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Posted on: April 7, 2021

[ARCHIVED] City Manager's Update on COVID-19 for April 7

This regular bi-weekly COVID-19 operational update is for the fourteen days from Thursday, March 25 through Wednesday, April 7. 

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 cases
January 27 report (January 14 – January 27): 244 average new daily cases
February 10 report (January 28 – February 10): 214 average new daily cases
February 24 report (February 11 – February 24): 141 average daily cases
March 10 report (February 25 – March 10): 116 average daily cases
March 24 report (March 11 – March 24): 103 average daily cases
April 7 report (March 25 – April 7): 100 average daily cases

The percent positivity has been declining, but has now stabilized, as shown below:

January 13 report (December 31 – January 13): 10.30% positivity
January 27 report (January 14 – January 27): 8.82% positivity
February 10 report (January 28 – February 10): 7.35% positivity
February 24 report (February 11 – February 24): 6.68% positivity
March 10 report (February 25 – March 10): 5.91% positivity
March 24 report (March 11 – March 24): 5.89% positivity
April 7 report (March 25 – April 7): 5.96% 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% today, that percentage has increased to 29.6%.

While this is encouraging, COVID-19 can still be deadly for the unvaccinated, and the Brevard County death toll has grown to 825.

We continue to be reminded by infectious disease experts to not let up on our guard even as new cases and hospitalization drop. We understand that all Florida 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 19.

Currently, the City has no employees off work who have either tested positive for COVID-19, or else who have been closely exposed to a positive person and have not yet reached the end of their quarantine period. 

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