Editor’s Note: The Florida Department of Health reported 5,444 cases of Cornavirus in Florida. State totals are picking up and there are reason for concern since as is often repeated, Coronavirus knows no boundaries. Despite the sadness of a reported death today, Nassau County is fortunate to have only added 3 cases.
Nassau County Emergency Management: We are saddened to announce that another CoViD-19-related resident death has been reported. This resident was a 71-year-old male. Our sincere condolences go out to his family and loved ones.
Emergency Management and Nassau’s Public Health Professionals continue to prioritize protecting the health and wellness of our community, but public health is everyone’s responsibility and requires everyone’s active participation.
Disease prevention measures are simple, non-invasive, and non-painful.
Stay home whenever you feel sick (coughing, sniffling, or even a mild fever indicate your body is fighting an infection that others don’t want – your work will still be there when you get back and your friends will thank you for not getting them sick – stay home!)
Disinfect ALL touched surfaces in your home, vehicle, and workplace EVERY DAY. (door handles, remote controls, counters, light switches, phones, etc.)
Cover all coughs and sneezes, and dispose of used tissues properly before washing your hands.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water – lathering for at least 20-30 seconds before rinsing – avoid touching your face with unwashed hands, and always wash hands well before eating or drinking.
Avoid crowds or close contact with others when you are out in public, shopping or socializing.
If you must be near non-household members, wear a face-covering to protect them from your respiratory droplets that could make them sick.
These simple acts of good hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and basic consideration of others will stop the spread of respiratory infections and save lives.
Susan Hardee Steger is a sixth generation native of Fernandina. A retired banker, former city commissioner and mayor of Fernandina Beach, she now serves as editor of the Fernandina Observer.