Coronavirus Information

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.

TRAVEL RESTRICTION

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.

BEACH CLOSURE

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

State declaration (issued March 9; effective until further notice)

Jacksonville declaration (issued March 13; effective until further notice

Atlantic Beach declaration (originally issued March 13; re-issued March 20; effective through March 27)

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 (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.

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

We’re making a list and checking it … when you give us updates by emailing info@coab.us. Here’s the list (updated March 26).

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 info@coab.us with the tag, “Together”.

MORE DETAILS AT WWW.COAB.US/945/CORONAVIRUS-INFORMATION, INFO@COAB.US, OR (904) 247-5804

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
  • 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 info@coab.us or call (904) 247-5804.

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Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline:   1-866-779-6121

Prevent Illness

COVID 19 Prevention graphic showing good hygiene

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.

Print & post our flyer to remind your co-workers, customers, friends, and family how they can prevent the spread of germs.  A Spanish version is also available.

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.

Graphic showing a person developing COVID19 symptoms - Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath

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 

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.

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 .

Returning Home

  • 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 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

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

Convid Long Term Flyer Thumbnail

COVID-19 Prevention for Long-Term Care Facilities

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

Long-Term Care English - Long-Term Care Spanish

Additional Resources

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

Additional Helpful Links


Florida Department of Health

CDC Prepares Communities

JaxReady Coronavirus Website

Download the JaxReady Mobile App

Duval County Schools Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Real-Time Map

Gov. DeSantis Press Conference (Feb. 27, 2020)

World Health Organization

Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction Podcast (Dr. Sanjay Gupta)

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration


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