Coronavirus - CoVid19
$23 Million Available to Restart Business in Palm Beach County
The Palm Beach County CARES Restart Business Grants Program will resume on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 8:00 A.M.
The Restart Business Program guidelines, including eligibility criteria will be posted on the County’s website. The Board gave approval for individual grants up to $25,000 to help “restart” Palm Beach County businesses forced to close by State or County Executive Order.
The application process will be completed entirely on-line through the County’s portal, and requires general information about the applicant business; applicant certifications, affirmations and acknowledgements; and applicant-uploaded documents including tax returns, payroll reports and an active Palm Beach County Business Receipt or valid exemption from the Palm Beach County Tax Collector. Sole Proprietors and General Partnerships not required to register with the FL Department of State Division of Corporations (https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz) will be exempt from the Sunbiz requirement. Businesses that previously received funding through this program are not eligible to apply.
Interested businesses are encouraged to prepare for the Restart Business Grant Program Application as they will be processed on a first come, first eligible basis. The online application is expected to launch on Friday, September 25, 2020 at 8:00 A.M., and will be accessible through the Palm Beach County website for a two-week period closing on Friday October 9, 2020 at 11:59 P.M.
For additional information, please visit Palm Beach County’s Department of Housing & Economic Sustainability website at https://discover.pbcgov.org/hes/Pages/default.aspx
EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 25
Emergency Order Number 25 Clarifies the Use of Meeting and Event Spaces as Part of the Phase Two, Step One Reopening of Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker has issued Emergency Order 2020-025, which is effective at 12:01 A.M. on September 19, 2020. This order is to clarify that clubhouses, banquet halls, ball rooms, and other rental spaces may be open for meetings and other events besides those uses stated in Emergency Order 24.
As of the effective date of this emergency order, clubhouses, banquet halls, ball rooms and other rental spaces may be open for meetings and uses authorized in previous emergency orders including, but not limited to, seated meal service, with the following limitations:
-Maximum 50% room capacity;
-Tables for banquet style seating must be spaced at least 6-feet apart and shall be limited to no more than 8 people per table. Theater, classroom, boardroom and similar seating arrangements must provide for social distancing;
-CDC guidelines must be adhered to in accordance with Section 3, including, but not limited to, all social distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfection guidelines;
-All prior executive and emergency orders must be adhered to in accordance with Section 4, including, but not limited to, Emergency Order 2020-012 entitled "Additional Directive on Wearing of Facial Coverings," as may be amended.
Notwithstanding the reopening of the establishments contained herein, all individuals and establishments, shall adhere to all applicable executive orders and Palm Beach County emergency orders, including, but
not limited to, Emergency Order 2020-012 entitled "Additional Directive on Wearing of Facial Coverings," and Emergency Order 2020-018, as amended by Emergency Order 2020-023, entitled "Revised Operating Hour Restrictions on Serving Food and/or Alcohol for on Premises Consumption and Other Business Hours," and Emergency Order 2020-024 entitled "Phase 2, Step 1 Re-openings" as the same may be amended.
CARES ACT FOOD ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 5, 2020
Beginning September 4th, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, through its Community Services Department (CSD), will provide direct assistance for food to eligible residents of Palm Beach County under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Palm Beach County will issue pre-paid debit cards to approved residents to purchase food. Eligible residents who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 and who are at or below 140% Area Median Income (AMI) may apply. The one-time benefit allowance is based on household size and maximum amounts is listed. Only one card will be given out per household, and all expenditures must be made by December 30, 2020.
• 1-2 Household members: $400
• 3-4 Household members: $800
• 5 or more Household members: $1,000
Applicants must present evidence their household was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to qualify to receive the prepaid card. Supporting documentation must be provided to prove income eligibility, such as last a pay stub or last filed tax return, valid government issued ID and Social Security card.
Clients who received assistance for rental and utility services thru Covid Cares program may apply for the food assistance without uploading additional documentation.
Eligible residents may apply for food assistance at www.pbcgov.com/OSCARSS. A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. For more information, contact CSD’s Contact Centre at (561) 355-4792.
Emergency Order Number 22
Reopening of Certain Personal Services
Palm Beach County has obtained approval from Governor Ron DeSantis’ office to reopen certain personal services establishments and the County Administrator has issued Emergency Order 2020-022 for this purpose effective at 12:01 A.M. on August 31, 2020.
Emergency Order 22 reopens tanning establishments, tattooing establishments, and body piercing establishments with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Florida Department of Health. These establishments have a low risk of transmission or low risk of community spread when facial coverings, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols and proper guidelines are followed.
Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Emergency Repair
Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability has $3,685,932 in CRF funding to assist residents impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. CRF funding will provide Emergency Repair assistance to income eligible owner occupied residences, impacted by COVID-19, to address emergency ONLY conditions such as the installation, replacement or repair of: roofs, shutters and/or heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC).
PALM BEACH COUNTY EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 17
Executive Order 17 provides for application of the enforcement mechanisms recently codified and adopted in the Emergency Management Ordinance, to the COVID-19 emergency. These mechanisms include civil citations, code enforcement, criminal remedies (2nd degree misdemeanor), and business closure. Also, through adoption in this order, the county is reinforcing our ability to enforce State Executive Orders of Governor DeSantis.
Jupiter Medical Center Testing Sites
Convenient COVID-19 testing is now available at all of our Jupiter Medical Center Urgent Care locations. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, we’re providing curbside testing so that you can get important answers on your health.
5430 Military Trail, Suite 64
Jupiter, FL 33458
Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1335 W. Indiantown Road
Jupiter, FL 33458
Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please call 561.263.7010 for operating hours at each of our urgent care locations, as they may have recently changed.
Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order 2020-014, Effective 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, 2020
No establishment permitted to serve alcohol for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, shall serve alcohol between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. No establishment permitted to serve food for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, shall serve food between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Delivery, drive-through, pick-up, or take-out services are permitted for off-site consumption.
Additionally, the following businesses and venues, to the extent they have been authorized to legally operate, shall be closed between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.: amusement parks, hookah and smoking bars and lounges; kava, kratom and similar bars and lounges; banquet halls; and ballrooms.
This order applies in all incorporated and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County.
Department of Business & Professional Regulation(DBPR) has issued an Executive Oder Suspending Alcohol Sales for Certain Businesses
Vendors licensed to sell alcohol for consumption on premises who derive more than 50% of gross revenue from such sales shall suspend such sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises. Such vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off premises.
Public food service establishments or restaurants may continue to operate for on-premise for consumption of food and beverages at tables as long as these vendors derive 50% or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcohol for on premises consumption.
MASK ORDER PER PALM BEACH COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER 2020-12
Businesses and Establishments:
Facial coverings must be worn by all persons, other than those specifically exempted in Section 4e of the emergency order while obtaining any good or service or otherwise visiting or working in any business or establishment, including entering, exiting, and otherwise moving around within the establishment.
Facial coverings must be worn by all persons in public places where social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines is not possible or not being practiced. For purposes of this provision, public places shall include any outdoor areas that are open and regularly accessible, including, but not limited to, common areas within private communities accessible to more than one housing unit.
County and Municipal Governmental Facilities:
All persons accessing governmental buildings for the purposes of conducting public business, visitation, contracting and maintenance, delivery, or any other activity requiring a presence in a governmental building shall wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC at all times while present in the building.
Facial coverings are not required for the following persons:
- Children under two (2) years of age and any child while under the custody of a licensed childcare facility, including daycare centers;
- Persons prohibited from wearing facial coverings by Federal or State safety or health regulations;
- Public safety, fire, or other life safety personnel that have personal protective equipment requirements governed by their respective agencies;
- Individuals while actively engaged in exercise and maintaining social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines;
- Persons receiving goods or services from a business or establishment for the shortest practical period of time during which the receipt of such goods or services necessarily precludes the wearing of a facial covering such as, but not limited to, consuming food or beverage or receiving a facial grooming or treatment;
- Persons who have a medical condition that makes the wearing of a facial covering unsafe such as, but not limited to, asthma, COPD, other conditions that reduce breathing or lung capacity;
- Persons for whom wearing a facial covering conflicts with their religious beliefs or practices; and
- Facial coverings may be removed temporarily while assisting persons who are hearing impaired or who rely on reading lips in order to communicate.
COVID EDUCATION COMPLIANCE TEAM (CECT)
Palm Beach County issues order 2020-011, effective today, to authorize operation of the youth activities described in Governor’s order 20-131 including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs, childcare, summer camps and youth recreation camps. Palm Beach County’s order 2020-011 also adjusts the requirements related to boating and marine activities, golf courses, and use of public and private parks. It permits field and lawn sports and other activities with appropriate social distancing measures and limitations on congregating.
Palm Beach County remains in Phase I of the Governor’s reopening plan and leaders are monitoring the number of positive COVID-19 closely. Safe, smart compliance with the CDC considerations for participation in these activities should be practical and tailored to each sport.
A summary of the changes is attached.
The Tequesta Friends of Public Safety Cares Package program is now open to all incorporated Tequesta residents and seniors living in Little Club. Please contact Kelley today (June 9) as packages will be delivered tomorrow (June 10).
TEQUESTA BUSINESS OPERATIONAL INFORMATION
Village staff is compiling a list of Tequesta business operational information. We have reached out to all store front businesses via a phone call and/or email requesting the information on the attached list.
The information contains business name, open/closed status, hours, phone, email, website, number of people allowed in the store, and precautionary measures being taken to ensure safety.
If your store front business is not listed, please fill out the business operational information form.
Check the list frequently as it is a flexible document that may change daily.
PALM BEACH COUNTY DOES NOT ENTER PHASE 2 AT THIS TIME
Today Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139 entering most of Florida, with the exception of Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami/Dade, into Phase 2 effective at 12:01 am on June 5, 2020. Re-opening provisions for the three counties mentioned will be considered after each county seeks approval via a written request though the county mayor.
At this time, no changes have been made for Palm Beach County and we remain under Phase 1 rules as listed in the below picture.
CARES RESTART BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM OFFERED FROM PALM BEACH COUNTY
The Palm Beach County Restart Business Program application portal closes this Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the CARES Restart Business Grants Program to accelerate the reopening of businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. The $60 million Business Restart Program uses a portion of the county’s $261 million allocation from the Federal CARES Act approved by Congress. The BCC has dedicated $50 million toward businesses with 25 or fewer employees and $10 million towards businesses with greater than 25 employees. Grant criteria
REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS AND QUALITY WATER
If you’re planning to reopen your local business after some time off here are some steps to take make sure you have the great water quality you’ve come to expect from Tequesta when returning buildings to service.
PBC RESTART BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM
CARES ACT DOLLARS AVAILABLE FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY
PBC ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTIVE ON WEARING OF FACIAL COVERS
Emergency Order Number 8 – Additional Directive on Wearing of Facial Coverings amends Palm Beach County Order 2020-004 for facial coverings. Effective 5:00 p.m. on May 16, 2020.
Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 7 – Recreational Facilities amends Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-005 for Public Parks, Private Parks and Natural Areas. Specific amendment changes are identified here. This order is effective 12:01 a.m. on May 18, 2020.
BEACH OPENING EMERGENCY ORDER 6
Per Palm Beach Emergency Order 6, all public, municipal, and private beaches including all beach parks shall be open sunrise to sunset subject to CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. Beach concessions may operate following CDC guidelines. County-owned South Inlet Park will remain closed until such time as the City of Boca Raton opens their beaches. This order is effective 12:01 a.m. on May 18, 2020
FULL PHASE 1 OPENS FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY
Starting on Monday - Full Phase 1 for all 67 Florida Counties has been authorized by Governor De Santis. Please remember to maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently; and stay home if you are sick, over 65 or have a compromised immune system.
PALM BEACH COUNTY BEACHES TO OPEN MONDAY, MAY 18
All public, municipal and private beaches, including beach parks, in Palm Beach County will re-open, effective Monday, May 18, with the following conditions and restrictions:
• Beaches will be open between sunrise and sunset only.
• Parties accessing the beaches shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by six feet.
Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines and stay safe while enjoying some fun in the sun!
UTILIZATION OF OUTDOOR SPACE FOR ADDITIONAL SEATING
If your business has additional outside areas, such as sidewalks and parking lots that can be safely used for seating, you can apply through the Special Event Permit Application process to temporarily utilize that space.
The "Special Event Permit Application Fee" has been temporarily waived. For additional information, view the attached letter from our Building Official or contact our Building Department at 561-768-0450.
TEMPORARY RELAXED SIGN CODE FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
DONATIONS NEEDED FOR LOCAL PET FOOD BANKS
Several pet food banks in Palm Beach County are running desperately low on resources and donations. Items most needed:
• Dry cat food (no open bags)
• Dry dog food (no open bags)
• Canned adult cat food and canned kitten food
• Canned adult dog food
• Cat litter
Items can be ordered online and shipped directly to the food bank of your choice, or dropped off at their location. To donate or to receive help, reach out to one of the pet food banks.
PBC Animal Care & Control is asking to help empty the rest of the shelter after making history by clearing an entire kennel.
Adoptable pets are still available in the other two kennels:
PROPER USE AND HOW TO MAKE FACE COVERINGS
This document provides great illustrations on how to properly wear your face coverings and how to make cloth face coverings from everyday items such as t-shirts and bandannas.
FACE COVERING DO’S AND DON’TS
Wearing a cloth face covering CORRECTLY can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. When you go out on essential trips, follow these “do’s”.
Remember children under age 2 should not wear a face covering.
FLORIDA HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES
The Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles authorizes the changes and extensions to driver licenses, identification cards, Registration, delinquent fees and in-person interviews. DMV Order.
EMERGENCY ORDER NUMBER 4 DIRECTIVE TO WEAR FACIAL COVERS
All persons working in, patronizing, or otherwise physically present in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not
possible should wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.
All other persons physically present in any public place in Palm Beach County are strongly urged to wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.
Palm Beach County Emergency Manager Talks About PPE’s
Bill Johnson, Director of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Talks to #pbctv20 on the efforts in getting out personal protective equipment for our community.
Our Village of Tequesta Emergency Management Team is working hard as part of a much larger operation. As always, it takes teamwork. Stay at Home, Stay Safe. We will get through this together.
Message from the Tequesta Emergency Management Team
PLEASE WEAR A CLOTH FACIAL MASK WHEN OUT IN PUBLIC
Our Emergency Management Team monitors COVID-19 on a daily basis. While we are making progress through social distancing efforts, we are taking it to another level to enhance resident safety. VOT Emergency Management asks that if you go out into the public - please wear a cloth facial covering. While this is voluntary (not a mandatory order), it is important to protect others should you be asymptomatic.
The CDC now knows from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 may lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical and public safety first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Let’s help keep Tequesta healthy so we can get back to “The Tequesta Way of Life” quickly!
Send us pic via Messenger of your family in CLOTH masks and we will post as time allows.
#stayhomestaysafe #wearaclothmask #letsgetbacktothetequestawayoflife #protectyourcommunity #tequestastrong
RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THE USE OF CLOTH FACE COVERINGS
Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission
Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spreadexternal icon, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.
COUNCIL MEETING INFORMATION
During the COVID-19 issue and per the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, the Village Council will hold its council meetings via Zoom and Facebook Live. Visit our Zoom and Facebook Live page for links to upcoming meeting agendas, the online citizen comment form and links to watch the meetings live.
COUNTY AND FLORIDA SPECIFIC DATA
The following dashboard contains information updated twice daily (Noon and 7:00 p.m.) on the number of cases in Florida by County.
The following webpage provides a summary of persons being monitored, persons under investigation and cases.
MESSAGE FROM WASTE MANAGEMENT
PROTECTING LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES
Check out Palm Beach County Emergency Operations video regarding Personal Protective Equipment being distributed to our local first responders and medical personnel.
CAN COVID-19 BE SPREAD THROUGH FOOD SOURCES?
There have been multiple reports of a positive COVID-19 case for someone who frequents the Village of Tequesta. While we cannot confirm or deny these reports, it is important that if you think you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, please self-quarantine and closely monitor your symptoms.
In recent days, there have been many articles regarding the spread of the virus. This is a recently published article on whether you can catch COVID-19 from a food source. We encourage all residents to educate themselves and family members on the spread, best practices, and symptoms.
TEQUESTA RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKE-OUT AND DELIVERY
It is important that we keep our local restaurants in business. Village staff has compiled a list of incorporated Tequesta restaurants that are offering take-out orders and delivery services. If you are aware of a business that is open and offering these services that is not on the list, please submit their information to us using the online Restaurant Form.
HOW TO BECOME INFECTED
As COVID-19 continues to spread, and the number of Palm Beach County cases increase, there are many cases hitting close to home. There are also many cases in and around the Village that have gone undetected.
Please use best practices such as social distancing even if you don’t suspect someone to be COVID-19 positive. Wash your hands as often as possible, use hand sanitizer when available, and follow Executive Orders set by Federal, State, and Local Governments.
If you or someone you know has been in contact with someone displaying symptoms or with a positive diagnosis, please be thorough with monitoring your symptoms and if possible self quarantine. This informational guide details how you could become infected.
VILLAGE FACILITIES CLOSED
In an abundance of caution, the Village of Tequesta will continue to be closed to the public. Staff is still and will continue to be available to serve our citizens. For assistance, contact our staff using the staff contact list. We hope all citizens will do their part to remain home when possible to prevent the spread. With your help we look forward to getting back to the “Tequesta Way of Life.”
VILLAGE EVENTS CANCELED
March 13, 2020
As a precautionary measure to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, The Village of Tequesta has canceled all special events hosted by the Village of Tequesta until further notice, which includes Shred It, Coffee with a Cop, Volunteer Recognition, Annexation Workshop, and our Easter Egg hunts. The Village Council meetings and Election Day will continue unless deemed to be necessary to cancel or postpone. The Special Magistrate, Environmental Committee, Pension Boards, and other public meetings will be evaluated on a case by case basis but are currently planned as scheduled.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All parks are currently open.
The health and well-being of our residents and visitors remains the Village’s top priority. We feel we have an obligation to our staff, community, and surrounding committees to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The State has declared a state of emergency along with Broward County. Many other communities have issued or will be issuing similar statements regarding events.
The Village will evaluate other future public events on a case by case basis and will post updated information as decisions are made.
The Village of Tequesta reminds everyone that the Florida Department of Health has established a dedicated coronavirus call center at 1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week, as well as a dedicated email address at COVIDemail@example.com which the public can use for questions or clarifications on issues related to the coronavirus.
For additional information regarding coronavirus, please visit www.coronavirus.gov or www.floridahealth.gov.
Monday, March 2, 2020
The Village Manager implemented a program to help prevent the spread of CoVid-19 in the Tequesta workplace. Tequesta values its employees and management wants to be sure that we take every step possible to guarantee they work in a clean and safe environment.
In an effort to ensure we are doing the right things to prevent spreading the virus, the Village Manager implemented a program called “WIPEOUT”. Each morning at 8:30 am (or at shift change) all employees spend 5 minutes wiping office (and common) areas including: phones, desk, common spaces, printers, door knobs, arm rests, cell phones, etc. These five minutes of cleaning is a priority. Everyone is to do this every day!
Public Works staff purchased hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol per the CDC) and Lysol wipes and the Manager and staff delivered the supplies to each Village employee yesterday afternoon.
Additionally, we encouraged each employee to watch the "Facts About CoVid-19" video that our Fire Chief shared with staff. It outlines: What the Coronavirus is, where it came from, how it spreads, symptoms, how it is treated, how you can avoid catching it, and what you should do if you feel you have symptoms.
With a little daily prevention, we have the power to stop it!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. Per the CDC website, “CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.”
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. As of February 26th there have been 15 confirmed cases in the United States with zero cases reported in Florida.
Signs and Symptoms
Common human coronaviruses usually present as mild to moderate upper-respiratory-tract illnesses, such as the common cold. These illnesses usually only last for a short time; symptoms may include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- A general feeling of being unwell
Coronaviruses can cause lower-respiratory-tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, weakened/compromised immune systems, infants and older adults.
CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:
- Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
From the Palm Beach County Emergency Management Office:
The Palm Beach County Department of Emergency Management continues to monitor the status of the Coronovirus (COVID 19) and will update information to our partner agencies as it becomes available. For further information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
As the Village’s Emergency Manager receives additional information, we will communicate it to you.