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Posted on: March 2, 2020

Statewide health emergency: COVID-19 Update #1

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Stuart, FL – On Sunday evening, Governor DeSantis issued an executive order declaring a statewide health emergency after two Florida residents tested “presumptively positive” for coronavirus.  Executive Order Number 20-51 designates the state’s Department of Health “as the lead state agency to coordinate emergency response activities among the various state agencies and local governments.”  The Governor will also be directing the State Health Officer to take any actions necessary to protect public health.   

The City of Stuart is closely monitoring the potential spread of COVID-19 in Florida and is developing an emergency response plan in the event of a local health emergency.  Moving forward, the City will provide regular health information updates and will also be sharing critical information from state and federal agencies like the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) when appropriate and in the best interests of public health and safety.

The CDC recommends the following preventative measures to minimize the spread of illness: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before eating.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Face masks are not recommended to be worn by people who aren’t sick as a protective measure from respiratory diseases including COVID-19.
  • Face masks should be used by those who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

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