COVID-19 General Information

As a large employer and a local government provider of public services, programs and facilities, we continue to pay close attention to the information and messaging coming from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH)Florida League of Cities and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about COVID-19.

This page contains information, resources and links to the FDOH and CDC for what you need to know about the coronavirus, what to do if you are sick and strategies to avoid getting sick.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). CDC.

Help Slow the Spread

Do your part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Avoid the Three C’s – Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation, avoid crowded spaces with many people nearby and avoid close-contact settings such as close-range conversations. Prevent the occurrence of clusters to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, please visit Coronavirus.gov.

FLDOH - 3 Cs to AVOID SQUARE

What You Need to Know About COVID-19

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

For information, situation updates and the latest news on coronavirus, visit the Florida Department of Health.

The FDOH now has a call center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-779-6121 or email at COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

How to Protect Yourself & Others

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick inside and outside.
    • Stay at least 6 feet apart from other people.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a facial covering when around others.
    • Palm Beach County requires facial coverings while in public. The Emergency Order mandates facial coverings to be worn in indoor public spaces as well as outdoor public spaces where physical distancing of at least 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
    • This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Monitor your health daily.

If you are at an increased risk, please view CDC guidance. 

If you or someone you know has cold or flu-like symptoms, our community partner, Boca Raton Regional Hospital - Baptist Health South Florida has some great resources like the Baptist Health On Demand app. Residents can use the app to speak to a doctor and find guidance before rushing to a waiting room – 24/7, nationwide. Use CODE: CARE19. Learn more...

What Are The Symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Visit CDC for a full list of symptoms. 

Travel

Visit the following websites regarding travel notices and advisories:

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