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

Santa Rosa County
  • County departments will coordinate customer service and citizen interactions by appointment only, whenever possible.
  • To keep our libraries safe for both patrons and staff, the Santa Rosa County Library System is implementing the following changes beginning Mon., Jul. 20:
    • Library Facilities
      • Patrons may enter the library for computer use only.
      • Browsing is not allowed at this time to help slow the spread and ensure patrons receive physical library items in the safest way possible.
      • A limited number of computers will be available to allow for social distancing.
      • Computer sessions are limited to one hour with no extensions. Reservations are available but not required.
      • Masks are strongly encouraged; a limited number of masks are available for patrons to use.
      • Visit the library system’s website for free online resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, databases, and more.
      • Meeting Rooms remain closed until further notice.
      • All library materials must be returned via book drops.
      • NO donations are being accepted at this time.
    • Curbside Service
      • Curbside pickup will continue.
      • Place holds for items online and get notified when they are ready for pick up.
      • Hours for curbside service and computer use are Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 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. 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 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 Genera's public health advisory.
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • See all of the governor's the executive orders online.


Santa Rosa County School District

For information, see www.santarosa.k12.fl.usContact BackToSchool@santarosa.k12.fl.us with specific questions, but understand that as guidance from the state and the CDC changes, so too will this information.

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:

WEARING FACE COVERINGS
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.
ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS
  • 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.  
VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
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

Testing
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
  • Milton Community Center
    Wednesdays | 8:30-11:30 a.m.
    5629 Byrom St. in Milton
    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 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)


Escambia River Electric Cooperative
The EREC lobby in Jay is closed until further notice. The drive-through will remain open.

Payments may be made by mail, online at 
www.erec.com
, phone autopay, EREC app or by night depository. Services such as opening or closing an electric, water or internet account; making changes to your services; inquiring about your account balance, service orders, etc. can all be handled by email or phone as well. Contact memberservices@erec.com or call (850) 675-4521/1-800-235-3848 for assistance.

OneBlood
  • 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 (https://bit.ly/3cKe0rZ) or map of closest location (https://bit.ly/3cGTaK4).

There are no restrictions on who may utilize this program. 

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