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Posted on: March 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus Prevention and Readiness Update

Hello everyone,

The health and safety of our staff and residents is the Village’s first priority. The Village continues to closely monitor the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for up to date information concerning COVID-19, more commonly referred to as Coronavirus.

As you may have heard, the Health Department is continually testing people who may have come in contact with someone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County. If the FDOH and the CDC do confirm a case or cases, you will be informed of that and how the Village may be impacted.

We have also discussed with health officials the proper protocol when a person has had contact with an individual who has had direct contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. Again, FDOH has not reported any cases of Coronavirus in our county.

We want to assure everyone that while we continue functioning as normal, we have many proactive measures in place such as enhanced deep-cleaning. Sanitizer and gloves have been provided as well.

Additionally, Village administration is working on an infectious disease response plan to ensure that learning continues, in the remote chance that our normal operations are disrupted by an outbreak.

We are also working very closely with County officials at the Emergency Operations Center, in addition to the FDOH and the CDC.

Through collaboration and coordination with local, state, and federal officials, we are taking deliberate steps to disseminate information about the disease and its potential transmission.

Many families plan to travel during the upcoming Spring Break. It’s important that you are familiar with CDC guidelines for returning travelers. Upon returning to Florida, self-monitor for fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms for 14 days. If you do feel sick within 14 days of returning from China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea, the CDC advises you should:

  • Seek medical care; contact the health care provider by phone ahead of your visit and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
  • Contact your county health department: (floridahealth.gov/chdepicontact)
  • Avoid contact with other people.
  • Delay any additional travel plans until you are no longer sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

We have also received some additional information regarding visitation to Tenet Healthcare Hospitals in Palm Beach County. All children under the age of 12 are prohibited from visiting Delray Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center. Teenagers between 13 and 17 are also discouraged from visiting. All patients and visitors are being screened for fever and cough prior to admittance.

Please continue to monitor information provided by the FDOH and the CDC dedicated to Coronavirus on their websites.

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