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COVID-19

Find Out This Weeks Florida Numbers And Travel Guidelines


What You Need To Know Now About COVID-19 in Florida
This Weeks Florida Numbers & Travel Guidelines

The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus (and avoid exposing other people). Here’s what you can do right now.

Practice Social Distancing
If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and close quarters.

Why? The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the coronavirus if the person coughing has the disease.

Wear a Cloth Face Cover In Public
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and out in public, such as the grocery store. Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker, and don’t place a cloth face cover on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or any person who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Why? You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose and Mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.

Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19

Clean and Disinfect “High-Touch” Surfaces
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, first clean with detergent or soap and water, and then disinfect. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants, diluted household bleach solutions, and alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol will work. See how to make a bleach solution if disinfectants are not available.


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Current Situation in Florida
Updated as of 6/25/2020

Positive Residents 111,724
Positive Non-Residents 2,294
Total Cases 114,018
Deaths 3,327
Positive Residents Out of State 8

Testing Results
Positive 114,018
Negative 1,606,626
Total 1,720,644

Positive Cases by Exposure Source
Traveled 2,423
Contact with confirmed case 45,592
Travel & contact with confirmed case 2,364
Under Investigation 50,893
Total 114,018

Positive Cases by Testing Source
Confirmed by DOH 6,130
Tested by private labs 105,594
Total 111,724


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State and Local Travel Restrictions or Orders

Like Florida, some state and local governments may have in place travel restrictions, stay at home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border checkpoints while you are traveling. For more information and travel guidance, check with the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination. Just because there are no restrictions at the time you plan to leave does not mean there won’t be restrictions in place when you arrive.

If you are thinking about traveling away from your local community, ask:

• Is COVID-19 spreading where you’re going? You can get infected while traveling.
• Is COVID-19 spreading in your community? Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling.
• Will you, or those you are traveling with, be within 6 feet of others during or after your trip? Being within 6 feet of others increases your chances of getting infected and infecting others.
• Are you or those you are traveling with more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? Older adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
• Do you live with someone who is more likely to get very ill from COVID-19? If you get infected while traveling you can spread COVID-19 to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms.
• Does the state or local government where you live or at your destination require you to stay home for 14 days after traveling? Some state and local governments may require people who have recently traveled to stay home for 14 days.

The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 1 (866) 779-6121 for any questions you might have. For more detailed information: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/

Lodging

Staying in temporary accommodations (hotels, motels, and rental properties) may expose you to the virus through person-to-person contact and possibly through contact with contaminated surfaces and objects. If you must stay in a hotel, motel, or rental property:

• Take the same steps you would in other public places—for example, avoid close contact with others, wash your hands often, and wear a cloth face covering.
• When you get to your room or rental property, clean and disinfect all high-touch surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, remote controls, toilets, and sink faucets. Bring an EPA-registered disinfectant and other personal cleaning supplies, including cloths and disposable gloves.
• Wash any plates, cups, or silverware (other than pre-wrapped plastic) before using.

International Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial travel options remain available, U.S. citizens should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite length of time. For more information, visit the Department of State website, https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html.

Attention Aventura Building Property Managers

Follow the recommended Florida State Emergency Order (EO# 20-80) protocols regarding persons traveling from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Please be advised as we move forward and through the opening process from the COVID-19 Virus Emergency, we continue to still strongly advise following the recommended Florida State Emergency Order (EO# 20-80) protocols regarding persons traveling from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Out of Town Visitors/Residents traveling into Aventura and entering lobby areas, should be asked by staff where they have been or coming from for informational purposes and to ensure they are aware of the health and safety protocols as per Florida State EO# 20-80 which requires self-quarantine for 14 days if traveling from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Additionally, persons traveling from outside the US and also staying in Aventura, it is also recommended following the same protocols.


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