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Midtown Beach Temporarily Closed, Coronavirus Update for Town, Cocaine Bust on Island, Town Marina Construction Update, Undergrounding and Tropical Weather, and more.
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Midtown Public Beach Temporary Closure
The Florida Department of Health Palm Beach County conducted a saltwater quality sampling at the Town of Palm Beach Midtown Beach on August 25, 2020. The water sample was examined for Enterococci bacteria that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, and which may cause human disease, infections or rashes. The presence of Enterococci bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage. The test result for Midtown Beach came back with a high Enterococci Level of 85 and thus a Water Quality Advisory is being issued by the Health Department for this beach. The Health Department considers this a potential health risk to the bathing public.
Beach Samples for Midtown Beach by DOH can been found here.
- 113 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach: 5 deaths.
- 45,088 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 1,111 deaths.
- 651,312 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 11,011 deaths.
- 5,843,293 confirmed cases in the US, with 180,118 deaths.
- 24,266,622 confirmed cases worldwide, with 827,527 deaths.
COMPLIMENTARY CAR MAGNETS
- As part of the Town’s COVID-19 communication plan, Palm Beach branded car magnets with the message – “Social Distance, Wear a Mask” – are available for residents and may be picked up at the Mandel Recreation Center or Town Hall lobby.
- Help use spread the message and get your car magnet while supplies last.
MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS ORDER EXTENDED
- Palm Beach County approved Emergency Order Number 2020-020, extending the mandatory face coverings directive until September 22, 2020. This order REQUIRES masks or face coverings to be worn by all persons while visiting or working in any businesses, establishment or residential buildings. This includes, but is not limited to, restaurants, retail establishments, hotels, grocery stores, gyms, pharmacies, indoor recreational facilities, houses of worship, government buildings, multifamily buildings, and vehicles for hire.
- Face coverings MUST also be worn by all persons in outdoor public places where social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.
- The types of masks that are acceptable, include cloth, surgical, dust, and N95 masks without vents. Masks with vents or exhalation valves are not acceptable, as they allow unfiltered exhaled air to escape.
DOWNLOAD “COMBAT COVID PBC” CONTACT TRACING APP
- The CombatCOVID 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.
WORKING TOGETHER TO SLOW THE SPREAD
- Although the numbers are trending in a good direction, in terms of the growth in new infections, 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.
- The Town encourages you to stay active and stay engaged, but do so safely. 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.