The City will be providing COVID-19 Updates to ensure the community is as informed and prepared for an outbreak as possible. To date, no cases of COVID-19 have been detected in Brevard County. However, as a precautionary measure, City of Cape Canaveral leaders consulted with federal, state and regional officials including representatives of Florida Department of Health (FDOH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Brevard Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on the situation related to the COVID-19.
In addition, City department heads and officials are working to review and update city plans, policies and procedures to reflect all current recommendations and best practices.
In light of the increased number of COVID-19 cases across the United States, Brevard County is taking a variety of preparedness actions, including:
- Implementing Emergency Medical Dispatch protocols to ensure any potential COVID-19 cases are identified with regard to emergency medical response and patient transport
- Participating in weekly conference calls with regional, state and federal health officials
- Reviewing and updating pandemic preparedness and response plans
- Coordinating with local health department officials and county officials regarding preparedness recommendations and actions
- Monitoring Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health websites for updated guidance
- Coordinating a briefing for municipal and public safety partners
- Exercising Continuity of Operations plans
- Verifying available supplies of Personal Protective Equipment with the first responder community (police/fire/EMS)
- Ensuring local hospitals are working in coordination with FDOH and Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition
- Contacting the Agency for Health Care Administration to ensure that nursing homes and assisted living facilities are being provided with appropriate recommendations for their patients and visitors
- Conducting internal county workshops with key departments to walk through telecommuting policies and capabilities
- Performing a Virtual EOC drill to examine essential technological tools and determine feasibility of concept
- Coordinating public messaging with Brevard Public Information Network
- Sharing information via social media to help reduce the spread of any contagious respiratory illness
From a public precaution and prevention standpoint, the Department of Health is advising county residents to follow these steps:
- Encourage sick employees to stay home and have them sent home if they become sick at work
- Encourage all employees to obtain the flu vaccine (even though this is not a COVID 19 vaccine)
- Follow respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene practices
- Perform routine environmental cleaning
Current CDC recommendations for prevention follow normal seasonal flu guidelines:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing and certainly if your commute includes public transit
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The purpose of a face mask is to prevent droplets from sneezing and coughing from becoming airborne
Interim City Manager Todd Morley said, “While no cases of the virus have been identified in our local area, we are working closely with our federal, state and regional partners, as well as area medical professionals and others, to ensure that Cape Canaveral is fully prepared as this situation continues to evolve.”
You can learn more about the COVID-19 through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.