This regular bi-weekly COVID-19 operational update is for the fourteen days from Thursday January 14 through Wednesday January 27.
Compared to this report two weeks ago, over the past two weeks, new COVID-19 infections have dropped 15% in Brevard County, with new case counts averaging 244 per day. The previous two week average percent positivity also improved, from 10.30% for the January 13 report to 8.81% for this report.
Inasmuch as this is still a high level of community spread, the City’s requirement for employees and members of the public to mask while inside our municipal facilities remains in place. Hand sanitizer stations are still 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 for employees and customers in our largest ‘essential businesses’ to mask while in publicly accessible areas of these stores to midnight on Monday February 1. Tomorrow, I will be extending the requirement another week to Monday February 8.
These one week at a time extensions are allowed because Governor DeSantis has extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency in Florida through February 27, 2021; otherwise by its own terms, the ordinance sunsets. The Governor’s most recent extension of the COVID-19 State of Emergency in Florida was via Executive Order Number 20-316.
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.
Over the past eleven months, we have had a fair number of City employees return to work after recovering from being infected by the COVID-19 virus. Currently, the City Human Resources Department knows of only one employee out due to COVID-19. This employee has been quarantined because of exposure to a confirmed positive person within their household.
For persons over 65 years of age, no cost COVID-19 vaccinations are being provided in Viera through the State of Florida Health Department in Brevard County. The State began these vaccinations in Viera on Monday January 4. More recently, Publix stores in Brevard County with pharmacies have begun vaccinations for those over 65. Information on the State Health Department vaccinations in Viera and on vaccinations in the local Publix pharmacies have been directly provided to employees and retirees over 65 years old by the City’s Human Resources Department. We know of two such employees/retirees who have actually received the first of their two dose vaccinations.
Vaccine information for those 65 and older may be accessed via the links below:
Brevard County Emergency Management COVID-19 Vaccine Information
DOH Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Update/Report
CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Information for You and Your Family
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Information
It will continue to be several weeks before there will be vaccines available for the general population. Meanwhile, we are advised to continue to avoid crowds, socially distance, frequently hand wash, and consistently wear our face coverings outside our immediate homes.
Information from last Wednesday’s Brevard County EOC Community Report on the State Health Department vaccinations in Viera for Floridians age 65 and up is copied below: