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COVID-19 UPDATE #24

Help stop the spread of COVID-19

Post Date:03/24/2020 4:59 PM

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 24, 2020) – The City of West Palm Beach continues to monitor the recent emergence of COVID-19. As part of the City’s emergency response plan to combat this pandemic, the public is reminded to follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it pertains to hand hygiene, disinfection and social distancing.

Wash or Sanitize Your Hands

Wash your hands, multiple times throughout the day, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after you have been in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If you don’t have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Make sure to rub all surfaces of your hands until they feel dry again. Avoid touching any part of your face with unwashed hands.

City Hall, which is now a “handshake-free zone,” has located various hand sanitizing stations throughout the building, all of which are available to visitors and employees.

Keep Your Distance

The CDC and Florida Department of Health have recommended “social distancing” yourself from others by staying at least 6 feet away from others. Additionally, social gatherings are not to exceed a capacity of 10 people until further notice.

In compliance with these recommendations, the City has cancelled or postponed all mass gatherings for the next several weeks. Local restaurants have also been instructed to provide carry out and delivery services only, and establishments that have lobbies or seating areas (apart from essential businesses) have been ordered to close these options.

Make Sure Your Surroundings are Clean

Remember to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on a daily basis. These include doorknobs, countertops, light switches, desks, phones, keyboards faucets and more. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Disinfection and cleaning measures have been expanded throughout City Hall.

Protect Others Around You

If you are sick or have symptoms that are closely associated with COVID-19, please stay home unless you are seeking medical treatment.

Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing with your elbow or a tissue, and immediately dispose of used tissues. Wash your hands according to the previously mentioned routine.

If you are sick, it is appropriate to wear a face mask in public places or when around others. If you are not sick, please only wear a mask only if you are caring for someone who is sick and unable to wear a mask. Mask supplies should be saved for healthcare workers and first responders.

The City of West Palm Beach and its dedicated first responders are committed to the safety of community members. For more information on helpful resources, closures and more, visit the City’s dedicated COVID-19 page at www.wpb.org.

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