THOSE IN COUNTY BUILDINGS MUST WEAR FACIAL COVERINGS IF UNABLE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE
Concerned with the current surge in COVID-19 cases, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners voted to require people to wear facial coverings inside all county buildings under their control. These buildings include, but are not limited to, county government buildings, libraries, and building and permitting offices. The Board recognized exceptions for when people are able to socially distance 6 feet or more or for those with a documented medical condition or disability that prevents the wearing of masks. This applies to visitors and staff regardless of vaccination status and takes place immediately.
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.
- Florida Department of Health
- Florida Department of Health Call Center, 866-779-6121 (24 Hours)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- World Health Organization
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.
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.