Brevard County Leaders Provide New Recommendations After Recent Spike in COVID-19 Cases

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Cases jumped from 424 to 565 in two weeks

CORONAVIRUS BREVARD UPDATE: Brevard County Commissioner Chairman Bryan Lober and MedFast Urgent Care’s Dr. David Williams discuss the latest developments regarding COVID-19 from a government point of view and medical point of view. Video aired on Friday.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – An upward trend of positive COVID-19 cases in Brevard County has prompted a reminder to county residents to be mindful of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on social distancing and its newest recommendations on ways to protect yourself and others.

The number of positive COVID-19 cases reported by the Florida Department of Health Brevard has climbed to 565. Barely two weeks ago, the number of positive cases in the county was 424. In that same time frame, statewide numbers jumped from 56,830 to 77,326.

With people returning to work, and restaurants and other establishments reopening as part of the Phase II “Re-opening Florida” economic recovery plan, the CDC is asking the public to adopt different types of prevention measures to protect yourself and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The emphasis is on “Time” “Space” “People” and “Places,” as in the more time you spend and the closer in space you are to any (possibly) infected people, the higher your risk. Interacting with more people raises your risk, and indoor places are riskier than outdoors.

Among recommendations:
• If you have COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever or chills, cough, muscle or body aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people.
• Wash hands often and cover coughs and sneezes.
• Avoid mass gatherings.
• Wear a face mask or cloth face covering when out in public.
• Keep 6 feet of space between you and others. The closer you are to people who may be infected, the greater the risk of you becoming infected. Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces.
• Be aware that spending more time with people who may be infected increases your risk of becoming infected, or their risk of becoming infected if you may have already been infected.

For more information on the newest CDC recommendations, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/activities.html

Several test sites are currently available for COVID-19 testing in Brevard County:

• A free drive-through, no-appointment-required state-run test site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay Campus
250 Community College Parkway
Palm Bay, FL. 32909

• Health First: Pro-Health & Fitness, 255 Borman Drive, Merritt Island
Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon
To register for an appointment, call 321-434-3131

• Parrish Hospital: Pre-registration is required at all testing locations. For appointments, call 321-268-6139 or text “covid test” to 321-204-1699

Tuesday afternoons, Parrish Health and Fitness Center parking lot, 2210 Cheney Hwy, Titusville

Wednesday afternoons, Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church, grass lot south of church, 2396 Harry T. Moore Ave., Mims

Thursday afternoons, Harry T. Moore Social Services Center parking lot, 725 S. Deleon Ave, Titusville

Friday mornings, Parrish Medical Offices parking lot , 7075 US 1, Port St. John

Saturday mornings, Gibson Youth Center parking lot, 835 Sycamore St. Titusville

FDOH Brevard has these free appointment-only drive-through testing locations:
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice
9 a.m. to noon
DOH-Brevard Viera Clinic
2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera FL 32940

June 18
9 a.m. to noon
Iglesia de Cristo
1504 Clearlake Road, Cocoa FL 32922

June 23
9 a.m. to noon
St. Luke’s Catholic Church
5055 Micco Road, Barefoot Bay, FL 32976

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