As the numbers of COVID-19 positive testing in South Florida have focused on the positivity rate, Coral Gables has surpassed a 2% positivity in residents, as the City of about 50,000 residents surpassed 1,000 positive tests this week, setting a single-day record of 51 new positives on Wednesday. The City’s testing site tested 81 residents this week and had 11 new positives, a 13.6% positivity rate.
The positivity rate for City staff, however, has remained low.
The City reported to Gables Insider this week that of the 1,000 staff members, including Police and Fire personnel, the City has only had 69 positive test results from its employee pool, a 6.9% of employees.
“The City of Coral Gables is committed to insuring the health and safety of our team members and residents. We ask employees and residents alike to closely monitor and follow CDC guidelines.” said Martha Pantin, the City’s new Communications Director, who began her tenure with the City this week.
“To help safeguard team members we instituted a series of safety procedures. For example, all team members and visitors entering City buildings are required to go through a health screening, wear masks and maintain social distancing when duties permit. Team members who experience symptoms should reach out to their health care provider for testing. Employees who have tested positive have received medical consultation and support through our City employee health provider,” Pantin added.
The City has enacted strict protocols to ensure social distancing, hygiene and sanitizing of work areas are observed.
Staff is discouraged from sharing office supplies, meeting in person and are asked to clean their work stations when they arrive in the morning and leave at night.