Coronavirus outbreak impacting local business


Viera Voice Jill Blue Some businesses have chosen to close while most restaurants in The Avenue Viera remain open for takeout only.

Jill Blue

As is the case throughout the world, interests in Brevard are being dramatically impacted by the spread of COVID-19. 

Brevard County Emergency Management has declared a state of emergency, which in practical terms means that the county has additional organizational capabilities and can divert more funds toward dealing with the outbreak. 

Prior to the declaration that schools would be shuttered for weeks after Spring Break, Brevard Public Schools assistant superintendent Matt Reed said that students would begin remote learning on March 30, with computers doled out to students who don’t have them. 

“The good news for students is we’re going to be ready,” said Reed, who also noted that  Spectrum would provide free internet for those who didn’t have it at home. “We are planning to keep kids educated. There will be some sort of way to take attendance. They will get lessons. Work will get graded, students will get graded and there will be report cards and transcripts at the end. And students, we’re going to keep them on track to get to the next grade or graduate.”

Many local businesses also felt the pinch of the outbreak. 

Businesses that didn’t outright shut down have curtailed their hours with entities associated with The Avenue Viera and Walmart among the more prominent commercial interests to do so.

There are ways people can lower their risks for contracting the virus, according to Anita Stremmel, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health.

Stremmel advised that people should wash their hands after going to the bathroom, eating and blowing their nose. Additionally, she stated that if soap and water aren’t available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol will suffice.

She also stated that anyone that thinks they might have symptoms should call the county’s health department at 321-454-7101. Stremmel also noted that persons experiencing symptoms should “consult a health care provider as soon as possible” and that they should be advised if they have symptoms prior to going in. 

Stremmel also advised that wearing a surgical mask can help reduce the number of droplets coughed in the air and that people should use a tissue to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze.

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