COVID-19

Governor’s Executive Orders

Commissioners Encourage Vaccinations and Personal Choice of Facial Coverings

 In the transitional period following Governor DeSantis’ recent executive order 21-102, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners rescinded the local facial covering ordinance in place to protect Monroe County citizens from COVID-19. At the meeting held to repeal the local ordinance, the commissioners urged citizens to get vaccinated. They also said employees and patrons have a personal choice to continue wearing facial coverings in the community and in government buildings if they choose.

“This pandemic is not over. We still have to be careful, be smart, and be safe out there,” said County Administrator Roman Gastesi. “There are still active cases in the community, we are in the fourth quarter, but it isn’t the end of the game yet.”

The commissioners also mentioned the Governor’s executive order allowing businesses to continue to require patrons and employees to wear facial coverings, if they choose, with enforcement being trespassing on private property.

Mayor Michelle Coldiron asked that residents be kind to one another regarding their choice of continuing to wear or not wear a facial covering. “We should be respectful of each other’s decisions,” she said.

Please remember to continue to wash your hands, stay home if sick, and practice social distancing. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations can be found at www.cdc.gov. If you have not been vaccinated yet and wish to do so, information on vaccinations can be found at monroe.flhealth.gov/vax.

Data Resources for Positive COVID-19 Cases

In an effort to increase awareness of available data at the county level regarding positive COVID-19 cases, the following are two publicly available resources, one updated weekly and the other updated daily: 

Florida Department of Health:  Positive COVID-19 cases can be found every Friday afternoon at floridahealthcovid19.gov. Scroll down to “Weekly Florida COVID-19 Data” to download the PDF report. Monroe-county is found on page 5 of the PDF. Vaccination data is also available.  

CDC: COVID-19 data can be found at: covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker. Select “Florida” and then “Monroe County.”  This is updated every day at 8 pm.  Data includes the level of community transmission, cases, vaccinations, deaths, hospital utilization, and more.

In Monroe County, positive COVID-19 cases are significantly increasing. Proper mitigation measures, such as handwashing, social distancing, and masks are critical to prevent infection, hospitalization, and death.

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Vulnerable Populations

Senior citizens and individuals with an underlying medical condition are still strongly encouraged to stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

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CDC COVID-19 Guidance

Monroe County Emergency Management

Emergency Management continues to monitor the situation in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health and will continue to facilitate conference calls with partner agencies and the municipalities.

  • Monroe County Emergency Management activated its EOC to Level 2 Partial Activation and is meeting regularly since March 17, 2020.

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