This regular bi-weekly COVID-19 operational update is for the fourteen days from Thursday January 28 through Wednesday February 10.
Compared to the January 27 report’s previous two week average, over the past two weeks, average new COVID-19 infections have dropped 11% in Brevard County, with new case counts averaging around 214 per day. The prior two week average percent positivity also improved, from 8.81% for the January 27 report to 7.35% 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 15. Tomorrow, I will be extending the requirement another week to Monday February 22.
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 is aware of five employees out due to COVID-19. These employees, from four different departments, have either been quarantined because of close exposure to a confirmed positive person and/or have tested positive themselves.
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 January 4, and several persons have since received their second dose, with more second dose appointments scheduled in the coming weeks. Additionally, Publix stores in Brevard County with pharmacies have begun vaccinations for those over 65. Later this week, additional pharmacies in Florida are expected to begin receiving new allocations of vaccines.
Vaccine information for those 65 and older may be accessed via the link below:
Brevard County Emergency Management COVID-19 Vaccine Information
As of today’s vaccination report, the State Health Department reports that in Brevard County, 58,992 persons have received the vaccine, with 40,892 persons having received their first dose, and 18,100 persons having completed the current two dose regimen. With an estimated County population of 606,671, this means that approximately 9.7% of the population in Brevard County has received at least their first dose of vaccine.
As it will continue to be several weeks before there will be any vaccines available for the general population, we are advised to continue to avoid crowds, socially distance, frequently hand wash, and consistently wear our face coverings outside our immediate homes.