Coronavirus - CoVid19
MESSAGE FROM JUPITER MEDICAL OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
As we are all being affected by the turn of events COVID-19 is causing, we are asking that all Occupational Health related services be by appointment only at this time. Effective Monday, April 6th, 2020 our PGA location will also be closed due to the ongoing pandemic; this closure is in conjunction with the Stuart and West Palm offices as well. The Indiantown Rd and Donald Ross locations will remain open at this time; we will keep updating everyone as the situations change. The appointments will be made with the Donald Ross location located at:
Jupiter Medical Center
5430 Military Trl Ste 64
Jupiter, FL 33458
We will be able to accommodate on Mondays and Thursdays at this time please have your employees call the number listed to schedule an appointment prior to coming into the office as we will not be accepting walk-ins at this time. If we have any changes and can accommodate more days or the days change we will let you know; thank you so much for your continued support and cooperation during this trying time!
Veterans who are concerned they may have symptoms of COVID-19, flu or cold should
contact the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center at 1-877-741-3400 before coming to a VA facility.
Visitor access to State Veterans’ Homes has been restricted until further notice, with the exception of
essential visitors, such as family members of those residents undergoing end-of-life care. Additionally,
admissions for state veterans’ homes have been temporarily suspended.
Solid Waste Authority
Home Chemical and Recycling Centers (HCRC) to Close
Please help minimize risk to your solid waste workers. At the close of business Monday, March 30, the SWA closed five Home Chemical and Recycling Centers. This is due to continuing developments around the county’s COVID-19 response, specifically Palm Beach County’s Amendment to Emergency Order 3 on March 29 implementing the Stay Home-Stay Safe: Safer at Home Policy and Florida’s Emergency Order 20-83.
The closest HCRC to remain open for crucial customer needs only:
West Palm Beach Home Chemical and Recycling Center
6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach
Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
MONDAY MESSAGE FROM THE VILLAGE
Most people know we put out a Friday Message on most Friday’s packed with comprehensive information on the Village and its events. Since we have been inundating you with information, we did not send one out last Friday. Check out today’s message.
Palm Beach County and Governor Orders
Retail and Commercial Business
Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 2, Section 3, closes all noncritical retail and commercial business locations within Palm Beach County (incorporated and unincorporated) except to the extent necessary to perform minimum basic operations. The businesses deemed critical are outlined in Section 4.
Restaurants and Food Service
Per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-70, restaurants and/or food service business establishments (with seating for more than 10 people) can only remain open to provide delivery services, pick-up and take-out.
Docks, Ramps and Marinas
Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 1, as amended, closed all boat docks, ramps, marinas and other venues utilized for launching any vessels to be used for recreational purposes, including but not limited to fishing charters, boat tours and diving excursions.
The Village asks that everyone please comply with these orders for the safety and well being of our residents. The Building Official will be enforcing the Orders through the legal means allowed. If you have questions, please call the Building Department at (561) 768-0453 or (561) 768-0454 if you have any questions.
PALM BEACH COUNTY TESTING SITE INFORMATION
PROTECTING LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES
Check out Palm Beach County Emergency Operations video regarding Personal Protective Equipment being distributed to our local first responders and medical personnel.
CAN COVID-19 BE SPREAD THROUGH FOOD SOURCES?
There have been multiple reports of a positive COVID-19 case for someone who frequents the Village of Tequesta. While we cannot confirm or deny these reports, it is important that if you think you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, please self-quarantine and closely monitor your symptoms.
In recent days, there have been many articles regarding the spread of the virus. This is a recently published article on whether you can catch COVID-19 from a food source. We encourage all residents to educate themselves and family members on the spread, best practices, and symptoms.
TEQUESTA RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKE-OUT AND DELIVERY
It is important that we keep our local restaurants in business. Village staff has compiled a list of incorporated Tequesta restaurants that are offering take-out orders and delivery services. If you are aware of a business that is open and offering these services that is not on the list, please submit their information to us using the online Restaurant Form.
HOW TO BECOME INFECTED
As COVID-19 continues to spread, and the number of Palm Beach County cases increase, there are many cases hitting close to home. There are also many cases in and around the Village that have gone undetected.
Please use best practices such as social distancing even if you don’t suspect someone to be COVID-19 positive. Wash your hands as often as possible, use hand sanitizer when available, and follow Executive Orders set by Federal, State, and Local Governments.
If you or someone you know has been in contact with someone displaying symptoms or with a positive diagnosis, please be thorough with monitoring your symptoms and if possible self quarantine. This informational guide details how you could become infected.
WORKSHOP MEETING MARCH 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM
The Village Council will hold its regularly scheduled Workshop on Monday, March 30 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting agenda is available on our website.
Due to COVID-19, the meeting will not be held in a physical location, however, will be held via Zoom and Facebook Live.
Residents will have the ability to view the meeting in the following manners:
Join by Facebook Live:
Join by Zoom:
Meeting ID: 828 941 891
Join by Phone:
+1 301 715 8592 US
Meeting ID: 828 941 891
Residents who wish to provide citizen comments will be able to do so via our Online Citizen Comment Form, Facebook page or Zoom using the “live chat” options. The live chat will appear to the right of the video player when the live stream is active. NOTE: Citizen comments will be taken after the Council discussed the item and the Village Clerk will read the comments into the record in the order they were received.
VILLAGE FACILITIES CLOSED
In an abundance of caution, the Village of Tequesta will continue to be closed to the public. Staff is still and will continue to be available to serve our citizens. For assistance, contact our staff using the staff contact list. We hope all citizens will do their part to remain home when possible to prevent the spread. With your help we look forward to getting back to the “Tequesta Way of Life.”
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT AREA BOAT RAMPS AND SANDBARS
March 22, 2020
Area Boat Ramps and Sandbars Closed in the Local Area
VILLAGE EVENTS CANCELED
March 13, 2020
As a precautionary measure to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, The Village of Tequesta has canceled all special events hosted by the Village of Tequesta until further notice, which includes Shred It, Coffee with a Cop, Volunteer Recognition, Annexation Workshop, and our Easter Egg hunts. The Village Council meetings and Election Day will continue unless deemed to be necessary to cancel or postpone. The Special Magistrate, Environmental Committee, Pension Boards, and other public meetings will be evaluated on a case by case basis but are currently planned as scheduled.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All parks are currently open.
The health and well-being of our residents and visitors remains the Village’s top priority. We feel we have an obligation to our staff, community, and surrounding committees to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The State has declared a state of emergency along with Broward County. Many other communities have issued or will be issuing similar statements regarding events.
The Village will evaluate other future public events on a case by case basis and will post updated information as decisions are made.
The Village of Tequesta reminds everyone that the Florida Department of Health has established a dedicated coronavirus call center at 1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week, as well as a dedicated email address at COVIDemail@example.com which the public can use for questions or clarifications on issues related to the coronavirus.
For additional information regarding coronavirus, please visit www.coronavirus.gov or www.floridahealth.gov.
Monday, March 2, 2020
The Village Manager implemented a program to help prevent the spread of CoVid-19 in the Tequesta workplace. Tequesta values its employees and management wants to be sure that we take every step possible to guarantee they work in a clean and safe environment.
In an effort to ensure we are doing the right things to prevent spreading the virus, the Village Manager implemented a program called “WIPEOUT”. Each morning at 8:30 am (or at shift change) all employees spend 5 minutes wiping office (and common) areas including: phones, desk, common spaces, printers, door knobs, arm rests, cell phones, etc. These five minutes of cleaning is a priority. Everyone is to do this every day!
Public Works staff purchased hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol per the CDC) and Lysol wipes and the Manager and staff delivered the supplies to each Village employee yesterday afternoon.
Additionally, we encouraged each employee to watch the "Facts About CoVid-19" video that our Fire Chief shared with staff. It outlines: What the Coronavirus is, where it came from, how it spreads, symptoms, how it is treated, how you can avoid catching it, and what you should do if you feel you have symptoms.
With a little daily prevention, we have the power to stop it!
Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. Per the CDC website, “CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.”
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. As of February 26th there have been 15 confirmed cases in the United States with zero cases reported in Florida.
Signs and Symptoms
Common human coronaviruses usually present as mild to moderate upper-respiratory-tract illnesses, such as the common cold. These illnesses usually only last for a short time; symptoms may include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- A general feeling of being unwell
Coronaviruses can cause lower-respiratory-tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, weakened/compromised immune systems, infants and older adults.
CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:
- Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.
From the Palm Beach County Emergency Management Office:
The Palm Beach County Department of Emergency Management continues to monitor the status of the Coronovirus (COVID 19) and will update information to our partner agencies as it becomes available. For further information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
As the Village’s Emergency Manager receives additional information, we will communicate it to you.