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COVID-19 Information

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Testing
  • Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital has established two testing sites to test up to 300 people per day, five days a week. All individuals wanting to be tested MUST CALL (850) 746-2684 in advance.
  • Santa Rosa County/Ascension Sacred Heart weekday testing sites: 
    • Milton Community Center - Mon., Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      5629 Byrom St. in Milton

    • Tiger Point Community Center - Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
      1370 Tiger Park Ln. in Gulf Breeze
  • State drive-through testing site at UWF (daily):
    University of West Florida parking lot SP2 (near the East Sports Complex)
    Daily | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 11000 University Pkwy., Pensacola (map)

    Self-swabbing is available by appointment. Ages 5-17 require an appointment. Appointments can be made by the following methods: visit doineedacovid19test.com or call 1-800-635-8611. 
    Individuals are asked to remain in their vehicles, which must have a window.
    Pre-screening is not required.
    Florida identification is required for adults.
Information on state and county testing sites:
  • No out of pocket cost or copay will be collected but bring photo ID and any insurance cards as insurance will be submitted.
  • Testing is subject to change due to inclement weather.
  • Testing will be nasal swabs.
  • These are not tests for antibodies. 
  • Remain in your vehicle for the duration of the process. More details

Santa Rosa County
  • Santa Rosa County Probation is closed until Aug. 17. Individuals who are supposed to report to probation during these two weeks will report next month and will not incur any violations because of not being able to report.

  • Cloth face masks are available at all county libraries (see locations and hours). For more details, call 981-READ (7323).
  • The Florida Department of Health provides a detailed list of COVID data by county. This info changes daily. Santa Rosa County begins on page 111.
  • See also the Santa Rosa County COVID dashboard.

Santa Rosa County School District
Visit www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/bts2021 or see links below: Contact BackToSchool@santarosa.k12.fl.us with specific questions.
Santa Rosa County Health Department
  • "Individuals who have tested positive should not retest for at least three months," said County Health Administrator Sandra Park-O'Hara. "Once you've been infected, the genetic material may remain in your body for several months resulting in a continued positive test."
  • Santa Rosa DOH has masks available for individuals or businesses at 5527 Stewart St. in Milton or 5840 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze. Call 850-564-2307.

Supervisor of Elections Office
  • Voters are encouraged to follow the latest CDC guidelines and be mindful of others. Masks are also encouraged. 
  • Voters may bring a black or blue ball point pen to fill in the ballot.
  • The number of occupants in the polling room may be limited. Polling rooms will be spaced for social distancing. Voters are encouraged to maintain social distancing.
  • Due to increased safety measures, in-person voting may take longer than usual. Voters are encouraged to be prepared to minimize time spent in the polling place. 
    • Residential address should be correct, call (850) 983-1900 to update.
    • Make decisions on voting preferences before arrival (bring a sample ballot).
    • Have photo and signature identification ready.
  • For more information, call (850) 983-1900.

OneBlood
  • Everyone who is physically capable of donating plasma or blood is urged to do so during the pandemic. Convalescent plasma from recovered COVID patients is being evaluated as a treatment for those with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID infections. Donations can be scheduled online at OneBlood.org
  • OneBlood web site is testing all donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test will indicate if the donor has antibodies, regardless of presence of symptoms. 
  • Appointments to donate are required.
  • Do not donate if you are not feeling well or have a cough or fever. 

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 or map of closest location. There are no restrictions on who may utilize this program. 

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