September 10, 2021 6:22 PM
COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2021
COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT
• Although still very high, today’s weekly report from the Florida Department of Health indicated a continued decrease in Covid-19 positivity rates for the State of Florida and Palm Beach County. The State’s positivity rate was 13.5% and Palm Beach County’s positivity rate was 11.6% over the last 7 days. The prior week was 15.2% for the State and 12.6% for Palm Beach County.
• The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the State of Florida is now 3,409,165 (+100,012 from a week ago) and in Palm Beach County it is 210,204 (+5,548 from a week ago). The cumulative number of people in the State of Florida that have at least one vaccine dose is now 13,281,666 (+349,845 from a week ago) and in Palm Beach County it is 941,121 (+8,114 from a week ago). Click on the link at the end of this update to read the State’s report.
COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AND PALM BEACH COUNTY HOSPITAL REPORT
• The Delta variant of Covid-19 continues to be the dominant strain in Palm Beach County and across the country. Although masks and good hygiene will help to slow the spread, increasing vaccination rates is the primary method for reaching herd immunity. The Town strongly encourages all eligible individuals who have yet to receive a vaccination to do so immediately. As of September 9, 53.7% of the US population has been fully vaccinated and 62.9% are partially vaccinated.
• Today’s hospitalization report for Palm Beach County indicates an increase of 71 Covid-19 positive patients admitted in the last 24 hours, with a total of 679 current patients (9 pediatrics). The report also indicated 168 adults and 3 children are in ICU beds.
• The total bed capacity for all hospitals is 2,855. As of yesterday, 2,900 beds were occupied, which is 5% over county-wide bed capacity. See the link at the end of this update for more details.
SEPTEMBER PUBLIC MEETINGS
• Members of the public are strongly requested to participate via Zoom. To view the agendas, back up and participation links for the upcoming Town Council meetings, please see the information listed below.
• Town Council Meeting - Development Review - Held in Chambers and via Zoom, on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83939643872 or phone (312) 626 6799, Webinar ID: 839 3964 3872
• Special Town Council Meeting - First Budget Hearing - Held in Chambers and via Zoom, on Monday, September 13, 2021, at 5:01 p.m. Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84739636513 or phone: (312) 626 6799 Webinar ID: 847 3963 6513
• Town Council Meeting - Regular Business - Held in Chambers and via Zoom, on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87384113262 or phone: (929) 436 2866, Webinar ID: 873 8411 3262
• The Regular Town Council on September 14 will include a Covid-19 situation update from staff, consideration of continuing virtual meeting formats for all boards and commissions through the end of September, and consideration of extending the State of Emergency for another month.
MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENTS
• Depending on your age, health history, and how long you’ve had symptoms of COVID-19, you may qualify for monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatment. mAb treatment may help people who have a positive COVID-19 test, and had symptoms for 10 days or less, and are at high risk of getting more serious symptoms.
• Treatment can be obtained by private providers or directly through the Palm Beach Fire-Rescue Department. Please call 561-227-7092 to make an appointment. A member of Palm Beach Fire Rescue will take your information, conduct initial screening, and schedule a time for a unit to come to your home to receive the treatment. Our department paramedics will arrive at your home to administer the medication and will stay to monitor the patient, or connect a patient to a healthcare provider via telemedicine for 1 hour. A business address is not permitted, as we require a private residence to monitor the patient.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
• The Town remains in a declared State of Emergency, due to the high rate of Covid-19 infections within Palm Beach County. The policy requiring masks for all employees and visitors (regardless of vaccination status) in Town-owned government buildings, including Town Hall, the Police Station, Fire Stations, Recreation Center, Tennis Centers, Golf Course, and the Public Works facility remains in effect.
• The Town will continue to follow CDC guidelines and strongly encourage residents and businesses to continue doing the same, including the CDC’s recommendation to require masks indoors.
• Information about vaccinations and other matters related to the Covid-19 Pandemic can be found on the Town or CDC websites by clicking the links below.