FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ORMOND BEACH — March 13, 2020 The City of Ormond Beach is coordinating with all of our community partners while closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation for our area. City staff is continuously assessing and adapting emergency plans for COVID-19 and is implementing mitigation strategies to slow the transmission of the disease, in particular to protect individuals at increased risk for severe illness, including older adults and those with underlying health conditions, as well as the healthcare of critical infrastructure workforces.
The City is being proactive and following CDC and Florida Department of Health (FDOH) recommendations and guidelines in preparation for potential cases of COVID-19. While our City is functioning as normal, we are working hard to ensure emergency plans are in place. As recommended by the CDC, we are asking all residents to take the following preventative actions:
As recommended by the FDOH, if you think you may have COVID-19 or are showing any symptoms, please call your doctor or local hospital before you go in. For any questions or concerns you may have regarding COVID-19, FDOH has a call center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-779-6121 or email at COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds. Use alcohol- based sanitizer with 60% alcohol if soap is not readily available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Additional hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout city facilities for employee and public use.
- Cleaning supplies have been distributed to departments to clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces.
- Professional cleaning and disinfectant services are scheduled prior to any public meetings.
- Professional cleaning and disinfectant services for city facilities is being increased in frequency.
Consistent with the Governor’s recommendations and CDC advisories, Community events and activities are being evaluated through the end of March
and will be cancelled as needed. Please visit OrmondBeach.org/coronavirus for more information related to cancellations as they become available.
- Employee meetings will be evaluated and may be cancelled or conducted by phone.
- Employee attendance at outside meetings and conferences will be cancelled through April 3, 2020. Travel beyond this date will be reevaluated.
- Employees with personal travel plans (international and cruises) are required to report dates and locations to human resources so that preventative measures can be taken, as outlined by the CDC.
- Employees displaying flu-like symptoms will be required to stay home and return to work once cleared by a physician.
- Employees that test positive for COVID-19 will be allowed to return to work after testing negative for the virus according to CDC guidelines.
- Information on the importance of hand washing and/or using hand sanitizers, and staying home when sick have been shared with all employees and posted in facilities.
- All departments are developing plans to continue essential services should a large number of employees be effected by the virus.
Thank you for helping keep our employees and community safe. We will continue to provide updates regarding city facilities and services and appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time. For all updates concerning the City of Ormond Beach and the coronavirus, please visit OrmondBeach.org/coronavirus.