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Boiling your water is not required as a precaution against COVID-19.
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You can visit the Florida Department of Health’s Dashboard for the latest information on number of cases in Brevard County. Also, the Florida Department of Health has an extensive website with reports and other useful information. The number of infected individuals for the county are available on the dashboard and the report available on their website gives more details about municipal cases.
The Department of Health is providing information to our Public Safety personnel on the locations of those individuals infected so they can remain protected if responding to that location.
Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
1. Fever may be subjective or confirmed
Last updated March 23, 2020 | Source: CDC
This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.
Last updated March 23, 2020 | Source: CDClinks to external site
Practice everyday preventive actions to help reduce your risk of getting sick and remind everyone in your home to do the same. These actions are especially important for older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions.
Last updated March 20, 2020 | Source: CDClinks to external site
Create a household plan of action to help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community:
The City of Cocoa staff is working closely with the Brevard County Emergency Management office to coordinate all communication efforts for this public health emergency. For all items specifically pertaining to the City of Cocoa (including closures, facilities and employees), our website and social media pages are updated with new information regularly. Staff also sends out press releases to the local media. Local news for Brevard County does include Orlando as well, so our residents will get a lot of news regarding the City of Orlando and Orange County. Brevard County will have regular press conferences with updated information which can be found on Space Coast Government TV and their social media pages.
There are multiple ways that you can participate in the Cocoa City Council Meetings without having to attend in person, including:
The State is working on a disaster SNAP program that will help residents who need to apply for assistance with food during this public health emergency. As directed by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 27, the Department of Children and Families has submitted a federal waiver to temporarily increase all Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients’ benefit amounts to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size for the months of March and April. Clients can expect to receive their additional March funds as early as April 3, Updates have been posted on the website regarding SNAP benefits.
COVID-19 has not been detected in drinking water supplies. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), conventional water treatment methods that use filtration and disinfection, such as those in most municipal drinking water systems, should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that Americans continue to use and drink tap water as usual. According to the CDC, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read CDC’s handwashing guidance.
The Utilities Department continues to refine its emergency action plans and continued operations plan as the pandemic evolves. In the event that a worker gets sick, the City of Cocoa has policies in place to quarantine the individual affected. The plant currently runs on shifts and we have sufficient licensed operators to make shift adjustments for workers who become sick and still be able to safely operate the plant. There are a number of treatment processes at the plant from the filters until it hits your tap that provide virus inactivation in accordance with FDEP and EPA guidelines and there is no direct contact with workers after the filters and no ability to contaminate the water. The City has also implemented a few policies during this time to limit interaction with the public in our facilities and to continually sanitize our facilities.
The City has a stabilization fund for emergency purposes only to ensure City operations continue in times of financial crisis.
The City of Cocoa is participating on daily calls with the Brevard County Emergency Management team (including the Department of Health) to stay on top of the latest developments regarding COVID-19. We are also working closely as a communications team for the County to ensure information is being disseminated as quickly and efficiently has possible.
The City of Cocoa has it’s own Emergency Operations team that is head up by Fire Chief Jonathan Lamm and includes Directors from each department that are continuously meeting and monitoring this public health emergency. We are also in daily communication with the Brevard County Emergency Management Office.
We are working based on guidelines from the Governor. If there is a requirement from State officials for a mandatory quarantine, we will adhere to those guidelines. At this time we are asking our residents to adhere to the CDC guidelines of self isolation and social distancing.
The splash pad at Riverfront Park has been shut off until further notice out of an abundance of caution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The City of Cocoa has implemented a number of policies to protect our employees and help stop the spread. All facilities are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day. All City facilities have been closed to the public to limit the chance for infection. Employees who need to can telework if they have the ability to do so. Certain departments have also implemented shift work to limit the number of employees in the office at a certain time.
In accordance with the Center for Disease Control in order to keep the community and our employees safe, City Council has approved that all events and non-essential public meetings scheduled at City owned facilities from March 17, 2020 through June 30, 2020 be cancelled or rescheduled to a future date to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If an event chooses to cancel, we will be offering full refunds on any fees paid to the City for that event. The following special events/meetings were scheduled for this time period:
Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Last updated March 20, 2020 | Source: CDC
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. To disinfect, most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. See CDC’s recommendations for household cleaning and disinfection.
Information about COVID-19 in children is somewhat limited, but the information that is available suggests that healthy children generally have mild symptoms. However, a small percentage of children have been reported to have more severe illness. Children and adults with serious chronic medical conditions are believed to be at higher risk, as well as older adults. To protect those at higher risk, it’s important that everyone practices healthy hygiene behaviors.
Last updated March 19, 2020 | Source: CDC
As public conversations around COVID-19 increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has indicated that “there is no evidence to date that COVID-19 virus has been transmitted via sewerage systems, with or without wastewater treatment.”
Yes, wastewater treatment plants treat viruses and other pathogens. Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, is a type of virus that is particularly susceptible to disinfection. Standard treatment and disinfectant processes at wastewater treatment plants are expected to be effective.
Wastewater treatment plant operations should ensure workers follow routine practices to prevent exposure to wastewater. These include using engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment normally required for work tasks when handling untreated wastewater. No additional COVID-19–specific protections are recommended for employees involved in wastewater management operations, including those at wastewater treatment facilities.
EPA urges Americans to only flush toilet paper. Disinfecting wipes and other items should be properly disposed of in the trash, not the toilet. These wipes and other items do not break down in sewer or septic systems and can damage your home’s internal plumbing as well as local wastewater collection systems. As a result, flushing these wipes can clog your toilet and/or create sewage backups into your home or your neighborhood. Additionally, these wipes can cause significant damage to pipes, pumps, and other wastewater treatment equipment. Sewer backups can be a threat to public health and present a challenge to our water utilities by diverting resources away from the essential work being done to treat and manage our nation’s wastewater. Disinfecting wipes, baby wipes, and paper towels should NEVER be flushed.