CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19

The Town is currently following the guidelines and recommendations from the Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is receiving updates from the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center.

Residents are encouraged to review information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Florida Department of Health Florida Department of Health and stay informed on updated information from these resources.

In the interim, all residents should practice the safety and prevention advisories that are recommended in the information below by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

Source and Spread of the Virus

According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person; between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.  Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

•            Fever

•            Cough

•            Shortness of breath

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

•            Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

•            Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

•            Stay home when you are sick.

•            Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

•            Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

o            CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

o            Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

•            Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

o            If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

What to do if you are sick with the Coronavirus Disease

Stay home except to get medical care

People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 can isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).

You can stay informed through the CDC – Center for Disease Control website if you need more information or have questions.

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