Coronavirus Information

CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH COVID-19 UPDATE

If you experience a problem with any web links or otherwise have any questions or concerns, please email info@coab.us or call 247-5804. Additional information and updates are available at www.coab.us/945/coronavirus-information. Questions: email info@coab.us or call (904) 247-5804. 

Please note, recently posted information has two red asterisks (**) before the headline

STATE OF EMERGENCY CONTINUES

Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser and City Manager Shane Corbin have extended the city’s State of Emergency declarations and emergency measures and expect to renew them for the foreseeable future.

DON'T LET YOUR GUARD DOWN


Baptist Medical Center-Beaches President Joe Mitrick and epidemiologist/employee health director Dr. Vincy Samuel have a prevailing message: Masking, social distancing and other preventative measures remain Priority No. 1 in defending against COVID-19.

The Beaches' medical leaders also discussed taking steps to prepare for the emerging flu season.

Here is the presentation by hospital President Joe Mitrick and epidemiologist Dr. Vincy Samuel. 

** COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

(As of Nov. 22, 2020)

Sources: Johns Hopkins University; Florida Department of Health; Florida Division of Emergency Management

  • World (est. pop. 7.8B) – Nov. 22: 58.7M positive tests; 1.39M deaths.  Nov. 12: 52.3M positive tests; 1.29M deaths.
  • United States (est. pop. 331M) – Nov. 22: 12.3M positive tests; 257K deaths. Nov. 12: 10.5M positive tests; 242K deaths. 
  • Florida (est. pop. 21.5M) – Nov. 22: 938K positive tests; 17,990 deaths. Nov. 12: 858K positive tests; 17,299 deaths. 
  • Duval County (est. pop. 937,642) – Nov. 22: 40,584 positive tests; 565 deaths. Nov. 12: 37,494 positive tests; 544 deaths. 
  • 32233 zip code  (est. pop. 24,473) – Nov. 22: 777 positive tests. Nov. 12: 723 positive tests.  
  • Atlantic Beach (est. pop 13,831) Nov. 22: 585 positive tests.   
  • City of Atlantic Beach workforce (122 FT and 50 PT employees): 1 new case since July; 9 positive tests since pandemic began.

Florida Department of Health dashboard (check cases by zip code)

FloridaDisaster.org (check cases by city)

QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Our city hotline is (904) 247-5804. You can also email your questions to info@coab.us. Also check for updates at www.coab.us/coronavirus.

The Florida Department of Health has established a Call Center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.866.779.6121 or email your questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

CITY OF JACKSONVILLE TESTING LOCATIONS AND INFORMATION

This page contains the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 Testing in Jacksonville, including recent counts of tests administered by testing location and a map of the test sites.  

TESTING SITE OPEN AT NEPTUNE BEACH KMART SHOPPING CENTER

The testing site at the Neptune Beach shopping center at 540 Atlantic Blvd. that formerly included Kmart is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The time slot between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. is reserved for high-risk people -- health care workers and first responders with symptoms, and people who are over age 65, have compromised immune systems, or have underlying medical conditions.

Tests from 8-10 a.m. are slotted for people whose last names begin with letters A through E; names F though J from 9-11 a.m.; K through O from 11-1 p.m.; P through T from noon to 2 p.m.; and U through Z after 1 p.m. People who can’t be there during their allotted times can still be tested.

People being tested will be required to wear a mask, show that they are residents of Duval County, and bring their own pens for use at the testing site.

MAYOR CURRY EXTENDS MASK MANDATE

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry has extended a mask mandate through Nov. 26  to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The requirement applies to wearing masks in indoor spaces that are open to the public when it's not possible to practice social distancing. The requirement applies throughout Duval County, including in Atlantic Beach.

When Gov. Ron DeSantis moved the state Friday into the next phase of reopening, he suspended the ability of local governments to collect fines for violations of their mask mandates. But DeSantis's executive order does not prevent emergency local governments from requiring masks.

In Jacksonville's case, it does not impose any penalties in connection with the mask requirements. But the existence of the proclamation means businesses can point to a government requirement when posting signs about wearing masks in their buildings.

The executive proclamation requires every "operator, employee, customer or patron" of a business establishment to wear a face mask or covering at all times unless they can do social distancing, which is staying six feet apart.

The proclamation says the operator and employees of the business are responsible for ensuring compliance.

The requirement does not apply to children 6 years old and younger.

Source: Florida Times-Union

DUVAL COUNTY FACE COVERING REQUIREMENT (INCLUDING THE BEACHES AND BALDWIN)

Here’s the order

 (1) Every person over the age of six (6) who is in a public space shall wear a face mask or covering when not able to engage in social distancing.

(2) Every operator, employee, customer or patron of a business establishment must wear a face mask or covering at all times while at that business establishment unless he or she is able to engage in social distancing or unless wearing a face mask or covering significantly interferes with the provision or receipt of goods or services offered or received at that establishment (i.e. patrons at a restaurant, clients at a barbershop or hair salon, patients at a dentist’s office).

(3) The operator and employees of a business establishment shall ensure that every individual in that establishment complies with this Proclamation.

(4) Public safety, fire, law enforcement, and other life safety personnel are exempted from this requirement, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies.

ADA ACCOMMODATION. When a customer of a business establishment asserts that he or she has a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a face mask or covering, the owner, manager, or employee of the business establishment may exclude the individual, even if they have a disability, as they pose a direct threat to the health and safety of employees and other customers, even if asymptomatic, and shall accommodate the disabled individual in a manner that does not fundamentally alter the operations of the business establishment nor jeopardize the health of that business’s employees and other customers, such as providing curb service or delivery or other reasonable accommodation.

NOW MORE THAN EVER … PLEASE WEAR FACE COVERINGS

Based on recent information and data from the Florida Department of Health, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Duval County, including in Atlantic Beach, has increased significantly since additional re-openings under the Governor’s Plan for Florida’s Recovery, which has resulted in many additional deaths. Medical professionals advise that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Duval County, including Atlantic Beach, will continue to increase exponentially if additional measures to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19 are not instituted; and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expressly found that: “COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Studies and evidence on infection control report that these droplets usually travel around 6 feet (about two arms lengths)”.

The CDC therefore specifically recommends that as businesses and communities reopen, and people resume their daily activities, people should wear face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19, particularly “in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain”.

MORE ABOUT WEARING MASKS … 

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies). Some beach accesses (including Third and 18th streets, among others) are not conducive to safe distancing. Please use a mask at these accesses and please do your part to keep a safe distance from others, even if it includes using a different beach access. Here’s information on wearing face coverings – and how to make them.

RECENT COVID-19 CASES IN ATLANTIC BEACH

On Thursday, Sept. 24, the parents of a child who participates in the Under 6 youth baseball program informed the Atlantic Beach Athletic Association that the child has tested positive for COVID-19, but displayed no symptoms. Also on Thursday, Sept. 24, a 12-year-old resident of Atlantic Beach’s Royal Palms neighborhood passed away due to complications from COVID-19. She participated in a middle school virtual learning program and her family is not involved in the ABAA program.

Here is a letter the City of Atlantic Beach distributed on Sept. 25 to parents of Atlantic Beach Athletic Association participants.

** DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 dashboard is live.

'Team Up for Health' video series for parents and schoolchildren to help slow the spread of COVID-19

** Here's an Oct. 23 news story on the Duval County school system's latest COVID-19 safety measures.

DOING BUSINESS WITH THE CITY

It is requested that, to the greatest extent possible, residents and other customers interact with City staff by telephone (247-5800) or online (info@coab.us). Water and sewer customers may put payments in the drop box outside of City Hall, and sign up to pay bills via bank draft at https://mypayments.bill2pay.com/client/atlantic. Instead of going to the Police Department, Residents should report minor crimes and complaints by telephone (247-5859), when possible.

CITY RECOVERY PLAN

The City of Atlantic Beach fully implemented its COVID-19 Emergency Recovery Plan on May 11, 2020. The plan corresponds with reopening orders issued by Gov. Rick DeSantis and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, echoes reopening plans issued by the White House, and is deliberately congruent Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach reopening plans. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations remain a prevailing guide for the City of Atlantic Beach, moving forward.

The City is cautiously and gradually resuming or reconfiguring most activities while firmly establishing new normals, such as wearing protective facial coverings when social-distancing isn’t possible or practical. Still, the pandemic and resulting local, state and national emergency remains fluid. As such, it’s uncertain when full access to Atlantic Beach government facilities, routine staffing, and unrestricted public activities will resume.

This plan will be continually monitored and adjusted, as needed; its underlying objective is specific: to protect the health and safety of city employees and the general public we serve.

WHEN A CITY EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE

Upon testing positive, City employees are asked to quarantine and will remain off work until they meet the CDC guidelines to return to work. Rapid testing is offered to fellow employees they’ve been in contact with. Testing of others they’ve been in contact with is encouraged.

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR UP TO $313 FOR GROCERIES PER CHILD

More than 2 million Florida children are eligible for Pandemic-EBT support. There is limited time to claim this benefit. For information, visit www.floridaimpact.org/covid-19 or call (833) 311-0321.

FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES

Listen and follow the directions of your STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

IF YOU FEEL SICK, stay home. Do not go to work.

IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE SICK, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.

IF YOU ARE AN OLDER PERSON, or have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from other people.

If someone in your household has TESTED POSITIVE, keep the entire household at home.

SAFE. SMART. STEP-BY-STEP. PLAN FOR FLORIDA’S RECOVERY

Governor’s order effective May 4

Recovery plan details

FAQs for Executive Order 20-112

BEACH OPEN FOR ALL ACTIVITIES; SOCIAL-DISTANCING ENCOURAGED

Although we remain under state and local stay/safer-at-home orders, Jacksonville’s beaches reopened to all activities on May 6. There are no restrictions on hours, although social-distancing is required and groups of 50 or more people are prohibited.

Atlantic Beach residents and visitors, here are guidelines that – if followed – may help ensure that the beach remains open. They are for everyone’s safety.

CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH VIDEOS

Staying Safe on Our Beach

Avoid Common Mistakes While Wearing Protective Face Masks

YARD WASTE GUIDELINES

Many of our residents are seizing the opportunity to spring clean and do extra yard work. That’s great! But, please be patient; it may take longer for Advanced Disposal to pick up what you discard.

Grass clippings and leaves must be in uncovered 20- to 48-gallon cans or in sealed plastic bags, and must weigh less than 40 pounds. Limbs must be no larger than 5 feet long and 6 feet in diameter. Stumps and other debris must weigh less than 40 pounds.

More info is at www.coab.us/42/Solid-Waste. Questions or concerns? Please email info@coab.us.

DIG LOCAL MARKET NOW AT RUSSELL PARK

For the time being, the Wednesday and Saturday market is operating from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jack Russell Park. By shopping Dig Local Network Green Market and ordering online with the app, you support local farmers, producers and vendors, and investing in a healthier and tastier local food community. The market also has an online store. See www.diglocal.org.

TIPS/GUIDELINES FOR RESTAURANTS

  • Communicate! Communicate! Communicate! With your customers and your staff!
  • Update your business website and social media platforms. Make sure to include (1) new operating hours; (2) current menu; (3) ordering instructions.
  • Don’t forget to update third-party delivery service menus (i.e. GrubHub, DoorDash)
  • Encourage preorders via app, online, phone.
  • Go touchless as much as possible. Encourage payment at time of order. Minimize face-to-face interactions.
  • Make sure staff is adhering to state-approved food safety sanitation practices. Increase frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces using an EPA-registered product. Refer to product label for directions.
  • Offer regular and/or curbside delivery. Ask your customers to wait in their cars until their food is ready.
  • Limit the number of customers inside your building. Curbside delivery is encouraged; if that’s not an option, meet your customers at the door.
  • Designate the wait area with floor markings. Lead your customers by example by taping the floor or sidewalk with X’s spaced 6 feet apart.

BEAM/DIAL-A-RIDE FEEDING LOW-INCOME SENIORS

 Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM) and Beaches Council on Aging/Dial-a-Ride are making shelf-stable food available for delivery to low-income seniors in need in the beach communities. For more information, contact Debbie Andalora at BEAM. debbie@jaxbeam.org, or at (904) 241-7437. Donate here: www.jaxbeam.org/covid19-donations.

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida, United Way of Northeast Florida and United Way of St. Johns County are re-activating the Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund. The fund will assist organizations helping those in Northeast Florida affected by this public health crisis. As with past relief efforts, the fund will be overseen by a grants committee and administered by United Way of Northeast Florida.  More than $2 million has been pledged. https://unitedwaynefl.org/give/relief-fund/

United Way of Northeast Florida’s 211 Helpline is available 24/7 to connect Northeast Florida callers to health, social, and human services and more than 4,000 community programs. To contact a 211 call center specialist, dial 2-1-1 or 1-904-632-0600 from any landline or cell phone.

The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida’s COVID-19 web page with information and resources is available at the following link: https://nonprofitctr.org/covid-19/

Lutheran Social Services is operational Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 12 PM.

ElderSource is accepting calls for individuals (60+), adults with disabilities, and their caregivers to help connect them to resources in the community. Limited funding is available to assist with immediate needs.

First Coast YMCA is offering On Demand Classes & Workouts to help you Stay Healthy From Home. See www.fcymca.org/new-virtual-services/.

WANT TO HELP PEOPLE PAY THEIR ATLANTIC BEACH UTILITY BILL?

 A lot of people can certainly use your help these days. See http://www.coab.us/634/Atlantic-Beach-Cares-Program

PLEASE DON’T FLUSH DISINFECTING WIPES

Please remember that only toilet paper and human waste should go down your toilet. Flushing anything else, including paper towels and disinfecting wipes, can damage the public wastewater system and create dangerous (and disgusting) blockages called fatbergs. Chick out this JEA video: www.jea.com/about/wastewater/what_not_to_flush/

STRUGGLING EMOTIONALLY?

 FLBlue has a 24-hour, bilingual emotional support helpline to assist Floridians with any stress they may be feeling during the #COVID19 pandemic. If you’re feeling stressed, contact the helpline at (833) 848-1762.

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REMINDERS 

Citizens who are experiencing symptoms or feel they may have the virus are encouraged to call or make a virtual appointment with a physician before going to a hospital or doctor’s office. Continuous updates about the local response to COVID-19 are available at www.JaxReady.com/Virus.

As the City continues to monitor the situation, please follow these Florida Department of Health guidelines on preventing exposure to the virus:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from people.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid gatherings; don’t shop at peak times
  • Take advantage of delivery and pickup services.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Work remotely, if possible.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Subscribe to City e-newsletters by emailing info@coab.us, and visit www.saferwatchapp.com/atlanticbeach to receive emergency notifications.

  • The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) COVID-19 Call Center can be reached at (866) 779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov. It is staffed around-the-clock.
  • The City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division has been closely monitoring updates related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The outbreak of coronavirus has now spread to 100 countries including the United States, with the majority of reported cases in China. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) confirm that local transmission is occurring across the United States. Read Frequently Asked Questions and Answers regarding COVID-19: http://www.coj.net/covid19faqs
  • Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: https://www.usbgfoundation.org
  • Price gouging hotline: Anyone who suspects price gouging can call the Florida Attorney General’s Office hotline at (866) 9-NO-SCAM, download the NO SCAM app, or visit MyFloridaLegal.com.
  • Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Map: https://fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86
  • Visit www.coab.us/945/Coronavirus-Information for updates, FAQs, resources, and other helpful links. Updates also are posted on the City’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CityofAtlanticBeach
  • Senior Medicare Patrol has this Consumer Protection Tip Sheet related to COVID-19 Medicare fraud.
  • Florida Department of Health
  • CDC Prepares Communities
  • JaxReady Coronavirus Website
  • Download the JaxReady Mobile App
  • Duval County Schools Coronavirus Updates
  • Coronavirus Real-Time Map
  • World Health Organization
  • Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction Podcast
  • U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms

For more information on how you can prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html 

TRAVELERS

If you have plans to travel, be sure you check the CDC website  for updates. 

Before Flying

  • Check the CDC’s website for recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. 
  • The CDC recommends that travelers avoid nonessential travel to high-risk destinations with level 3 travel notices. Check the CDC’s geographic risk assessment map  for areas facing widespread cases of COVID-19 that have been issued a travel notice. 
  •  Keep in mind, certain countries are allowing travel, but reentry to the United States may be restricted. 
  • Elderly adults or those with chronic medical conditions should talk to a healthcare provider and consider postponing travel to destinations with level 2 travel notices.
  • Practice basic hygiene, prepare to wash your hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

While Traveling

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • It is especially important to wash your hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • The CDC reports that the risk of COVID-19 infection is low on airplanes, however, travelers should avoid contact with passengers who are sick

While traveling, it is especially important to practice increased hygiene, including washing your hands frequently, covering your mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze (and throwing the tissue away), and keeping your distance from those who may be ill.

COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Print Resources

COVID-19 Fact Sheet

COVID-19 FACT SHEET

Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.

Fact Sheet English - Fact Sheet Spanish

COVID-19 STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS

Help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, like Coronavirus Disease 2019 by avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering cough and sneeze; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing your hands with soap and water.

Stop Spread English - Stop Spread Spanish

COVID-19 Symptoms

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Symptoms English - Symptoms Spanish

COVID-19 What to do if you are sick

COVID-19: WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SICK

If you are sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019, or suspected of being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.

When Sick English - When Sick Spanish

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COVID-19 PREVENTION FOR LONG-TERM FACILITIES

Strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities.

Long-Term Care English - Long-Term Care Spanish

MORE POSTERS

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  2. Coronavirus Infographic
  3. Coronavirus Fact Sheet
  4. Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Spanish Version)
  5. Cover Your Cough Poster
  6. Stop the Spread of Germs Poster
  7. Hand Washing vs. Hand Sanitizer Fact Sheet
  8. What To Do If You’re Sick
  9. What The Public Should Do

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