Update from Florida Health regarding IRC

NEWS

March 22, 2020
FLORIDA HEALTH IN INDIAN RIVER
COUNTY CONFIRMS 8 CASES OF COVID-19
Contact:
Stacy Brock
Stacy.Brock@flhealth.gov
772-794-7479
Indian River County, FL— The Florida Department of Health in Indian River County (DOHIndian River) is responding to COVID-19. As of 11:00AM, March 22, 2020, Indian River County has 8 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of the 8 cases, 4 are travel related, 3 have no travel history and 1 has an unknown travel history. In an effort to keep Indian River County residents and visitors safe, the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County is urging people to stay home and avoid non-essential trips to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Current Situation in Indian River County:

Total Cases in Indian River County 8

Residents 8
Residents Not in Florida 0
Non-Residents 0
Age Range 25-84
Average Age 60
Men 2
Women 6
Deaths 0
Hospitalizations 0
Travel-Related 4
Not Travel-Related 3
Travel Unknown 1

Everyone is encouraged to:
• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
• Cough and sneeze into your bent elbow or tissue.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
• Wash after you touch someone.
Limit interactions if you are an older adult and have underlying or chronic health conditions: compromised immunity, diabetes, or heart or lung disease regardless of age.

Additionally, you should limit interactions, such as:
• Avoid shopping at peak hours and take advantage of delivery or pick-up services.
• Avoid public transit.
• Avoid areas with active outbreaks
• Ask your employer if you can telecommute.
• Don’t shake hands as a social greeting.

Also, help protect others who may be at risk and avoid leaving home if you:
• Have been in contact with someone who has or may have COVID-19.
• Have traveled internationally or visited an area with widespread COVID-19 transmission within the last 14 days.
• Have been exposed to someone with respiratory illness within the last 14 days.
• Currently have fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
During this time, please limit mass gatherings of 10 or more people and practice social distancing whenever possible.
All restaurants, bars, and gyms are closed at this time by directive of State of Florida Governor’s Office. Restaurants are only permitted to provide pick-up, delivery, or drive-through.

This information is consistent with CDC and Florida Department of Health Guidelines. For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

The mission of the Florida Department of Health in Indian River County is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community
efforts.

About the Florida Department of Health
The Department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county
and community efforts.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit http://www.FloridaHealth.gov

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