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While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person. The Florida Department of Health and CDC recommend that people traveling to China avoid animals both live and dead, but there is no reason to think that any animals or pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. For more information, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov.
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On March 4, 2020 the Mayor of the City of Pembroke Pines, Mayor Frank Ortis, composed a letter to Pembroke Pines residents. (Letter from the Mayor)
The Florida Department of Health, World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are suggesting some common-sense precautions that you can take that apply to many infectious diseases. The most important is frequent hand washing with soap and water or use of alcohol-based hand rubs (see Prevention & Treatment https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html and Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings https://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/). You also should avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands and encourage people around you to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has provided a summary of facts that can assist in understanding and preparing for Coronoavirus. (Read More...)
To see the latest case count please visit the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 page
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
Read about COVID-19 Symptoms from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Here are a few resources. (This may not necessarily include all Public or Private Charter Schools, Parochial and other private schools.) Click each title for information from that group. Please call schools directly to obtain information on their procedures.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has detailed information on their website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
Here are a few items from that website:
Contact the State of Florida Attorney General
For the latest situation report please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html.
A State of Emergency can occur and be declared on National, State, County and City levels.
A state of emergency is a situation in which a government is empowered to perform actions or impose policies that it would normally not be permitted to undertake. A government can declare such a state during a disaster, civil unrest, or armed conflict. Such declarations alert citizens to change their normal behavior and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans.
A state governor or local mayor may declare a state of emergency within his or her jurisdiction. This is common at the state level in response to natural disasters. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains a system of assets, personnel and training to respond to such incidents.
On March 9, 2020, the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for COVID-19 (Coronavirus Declaration of Emergency)