FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 4, 2020
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) INFORMATION
The Town of Davie continues to monitor the latest information from the Florida Department of Health, Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO) related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Through coordination with Broward County and the State of Florida, the Town’s leadership and first responders have already begun preparations in order to effectively respond to any increases in risk from the Coronavirus.
Coronavirus is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries, including a few cases in the United States. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others. Take care of your health and protect others by doing the following:
WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
Maintain at least 3 feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the Coronavirus if the person coughing has the disease.
AVOID TOUCHING EYES, NOSE AND MOUTH
Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
PRACTICE RESPIRATORY HYGIENE
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and Coronavirus.
IF YOU HAVE FEVER, COUGH AND DIFFICULTY BREATHING, SEEK MEDICAL CARE EARLY
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
PROTECTION MEASURES FOR PERSONS WHO ARE IN OR HAVE RECENTLY VISITED (PAST 14 DAYS) AREAS WHERE CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING
- Follow the guidance outlined above.
- For travel information on Coronavirus visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
- Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and a slight runny nose, until you recover. Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible Coronavirus and other viruses.
- If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent the possible spread of Coronavirus and other viruses.
Make sure to sign-up to receive emergency alerts from the Town on your phone or email by visiting www.davie-fl.gov/alertdavie or texting the word AlertDavie to 888777.
Also, visit the following resources for the latest information on the Coronavirus:
At this time, the Town asks that those who are sick and are still interested in conducting business with the Town to please contact the respective department for further instructions on how to complete your transaction or service. The situation surrounding the coronavirus continues to remain fluid. The Town will provide updates to ensure our residents and members of the public stay informed.
For updated information regarding 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.cdc.gov.
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.
Leona Henry, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Assistant