COVID-19 General Information
As a large employer and a local government provider of public services, programs and facilities, we are paying close attention to the information and messaging coming from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), Florida League of Cities and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the coronavirus.
This page contains information, resources and links to the FDOH and CDC for what you need to know about the coronavirus, what to do if you are sick and strategies to avoid getting sick.
Help Slow the Spread
Do your part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
For more information, please visit Coronavirus.gov.
- Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
- Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
- DO NOT VISIT nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
- Practice good hygiene:
- Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
Be sure to listen to and follow the directions of state and local authorities.
If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
Click HERE for the latest up-to-date information from the City of Boca Raton on COVID-19.
What you need to know about COVID-19
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. For information, situation updates and the latest news on coronavirus, visit the Florida Department of Health.
The FDOH now has a call center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-779-6121 or email at COVIDemail@example.com.
What are the symptoms?:
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
How to protect yourself:
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often 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 readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Read more from the CDC about handwashing.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
If you or someone you know has cold or flu-like symptoms, our community partner, Boca Raton Regional Hospital - Baptist Health South Florida has some great resources like the Baptist Health On Demand app. Residents can use the app to speak to a doctor and find guidance before rushing to a waiting room – 24/7, nationwide. Use CODE: CARE19. Learn more...
Visit the following websites regarding travel notices and advisories:
- Number of novel COVID - 19 cases in Florida
- Florida Department of Health
- Information on what you need to know, what your county health department is doing and planning and preparedness resources.
- Florida League of Cities Coronavirus Resources page
- Website includes helpful links, resources, fact sheets and recent news.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Website includes information on what you need to know, preventing COVID-19 spread in communities, how to protect yourself and your family and higher risk and special populations.
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