September 24, 2021 8:35 PM
COVID-19 WEEKLY UPDATE – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2021
COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT
• 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 8.6% and Palm Beach County’s positivity rate was 7.5% over the last 7 days. The prior week was 11.2% for the State and 10.0% for Palm Beach County.
• The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in the State of Florida is now 3,539,272 (+56,325 from a week ago) and in Palm Beach County it is 217,721 (+2,921 from a week ago). The cumulative number of people in the State of Florida that have at least one vaccine dose is now 13,536,473 (+273,756 from a week ago) and in Palm Beach County it is 958,098 (+6,067 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. The Town strongly encourages all eligible individuals who have yet to receive a vaccination to do so immediately. As of yesterday, 55.2% of the US population has been fully vaccinated and 64.2% are partially vaccinated.
• Today’s hospitalization report for Palm Beach County indicates an increase of 29 Covid-19 positive patients admitted in the last 24 hours, with a total of 329 current patients (5 pediatrics). The report also indicated 103 adults and 2 children are in ICU beds.
• The total bed capacity for all hospitals is 2,638. As of yesterday, 2,475 beds were occupied, which leaves only 6% of beds available county-wide. See the link at the end of this update for more details.
MONOCLONAL ANTIBODY TREATMENTS
• Depending on your circumstances, 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.