St. Petersburg launches Race to Safe Campaign to diminish spread of COVID-19

Photo of the Mayor Kriseman on the steps of City Hall with city officials and members of the Coronavirus Advisory Board
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The city of St. Petersburg has launched a new Race to Safe campaign to encourage residents to take all the necessary steps to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the city during the busy holiday season.

This is a determined effort by the City along with the support of community ambassadors like the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, St. Pete Downtown Partnership, St. Petersburg EDC, I Love the Burg and other leaders who are part of the Mayor’s reopening advisory panel. As a city always striving to lead the way in the state of Florida, the goal is to be at the forefront with the least number of cases of Covid-19, keep hospitals from getting overburdened and the population healthy and safe especially those most vulnerable. This is the race to safe.

“We’re all working hard to Restart St. Pete and adapt to a new normal,” wrote city officials in a statement on the Race to Safe website. “But, in light of the continued community health risks, we’re shifting our focus to reducing Pinellas County’s COVID-19 positivity rate and being Florida’s most COVID-safe community.”

Keeping the city safe during the holidays

As of December 4, Pinellas County’s COVID-19 daily % positive rate was 6.19%. The two week % positive average is 5.72%.

“Our daily lives and important moments like holidays, weddings and graduations have looked a lot different, but we must continue doing everything we can to keep our community safe. Below, you’ll find resources to navigate the pandemic and help prevent the spread as well as metrics with our curent standing as a community.”

The Race to Safe website offers comprehensive toolkits for events in the city, COVID-19 testing facilities, where to get the flu vaccine, and an overview of the city’s economic recovery plan.

Healthy habits for residents 

Just some friendly reminders: 

Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds (hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol otherwise)

Avoid close contact – maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household

Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose when around others

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or inside of your elbow

Monitor your health daily by watching for symptoms of COVID-19 like fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Keep an eye on the Pinellas County COVID Dashboard

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

You can see a full breakdown of COVID-19 testing sites on the Pinellas County dashboard.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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