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COVID-19 Update #45 - Fri., May 29

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Santa Rosa County
  • Santa Rosa County offices, which have conducted business online, via email, phone, mail or drop box to the fullest extent possible during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, are reopening Mon., June 1. Citizens are encouraged to continue to use these 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. 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.

    “This has been a challenging time for the county and I’m proud of the work our staff has been doing despite the limitations brought on by the pandemic,” said Santa Rosa County Commission Chairman Don Salter, District 3. “We will continue to work in conjunction with the officials at the Florida Department of Health and do all we can to ensure the safety of our residents and staff until the risk has passed.”
  • Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Halsey Beshears approved short-term vacation rentals for Santa Rosa County in accordance with the letter of request and short-term rental safety plan submitted to the state on Fri., May 15. For questions regarding rentals, email
  • See all of the governor's the executive orders online.

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

Supervisor of Elections
  • The Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Office will be open to the public beginning Mon., June 1 at 8 a.m.

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.
  • Available until further notice from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Must be 18 years of age or older

    University of West Florida parking lot SP2 (near the East Sports Complex)
    11000 University Pkwy., Pensacola (map)

  • 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., May 30
11:30 AM | Men in Action | 

Sun., May 31
1:00 PM | The King's Harvest | 

Mon., June 1
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 | Community Life UMC | Details
9:00 AM | Immanuel Baptist Church | Details
9:00 AM | St. Ann Catholic Church | Detailssanta
10:00 AM | We Care Ministries | Details
1:00 PM | St. Ann Catholic Church | Details

Tues. June 2
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 | Alabama-W FL Conference of the UMC (Pace First UMC) | 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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