The first presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Brevard County has been identified by the Florida Department of Health.
Additional information on whether the virus was travel-related, as well as the gender and age of the person infected, is not immediately available. The news comes barely a week after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency following the state’s first coronavirus disease-related deaths. This past week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This past Friday, President Donald Trump declared coronavirus a national emergency.
On Saturday, Brevard County declared a local state of emergency, which provides the county additional avenues to obtain protective equipment for first responders and sanitation supplies for critical public facilities; to make adjustments on leave policies; to tap into financial reserves to deal with potential emergencies; and to seek federal reimbursement for consequence management actions.
As of Monday evening, Florida has confirmed 142 cases of coronavirus across the state, including confirmed cases in neighboring Volusia, Seminole, Osceola, and Orange counties. Brevard County Emergency Management continues to work closely with local, state and federal health officials to monitor the spread of the disease. The County is also actively using social media and other communication means to provide prevention and social-distancing recommendations from both the CDC and the Florida Department of Health and to also respond to misinformation and rumors.
“The arrival of coronavirus in Brevard is neither a surprise nor catastrophic,” said Brevard County Commission Chair Bryan Lober. “The County has been taking preventative actions since January, actions which have been expanded in recent days. The County and our partner agencies have all necessary resources and support personnel to address this occurrence.”
The message for prevention continues to be individual responsibility, with the key focus on social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings to prevent the spread of germs. Individuals should continue to wash their hands often and thoroughly, using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Other measures to aid in prevention include:
• Practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet between yourself and others;
• Avoid large gatherings;
• Self-isolate if you are sick; and
• Call your regular physician, local emergency room, or urgent care clinic for screening to determine whether you should be seen by medical personnel.
Brevard County residents may call 2-1-1 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for up-to-date information regarding coronavirus.
After hours, anyone with questions should call the FDOH COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121. The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Educational resources are available on the FDOH web site at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/covid19-toolkit.html
Also, additional information pertaining to COVID-19 is available at: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540747/all/Coronavirus_COVID_19__SARS_CoV_2_