This regular bi-weekly COVID-19 operational update is for the fourteen days from Thursday, April 8 through Wednesday, April 21.
Over the past seven biweekly reports, new COVID-19 infections have dropped substantially in Brevard County, as indicated below:
January 13 report (December 31 – January 13): 282 average new daily casesJanuary 27 report (January 14 – January 27): 244 average new daily casesFebruary 10 report (January 28 – February 10): 214 average new daily casesFebruary 24 report (February 11 – February 24): 141 average daily casesMarch 10 report (February 25 – March 10): 116 average daily casesMarch 24 report (March 11 – March 24): 103 average daily casesApril 7 report (March 25 – April 7): 100 average daily casesApril 21 report (April 8 – April 21): 124 average daily cases
The percent positivity had been declining, but is now increasing, as shown below:
January 13 report (December 31 – January 13): 10.30% positivityJanuary 27 report (January 14 – January 27): 8.82% positivityFebruary 10 report (January 28 – February 10): 7.35% positivityFebruary 24 report (February 11 – February 24): 6.68% positivityMarch 10 report (February 25 – March 10): 5.91% positivityMarch 24 report (March 11 – March 24): 5.89% positivityApril 7 report (March 25 – April 7): 5.96% positivityApril 21 report (April 8 – April 21): 6.90% positivity
State Department of Health data on COVID-19 vaccinations in Brevard County continues to grow. As of the bi-weekly report on February 24, the percentage of the Brevard population that had received at least the first dose of vaccine was 13.1%. As the bi-weekly report of March 10, that percentage had increased to 16.7%. As of the bi-weekly report of March 24, that percentage had increased to 23.0%. As of the bi-weekly report of April 7, that percentage increased to 29.6%. As of today, that percentage has grown to 37.5%.
While this is encouraging, COVID-19 can still be deadly for the unvaccinated, and the Brevard County death toll has grown to 847.
We continue to be reminded by infectious disease experts to not let our guard down. We understand that all Floridians 16 and older adults should now get vaccinated. We continue to be advised to avoid large crowds, socially distance, frequently hand wash, and consistently wear our face coverings outside our immediate homes. In accordance with these actions, 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.
The current sunset of the City Council’s Emergency Masking Ordinance No. 2020-05 requiring employees and customers in our largest ‘essential businesses’ to mask while in publicly accessible areas of these stores is midnight this Monday April 12. Under the authority granted the City Manager in Section 11 of the West Melbourne Emergency Masking Ordinance, tomorrow, it is likely that this sunset will be extended another week to Monday April 26.
Currently, the City has one employee off work who was recently exposed to a COVID-19 positive person. This employee has not reached the end of the required quarantine period.