As concerns begin to mount in the United States about the potential spread of COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus, Bob Eadie, Administrator of Florida Department of Health in Monroe County, is asking Keys residents and visitors to remain calm and make sure they have information from a trusted resource. There are no Coronavirus cases being investigated in Monroe County. The threat level for Coronavirus in Monroe County is also considered to be low risk.
The most accurate information is at www.cdc.gov, including how it is spread, symptoms, and testing, protecting yourself, situations updates, information for travel, healthcare professionals, and more.
“Monroe County Emergency Management is monitoring the situation closely and working with its partners to facilitate additional planning as needed,” said Shannon Weiner, Monroe County Director of Emergency Management. The partners, which include the port authority and the hospitals, are meeting to discuss measures regarding the virus. The TDC is also monitoring and communicating necessary information to the Florida Keys travelers.
While there’s not yet a vaccine for the virus, Eadie said the best prevention and treatments are methods that have been practiced for years when dealing with flu and other respiratory illnesses. They include washing hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; covering nose and mouth when sneezing; if sick, staying home from work or school and other public places; and drinking lots of fluids. Sectors of the population who are at the greatest risk for serious effects from the virus are elderly people and those with compromised immune systems.
“A portion of the Monroe County population is vulnerable to the flu and now the Coronavirus,” said Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers. “Monroe County Emergency Management has been monitoring this since January and working diligently to ensure that precautions are in place should anything escalate.”
Monroe County Emergency Management information can be found at www.monreocountyem.com, www.facebook.com/monroecountybocc, and www.twitter.com/monroecounty. Florida Department of Health - Monore County information can be found at www.floridahealth.gov.