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West Palm Beach: Follow CDC Guidance to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (June 17, 2020) – West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James and West Palm Beach Emergency Manager Asst. Chief Brent Bloomfield remind the public to follow CDC guidance and take precautions to reduce the risk of either contracting or spreading COVID-19. The wearing of cloth face coverings is strongly encouraged to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. According to the CDC, everyone should:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members. Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Stay at least 6 feet from other people.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. You could spread COVID-19 even if you do not have symptoms. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
- Monitor Your Health. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Take your temperature if symptoms develop. Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
For additional information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.