Stay Healthy & Stop the Spread

Florida state officials have noted that vaccine supplies in Florida are extremely limited, so it will take months to vaccinate everyone in the Big Bend against coronavirus.

Meanwhile, you can take personal responsibility for your health, protect your family, and help your community by using Safe and Healthy practices to guard against the coronavirus.

Follow these practices consistently:

  • Wear a mask any time you will be around other people. Even better, wear two masks.
  • Keep at least six feet from other people whenever possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings, and close quarters.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth, or your mask or face covering. If you do touch any of these, wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or by coughing into your sleeve. Discard tissues in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces daily. These include surfaces such as counters, doorknobs or handles, cabinet surfaces, computer keyboards, cell phones, and keys. The federal Environmental Protection Agency offers an online tool that helps guide you in choosing an appropriate disinfectant using the product’s EPA registration number or active ingredients listed on its label.

New guidance issued in March by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings
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