CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
UPDATED WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020
Atlantic Beach residents and business owners:
We are settled into this emergency, yet we must remain vigilant, informed, and understanding. Please be flexible as we collect data associated with the spread of the virus – and its prevalence. We are assured that the numbers will increase.
All levels of government are working together with this prevailing thought in mind: The risk of getting the disease is directly related to exposure to the virus. Indeed, we’re ALL in this together; now, let’s flatten the curve.
COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS
(As of March 25, 2020)
Sources: Johns Hopkins University; Florida Department of Health and Florida Division of Emergency Management
World – 460,250 positive tests; 20,857 deaths
United States – 64,775 positive tests; 910 deaths
Florida: 1,682 positive tests; 22 deaths
Duval County: 56 positive tests; three deaths
WORK FROM HOME ORDER
Mayor Curry has issued a work-from-home mandate to employers. Enforcement authority: City of Jacksonville (630-CITY). Effective March 24 until further notice.
Gov. DeSantis: Airline passengers traveling to Florida from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut must quarantine for 14 days. Enforcement authority: Florida Department of Health (850-245-4339; consumerServices@flhealth.gov). Violations are misdemeanor crimes. Effective March 24 until further notice.
Mayor Curry issued the order for Duval County’s beaches on March 20; effective until further notice. Local authorities are patrolling the beach to ensure compliance. Please keep in mind that these are public beaches; as such, there’s no provision for them to be open to Beaches residents, only.
RESTAURANT DINING ROOMS, FITNESS CENTERS CLOSED
Gov. DeSantis’ order effective March 20 until further notice. Enforcement authority: Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
NON-EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PROHIBITED
Gov. DeSantis’ order effective March 20 until further notice. Enforcement authorities: Agency for Health Care Administration (888-419-3456) and Florida Department of Health (850-245-4339; consumerServices@flhealth.gov).
BARS & NIGHTCLUBS CLOSED
Gov. DeSantis’ order issued March 16; effective for 30 days. Enforcement authority: Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
SOCIAL GATHERINGS LIMITED TO 50 PEOPLE
Effective March 16 until further notice, per Mayor Curry. Enforcement authority: City of Jacksonville (630-CITY).
IN ATLANTIC BEACH, MAYOR GLASSER AND CITY MANAGER CORBIN HAVE ADMINISTRATIVELY ORDERED:
City Hall closed
“Non-essential” personnel working from home
Commission, board and committee meetings canceled
No City-sanctioned or City-sponsored events
Public restrooms closed
Some public parking closed
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS
SENIORS, SERIOUSLY ILL, AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECENTLY TO NEW YORK: STAY AT HOME
Gov. DeSantis said March 24 he wants the following people to stay home for the next two weeks: those 65 and older; everyone with serious medical conditions; and everyone who has traveled recently to New York.
ATLANTIC BEACH CITY HALL IS CLOSED TO VISITORS
Interactions with City staff must be made by telephone (247-5800) or online (email@example.com). 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.
FEDERAL DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING SITE OPENS
The federally sponsored drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will open Saturday, March 21, at TIAA Bank Field in parking lot J. Info: www.coj.net.
CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH MEETINGS CANCELED
Scheduled City Commission, board and committee meetings are canceled until further notice. Upcoming meetings may be held via Zoom or another virtual platform. Updates will be posted at www.coab.us/945/Coronavirus-Information.
AB COMMUNITY CENTERS CLOSED, EVENTS CANCELED
Gail Baker Community Center, Jordan Center, Adele Grage Cultural Center are closed until further notice. City-permitted and City-sanctioned events at those facilities and parks are suspended until further notice. Refunds will be available for City-permitted events.
WHERE TO GRAB GRUB (OR GET IT DELIVERED) IN ATLANTIC BEACH
JAX RESTAURANTS OFFERING DELIVERY AND/OR TAKE-OUT
The Florida Times-Union has a list here: https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20200320/coronavirus-these-jacksonville-area-restaurants-offer-curbside-takeout-drive-thru?utm_source=web_push&utm_medium=referral
ABOUT THOSE 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/
FLORIDA’S FIRST COAST RELIEF FUND
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 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. https://unitedwaynefl.org/give/relief-fund/
FLORIDA SMALL BUSINESS EMERGENCY BRIDGE LOAN PROGRAM
Gov. DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period runs through May 8, 2020. Info: https://floridadisasterloan.org/
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
This federally funded benefit program is available to assist individuals who become unemployed because of a disaster. Info: floridajobs.org.
WANT TO HELP SOMEONE WITH 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
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 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.
VOLUNTEERS: BE PART OF THE SOLUTION
The City is putting together a database of volunteers who may be called upon to perform various tasks at some point during this emergency, or afterward. If you think you may have the time, to spare, please drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the tag, “Together”.
- Subscribe to City e-newsletters by emailing email@example.com, 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 COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org. 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
- Duval County Public Schools. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the “grab and go” school lunch and snacks can be picked up curbside at ALL district managed schools between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and along bus routes. Students may receive the meal at their nearest school location. They do not have to go to their attendance school; however, the student must be present to receive the meal. Elementary instructional packets also are being distributed along bus routes. Monitor www.dcps.duvalschools.org/coronavirus for updates.
- 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
- Need more information about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on our community? Email email@example.com or call (904) 247-5804.
Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-866-779-6121
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19
- 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.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.
For more information on how you can protect yourself, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html
Watch for Symptoms
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
For more information on the symptoms you should watch out for, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
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
If you have plans to travel, be sure you check the CDC website for updates.
- 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.
- 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.
If you do plan to fly soon: Tampa International Airport is increasing cleaning and sanitation efforts, particularly in high-traffic, high-touch areas. Additional hand sanitizers and informational signage regarding how to prevent the spread of disease has been installed throughout the facility.
Tampa International Airport is actively monitoring the coronavirus developments and working with employees, tenants and airline partners to proactively reduce the risk of impact. As of this time, TPA is deemed to be at “low-risk” of passing or spreading the virus. Operations remain normal - passengers should not expect to experience any delays or procedural changes.
Learn more about Tampa International Airport’s prevention efforts .
- Currently, passengers returning from China in the past 14 days will be allowed to reenter the United States, however they will be directed to one of 11 US airports to be screened for fever and COIVD-19 symptoms. These travelers will be placed under certain restrictions depending on their health and travel history.
- Information about traveling from China to the United States .
- If you recently visited a country with widespread cases of COVID-19 and you begin to feel sick with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days after leaving the affected country, you should seek medical care immediately.
- Call your doctor ahead of time before visiting their office or emergency room and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others and use a face mask when interacting with healthcare professionals, family members, etc
- Avoid public gatherings or public transportation
- Call the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 hotline (open 24/7) at: 1 (866) 779-6121
Frequently Asked Questions
COVID-19 Fact Sheet
Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.
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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 Prevention for Long-Term Care Facilities
Strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities.