LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATES: CASE COUNT, TESTING SITES, VACCINE UPDATES. ELIGIBLE GROUPS EXPAND FOR COVID-19 VACCINE.

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Public Information Officer Mary Swaney
mary.swaney@islamorada.fl.us
305-664-6411

Summary of Important Actions Addressing Coronavirus
March 4, 2021
Update 

Jump to sections on this page:
COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida through the Statewide Preregistration System
Online reservations for VACCINE appointments at Publix and Winn Dixie pharmacies
Monroe County Case Count and
Case Information
Testing Locations in Monroe County
Phase 3 Reopening Restrictions, Regulations and Guidelines
Islamorada Administrative Offices Reopen January 19, 2021
Building Permit Inspections During Closure are Eligible for Reimbursement 

Village Council Meeting Information
Islamorada Parks, Beaches and Boat Ramps
Large Events Suspended

Links to COVID-19 Resources


MONROE COUN
TY CASE COUNT AND STATUS. Case information updated Monday through Friday.
There were 26 new cases reported in Monroe County on March 4, 2021. 
There have been 5937 positive cases in Monroe County since the beginning of COVID-19 reporting - 5618 residents and 319 non-residents. 

Additional case information provided on Florida's COVID-19 surveillance dashboard to assist with our understanding of active virus:
in Monroe County,
161
of the cases were reported in the past 7 days; 287 of the cases were reported in the past 14 days
The test positivity rate reported for yesterday was 5.37%

Key West - 2866
Key Largo - 891
Tavernier - 425
Plantation Key - 2
Islamorada - 189
Long Key - 23
Conch Key - 4
Duck Key - 6
Key Colony Beach - 40
Marathon - 668
Grassy Key - 1
Big Pine Key - 117
Big Torch Key - 1
Rockland Key - 6
Little Torch Key - 26
Ramrod Key - 13

Summerland Key - 156
Cudjoe Key - 59
Sugarloaf - 25
Stock Island - 63
Cross Key - 3
Homeless - 1
Non-residents - 319
Missing City - 33

There are eight (8) current hospitalizations in the county; that number does not take into account those hospitalized outside of Monroe County.
Forty six
(46) COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in Monroe County.
Updates are provided at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov and the surveillance dashboard

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments in Florida
pre-register at myvaccine.fl.gov 

On January 29, 2021, Florida launched a statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting myvaccine.fl.gov.

Per an Executive Order announced by Governor DeSantis on March 2, 2021, three additional groups of individuals were added to the list of those eligible for the vaccine: K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older, sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older, and firefighters 50 years of age and older.

Following is a list of all individuals currently eligible for the vaccine in Florida. If someone does not meet these eligibility requirements, they will not be able to pre-register. (
Hospital providers also may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.)

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • Persons 65 years of age and older; and
  • Health care personnel with direct patient
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older;
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older


The preregistration system found at myvaccine.fl.gov allows individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be proactively contacted when vaccine appointments are available at state-supported vaccination sites. On the site, residents can select their county and submit their contact information. Once appointments are available, individuals will be contacted by phone call, text or email and will be assisted in scheduling an appointment.

Additionally, as part of the statewide registration system, each county has a designated phone number that individuals can call and pre-register if they do not have Internet access. The Monroe County Preregistration System toll free number is 866-201-7069. Please find the complete list of numbers and TTY numbers by county here. Whether a resident calls by phone or visits myvaccine.fl.gov, their place in line will be reserved reliably using Sharecare software.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:  The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County has begun to set up vaccine events at locations throughout the county. The appointments are available to those eligible residents preregistered in the statewide system through myvaccine.fl.gov. Please preregister to be contacted for an appointment at a Department of Health event.

lCOVID-19 Vaccines at all Publix stores
select Winn Dixie stores in Monroe County

All five Publix pharmacies in Monroe County will receive allotments of  vaccines for those currently eligible for vaccinations. The Winn Dixie stores in Tavernier and Key West will also receive vaccines for eligible groups. Eligible groups include adults aged 65 and older, health care personnel with direct patient contact and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. There are a limited number of COVID-19 vaccines available through the local pharmacies. Appointments may be made only online at the pages provided below. 

PUBLIX:  Opportunities to make online reservations for Publix begin at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays each week.  Log on to https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida. There has been a tremendous demand for the vaccine and the supply is limited; appointments during the previous reservation periods were claimed in less than an hour. Reminder: Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix pharmacy.

WINN DIXIE:  Visit 
www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine to download the consent form to save time when appointments become available at the local Winn Dixies stores. The vaccines available at Winn Dixie are provided through the Federal Pharmacy Program and are in addition to the allotments for Monroe County.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in Florida at: floridahealthcovid19.gov/covid-19-vaccines-in-florida 
For more information, visit monroe.flhealth.gov/covid19 
or call the 24/7 hotline at 866-779-6121.


Find Testing Locations in Monroe County on the Department of Health in Monroe County webpage 
Testing Locations in
Monroe County
 

Free COVID-19 Testing with Curative at Founders Park
EXTENDED indefinitely

Walk-up testing, no appointment needed or schedule an appointment online.
 
Testing with a mouth swab. Results take two to five days.

The COVID-19 testing startup Curative is offering walk-up testing daily at Founders Parks in Islamorada until further notice. Hours are from 8AM-6PM, seven days a week. Testing is not limited to local residents. Visitors that need testing before taking a flight or returning home are welcome. Testing is available by walk-up or appointment. Appointments are available at www.curative.com

Curative offers an oral-fluid swab testing—an alternative method to nasopharyngeal swabs in testing for COVID-19. The observed and directed self-collected oral fluid swab involves having the person cough first, which releases virus from the upper and lower respiratory tract. The virus is then caught in the saliva, the patient then swabs the inside of their cheeks and the roofs of their mouths. Once complete, the patient seals their test within a secure container and returns it to a medical professional to be administered in the lab.

Results are sent to patients via SMS text or email. TEST RESULTS MAY TAKE UP TO FIVE DAYS TO BE RECEIVED.  

  

When and Where:  

Daily, Monday through Sunday 

from 8AM-6PM 

Founders Park 

87000 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada 
 

How:  

Walk-ups welcome.  

Book an appointment at www.curative.com.   

No insurance necessary.  


Florida's Phase 3 Reopening
Masks and Social Distancing Requirements Continue in Monroe County

On Friday, September 25, the Governor announced he was moving the state into the Phase 3 of reopening, that restaurant capacity limits would be lifted, and that he was suspending the collection of fines for mask violations against individuals.

Monroe County Ordinance 026-2020 requiring facial coverings be worn and social distancing be maintained is still in effect. There will be no citations against individuals, but code compliance can still cite businesses that are not requiring facial coverings inside the business. Islamorada is adhering to Monroe County regulations and guidelines.

Current restrictions on restaurant/bar capacity were imposed by the State, not the County. Businesses may operate at full capacity. Businesses, including restaurants and bars, should continue practicing social distancing for the protection of their customers.

Masks are also required outdoors when social distancing of six feet or more is not possible. “Wearing a mask is still incredibly important,” said Bob Eadie, Monroe County’s Health Officer. “We continue to rely on everyone’s adherence to the simple public health measures we’ve been stressing, especially mask wearing. Take individual precautions, be smart in crowds, wash your hands, and socially distance.”


Village Administrative Offices Open on a Limited Basis

Masks are required for all those entering the Administrative Center, the lobbies are limited to three people at any time and most Village business is continuing to be conducted via phone calls, email and virtual meetings. Please call or email in advance if you wish to meet with a Village staff member. Contact information can be found in the Village Staff Directory on on department pages.

Building and Planning Department Service Hours
Monday - Thursday 9 AM – 3 PM
Friday 9 AM – 12 PM

Hours for all other Departments
Monday – Friday
 8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM

Building Permit Inspections Performed During the Closure are Eligible for Reimbursement

Islamorada will reimburse contractors and property owners that hired professional engineers, architects or private providers to perform building permit inspections during the period the Building Department was closed as a coronavirus-related precaution. Inspections performed from January 4, 2021 through January 18, 2021 may be reimbursed.

The contractors or property owner must submit copies of the invoice, proof of payment and the engineer letter/inspection report. The requests for reimbursement and required documentation can be submitted through Friday, March 19, 2021. Direct requests for reimbursement and any inquiries to the following Finance Department staff members:

Deb Guenther 305-664-6446 deb.guenther@islamorada.fl.us
Hatti Jenkins 305-664-6420 hatti.jenkins@islamorada.fl.us  


VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETINGS

The next regular Village Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2021, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Due to the size and configuration of the Founders Park Community Center, which serves as the Council Chambers, and in keeping with CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines, capacity of the Community Center for Village Council meetings will be limited. Only Council Members and essential staff members required to conduct the meetings will be in physical attendance due to the limited capacity.

The general public will be able to virtually attend and otherwise participate in the meeting utilizing the existing Zoom meeting infrastructure. The Village has expanded its Internet bandwidth and Zoom meeting participant level to facilitate participation and comment by the public remotely. Staff is available to assist the public as needed in accessing and utilizing the Zoom application to watch the meeting and submit public comment.

Alternatively, the public may watch the meeting on Monroe County’s MCTV Comcast Channel 77 or may view the meeting streamed live on the Village website from their personal computer, tablet or phone via the following link: https://www.islamorada.fl.us/departments/communications/live_village_broadcast_meeting.php 

Please call the Village Clerk’s Office at 305-664-6413 for more information and guidance.


Islamorada Public Parks, Public Beaches and Public Boat Ramps
Open at 50% Capacity

Islamorada parks, beaches and boat ramps are open. Capacity is limited to 50% to ensure social distancing can be maintained by people visiting the facilities. Everyone over the age of six must have a mask with them at all times and wear the mask when social distancing is not possible.

Islamorada welcomes everyone to enjoy our parks and beaches and encourages you to remain vigilant with all efforts to keep the community. 


Large events in Islamorada suspended through at least June 1, 2021

Update from the February 25, 2021 Village Council Meeting: The Village Council extended the permit suspension for special events in the Village through June 1, 2021 to prevent the potential for “community transmission” that could occur during the large, crowded events. The CDC advises that the more individual interacts with people they do not live with and the closer and longer each interaction is, the higher the risk of getting infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 especially with the more transmissible variations of the virus. Guidance from the Florida Health Department’s Bob Eadie was considered while making the decision. The Village Council will be provided an update from Bob Eadie at a Village Council meeting in April or May to determine whether the suspension may be lifted or continued. 


Stay up to date with the actions and recommendations on the following sites:
Monroe County COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page
Florida Department of Health. Email COVID-19@flhealth.gov or call the 24/7 hotline: 866-779-6121
CDC information
Testing sites in Monroe County