CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH COVID-19 UPDATE
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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.
** VACCINE INFO
** For complete and up-to-date information specific to Duval County residents, visit https://www.jaxready.com/SpecialPages/COVID-19-Information.aspx. This page details where to get a vaccine, who is eligible on what day, form requirements, and more. The City of Jacksonville has a customer care center at 630-CITY (2489).
** Let's remember our homebound seniors. With new COVID-19 vaccine sites opening all over Jacksonville, it is important to remember that homebound seniors should not be forgotten. If you, a caretaker, or someone you know is homebound and wants the COVID-19 vaccine, email HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com to make a request.
- Publix - https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida
- Walmart and Sam’s Club - http://www.walmart.com/COVIDvaccine and http://www.samsclub.com/covid
- Winn-Dixie - https://www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine
Hours and operations vary per site. Websites for each pharmacy will have additional information regarding hours of operations.
The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination is a collaboration between the federal government, states and territories, and 21 national pharmacy partners and independent pharmacy networks to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination across the United States. More information is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website: cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/retail-pharmacy-program/index.html
** Rental assistance available. The City of Jacksonville's Emergency Rental Assistance Program is now accepting applications online and in person for eligible Duval County residents who have been unable to pay their rent or utilities due to a loss of income related to COVID-19. You can register and apply online here: https://www.coj.net/erap
Paper applications will be available for pick up and drop off as well. If you need in-person assistance, that is available by calling 211 or 632-0600.
Florida Department of Health in Duval County
Phone: 1-866-779-6121 or 904-253-1140 (Information only, cannot make appointments via phone. Call volume is extremely high.)
Email: COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org (cannot make appointments via email)
Free COVID-19 testing in Duval County: Florida Division of Emergency Management (FL SERT): Regency Square Mall Site Walk-In Regency Square Mall 9501 Arlington Expressway Open 7 Days A Week 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Daily.
A fee is now charged for testing by Telescope Health at the former Kmart shopping center in Neptune Beach. This page contains the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 Testing in Jacksonville: https://www.jaxready.com/SpecialPages/virus/COVID-19-Testing-Information.aspx
Please don't hesitate to reach out to the City of Atlantic Beach about this or any other matter at email@example.com or (904) 247-5804.
** COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS
(Updated April 4, 2021)
Sources: Johns Hopkins University; Florida Department of Health; Florida Division of Emergency Management
- World (est. pop. 7.8B) – April 4: 131M positive tests; 2.85M deaths. March 28: 127M positive tests; 2.79M deaths. March 14: 120M positive tests; 2.65M deaths.
- United States (est. pop. 331M) – April 4: 30.7M positive tests; 555K deaths. March 28: 30.3M positive tests; 549K deaths. March 14: 29.5M positive tests; 534K deaths.
- Florida (est. pop. 21.5M) – April 4: 2.08M positive tests; 33,673 deaths. March 28: 2.04M positive tests; 33,177 deaths. March 14: 1.98M positive tests; 32,254 deaths.
- Duval County (est. pop. 937,642) – April 4: 93,097 positive tests; 1,313 deaths. March 28: 92,242 positive tests; 1,295 deaths. March 14: 90,633 positive tests; 1,236 deaths.
- 32233 zip code (est. pop. 24,473) – April 4: 1,879 positive tests. March 28: 1,860 positive tests. March 14: 1,832 positive tests.
- Atlantic Beach (est. pop 13,831) – April 4: 1,360 positive tests. March 28: 1,346 positive tests. March 14: 1,324 positive tests.
- City of Atlantic Beach workforce (122 FT and 50 PT employees): 21 positive tests during the entire pandemic.
Florida Department of Health dashboard (check cases by zip code)
FloridaDisaster.org (check cases by city)
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.
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.
TRACK COVID CASES NEAR YOU
Use this new New York Times tool to track COVID cases near you.
QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
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 COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
DUVAL COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS COVID-19 UPDATE
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 (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.
CITY OF AB 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
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.
- If the beach is crowded, stay away.
- Even greater social distancing than the 6-foot rule is strongly encouraged on the beach to account for wind and the movement of others.
Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to wear non-medical, cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This helps people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Here are the CDC guidelines regarding masks: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.htm
Some beach accesses (including Third, 16th 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.
The Police Department enforces parking regulations. If you drive and cannot find a legal parking space, come back another day.
Please use extreme caution in the water. Ocean rescue staffing is limited.
CITY OF ATLANTIC BEACH VIDEOS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 invest in a healthier and tastier local food community. The market also has an online store. See www.localline.ca/wwwdiglocalorg.
Please note that the Dig Local Network Green Market requires shoppers to wear face coverings/COVID-19 masks.
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. email@example.com, or at (904) 241-7437. Donate here: www.jaxbeam.org/covid19-donations.
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/
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.
Subscribe to City e-newsletters by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 COVIDemail@example.com. 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
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.
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 FACILITIES
Strategies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities.
- Coronavirus FAQs
- Coronavirus Infographic
- Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Spanish Version)
- Cover Your Cough Poster
- Stop the Spread of Germs Poster
- Hand Washing vs. Hand Sanitizer Fact Sheet
- What To Do If You’re Sick
- What The Public Should Do
MORE COVID-19 INFO AT WWW.COAB.US/945/CORONAVIRUS-INFORMATION, INFO@COAB.US, OR (904) 247-5804
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