COVID-19

Latest Orders and Directives

The Governor held a press conference on Friday, Sept. 25, where he announced he was moving the state into the Phase 3 of the reopening, that restaurant capacity limits would be lifted, and that he was suspending the collection of fines for mask violations against individuals.

Monroe County's facial covering ordinance is still in effect and can be enforced against businesses that do not follow Monroe County Ordinance 026-2020. There will be no citations against individuals, but code compliance can still cite businesses that are not requiring facial coverings inside the business. Facial coverings should still be worn whenever unable to socially distance and outside, as well. 

Current restrictions on restaurant/bar capacity were imposed by the State, not the County. Businesses may operate at full capacity. Businesses, including restaurants and bars, should continue practicing social distancing for the protection of their customers.

Governor’s Executive Orders

Executive Order 20-244 does the following: 

  1. Removes state-level restrictions on businesses, such as restaurants. 
  2. Provides that no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or operating a business, giving Floridians and business owners needed certainty and the ability to provide for themselves and their families. 
  3. Provides that restaurants may not be limited by a COVID-19 emergency order by any local government to less than 50% of their indoor capacity. If a restaurant is limited to less than 100% of its indoor capacity, such COVID-19 emergency order must satisfy the following:
    i. Quantify the economic impact of each limitation or requirements on those restaurants; and
     ii. Explain why each limitation or requirement is necessary for public health. 
  4. Suspends all outstanding fines and penalties, and the collection of such moving forward, applied against individuals related to COVID-19.  

Facial Coverings Required in Businesses

Monroe County requires all persons over the age of six to wear a facial covering inside a business in Monroe County.

The ordinance requires operators and employees of business establishments to ensure customers comply within the establishment. A face covering MUST cover the nose and mouth and may include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth, silk, or linen covering, such as a scarf, bandana, handkerchief, or other similar cloth covering.

The facial covering ordinance applies throughout Monroe County and the municipalities, but the municipalities may impose different protective measures.

Any business establishment prosecuted under this subsection and found in violation of this ordinance may be punished by a fine of up to $500. Code officers can also issue an administrative notice of violation with fines of up to $1,000 for a first offense and $5,000 for a repeat offense. Each day a violation of this ordinance occurs is considered a separate offense.

Exceptions

  • Restaurant or bar customers while dining while seated at a table and consuming food and/or beverages.
  • A gym patron engaged in a workout or class where at least 6 feet of distancing exists with the next closest patron. 
  • Barbershop or beauty salon customers or patrons when wearing a face covering would reasonably interfere with receiving services.
  • Business owners, managers, and employees who are in an area of a business establishment that is not open to customers, patrons, or the public, provided that 6 feet of distance exist between employees. This exception does not apply to employees who are present in the kitchen or other food and beverage preparation area of a restaurant or food establishment.  When an owner, manager, or employee is in their place of employment but not within six feet of another person, that owner, manager, or employee does not need to wear a mask.
  • A lodging establishment guest when inside of the lodging unit.
  • The owner, operator, manager, and employee of a business or lodging establishment shall ensure that every individual in that establishment complies with this section.

Business Signage

Operators and employees of business establishments to ensure customers comply within the establishment.

Florida Keys Coronavirus Cases

October 26 Update: This will only be updated Monday through Friday. 

Since Friday’s update, 48 cases have been added to Monroe County, including 20 more in Key West; 4 more in Key Largo; 3 more in each Marathon & Tavernier; 2 more in Islamorada; 1 more in each Cudjoe Key, Long Key & Non-Resident; and 13 more as Missing City.

  • Monroe County: 2,199 total cases
  • Non-residents: 43
A majority of the infections are community-acquired. It is critical to wear a mask, avoid crowds, social distance, and wash your hands frequently.
  • Key West: 1,021
  • Key Largo: 286
  • Tavernier: 153
  • Marathon: 228
  • Islamorada: 56
  • Big Pine Key: 39
  • Summerland Key: 46
  • Cudjoe Key: 6
  • Sugarloaf: 5
  • Stock Island: 54
  • Key Colony Beach: 11
  • Long Key: 5
  • Little Torch: 6
  • Marathon Shores: 1
  • Big Torch: 1
  • Rockland Key: 1
  • Duck Key: 1
  • Ramrod Key: 3
  • Missing Cities: 233
  • Monroe County Deaths, reported by the State: 25

Current Hospitalizations

(does not take into account those hospitalized outside of Monroe County)

  • Lower Keys Medical: 6
  • Fisherman's and Mariners (Baptist): 1

Hospital capacity changes based on current patients and staffing. This is a very fluid situation and the figures can change throughout the day based on patient admissions and discharges. The presented numbers only show a snapshot of a single moment in time in a dynamic situation. Both Baptist and Lower Keys Medical are currently in the green, meaning they have enough supplies, staffing, and resources for the next 7 days or longer. When they go to yellow, it means they have fewer than 7 days, and red is for fewer than 3 days. Emergency Management is monitoring their needs on an ongoing basis.

The hospitals are currently managing the care of COVID-19 patients in care spaces at the hospitals that be expanded or contracted as needed. To date, neither hospital entity has had expand the spaces, but it is available if necessary. In the event of a significant surge of cases in our community, the hospitals and Emergency Management would work collaboratively with state health officials to identify other resources to provide care for those who need it. More information on hospital capacities can be found at https://bi.ahca.myflorida.com/…/vie…/Public/ICUBedsHospital….

  • Total Viral Tests as of today: 20,681
  • Positive Antibodies/Total Tested: 211/3,989 (updated by FDOH, the last report is from September 21)

Total Cases By Month

  • March: 33 new cases
  • April: 46 new cases
  • May: 29 new cases
  • June: 151 new cases
  • July: 1,041 new cases
  • August: 434 cases
  • September: 124 cases 
  • October: 352 cases, so far

Current case information can be found at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov. On the dashboard, look under “See the Report” for detailed information by county, including testing numbers and geographic locations or “See dashboard” for summaries by county.

The Florida Dept of Health officially confirms new cases. Cases are a total count of all laboratory-confirmed cases. This number does not represent the current number of COVID-19 positive persons. At this time, the FDOH is unable to determine the number of recoveries from COVID-19. Those who do recover from the virus may have additional unknown health effects. Monroe County posts this Florida Department of Health information as a courtesy to inform residents.

Monroe County Staff Directory

Monroe County Departments

Monroe County buildings are open to the public, but in some cases only during limited times or for appointments only. View the departments for more information. Masks must be worn in all Monroe County buildings. 

Monroe County Emergency Management

Emergency Management continues to monitor the situation in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health and will continue to facilitate conference calls with partner agencies and the municipalities.

  • Monroe County Emergency Management activated its EOC to Level 2 Partial Activation and is meeting regularly since March 17, 2020.