Coronavirus Update (3/16/20)

By March 16, 2020Community

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 information being published by the Center for Disease Control, the Florida Department of Health and the Walton County Emergency Management Operations Center. As the CDC asserts, while outbreaks of novel viral infections among people are always a public health concern, there is little immediate risk of exposure for most people in the United States. At present, the only recommendations from the Florida Department of Health are that citizens and visitors engage in preventative measures to protect the community from COVID-19.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least twenty seconds especially after
    • Going to the restroom
    • Before eating
  • After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick

There is no disruption in operations in our community. The staff is paying particular attention to ensuring the pool is kept clean and all chemicals are being maintained appropriate levels. Per the CDC’s article about “Water Transmission and COVID-19”, swimming in our amazing lagoon pool is perfectly safe as “[t]here is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.” The pool attendants are taking extra care to ensure the bathrooms are kept extra clean. The tram staff is actively wiping down the trams.

We will continue to evaluate our policies and procedures based upon information provided by the local emergency management organization, the Florida Department of Health and the CDC. At present, there are no reported cases in Walton County.

Walton County, Florida Emergency Management

Florida Department of Health COVID-19

CDC COVID-19 Situation Summary

Facts About COVID-19

Water Transmission and COVID-19