UPDATE #77 - COVID-19 April 16, 2021 (1:00 PM)
Bal Harbour Village continues to monitor the data and information relative to COVID-19 to provide our residents with the most up-to-date information, based on information provided by Miami-Dade County, the Florida Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
Governor Ron DeSantis announced that beginning Monday, April 05, all Floridians ages 18 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at any vaccination site in Miami-Dade County, and minors 16 and 17 years of age may receive the Pfizer vaccine but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the vaccination site.
As of April 13, 2021, the State of Florida has paused all state vaccination efforts that use the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as it continues to wait for further guidance from the CDC and FDA. The state encourages all individuals to report any adverse reaction to any COVID-19 vaccine to their health care provider. Individuals are encouraged to visit other state-supported vaccine sites that are offering the Moderna & Pfizer vaccines.
Miami-Dade County's first federal vaccination site at Miami Dade College North Campus is now open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Walk-ins are accepted, appointments are not required. This site will vaccinate eligible individuals and can vaccinate individuals deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by a physician. Individuals will need to present a signed physician’s certification form.
Only Florida residents and snowbirds can get the vaccine but there is no county residency requirement in place. This means if you live in Miami-Dade, you can get the vaccine in Broward or vice versa. You will need to show proof of Florida residency. For snowbirds or part-time residents, the proof needs to be in the form of two documents like a lease agreement and a utility bill no more than two months old, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. To pre-register with the County, visit http://miamidade.gov/vaccine or call 305-614-2014.
Anyone else who lives in another state or country can no longer get the vaccine in Florida. Non-residents who have already received the vaccine in Florida will still be able to get the second dose.
To learn more, visit the State of Florida's vaccine information website: https://www.floridadisaster.org/Vaccine
Miami-Dade County has created a website to help find and schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Please visit miamidade.gov/vaccine for more information. There are several State run sites where the vaccine is being administered-for the most up-to-date information, please visit: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/vaccine/state-other-locations.page Vaccines are available at 150 CVS locations, 125 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations, more than 70 Winn Dixie locations, over 600 Walgreens pharmacies, and every single one of the 730 Publix pharmacies across the state. CVS Publix, and Walgreens pharmacies are offering the vaccine by appointment only thru their websites https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine?cid=redir-covidvaccine (CVS), https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine (Publix) and https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp (Walgreens). For Winn-Dixie please visit https://www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine .
Bal Harbour residents can pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccination through County, State and Federal sites throughout South Florida thru https://myvaccine.fl.gov/or by calling (888) 499-0840. Anyone who pre-registers for a vaccine appointment will be notified when slots become available at state-supported vaccination sites in their county, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, which is tasked with the state’s vaccine distribution. Once you get an appointment, you will need to show proof that you are a Florida resident. For more information visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.
Homebound Seniors who would like to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine
Florida seniors who cannot leave their homes but need a COVID-19 vaccine should email: HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com with your name and phone number and someone will get back to you about setting up an appointment, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, which is tasked with the state’s vaccine distribution.
Local COVID-19 Testing Information
Free testing for COVID-19 is being offered at drive-up, walk-in and mobile sites. Please refer to this link for the most updated locations and requirements http://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/testing-locations.page
Home Testing for Homebound Residents
Miami-Dade County provides at-home testing to individuals that are disabled or homebound. Please refer to this link for the latest information. http://www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/homebound-testing.page
Questions about the Vaccine
Get information on myths and facts about the COVID-19 vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html. You may also visit https://jacksonhealth.org/keeping-you-safe/ for videos and other resources from Jackson Health System, featuring healthcare experts talking about the vaccine’s effectiveness and safety and addressing common myths.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER 33-20 Effective April 6, 2021
Miami-Dade County Mayor Levine Cava signed MIAMI-DADE COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER 33-20 https://www.miamidade.gov/information/library/04.05.21-emergency-order-33-20.pdf effective April 6, 2021 at 6:00 p.m., which cancels Emergency Orders 08-20, 10-20, 20-20, 24-20, 25-20, 29-20, 30-20 and 31-20, and authorizes every retail and commercial establishment and any other establishment or facility in the County to open, provided that each such establishment complies with facial covering requirements, provides hand sanitizer for customers and employees or facilities for hand-washing, uses reasonable efforts to ensure that customers and employees onsite maintain appropriate social distancing, as recommended by current CDC guidance, and ensures that sick employees do not report to work.
This order states a minimum occupancy of 50 percent for restaurants and other food establishments, and that these establishments shall be allowed to operate at up to 100 percent if the establishment ensures 6 feet of distance between tables and ensures that persons not actively eating or drinking are wearing facial coverings.
This order states that employers do not need to require a negative COVID test before employees return to work.
This order also states that all persons throughout Miami-Dade County shall wear a mask or other facial covering when in public, except when:
(1) at or inside a private residence;
(2) inside a private automobile;
(3) at or inside any religious institution, without limitation, though voluntary usage of masks is encouraged;
(4) inside a hotel, motel, or commercial lodging establishment guest room, or inside any apartment;
(5) children are under the age of two years;
(6) persons who cannot wear a mask or facial covering due to an existing medical condition;
(7) an individual who is hearing impaired or an individual who is communicating with an individual who is hearing impaired;
(8) where Federal or State safety or health regulations prohibit the wearing of facial coverings;
(9) persons are actively engaged in organized sporting competitions or activities, whether indoor or outdoor; facial coverings must be put on by athletes and other individuals standing on the sidelines of sports competitions;
(10)persons are swimming or engaged in other activities which may cause the facial covering to become wet;
(11) persons are actively eating, drinking, or smoking;
(12) a person is receiving services which require access to that person’s nose or mouth;
(13) a person is outdoors, has a mask available, and is a minimum of 10 feet from any other person other than members of that person’s family.
Additionally, no group of 10 or more individuals shall gather on a public street, alley, public way, sidewalk, public park, or in any body of water (excepting persons on private boats) and that where 10 or more individuals are separated by appropriate social distancing, no such group shall exist.
Additionally, the “New Normal Handbook” is being replaced by “Covid Business Guidelines” https://www.miamidade.gov/information/library/safety-guidelines.pdf
As of January 26, 2021, the U.S. government is requiring all air travelers arriving in the United States from other countries to get tested for COVID-19 no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to present the negative test result or documentation showing that the individual has recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm that the information they present is true by signing an attestation. This order applies to all passengers 2 years of age or older, whether or not they are US citizens.
For additional details, visit: Travelers | Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Outbreak (floridahealthcovid19.gov)
CDC Guidelines on Facial Coverings (Masks)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) periodically updates guidance on facial coverings. For the latest, please visit: COVID-19: Considerations for Wearing Masks | CDC
As a reminder, there are several things that you can do to help protect yourself, your loved ones and our community from COVID-19, including:
· Wear a facial covering, especially when in public and in common areas;
· Keep a safe social distance from others;
· Wash your hands often and thoroughly;
· Avoid confined and crowded places;
· Get tested if you have symptoms or have come into close contact with someone who is sick or has tested positive. For a list of current testing sites, visit: COVID-19 Testing Site Finder (miamidade.gov). In addition, a Florida Department of Health Testing site is available every Wednesday in the Town of Bay Harbour Islands. For details, visit: https://bit.ly/36ouOUm
Bal Harbour Village Frequently Asked Questions
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