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Town of Palm Beach News Release

Posted on: July 23, 2020

Preventing the Spread of Covid-19 in Multifamily Buildings

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When a virus with pandemic potential emerges, it is vitally important for citizens to take steps to help slow the transmission throughout our community. In multifamily buildings where residents encounter each other frequently in the elevators, corridors, and other common areas, the need to address preventative measures much more involved than in single-family homes that have limited common areas. This communal living presents a unique set of issues when dealing with the spread of a virus as dangerous as the Covid-19.

The following links provide a framework for actions that are recommended by Town of Palm Beach officials highlighting the best practices from the CDC, Florida Department of Health (FLDOH), and other reputable sources.

General Guidelines for Buildings & Associations

Graphics & Posters for Buildings & Associations

Palm Beach Officials want to remind the public that this is a long-term event that will exist for many months to come. We understand that people are starting to become fatigued, but now is the time to remain diligent to defeat this virus sooner than later.

Now more than ever, every person must take personal responsibility for protecting themselves, their family, and their neighbors. This can be accomplished by wearing facial coverings, observing social distancing guidelines as outlined by the CDC, hand washing, and a thorough cleaning/disinfecting regimen.

There are far too many scenarios to cover in this document as there are new discoveries surrounding Covid-19 daily. It is highly recommended that residents contact their individual health care providers if they have any questions or concerns over their own health or their involvement in any community activities. Building owners/managers can take advantage of Palm Beach Fire Rescue’s building assessment that can offer a review of your Covid-19 response plans free of charge. Contact Palm Beach Fire Rescue at 561-838-5420 for more information and to schedule an assessment.

This action plan/overview of best practices to combat the Covid-19 virus in multifamily residences is not to be construed as legal guidance, instead it is a starting point for your building’s specific plan. The Town of Palm Beach encourages building managers, employees, and residents to work together to develop a comprehensive plan that is suited for their individual needs. Educational materials and supporting material on the Covid-19 virus are available on the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html, the Florida Department of Health website https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ and also by calling the Palm Beach County Department of Health at (561) 840-4500.

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