Public Health Information for Beach Week 2020
Welcome to the Coastal Health District’s virtual Beach Week 2020 booth. We hope you find the information on our page helpful. Have a safe and healthy summer!
Prevent the Spread of COVID-19…
As you hit the beach, pool, and other outdoor spaces this summer, remember that we are still in the midst of a pandemic and there are actions you can take – even outdoors – to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- If you go to outdoor recreational spaces, do your best to stay away from the most crowded areas.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Make sure to pack hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available.
- When walking on the beach or swimming in the ocean or pool, stay at least six feet away from others who are not from your household.
- Don’t share items such as kickboards, pool noodles, or beach toys with others who live outside your household.
Don’t Let Mosquitoes Take a Bite Out of Your Summer Fun
Summer evenings are the perfect time to fire up the grill, put on some music, and hang out in the back yard with family. But uninvited guests of the insect variety can put a damper on things. Mosquitoes are definitely a nuisance but they can also carry viruses like Zika and West Nile Virus.
The best way to prevent mosquito-borne viruses is to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and protect ourselves from mosquito bites. Here are some helpful hints:
- Cover exposed skin with mosquito repellant that contains 20-30 percent DEET when you’re outdoors.
- Always follow instructions when applying insect repellent to children. Do not use insect repellant on babies younger than 2 months old. Instead, dress your child in clothing that covers the arms and legs, and cover the stroller and baby carrier with mosquito netting.
- Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
- Mosquitoes need standing water to breed, so get rid of any standing water around your yard. Tip out water in flowerpots, children’s toys, and pet dishes after every rain and at least once a week. Also be mindful of other yard items that can hold water like old tires, cans and wheelbarrows.
Here Comes the Sun
Heat and sun can cause skin damage, skin cancer, and serious illness, but there are ways to enjoy the summer and stay protected.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, hat and sunglasses.
- Use sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection.
- Reapply sunscreen if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating or toweling off.
- Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol.
- Avoid strenuous activity, take breaks.
- Never leave children or pets in a hot car.
- Call 911 if someone has signs of heatstroke:
- Find a place out of the sun to cool off.
Foodborne illnesses tend to increase during the summer months for two reasons. One reason is that bacteria tend to multiply faster when it’s warm. Another reason is that people are cooking outside more, away from the refrigerators, thermometers and washing facilities of a kitchen.
- Clean surfaces, hands and utensils with warm water and soap.
- Wash produce under running water before cutting, eating or cooking.
- Separate raw and cooked meat and poultry from ready-to-eat foods (raw vegetables and fruits).
- Use separate cutting boards and utensils for raw meat and ready-to-eat items like vegetables or bread.
- Cook food to the proper temperature – use a food thermometer to check.
- Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts,chops): 145 °F with a three-minute rest time
- Ground meats: 160 °F
- Whole poultry, poultry breasts and ground poultry: 165 °F
- Chill. Perishable food should not sit out for more than two hours. In hot weather (above 90 °F), food should NEVER sit out for more than one hour.