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  • Emergency Management COVID-19 pandemic update 48

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    June 26, 2020
    See our full list of information at www.santarosa.fl.gov/covid19.

    Santa Rosa County

    As COVID-19 cases rise in Santa Rosa County, the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners and Emergency Management continue to work hand-in-hand with hospitals, cities, state government and the department of health.

    Currently, the commission and key staff are in daily contact with all stakeholders in the COVID-19 response and are closely monitoring hospital intakes and stand ready to address public health concerns locally.

    “The health and safety of our citizens is our top priority. We are monitoring the health care system to ensure there is adequate capacity to respond to any needs that may arise and are still seeing a stable number of hospitalizations in our area,” said Chairman and District 3 Commissioner Don Salter. “As such, we encourage residents to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and recommendations from public health officials as we move through this together.”

    The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners encourages residents and visitors, particularly those at high risk, to wear masks in public and continue social distancing in accordance with the Florida State Surgeon General's public health advisory
    • The Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Office will present an Independence Day fireworks show at 9 p.m. on July4, at the end of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. The pyrotechnic demonstration will be held rain or shine. Residents and guests are reminded to allow plenty of time to find parking, follow social distancing guidelines set by the CDC and remember to leave pets at home. For more information, call 850-981-8900.
    • Effective immediately, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. View the emergency order here.
    • A revised safety plan for continued operation of vacation rentals in Santa Rosa County was approved by Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears. The main revision was allowing vacation rental reservations and stays from all U.S. counties with a COVID-19 case rate less than 1000 cases/100K residents. Find more information hereFor questions regarding rentals, email TDO@santarosa.fl.gov. County level case rate information is available on the CDC website.
    • The governor's executive order on Phase 2 is in effect. Find the full executive order here. Contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for questions at 850-487-1395. 
    • Citizens are encouraged to continue to use alternative options for business with the county as much as possible and are asked not to enter county offices if exhibiting symptoms of the virus such as fever or chills, coughing and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Facilities are disinfected daily and splash guards have been installed to minimize the risk of exposure for citizens and staff. The county will continue to follow the governor’s executive orders and the CDC guidelines of social distancing until further notice, however everyone has a role in the ensuring the county is as safe as possible to remain open. More information on county office hours and operations can be found online.
    • See all of the governor's the executive orders online.

    City of Gulf Breeze
    • The city is still in Phase II of its phased reopening plan, as established June 8.
    • The community center is open from 1-9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 12-6 p.m. Sunday for free play activities only. Allowed free play activities for youth and adults include basketball, volleyball and pickleball.
    • Group reservations and organized fee for service programming such as Jazzercise, fitness classes, etc. has resumed with limited hours Monday through Friday from 6-7:30 a.m. and 5:30-9 p.m. and Sat., 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • The Community Center will operate at no more than 50% capacity. All such group programming and activities may be limited at the discretion of recreation staff based on CDC social distancing guidance.
    • Outdoor facility rentals with reservations, playgrounds, and concessions will reopen.
    • Park restrooms are open.
    • Summer camp will begin July 1, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with the camp program having exclusive use of the community center during those hours.
    • Limited special event permitting will resume for all city-controlled public property and special events with less than 50 requiring city services will resume.
    • City Hall is open for lobby walk-in service.
    Subject to the Governor’s Declaration of Phase III
    • Community Center returns to pre-pandemic operations and programming.
    • The splash pad will resume.
    • Special events and tournaments, and special event permitting for all city-controlled public property and events requiring city services will resume.

    Property Appraiser
    • The Milton office and Midway offices are open to the public by appointment only. Call (850) 983-1880 to schedule an appointment.
    • Citizens are encouraged to continue using the online chat system to address and resolve many issues from outside locations.
    • Property owners who have received homestead filing letters can still file their homestead exemption online.
    • For the safety of office visitors and staff, kiosks are being used to check temperatures before entering the office. Wearing a mask is preferred until further clarification is received from health officials.

    Santa Rosa County School District
    Santa Rosa County School District food contractor Sodexo, in cooperation with STA, the Santa Rosa County District Schools bus service, will continue the summer feeding program that started in March. This program is currently scheduled to continue through early August. For more detailed information visit www.santarosa.k12.fl.us.

    Santa Rosa County Chamber of Commerce
    • Due to current state of Florida restrictions on the accumulation of large crowds we are unable to obtain permits required to host our traditional "Riverfest - A Celebration of Independence" on July 4.
    • Riverfest has been rescheduled for Sat., Sept. 5 (Labor Day weekend) - same time, same location and activities - including fireworks.
    • Questions may be directed to the chamber at (850) 623-2339.

    Santa Rosa County Health Department
    DOH-Santa Rosa has masks available for individuals or businesses that need them. Masks can be picked up at either the Milton location, 5527 Stewart St. in Milton, or the Midway location, 5840 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze.

    Businesses requesting masks to provide to employees or customers may call 850-564-2307 to request a supply.

    In accordance with the public health advisory issued June 20 by State Surgeon General Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County is encouraging all residents and visitors to adopt the following precautions to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

    Per the Surgeon General's health advisory, all individuals should wear face coverings in any setting where social distancing is not possible, unless any of the following is applicable:
    • A child is under two years of age.
    • An individual has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering.
    • An individual is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
    • An individual works in a profession where use of a face covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession.
    • An individual is engaged in outdoor work or recreation with appropriate social distancing in place.
    • Practice social distancing. Maintain a distance of six feet from others in any social situation.  
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, frequently with an appropriate cleaner. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's website maintains a list of products determined to be effective against the virus that causes COVID-19.
    • Refrain from participating in social or recreational gatherings of more than 50 people.
    • For gatherings of fewer than 50 people, wear a face mask and maintain a distance of at least six feet apart.
    • If you are experiencing any symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing or fever, remain at home and contact your health care provider.  
    These recommendations are particularly important for individuals over the age of 65 and individuals of any age with health conditions that put them at higher risk of complications from the disease. These include:
    • Chronic lung disease
    • Moderate to severe asthma
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Anything that compromises the immune system, such as poorly controlled HIV/AIDS, treatment for cancer, bone marrow or organ transplant
    • Diabetes
    • Renal failure
    • Liver disease

    • No appointment necessary and no prescreening required.
    • No cost or copay but bring insurance card.
    • Testing may be oral swabs or nasal swabs. This is not a test for antibodies. 
    • More details here. For questions, contact the Department of Health (850-564-2307).

      Dates and times - the below testing sites are available until further notice
    • Santa Rosa County Health Department - Milton location
      Wednesdays | 8:30-11:30 a.m.
      5527 Stewart St. in Milton
      Participants will call the COVID call center upon arrival (850-564-2307) to be connected to an operator who will collect information. Participants will remain in the vehicle for the duration of the testing process.
    • Santa Rosa County Health Department - Midway location
      Thursdays | 8:30-11:30 a.m.
      5840 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze
      Participants will call the COVID call center upon arrival (850-564-2307) to be connected to an operator who will collect information. Participants will remain in the vehicle for the duration of the testing process.
    • University of West Florida parking lot SP2 (near the East Sports Complex)
      Daily | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
      11000 University Pkwy., Pensacola (map)

    • OneBlood web site is testing all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. 
    • Appointments to donate are required.
    • Do not donate if you are not feeling well or have a fever

    Summer meals for age 18 and under
    The following sites will offer summer meals for any child up to age 18 at the following sites in partnership with Feeding the Gulf Coast.
    • Magnolia Crossing Apartments, 4312 Magnolia Crossing Circle in Pace
      Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • My Father’s Arrows, Inc., 4025 Hwy. 178 in Jay
      Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Isiah Chapel AME Zion Church, 5038 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Milton
      Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Feeding Programs
    There are many feeding programs in the county where residents can pick up enough food for a family of four for at least a week. See the calendar for a complete schedule (https://bit.ly/3cKe0rZ) or map of closest location (https://bit.ly/3cGTaK4).
    There are no restrictions on who may utilize this program.

    Sun., July 28
    1:00 PM | The King's Harvest | Details

    Mon., July 29
    8:00 AM | Navarre First Assembly of God | Details
    8:30 AM | St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church | Details
    9:00 AM | Christ United Methodist Church | Details
    9:00 AM | Christian Life Church | Details
    9:00 AM | Immanuel Baptist Church | Details
    9:00 AM | St. Ann Catholic Church | Details
    10:00 AM | We Care Ministries | Details
    1:00 PM | St. Ann Catholic Church | Details

    Tues., July 30
    8:00 AM | Navarre First Assembly of God | Details
    8:30 AM | St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church | Details
    9:00 AM | Christian Life Church | Details
    9:00 AM | Ferris Hill Baptist Church | Details
    9:00 AM | Interfaith Ministries | Details
    9:00 AM | St. Ann Catholic Church | Details
    10:00 AM | ACTS Ministries | Details
    10:00 AM | We Care Ministries | Details
    1:00 PM | St. Ann Catholic Church | Details
    5:00 PM | Friendship Baptist Church | Details

    Council on Aging of West Florida
    The Meals on Wheels program has expanded to cover all elderly adults 60 and over who qualify for the service, at no cost to the client. The additional meals will be prepared by Primal Nosh and Nancy’s Catering & Events, and will be delivered to the clients’ homes as part of an initiative to help seniors during Coronavirus.
    It is projected that this program will remain through at least the end of 2020, as social distancing especially for those 60 and up continues to be recommended by local and state health departments. Senior adults interested in signing up for the expanded Meals on Wheels program should call (850) 432-1475 to complete an assessment.

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