period of exponential growth in new COVID-19 cases, with over 1 million in the last 7 days alone. The State of Florida, Palm Beach County, and Town continue to see increasing rates of new infections, but the County-wide mask mandate is mitigating transmission.
• Please continue to wear a mask when outside of your home but remember that the first line of defense is to social distance by avoiding THE THREE C’s – CLOSED spaces with poor ventilation, CROWDED spaces with many people nearby, and CLOSE-CONTACT settings such as close-range conversations.
• As of 2:00 PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health. Please also 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: 202 cases and 10 deaths.
o Palm Beach County: 60,219 cases and 1,644 deaths.
o State of Florida: 914,333 cases and 18,030 deaths.
o United States: 11,766,529 cases and 253,064 deaths.
o Worldwide: 57,204,849 cases and 1,365,612 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/
• COUNTY-WIDE MASK MANDATE REMAINS IN EFFECT - 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.
• GET YOUR FLU SHOTS NOW - Public health officials are strongly urging residents to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible.
• 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.
• Click the links below for more information.