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City of Cape Coral, Monday update on COVID-19

By Staff | Mar 17, 2020

Updated:

The city of Cape Coral announced Tuesday that the Yacht Club beach area will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18, until further notice. The closure is due to density concerns as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

The city of Cape Coral has provided an update of municipal actions related to the new coronavirus, COVID-19

As of the evening of March 16:

The City of Cape Coral and its Emergency Management Division continues to track the spread of COVID-19 and is monitoring information provided by the Florida Department of Health while taking proactive steps to help slow the transmission and prevent exposure to the coronavirus.

City staff is working closely with our local partners in Lee County and in the state to align efforts across jurisdictions.

– Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home if you are feeling ill.

– Announcements:

The City of Cape Coral has NOT declared a State of Local Emergency. The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is not activated at this time.

All non-essential official City travel by employees is canceled for the next 30 days.

City-sponsored public events with gatherings of 50 or more people are postponed or canceled for at least the next 30 days. No new permits will be issued. This may change as CDC recommendations change.

Community Development Block Grant program community meetings Canceled

For cancellations/postponements related to Parks and Recreation programs and facilities, please visit www.capecoral.net/covid-19.

The City has ramped up cleaning efforts in all city facilities. Hand sanitizing stations have been deployed and will be increased in public areas and employee common areas.

Employees are being reminded to stay home if they are sick. Employees who have traveled recently outside of the country or been on a cruise are required to self-isolate for 14 days, per the CDC guidelines.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be provided as it becomes available. Note that this information is subject to change.

– Public Meetings:

Due to health, safety and welfare concerns of the public, City Council and staff, the city was unable to reach a quorum for The Regular Meeting of the City Council that was set for Monday, March 16. Therefore, the Meeting was canceled.

The Cape Coral City Council will hold a Special Meeting of the City Council on Wednesday, March 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. Council Chambers is at 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard. The following items will appear on the meeting agenda: Clarifying Rules to Cancel City Council Meetings and How will Council Conduct Business during the coronavirus situation. Meetings are broadcast on Cape TV (Comcast Channel 98 and CenturyLink Prism Channel 94) and streamed online at www.cape-tv.com. Out of an abundance of caution, watching meetings from home may be the best option.

Virtual participation in future meetings may be an option, updates will be shared as they become available.

– For information and resources related to COVID-19:

Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus call center 1-866-779-6121 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CDC: www.coronavirus.gov?

Florida Department of Health: www.floridahealth.gov

Lee County Schools: www.leeschools.net/?Lee Health: www.leehealth.org/

Source: City of Cape Coral