City of Titusville COVID-19 Update/SITREP as of 03-Apr-20 / 0900
The health and safety of our citizens and Staff is the City’s top priority. All City facilities remain closed to the general public. City employees are working to serve our community like always. Staff continues to provide essential services to citizens through the preferred use of technology and telephones. Public Safety, Public Works, and Water Resources departments continue essential services with minimum disruptions.
Last night (April 2nd), City Council canceled all advisory and the Community Redevelopment boards for the month of April. City Council set the date of the next regular City Council meeting to be April 28th at 6:30 p.m. This meeting will have 3 Councilmember physically present in the Council Chambers and 2 Councilmembers calling in. The city will set up an email address that citizens can email comments on agenda items for the record. For those citizens that would like to physically participate in the meeting the following rules will apply: 1. Only one member of the public will be allowed in the Council Chambers at a time to speak. 2. Seating for those members of the public wishing to speak in the Council Chambers will be provided within City Hall in accordance with policies from federal, state and local health officials for social distancing and group gatherings. 3. Individual speakers shall enter the Council Chambers when directed to do so and shall be heard in accordance with the City’s policies for public participation. 4. No tripods, easels, props, or other demonstration aides shall be permitted within the Council Chambers. Speakers are permitted to have a sign with them during their designated speaking time provided that the sign is held by the speaker and is to be removed at the conclusion for their speaking time. 5. Speakers who appear in person will be subject to screen for symptoms of COVID-19 and any persons exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to enter City Hall.
There are 49 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brevard County.
There are several rumors circulating on social media regarding the mobilization of the Florida National Guard to quarantine citizens and that the causeway bridges are closing. The city has confirmed that Homeland Security is not preparing to mobilize the National Guard to enforce a nationwide two-week quarantine for all citizens and that the causeway bridges are not closing.
Brevard County issued an order to limit tourism and lodging (see attachment):
Brevard County is closed to tourists and leisure visitors. Effective today 12:01 AM on April 3, all hotels, motels, campgrounds, short-term (defined as less than 28 days) vacation rentals, and other transient rentals, to include marinas, recreational vehicle parks, and timeshares, shall cease renting to tourists for 30 days. The order does not apply to rentals to transitory military personnel, first responders, healthcare workers, construction workers actively engaged in projects in Brevard County, and others working or engaged in formal business in Brevard County. A letter from the lodger’s employer must indicate the purpose of the stay and must be presented at rental or lodging facility upon arrival.
The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County is providing appointment-only drive-through COVID-19 tests in north, central and south Brevard. Tests must be scheduled ahead of time by calling (321) 454-7141. Tests are provided to symptomatic individuals meeting the following criteria:
Anyone aged 65 and older
Anyone with underlying health conditions
Anyone who does not meet the above criteria, but has symptoms and a prescription from a medical doctor
Omni Healthcare will offer tests in Melbourne, beginning Tuesday at 8 AM. Tests must be scheduled ahead of time by calling (321) 802-5515. These tests are for individuals meeting the following criteria:
Anyone with minimal symptoms of a cough or low-grade fever
Anyone aged 45 or older with a chronic illness (no proof required)
Anyone aged 60 or older
Brevard County Public Schools has been identified as an essential service under the governor’s stay-at-home order. Remote instruction, food service, and support Community Report operations will continue.
Volusia County has closed all beaches until further notice.
Brevard County beaches remain open. Several cities have placed limitations on the beaches within their community. Here are the city limitations we know about:
Cape Canaveral – beach activities are limited to participating in recreational activities (consistent with social distancing guidelines) such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running or swimming. Beaches are closed to activities which violate the CDC social gathering and social distancing guidelines.
Cocoa Beach – Beginning today (April 3rd ) at 8 a.m. all ocean beaches are closed to all activities except walking, jogging, biking, fishing, surfing, and swimming. Sunbathing, sitting in chair, organized sports, or laying on blankets, and grouping of persons is not permitted.
The Small Business Administration implemented the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Visit www.sba.gov for a list of SBA lenders
The CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days, effective immediately.
Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-93: which Directs the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and other executive agencies to take necessary actions to improve DEO’s Reemployment Assistance Program.
Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order Executive Order 20-94 which implements an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium as it relates to non-payment for 45 days.
Our next update is scheduled for Monday (April 6th) at 1400.
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