November 16, 2020 5:22 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE - MONDAY 11/16/20
TESTING POSITIVITY RATES ON THE RISE
• The number of new COVID-19 cases and testing positivity rates has been on the rise nationally for the last few weeks. In the Town of Palm Beach and in Palm Beach County, new COVID-19 cases also continue to increase, with daily positivity rates over the last week in Palm Beach County inching towards a 7-day average of 10%.
• The Town strongly urges residents to be extremely cautious and follow CDC recommended protective methods when in public spaces, as community spread of COVID-19 is active.
• As of 5:00 PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health. Please note that the increases for the Town, County, and State are over an 8 day period, due to the State’s delayed information release last Monday, which limited the stats from the previous week to only 6 days. 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: 192 cases (increase of 11.0% or +19 cases over the last 8 days) and 10 deaths.
o Palm Beach County: 58,754 cases (increase of 6.0% or +3,305 cases over the last 8 days) and 1,627 deaths.
o State of Florida: 889,864 cases (increase of 5.5% or +45,967 cases over the last 8 days) and 17,775 deaths.
• The following cumulative COVID-19 data is from Johns Hopkins as of 5:00 PM today.
o United States: 11,147,299 cases (increase of 11.2% or +1,124,023 cases from 1 week ago) and 246,854 deaths.
o Worldwide: 54,750,781 cases (increase of 7.9% or +4,007,829 cases from 1 week ago) and 1,322,020 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.
• 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.
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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