Coronavirus - CoVid19
A message from the Palm Beach County Sheriff regarding area waterways...
ALL SANDBARS, ISLANDS and SHORELINES are CLOSED
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PLEASE HELP US KEEP YOU SAFE * BE RESPONSIBLE * BOAT SAFE * BOAT SMART *
ATTENTION PALM BEACH COUNTY BOATING AND WATER ACTIVITIES
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ALL SANDBARS, ISLANDS and SHORELINES are CLOSED…to include:
- Beer Can Island and Sandbar
- Peanut Island and Sandbar
- Munyon Islands
- Jupiter and Tequesta Sandbars
This includes all Boats, Kayakers and Paddle Boarders
NO Rafting or NO Flotillas - tying/roping of boats to each other is prohibited!
Vessels may anchor in deeper water - they MUST be 50 feet apart from each other
Violations of the Emergency Order can result in the following: Civil Fine, Arrest and Seizure of Assets
These guidelines are in place for the SAFETY and WELFARE of Palm Beach County’s boating and water sports community.
For more information visit the following websites: www.pbcgov.org and/or
PLEASE HELP US KEEP YOU SAFE * BE RESPONSIBLE * BOAT SAFE * BOAT SMART *
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.
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.
PALM BEACH COUNTY TO ENTER PHASE 1 ON MONDAY, MAY 11
Governor DeSantis announced today during a press conference that beginning on Monday, May 11, restaurants, retailers and salons in Palm Beach County will be allowed to reopen at limited capacities. Executive Order 20-120
The County Administrator briefed the board on Friday on the plan to reopen beaches. The plan includes the recommendations of a working group, input from cities, input from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and from the PBC Parks and Recreation Department.
The County Commission will finalize the reopening details at a special meeting to be held on Friday, May 15. The board voted to open all private and public beaches effective no later than May 18, by way of County Order 2020-006. Social distancing procedures would remain in effect.
The following information has been pulled from Executive Order 20-120
Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs
Bars, pubs, and nightclubs that derive at least 50 percent of sales from alcohol should remain closed.
Restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 or 509, Florida Statutes, may allow on-premises consumption of food and beverage, so long as they adopt appropriate social distancing measures and limit their indoor occupancy to no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. Appropriate social distancing requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating.
Gyms and Fitness Centers
Gyms and Fitness Centers remain closed.
The prohibition of vacation rentals remain in effect.
In-store retail sales establishments may open storefronts if they operate at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy and abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.
Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, and Cosmetology Specialty Salons
Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) may open for operation. The DBPR has published a list of frequently asked questions and an information sheet for your convenience.
Large venues like movie theaters must remain closed.
Museums and Libraries
Museums and libraries may open at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy, provided, however, that (a) local public museums and local public libraries may operate only if permitted by local government, and (b) any components of museums or libraries that have interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas, remain closed.
Elective procedures previously prohibited may resume. Hospital ambulatory surgical center, Office, surgery center, dental office, orthodontic office, endodontic office or other health care practitioners’ office may resume business under certain circumstances as outlined in Executive Order 20-112.
Individuals older than 65 years of age and individuals with a serious underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immune-compromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) should continue to stay at home. When leaving home, these individuals should follow social distancing and other general mitigation guidance. Those living with vulnerable individuals should be aware of the exposure risk that they could carry the virus back home after returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical.
All individuals should continue to maximize physical distance from others in public, particularly in enclosed environments. Individuals should avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people and maintain the appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet.
Individuals should avoid all non-essential travel and cruises, including to U.S. states and cities outside of Florida with substantial community spread of COVID-19. Individuals coming to Florida from an area with substantial community spread, such as the New York Tri-State Area, should adhere to CDC guidelines regarding isolation for 14 days upon arrival in Florida.
Effective Monday, May 11, all Palm Tran riders shall be required to wear facial coverings. Palm Tran continues to limit the number of passengers on board buses to ensure social distancing.
Frequently Asked Questions
We have posted FAQ’s on the Village’s COVID webpage.
MEMORIAL DAY DOOR DECORATING CAMPAIGN
The Village of Tequesta invites you to participate in our Patriotic Door Decorating Campaign! It’s important that we recognize and honor our local heroes in a respectful, dignified and patriotic manner. The campaign begins on Tuesday, May 5th and runs through Memorial Day weekend.
Tequesta has a strong and proud history of honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Please participate to show our collective respect for and to honor those service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Send us picture via Facebook Messenger of your home’s decorated door and we will post it on our Facebook page.
COUNCIL WORKSHOP TONIGHT 6 PM
Watch the Council Workshop Via the Village’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/lmcwilliams31?feature=mhee
Join Via Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 886 6202 0657
Listen via Phone:
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If you wish to make a comment under Citizen Comments, please fill out the Citizen Comment Form and email it to the Village Clerk: https://www.tequesta.org/forms.aspx?FID=192
WEEKEND BOATING ENFORCEMENT
As we are preparing for the weekend and the ability to participate in limited recreational activities, we would like to remind you to please “Cover your Face – Maintain your Space!” The Village Marine Unit will be out on the waterways this weekend patrolling and enforcing the incorporated Village of Tequesta boating laws and assisting Palm Beach County, when needed. Here are the boating guidelines as outlined in Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-005:
Boating – capacities are based on the size of the boat:
- Beaching, landings, anchoring or mooring of vessels on Palm Beach County/Village of Tequesta sandbars, islands, and open shorelines is PROHIBITED.
- 25-foot or less: maximum 6 persons (4 adult passengers plus 2 children 17 & under)
- 26- to 36-foot: maximum 8 persons (6 adult passengers plus 2 children 17 & under)
- 37- to 60-foot: maximum 10 persons (8 adult passengers plus 2 children 17 & under)
- 60-foot and larger: maximum 10 passengers plus crew
- Fish cleaning/bait stations limited to one person at a time
- Single riders only on rented personal watercraft
- Recreational charter boats, drift fishing and dive boats, marinas, boat docks, boat ramps, and other launching venues will be allowed to operate in adherence to CDC and specific county guidelines.
We understand you are excited to get out and soak up the Florida sun, but please do with extreme caution and safety. The map attached is the VOT area we are legally allowed to patrol and enforce. The red line at County Line road indicates the Village’s Northern boundary.
PALM BEACH COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 5 - REOPENING CERTAIN RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Palm Beach County Health Director, Alina Alonso. noted a steady drop in cases prompted the decision to reopen recreational facilities so people can return to outdoor activities. However, “This does not mean we’re back to normal in any way shape or form,” she said during an afternoon press conference. “I would say social distancing is more important than before because we don’t want to see those numbers go up.”
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, certain activities, per Palm Beach County Emergency Order No. 5 will be allowed. However, all individuals shall continue to adhere to the guidelines from the CDC.
The following activities will open with specific guidelines for participation:
Boating and Marine Activities
Boating and marine activities, including recreational and commercial boating activity, may resume. The following specific guidelines are required for participation in boating and marine activities.
All municipal, public, and privately-run golf course may reopen. The following specific guidelines are required for participation in golfing activities.
Public Parks and Natural Areas
All public, county, and municipal parks, and natural areas, with the exception of beach parks, shall reopen. The following specific guidelines are required for recreating at parks and natural areas. IMPORTANT NOTE: Beaches are not open.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING VILLAGE PARKS
The Village’s Parks will open in accordance with the Emergency Order, however, will be subject to the specific guidelines that are required for participation. The following will remain closed: all park playgrounds, play and exercise equipment, and picnic pavilions. Use of water fountains is prohibited (bring your own water bottle). Basketball courts are open only for individual practice, only three (3) players per half court are allowed and no competitive team play and all players must have their own basketball – no shared equipment, Tennis courts shall be open for singles play only, and the skate park and dog park remain closed.
Tennis Courts and Community Pools
All tennis and outdoor racquet facilities, as well as community pools, shall reopen. The following specific guidelines are required for tennis and community pools.
COUNCIL TO ANSWER COVID-19 QUESTIONS DURING MAY 4 WORKSHOP
During the May 4, 2020 Workshop, Council will respond to your COVID-19 questions that are submitted prior to the meeting.
Please use Q and A form to send in your questions and Council will answer them during the Monday, May 4, 2020 Workshop at 6:00 p.m. For additional information, contact: 561-768-0443.
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:
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
Come Celebrate Earth Day 50th Anniversary with the Parks & Recreation Department Team Members, this Wednesday, April 22nd from 9:00 am – 12 noon in front of the Recreation Center on Seabrook Rd(399 Seabrook Rd.). Check out the video by our Parks and Recreation Director Greg Corbitt.
A “Drive-Thru” Great Home Activity for the entire Family.
A Team Member will hand one brown bag per child and/or adult. We will have a one-way in and out set-up. PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR.
NOTE: We have only 160 bags to give out.
NOTE: All materials in the bag have been handled by one person using gloves at all times.
NOTE: Walkers and Bikers are permitted, but still practicing social distancing and no gatherings at all times.
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.
COVID-19 UPDATE REGARDING CLOSURES
April 19, 2020
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
MESSAGE FROM JUPITER MEDICAL OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
As we are all being affected by the turn of events COVID-19 is causing, we are asking that all Occupational Health related services be by appointment only at this time. Effective Monday, April 6th, 2020 our PGA location will also be closed due to the ongoing pandemic; this closure is in conjunction with the Stuart and West Palm offices as well. The Indiantown Rd and Donald Ross locations will remain open at this time; we will keep updating everyone as the situations change. The appointments will be made with the Donald Ross location located at:
Jupiter Medical Center
5430 Military Trl Ste 64
Jupiter, FL 33458
We will be able to accommodate on Mondays and Thursdays at this time please have your employees call the number listed to schedule an appointment prior to coming into the office as we will not be accepting walk-ins at this time. If we have any changes and can accommodate more days or the days change we will let you know; thank you so much for your continued support and cooperation during this trying time!
Solid Waste Authority
Home Chemical and Recycling Centers (HCRC) to Close
Please help minimize risk to your solid waste workers. At the close of business Monday, March 30, the SWA closed five Home Chemical and Recycling Centers. This is due to continuing developments around the county’s COVID-19 response, specifically Palm Beach County’s Amendment to Emergency Order 3 on March 29 implementing the Stay Home-Stay Safe: Safer at Home Policy and Florida’s Emergency Order 20-83.
The closest HCRC to remain open for crucial customer needs only:
West Palm Beach Home Chemical and Recycling Center
6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Palm Beach County and Governor Orders
Retail and Commercial Business
Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 2, Section 3, closes all noncritical retail and commercial business locations within Palm Beach County (incorporated and unincorporated) except to the extent necessary to perform minimum basic operations. The businesses deemed critical are outlined in Section 4.
Restaurants and Food Service
Per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-70, restaurants and/or food service business establishments (with seating for more than 10 people) can only remain open to provide delivery services, pick-up and take-out.
Docks, Ramps and Marinas
Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 1, as amended, closed all boat docks, ramps, marinas and other venues utilized for launching any vessels to be used for recreational purposes, including but not limited to fishing charters, boat tours and diving excursions.
The Village asks that everyone please comply with these orders for the safety and well being of our residents. The Building Official will be enforcing the Orders through the legal means allowed. If you have questions, please call the Building Department at (561) 768-0453 or (561) 768-0454 if you have any questions.
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.”
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT AREA BOAT RAMPS AND SANDBARS
March 22, 2020
Area Boat Ramps and Sandbars Closed in the Local Area
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 COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org 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.