UPDATE: Officials announced there are now two confirmed cases on COVID-19 in Brevard County.
PALM BAY ― The city of Palm Bay continues to actively monitor developments related COVID-19. We are working closely with partners at Brevard County Government and the Florida Department of Health to coordinate appropriate planning and response efforts and to share information with residents. As of press time, there are no reported COVID-19 cases in Brevard County.
The city of Palm Bay Parks and Recreation Department is instituting several protective measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19. The city encourages the cancellation of gatherings and special events, including the rental of facilities and park pavilions. Patrons who have rented a city facility will be contacted by a Parks and Recreation staff member and offered a refund, if desired. Patrons who wish to proceed with their rental are asked to contact Parks and Recreation to confirm so that the facility can be properly cleaned prior to use.
While the Parks Department welcomes residents to visit city parks and open-air spaces, the following facilities will be closed:
The Greater Palm Bay Senior Center - closed through at least Monday, March 30
The Tony Rosa Community Center* - closed through at least Sunday, April 5
Ted Whitlock Community Center* - closed through at least Sunday, April 5
*Please note that early voting on March 14 and regular voting on March 17 will be available as planned at both Community Centers.
As the city continues to monitor the situation, we are actively evaluating events and leagues on a case-by-case basis to determine if cancellation or postponement is necessary to limit the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 and the flu.
After careful deliberation and in an abundance of caution, the city of Palm Bay has decided to cancel or postpone the following events as a preventative measure:
All classes, leagues, day camps, and other programs held at Palm Bay Community Centers are canceled through at least April 6
Fun Friday by the Bay on April 3 has been canceled
Walk Your Tail Off on March 14 has been canceled
Mayor's Fitness Challenge events are canceled until further notice
Fitness Bootcamps at City Hall are canceled until further notice
United Way Tax Prep events are canceled until further notice
Fingerprinting for the public at Palm Bay Police Department suspended until further notice
Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (SALT) Meeting on March 24 has been canceled
To limit the spread of respiratory illnesses at city facilities, the city of Palm Bay is enacting protective and preventative cleaning measures. Beginning on Monday, March 16, the city will increase janitorial services in all public areas to twice-a-day cleanings, five days per week to include the disinfection of public entry areas at all buildings, publicly-accessible areas including the Dawn Reid Community Meeting Room, restroom door handles, paper towel dispensers, toilet paper dispensers, and soap dispensers. Additionally, seating in Council Chambers has been spread out to prevent crowding in city meetings. Residents may also watch meetings live on the city's website and Facebook page.
City of Palm Bay staff have been briefed on enhanced sanitation strategies to reduce the likelihood of viral transmission in the workplace. Department Heads have been encouraged to avoid in-person staff meetings whenever possible in favor of virtual meetings. All city business travel has been suspended through March 30. Additionally, staff has been directed to cancel all employee gatherings, award ceremonies, and other events through the end of March.
Impacts to Business:
In response to COVID-19, the State of Florida has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on local business operations to help direct State resources and enable access to federal programs. The city encourages any business affected by COVID-19 to complete the survey online at http://floridadisaster.biz/.
Results from the survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.
The city of Palm Bay will continue to work closely with partner agencies to coordinate COVID-19 planning efforts and share updates on the city website and social media pages. We encourage residents to continue observing preventative measures like hand washing and social distancing and to stay informed by following the Centers for Disease Control and Florida Department of Health websites and social media accounts.
The Florida Department of Health has also established an informational COVID-19 hotline at 1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The resource is also available via email at COVIDemail@example.com.