October 19, 2020 1:49 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE - MONDAY 10/19/20
COVID-19 INFECTION DATA
• The total number of new COVID-19 cases increased at a slightly higher rate in the last week, as compared to the previous week, in the Town, County and State. As of 1:30PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health. Please note that reporting related to deaths can be extremely delayed and are not always indicative of recent fatalities.
o Town of Palm Beach: 144 cases (increase of 3.6% or +5 cases from 1 week ago) and 8 deaths.
o Palm Beach County: 49,068 cases (increase of 2.2% or +1,064 cases from 1 week ago) and 1,497 deaths.
o State of Florida: 756,727 cases (increase of 2.8% or +20,703 cases from 1 week ago) and 16,222 deaths.
o United States: 8,165,613 cases (increase of 5.0% or +386,362 cases from 1 week ago) and 219,811deaths.
o Worldwide: 40,186,016 cases (increase of 6.8% or +2,545,773 cases from 1 week ago) and 1,115,521 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/
MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS ORDER REMAIN IN EFFECT
• The use of masks and other types of face coverings continue to be an effective way to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. They 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.
• 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 Phase 3 re-opening now in effect and 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.
GET YOUR FLU SHOTS NOW
• Public health officials are strongly urging residents to contact their health care provider or pharmacy 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, but until there is a steady vaccine supply against COVID-19, the way to prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get your flu vaccine now.
CELEBRATING HALLOWEEN SAFELY
• Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses. There are several safer, alternative ways to participate in Halloween. If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters.
• The Town of Palm Beach strongly encourages parents to follow CDC guidelines when planning Halloween activities for their children and avoid the traditional door-to-door trick or treating. 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.
• 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.