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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any confirmed cases of COVID-19 cases in Brevard County currently? How many confirmed cases are in the state of Florida currently? 

The Florida Department of Health provides a continually updating interactive map of the state and each of its counties indicating how many confirmed cases have been identified. This resource is updated every few hours. 

Florida Department of Health Interactive COVID-19 Tracking Map 

How many confirmed cases of COVID-19 are there in the United States currently? 

To follow the current amount of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States you may utilize the CDC's website, which is updated daily. 

CDC United States COVID-19 Tracker

How many confirmed cases of COVID-19 are there across the globe currently? 

For a continually updating map with statistics on the number of confirmed global COVID-19 cases, you may utilize the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University tracker. This resource is updated every few hours. 

Global COVID-19 Tracking Map

What is social distancing and why is it important? 

Social distancing, otherwise known as physical distancing, is a form of infectious disease control in which individuals remain separated from each other to help avoid the spread of a contagion. For COVID-19, the CDC recommends a social distancing space of at least 6 feet.   

What are the symptoms of COVID-19? 

In most cases, symptoms include a dry cough, fever and in severe cases shortness of breath. Other - not as common - symptoms can include a sore throat, headache or a runny nose. If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

How does COVID-19 spread? 

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

What are the criteria for COVID-19 testing? Does the City have test kits available? 

The City itself does not have any test kits available, nor would it provide tests to individuals. COVID-19 testing should only be conducted by trained medical staff and personnel. The current criteria for COVID-19 testing in the state of Florida are as follows:

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County is providing appointment-only drive-through COVID-19 tests to symptomatic individuals meeting the following criteria:

  • Those age 65 and older
  • Those with underlying health conditions
  • First responders
  • Anyone who does not meet the above criteria, but has symptoms and a prescription from a medical doctor
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, and shortness of breath. Those experiencing emergency warning signs such as difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips or face, should immediately seek medical attention.

Appointments must be scheduled ahead of time by calling 321-454-7141 for screening and registration.

Residents may call 2-1-1 for up-to-date information between 8 AM and 6 PM daily. The FDOH COVID-19 call center is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at 1-866-779-6121, but is experiencing a large volume of calls. Another option is to email

Who has a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 (based on the latest available CDC data)?

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Other high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have heart disease with complications
    • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
    • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [(BM]I)≥40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date, data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk

What does it mean that the City declared an emergency?

This measure will allow the City to address and streamline the acquisition of equipment, supplies, personnel, Emergency Operations Center, City property assignments and waiver of procedures; all in an effort to best serve you and protect the Community.

Where is the nearest hospital? 

The nearest hospital to the City is the Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital located at 701 W Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Their phone number is 321-799-7111.

Are City playgrounds closed?

All City of Cape Canaveral playgrounds are closed until further notice in order to help avoid community spread of COVID-19 through the touching of common surfaces.

Because playgrounds are frequented by many individuals and it is difficult to sanitize equipment between each use, the City has made the decision to close them for the protection of everyone in our community.

How do I answer questions about what is considered to be essential businesses?

Regarding essential businesses, the City is not authorized to make such a determination.  Importantly, EO 20-91, as relevantly amended by EO 20-92, provides that “This Order shall supersede any conflicting official action or order by local officials in response to COVID-19.”  In other words, the Governor’s order expressly preempts the City from acting any differently on defining what businesses provide “essential services.”  The City may not take any action regarding “essential services” that conflicts with EO 20-91. 

The kinds of businesses providing “essential services” is encompassed in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, v. 2 (March 28, 2020), and also incorporated in the Miami-Dade Order, both of which are incorporated into and attached to EO 20-91.  EO 20-91 also indicated that “subsequent lists” may be published as well with the approval of the State Coordinating Officer, in close coordination with the State Health Officer.  You should direct your constituents to the online list of essential services, as specified in EO 20-91, which is available on the Division of Emergency Management’s website at www. and the Florida Department of Health’s website at  

Is the beach open in the City of Cape Canaveral?

Yes, but there are restrictions residents must follow. In furtherance of Florida Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-91, the following Beach Restrictions will be in effect beginning April 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. in order to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus, until further notice:Beach activities are limited to Participating in Recreational Activities (consistent with Social Distancing Guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running or swimming. Beaches are closed to activities which violate CDC social gathering and social distancing guidelines. Beachgoers must abide by Social Distancing (minimum 6 ft.). Social Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited. Beachgoers must act responsibly consistent with all public guidelines so that beaches may remain open for these limited activities. The City reserves the right to fully close the beaches if the public engages in irresponsible behavior inconsistent with public guidelines. 

What is Port Canaveral doing to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak?

For continuing updates about Port Canaveral's COVID-19 response, you may visit their website. 

Port Canaveral COVID-19 Response Information 

Did Brevard County stop tourism?

Based on a “Stay-at-Home” executive order from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and due to the spread and growing number of coronavirus cases in Brevard County, the Space Coast will close its doors to tourists and leisure travelers effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3.

Until the governor’s Executive Order 20-91 (which also is in effect beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 3) expires, hotels, motels, short-term rentals, vacation rentals, recreational vehicle parks and campgrounds and other transient rentals, such as timeshares, vacation rentals by owner, and Airbnb, will deny reservations, including those made in advance, to visitors and travelers from outside the county. Exceptions include business travelers who can produce a note from their employer, those who are working in Brevard County, local residents and residents who need to isolate away from a family member with coronavirus.

The County government also voted to restrict access to spoil islands and sandbars for all individuals in an effort to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health recommendations on social distancing of 6 feet and to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

Please note: This situation continues to rapidly evolve on a daily basis and we will continue to update citizens as we gather more information. We are encouraging our citizens to remain calm and practice social distancing. For continuing updates please follow the City on Facebook, Twitter and through its website at

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