As the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches, many South Florida beaches are closing down due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Here's a look at what many counties are doing:
Palm Beach County: Palm Beach County beaches, both public and private, will close to the public on Friday, July 3rd and will reopen on Monday, July 6th. For boaters, rafting or flotillas will not be allowed. Boats cannot be tied to each other. Vessels may anchor in deep water, but must be 50 feet apart from each other. This includes all boats, kayakers and paddle boarders.
Martin County: Beaches will be closed from Thursday at 6 p.m. through Monday at 7 a.m.
City of Vero Beach: Beginning Friday, July 3rd at 7:00 a.m., the City of Vero Beach will only allow Vero Beach and Indian River County residents access to the public beaches within the City of Vero Beach limits. Parking enforcement will also be in effect. The beaches will reopen on Monday, July 6th.
Broward County: Beaches will close Friday, July 3rd and will reopen on Monday, July 5th.
Miami-Dade County: Beaches will close Friday, July 3rd and will reopen on Monday, July 5th.
The group says the mandate is "unlawful" and infringes on constitutional freedoms
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —
The Florida Civil Rights Coalition has filed a lawsuit against Palm Beach County, citing the county's mask mandate is "unlawful" and "infringes upon the well-settled constitutionally protected freedoms of over a million Palm Beach County residents."
In a statement, the coalition said they teamed up with several law offices to seek emergency and permanent injunctive relief against the county.
According to the Department of Health, there were 122,960 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Friday morning. The number of cases rose by about 8,942 from the previous day, setting a new single-day record. At least 3,464 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as 137 new deaths were reported
FDA advises consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem SA de CV in Mexico, due to the potential presence of methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA has identified the following products manufactured by Eskbiochem:
- All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
- Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
- Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
- The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
- Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)
FDA tested samples of Lavar Gel and CleanCare No Germ. Lavar Gel contains 81 percent (v/v) methanol and no ethyl alcohol, and CleanCare No Germ contains 28 percent (v/v) methanol. Methanol is not an acceptable ingredient for hand sanitizers and should not be used due to its toxic effects.
Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment, which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk for methanol poisoning.
On June 17, 2020, FDA contacted Eskbiochem to recommend the company remove its hand sanitizer products from the market due to the risks associated with methanol poisoning. To date, the company has not taken action to remove these potentially dangerous products from the market. Therefore, FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain.
FDA reminds consumers to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing one’s nose. If soap and water are not readily available, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend consumers use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent ethanol.
FDA remains vigilant and will continue to take action when quality issues arise with hand sanitizers. Additionally, the agency is concerned with false and misleading claims for hand sanitizers, for example that they can provide prolonged protection such as 24-hours against viruses including COVID-19, since there is no evidence to support these claims.
To date, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse events associated with these hand sanitizer products. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:
- Complete and submit the report online; or
- Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.
South Florida will see daytime highs around 90 today with only a 20% chance of isolated storms. However, those storms could be strong to severe. A massive plume of Saharan Dust is over the Caribbean and is moving toward the peninsula, expected to fully arrive in Florida by mid-week.
Dangerous road conditions are expected over the next few days due to high flood waters.
First and foremost when you see floodwaters ahead, turn around to avoid floodwaters. A lot of times drivers are seen attempting to travel through flood waters, but it only takes about 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars
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