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Coronavirus Update for Town, Combat COVID app, possible threatening storm, interview with Oscar Schofield, Sunrise parking, 3D printing PPE and more.
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- 108 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach: 5 deaths.
- 41,384 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 980 deaths.
- 620,134 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 10,186 deaths.
- 5,559,547 confirmed cases in the US, with 173,798 deaths.
- 22,511,187 confirmed cases worldwide, with 789,728 deaths.
- All Palm Beach County residents should have received a package by now, which includes 2 disposable face masks and 2 reusable cloth masks. Included in the package is information about a newly launched contact tracing app (CombatCOVID).
- This app is the Official COVID-19 notification and information app of Palm Beach County Government, which was funded through the CARES ACTS. The app is free for users to download from the Apple or Google Play stores “Combat COVID PBC”.
- Here’s how it works: If a person tests positive, they must enter the information into the app. The app then uses Bluetooth to detect other phones that passed within 6 to 13 feet within the past 14 to 21 days. If the app determines the phones were in contact long enough to be a risk, it sends an alert warning that the person may have been exposed. The app will not reveal exactly when and where it happened, just that the person should get tested.
- Unlike other apps, CombatCOVID does not use GPS or location notification in its architecture. The app user’s privacy and identity are protected. No names, emails addresses, locations or personally identifying information is required. There is never any location or identity information acquired by CombatCOVID.
- The CombatCOVID app uses Bluetooth signals to determine if you are near another user. All users who have been in close proximity to a COVID-19 positive person will be notified by a push notification recommending they get tested immediately, without revealing anyone’s personal identity. Suggested locations for testing are also provided.
- Your device’s phone number is encrypted and never shared with anyone, including local health officials. Access to the data indicating the device’s user may have tested positive is only shared IF/WHEN the user chooses to share it. IF the user does choose to share a COVID-19 positive result, they are still totally PRIVACY PROTECTED.
- The Town continues to urge residents to AVOID THE THREE C’s – CLOSED spaces with poor ventilation, CROWDED spaces with many people nearby and CLOSE-CONTACT settings such as close-range conversations. Also remember to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands frequently.
- The Town encourages you to stay active and stay engaged, but do so safely. Download the Risk Index Chart at the end of this Alert to see which activities put you at most risk and which ones are low risk. (Individuals 65 and older, as well as individuals with significant underlying medical conditions, should take extra measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19)