COVID-19 Community Report December 16, 2020

Community Report 20-080 December 16, 2020 7:15 PM

EOC Activation Day 283

CDC COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Holidays stress and being away from family and friends during the holidays can be hard, especially during COVID-19.

When you talk with your friends and family about your holiday plans, it’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others. Doing what’s best for you includes eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep. Take care of your body and stay active to lessen fatigue, anxiety, and sadness.

COVID-19 Numbers

Daily Positive Cases

(select Brevard and cases by county tab)

Total Test Results to Date

(Scroll to Brevard report)

Financial Assistance for Individuals & Businesses

Brevard County

Rental/Mortgage Assistance Program and Utility/Security Deposit Program applicants must review and submit all required documents and attachments to qualify for assistance listed on the Housing and Human Services Coronavirus Assistance Program Application Form

Visit the Brevard CARES website for details on the Small Business and Nonprofit Organizations grant on-line application.

  • Application deadline is December 18, 2020
  • Small businesses and nonprofit organizations may be eligible for grants up to$10,000 to offset expenses and lost revenue related to impacts from COVID-19

Financial Assistance to Individuals (Cumulative)

Individual Assistance Application Received1,838
Total Percentage of Applications from Unincorporated Residents34.5%
Total Percentage of Application from City Residents65.5%
Average Amount of Award$4,358 Per application
Individual Assistance commitment$6.9 Million

Financial Assistance to Business (Cumulative)

Small Business Assisted with PPE1,872
Small Business PPE Kits Distributed3,872
Small Business Application Received3,726
Total Amount of Small Business Grants Awarded$10.67 Million
Total Amount of Workforce Recovery Program Funded Wages$964,000

Feeding Operations

For information on food pantry locations and how to access help, utilize the United Way of Brevard’s COVID-19 Community Resource guide. It is recommended that you call ahead to verify availability

Brevard County Public Schools continue to offer meals for all children up to 18 years old at various food distribution sites through June 30, 2021.

Food distribution sites are open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Food Stability Programs

Farmer’s Market36,382 Households
Children’s Hunger Project Weekend Meals67,625 Meals Distributed
Food Pantry Support430,600 Meals Distributed

Pop-up Pantry Operations

Staging Area3 Million Pounds Received
Pop-up Pantries2.5 Million Meals Distributed
Families Assisted74,992 Households

Community Partner Operations

BPS Feeding Program2.62 Million Meals Distributed (9/16 -12/10)
Food Banks12.11 Million Meals Distributed (as of 12/11)
Meals on Wheel program7,998 Meals Distributed (12/7 -12/11)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Operations

PPE Distribution Status as of 12/16

Face Masks2.86 Million
Pairs of Gloves2.03 Million

PPE Request by Facility Type (Cumulative)

Assisted Living Facilities & Nursing Homes241
Healthcare Providers65
First Responders62
Non-Healthcare Providers223
Total requests610

PPE Distribution by Facility Type (Cumulative)

Assisted Living Facilities & Nursing Homes192,866
Healthcare Providers34,027
First Responders840,355
Non-Healthcare Providers4.98 Million
Total requests$4.6 Million

CDC COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Florida Phase 1 Priorities

Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF)

High-Risk front line health care workers

Anyone 65 and older and those with significant comorbidity

Vaccine Key Points

On Saturday 12, 2020 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. The emergency use authorization allows the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S.

The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine vaccination series is 2 doses given 21 days apart and is approved for ages 16 and older

The initial allocation for Florida is 179,400 doses of Pfizer vaccine, distribution is outlined below:

  • 97,500 doses to 5 “Pilot” hospitals: Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami-Dade County, Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County, Tampa General Hospital in Hillsborough County, Advent Health in Orange County, and UF Health in Duval County
  • 60,450 doses to CVS and Walgreens to provide to long-term care facilities
  • 21,450 doses to DOH/National Guard Strike Teams, who will supplement CVS and Walgreens outreach to long-term care facilities

Long-term Care Facility vaccine distribution will began today in Broward and Pinellas, as these counties have the highest the LTCF residents census

Moderna is expected to be the next company to receive an Emergency Use Authorization for their COVID vaccine, expected some time prior to December 19th

The availability/quantity of doses will be what determines who is able to get the vaccine and when

It will take some time before the COVID-19 Vaccine is widely available for mass dispensing, please be patient

Vaccine Resources

CDC COVID -19 Vaccine information for You and Your Family

CDC COVID -19 Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

CDC Eight things you need to know about Vaccines

Brevard County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Department of Health - Brevard

  • Appointment required, call 321-454-7141
  • Monday –Friday, 8:15 AM to 12 PM
  • Viera Clinic, 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
  • Testing available for adults and children of all ages
  • Rapid antigen testing available for symptomatic individuals
  • A PCR test will be conducted for symptomatic individual who tests negative with the antigen test
  • Due to the upcoming holidays, no testing will be conducted on December 25 and January 1

EFSC Palm Bay Campus (State Operated Site)

  • Drive through, no appointment required
  • Monday Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM
  • 250 Community College Parkway. (Use the entrance from San Filippo Dr. SE & Jupiter Blvd.)
  • Testing available for adults and children of all ages
  • Rapid antigen tests with results in as soon as 15 minutes now available
  • Insurance information will be requested but is not required to receive a test
  • There will be no copay or any fee charged
  • Identification is no longer required but does expedite the process
  • Due to the upcoming holidays, no testing will be conducted on December 24, 25 and January 1

Health First

  • Appointment required, call 321-434-3131
  • Monday Saturday, 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Pro Health & Fitness, 255 Borman Drive, Merritt Island
  • Due to the upcoming holidays, no testing will be conducted on December 25 and January 1


Appointment required for locations, call 321-268-6139 or text “covid test” to 321-204-1699.

  • Tuesday, 1:30 to 3:30 PM, at the Parrish Health and Fitness Center parking lot, 2210 Cheney Hwy, Titusville
  • Wednesday, 12 PM to 3 PM, at the Greater St. James Missionary Baptist Church, grass lot south of church 2396 Harry T. Moore Ave. Mims
  • Thursday, 12 PM to 1 PM, at the Harry T. Moore Social Services Center parking lot, 725 S. Deleon Ave. Titusville
  • Friday, 9 AM to 12 PM, at the Parrish Medical Offices parking lot, 7075 US 1 Port St. John
  • Saturday, 9AM to 11 AM, at the Gibson Youth Center parking lot, 835 Sycamore St. Titusville
  • Due to the upcoming holidays, no testing will be conducted on December 24, 25 and January 1

COVID-19 Testing Sites are experiencing increased demand, longer lines and/or increased wait times may occur.

EOC Partner Status

Brevard County PPE Distribution

Small Businesses, Retailers, Restaurants can obtain Free PPE

A license, business card or document that displays the business name and address must be presented to receive up to 2 kits

Distribution will be held from 11 AM to 2 PM

Thursday, December 10 at Sand Point Park, 101 N. Washington Ave. Titusville

2-1-1Cumulative COVID-19 Calls to date : 42,916
Department of HealthFree flu vaccines are being offered to all children aged 6 months - 18 years locations in Melbourne, Viera, and Titusville on a walk in basis, Monday – Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM
Patrick Air Force BasePatrick Air Force Base COVID-19 Updates
Brevard Public Schools

Brevard Public Schools Covid-19 Dashboard is now available, providing information on the schools with COVID-19 positive cases, as well as quarantine statistics for individual schools. The site is updated every Tuesday and Friday.

Brevard Public Schools COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Updates.

Space Coast Area Transit

Call 321-633-1878 for more information or visit Space Coast Area Transit

Cape Canaveral

Cape Canaveral COVID-19 Information


Face coverings are required in places open to the public

City of Cocoa COVID-19 Information

Cocoa Beach

City of Cocoa Beach COVID-19 Information

Grant - Valkaria

Grant Valkaria COVID-19 Information


Town of Indialantic COVID-19 Information

Indian Harbour Beach

Executive Order 2020-05 requiring face masks is in effect until February 10, 2021


Malabar COVID-19 Information or call 321-727-7764.


City of Melbourne COVID-19 Information


The Coronavirus Relief Fund Program for Melbourne Residents has been closed and is transitioning to the new Community Development Block Grant-CV funds for the rent, mortgage and utilities. The program is scheduled start taking applications on Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Melbourne BeachMelbourne Beach COVID-19 Information
Melbourne Village

Daily operations continue by phone, email or by appointment only. Visitors are required to wear masks.

E-mail Melbourne Village, call (321) 723-8300 or visit Melbourne Village website.

Palm Bay

Palm Bay COVID-19 information.

Palm Shores

Town hall is open to the public, face covering are required for anyone entering town hall.


The use of face masks is strongly encouraged within the city limits through December 31, 2020.

Rockledge COVID-19 Information

Satellite Beach

Resolution No. 1032 encourages residents and visitors in Satellite Beach to continue wearing face coverings to stop the spread of Covid-19

Satellite Beach COVID-19 Information


City Resolution 21-2020 encourages face coverings at all indoor locations

Titusville COVID-19 information

West Melbourne

The mask requirement in essential businesses has been extended to December 14, 2020

West Melbourne COVID-19 information

Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines

Now that there is an authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, accurate vaccine information is critical.

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19

None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. There are several different types of vaccines in development. However, the goal for each of them is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick. This is because the vaccine has not had enough time to provide protection.

FACT: COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral tests

Vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States won’t cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

If your body develops an immune response, which is the goal of vaccination, there is a possibility you may test positive on some antibody tests. Antibody tests indicate you had a previous infection and that you may have some level of protection against the virus. Experts are currently looking at how COVID-19 vaccination may affect antibody testing results.

FACT: People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 may still benefit from getting vaccinated

Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, people may be advised to get a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have been sick with COVID-19 before.

At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.

We won’t know how long immunity produced by vaccination lasts until we have a vaccine and more data on how well it works.

Both natural immunity and vaccine-induced immunity are important aspects of COVID-19 that experts are trying to learn more about, and CDC will keep the public informed as new evidence becomes available.

FACT: Getting vaccinated can help prevent getting sick with COVID-19

While many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness or they may even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you are not at increased risk of severe complications. If you get sick, you also may spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you while you are sick. COVID-19 vaccination helps protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness. Learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work.

FACT: Receiving an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA

mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid and can most easily be described as instructions for how to make a protein or even just a piece of a protein. mRNA is not able to alter or modify a person’s genetic makeup (DNA). The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enter the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA are kept. This means the mRNA does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 vaccines that use mRNA work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop protection (immunity) to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work.

COVID-19 Resources

Contact Information

Brevard County

Brevard County Emergency Management is also providing updates via the following social media accounts:

Text Message Updates: Text BrevardEOC to 888-777

State / National

2 1 1 Brevard County


For information about the COVID-19 in Brevard and resources available to people who are impacted, call 2-1-1 between 8am and 6pm.

Or text your ZIP code to 898211 between 9am and midnight.