COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
What's the latest update with the COVID-19 Vaccine?
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the US and around the world, a massive multinational effort spanning both the private and public sectors is underway to quickly and safely develop a viable vaccine. According to the US Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccine stimulates your body’s immune system to produce antibodies, exactly like it would if you were exposed to a disease. After getting vaccinated, you develop immunity to that specific disease, without having to get the disease first. This is what makes vaccines such a powerful medical tool. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases, vaccines prevent them.
- Who might get a vaccine first:
Governor Ron DeSantis has signed Executive Order 20-315 which outlines that providers can only administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff.
- Persons 65 years of age and older.
- Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
- Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers.
- How many doses there could be: Dr. Larry Corey of the University of Washington, who is heading up COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials in the US, has said that Pfizer and Moderna could supply up to 50 million doses in January and up to 60 million in February and March of 2021. The CDC estimates there are 21 million healthcare personnel, 87 million essential workers, 100 million adults with high-risk medical conditions and 53 million others 65 and older; all of which could be some of the first eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Lt. General Paul Ostrowski, director of supply, production and distribution for Operation Warp Speed - the federal government's COVID-19 vaccine development program - has stated that a COVID-19 vaccine will be readily available by June 2021 for all those who want to be vaccinated.
- What is the state of Florida doing to prepare: In order to be prepared for a future COVID-19 vaccine’s distribution, the governor’s office announced that the state has procured 5 million needles, 5 million syringes and 5 million alcohol swabs in anticipation for the first groups of people to receive the vaccine. The state has also identified locations with the necessary refrigeration infrastructure to properly store COVID-19 vaccines, specifically Pfizer’s, which requires refrigeration temperatures of -94°F (-70°C) to remain viable. Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine does not have special refrigeration requirements and can be stored within normal refrigerators, allowing it to be more accessible. Please consider watching Governor Ron DeSantis’s COVID-19 vaccine update video.
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.
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 COVIDemail@example.com
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 open at this time.
Is the beach open in the City of Cape Canaveral?
Yes, but there are restrictions residents must follow. 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.
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 www.cityofcapecanaveral.org/coronavirus/index.php