CDC: Select, wear and clean masks with care

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Preention recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Research has shown the COVID-19 virus is spread in the droplets of moisture that leave the nose and mouth when […]

Mask sewing volunteers are at it again

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Sewing Masks for Unity group has been hard at work sewing emergency masks for the public school system over the last few weeks. The mask group, which was started back in March at the beginning of the pandemic, is a Facebook group created by Shayne Clayville in response to the need […]

CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread

News from the CDC ATLANTA — In an editorial published July 14 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread, particularly when used universally within communities. There is increasing […]

Every residential address to receive masks in the mail

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners approved a countywide mask mail out program for every residential address to receive four masks; two cloth masks and two pleated masks. The county is currently under a State of Emergency as a result of COVID-19 and issued a mandatory facial covering order effective […]

Winn-Dixie to require customers to wear masks

By Joe CaldwellDirector, Corporate Communications and Government AffairsSoutheastern Grocers At Southeastern Grocers, we put people at the center of each and every decision we make for our stores. Our decisions have always been shaped by listening to our people and our communities. As we have navigated through the complexities and challenges of the pandemic, we […]

Publix to require customers to wear face coverings

LAKELAND — Effective July 21, Publix will require customers to wear face coverings while shopping in its stores. “With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to grow and current CDC guidance indicating face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19, we believe requiring face coverings in our stores is another way we can do […]

FAU researchers demonstrate effectiveness of face masks

By Giselle GalouistianFlorida Atlantic University BOCA RATON — Currently, there are no specific guidelines on the most effective materials and designs for face masks to minimize the spread of droplets from coughs or sneezes to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19. While there have been prior studies on how medical-grade masks perform, data on cloth-based coverings […]

Your right to refuse to wear a mask ends where others’ 6 feet of space begins

Is a requirement to wear a cloth face covering in public spaces an infringement on individual freedom? Some Florida counties and cities have made masks mandatory in public buildings. Others have refrained from passing an ordinance or executive action but encouraged residents to voluntarily wear masks. The reason to wear cloth face coverings is to […]

Palm Beach County Commission makes masks mandatory

WEST PALM BEACH — During a scheduled workshop on June 23 Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners took the following action: COVID-19 – Commissioners received an update from Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County, on local COVID-19 mitigation efforts. She recommended requiring masks or facial coverings to be […]

Emergency Order Issued Requiring Masks or Face Coverings

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-012 has been issued requiring face coverings in Palm Beach County. This order applies in all incorporated and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County and was effective Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Facial coverings must be worn by all persons, other than those specifically […]