Brevard Public Safety Agencies Receive Coronavirus Briefing, No Reported Cases of Coronavirus in Brevard
By Space Coast Daily // March 3, 2020
no reported cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Brevard County
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – There are no reported cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Brevard County, but key health, safety and other agency officials continue to coordinate prevention, preparedness and response strategies in an effort to keep county residents informed and to quickly and safely respond to any potential outbreak of the disease.
Nearly 200 people representing municipalities, Port Canaveral, law enforcement, fire rescue, Brevard Public Schools, Florida Department of Health, Brevard County Government, area hospitals, community assistance organizations and more, attended a COVID-19 briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Rockledge today.
A briefing on the novel coronavirus disease was provided by Department of Health officials regarding the pandemic as well as a discussion of local emergency operations planning.
In light of the increased number of COVID-19 cases across the United States, Brevard County is taking a variety of preparedness actions, including:
•Implementing Emergency Medical Dispatch protocols to ensure any potential COVID-19 cases are identified with regard to emergency medical response and patient transport
•Participating in weekly conference calls with regional, state and federal health officials
•Reviewing and updating pandemic preparedness and response plans
•Coordinating with local health department officials and county officials regarding preparedness recommendations and actions
•Monitoring Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health websites for updated guidance
•Coordinating a briefing for municipal and public safety partners
•Exercising Continuity of Operations plans
•Verifying available supplies of Personal Protective Equipment with the first responder community (police/fire/EMS)
•Ensuring local hospitals are working in coordination with FDOH and Central Florida Disaster Medical Coalition
•Contacting the Agency for Health Care Administration to ensure that nursing homes and assisted living facilities are being provided with appropriate recommendations for their patients and visitors
•Conducting internal county workshops with key departments to walk through telecommuting policies and capabilities
•Performing a Virtual EOC drill to examine essential technological tools and determine feasibility of concept
•Coordinating public messaging with Brevard Public Information Network
•Sharing information via social media to help reduce the spread of any contagious respiratory illness
From a public precaution and prevention standpoint, the Department of Health is advising county residents to follow these steps:
•Encourage sick employees to stay home and have them sent home if they become sick at work
•Encourage all employees to obtain the flu vaccine (even though this is not a COVID 19 vaccine).
•Follow respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene practices
•Perform routine environmental cleaning
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