As of 7 p.m. on March 24:
In Brevard, there are nine confirmed cases, five men and four women, five travel-related and three not travel-related and one unknown. The sick range in age from 32 to 76. There are zero deaths to date, 154 tests reported, 140 negatives and five test results still pending. The age range of those tested locally are from one to 97. There is currently one hospitalization.
Total confirmed cases in the state are 1,467. Deaths are up to 20 with 1,297 cases being monitored. In all, 16,046 people have been reported tested with 13,358 negatives and 1,221 results still pending.
*As published in Florida Today. See article here for more.
Residents are reminded to abide by CDC guidelines:
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. See video "How To See Germs Spread" for a great demonstration. (Show the kids.)
-Clean your hands often! CDC Handwashing Video. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Avoid close contact and practice social distancing.
-Take steps to protect others. Stay home.
-If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Call your provider before going in unless it is a medical emergency.
-If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
-Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.