This regular bi-weekly COVID-19 operational update is for the fourteen days from Thursday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 16.
The City’s requirement for employees and members of the public to mask while inside our municipal facilities remains in place, and hand sanitizer stations have been conveniently located just inside the entry doors of our municipal buildings so as to seek to maximize their use as soon as people enter.
In accordance with the authority granted the City Manager in Section 11 of the West Melbourne Emergency Masking Ordinance No. 2020-05, I have administratively extended the City Council’s Emergency Masking Ordinance to midnight on Monday December 21. Tomorrow, I will evaluate the need to extend the requirement another week to Monday December 28, and I am likely to approve the extension.
The City Council’s emergency ordinance allows for these administratively approved one-week-at-a-time extensions so long as there is an active COVID-19 emergency in the State of Florida. On November 3, Governor DeSantis extended the COVID-19 state of emergency via Executive Order Number 20-276. The extension is for 60 days to January 2, 2021.
As required by the emergency ordinance, each time I have administratively extended for one week the sunset date of the ordinance, this determination has been filed with the City Clerk and posted on the City’s web site. Each time the sunset date has been extended, this information has also been directly provided to the identified ‘essential businesses’ by members of the City’s Police Department.
Currently, the City has two employees out ill who have tested positive for COVID-19, and four others either symptomatic or asymptomatic across three departments who have been exposed to a positive person. All six are quarantined and may not return to work pending negative results from a PCR test and end of symptoms. Over the past two weeks, I have participated in two COVID-19 conference calls with the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center and one with the Space Coast County, City and Town Manager group. Vaccine distribution has commenced in Florida, but, as of this writing, no known deliveries have yet been made to Brevard County. It will be a while before there will be vaccines available for the general population. In the meantime, we must all continue to avoid crowds, socially distance, frequently hand wash, and consistently wear our face coverings outside our immediate homes.