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COVID-19 Update #47 - Fri., June 5

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NEW - State of Florida - Governor's Executive Order on Phase 2

Santa Rosa County
  • 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 County level case rate information is available on the CDC website.
  • The governor's executive order on Phase 2 is in effect. Below is an abbreviated version. Find the full executive order here. Contact the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation for questions at 850-487-1395. 
    • Restaurants and other establishments, and bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, may operate at 50% of their indoor capacity, excluding employees, as under Executive Order 20-123, Section 1. Bar areas may be open with seated service. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. This section does not apply to nightclubs.
    • Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at fifty (50) percent of their building capacity, with appropriate social distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.
    • Personal services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage, may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.
  • 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.

The walk-in area of ECUA’s Customer Service Center located at Ellyson Industrial Park will re-open for all client walk-in assistance and in-person appointments effective Mon., June 8, at 8:30 a.m. ECUA is committed to our visitors' and employees' well-being and will continue to observe CDC guidelines including:
  • Social distancing 
  • ECUA employees will wear masks
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the customer service walk-in area 

Clerk of Courts

Persons attempting to enter the courthouse should expect to undergo a non-invasive temperature check beginning Mon., June 1. Screening questions regarding potential symptoms or prior exposure to COVID-19 will be asked upon entry. Refusal of the temperature screening or to answer screening questions will result in denial of access to the building. Signage will be posted regarding the maintenance of proper social distancing, and those entering the courthouse will be required to wear a mask at all times while entering and while within the building. Plastic bins have been removed from the security checkpoint, and each person will be given a clear bag to place personal belongings in for screening. At this time, courthouse access remains limited to those persons who are required for court proceedings, or those individuals with other official business within the courthouse facilities.  

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

Tri-County Community Council (TCCC)
  • TCCC, the designated transportation coordinator for Santa Rosa County, is providing ride services again following a suspension due to COVID-19 and is taking ride reservations.
  • TCCC has been reporting daily to FDOT and the county regarding ongoing COVID-19 actions.
  • The TCCC office located at 7255 East Hwy. 90 in Milton is open.
  • The TCCC contact number is (850) 626-6806 for questions or inquiries.  

Florida State Forests
  • Florida state forests and campgrounds are open with limited capacity at Clear Creek OHV Riding Area, Bear Lake, the Coldwater horse stables, Hurricane Lake and Karick Lake.
  • Krul Recreation Area and Sweetwater Trail remain closed.

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

Dates and times - the below testing sites are available until further notice
  • Santa Rosa County Health Department - Milton location
    Wednesdays (beginning June 10) | 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 (beginning June 11) | 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    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)
    This testing site closed at 2 p.m. on Fri., June 5. The reopening of the test site on Monday or Tuesday will be weather dependent.

  • According to the OneBlood web site, the blood bank 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.
  • To protect team members and other donors, do not present to 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 great feeding programs going on 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. 

Sat., June 6
9:00 AM | All Things New Ministry | Details
10:00 AM | Destiny Bible Church | Details

Sun., June 7
1:00 PM | The King's Harvest | Details

Mon., June 8
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., June 9
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

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