COVID-19 Update #37 - Mon., May 4
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Drive-through COVID testing sites are being set up throughout the county, no pre-screening is required. If you do not live in one of the areas listed below, other locations are being set up in the county soon. Details will be made available via this news release. Contact the Department of Health (850-564-2307) for the closest site.
- The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting in the Administrative Complex, 6495 Caroline St. in Milton, on Tues., May 5 at 9 a.m. to provide a COVID-19 update. This meeting will be streamed live and archived online. Seating is limited due to CDC recommendations. Additionally, a public input form is available for input/comment on individual agenda items or to bring forward issues to be heard at public forum.
- The Marine Advisory Meeting has been cancelled for Tues., May 5.
- Santa Rosa County will follow Executive Order 20-111 and Executive Order 20-112, announced yesterday by Gov. DeSantis. Executive Order 20-111 and Executive Orders 20-112 extend Executive Orders 20-87 (vacation rental closures) until further notice. Executive Order 20-111 and Executive Order 20-112 continue to permit the essential services and activities described in Executive Order 20-91. See Gov. DeSantis' step-by-step plan here.
- The prohibition on vacation rentals remains in effect pursuant to Executive Order 20-112. Any new check-ins to short-term vacation rentals will remain prohibited through the duration of Executive Order 20-112. Santa Rosa County cannot alter Gov. DeSantis' order and it is enforced by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
- At the request of the governor’s office, the direction of the Florida Department of Emergency Management with the support of the Florida Department of Health, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties opened a new mobile testing site at the University of West Florida. The UWF test site will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week until May 14. Find more information here.
- Santa Rosa County Animal Services is extending reduced adoption fees in an effort to encourage pet adoptions. The adoption fees are $10 for cats/kittens and $25 for dogs/puppies. View animals available for adoption online. For more information, call (850) 983-4680.
- Thurs., May 7, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Navarre High School, 8600 High School Blvd. in Navarre (minimum of 100 tests)
- Fri., May 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Tiger Point Park, 1370 Tiger Park Ln. in Gulf Breeze (minimum of 100 tests)
- Navarre Beach is open May 1 from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily. Parking is available at all public lots and spaces. Visitors may also walk and bike the multi-use path of the island of Navarre Beach.
- Navarre Beach Pier is from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. daily. Normal pier admission procedures are in place; daily and annual passes may be purchased.
- The Navarre Beach Marine Park parking lots close at sundown.
- Law enforcement will maintain a presence on the island to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed.
City of MiltonThe City of Milton has established the Micro-Grant Program that will provide a one-time emergency assistance grant to those severely impacted by the COVID-19 Emergency. The grant is targeted to those that will not be allowed to re-open during Phase 1 of Governor Desantis’ plan, specifically, bars, gyms and personal service providers.The Micro-Grant Program will provide up to 50, $1,000 grants to for-profit business entities, self-employed and independent contractors. CRITERIA:
All applications will be received electronically via an on-line form. The application will be available at www.miltonfl.org beginning at 9:00 a.m. Central Standard Time on Monday, May 4, 2020. A sample application will be posted on the website today to allow potential applicants to prepare to submit.For more information, contact the City of Milton’s Economic Development Office at (850) 983-5400 or email Edward Spears, Economic Development Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The business or service location must be within the City Limits of Milton. Residency is not required.
- A storefront is not required. Home-based businesses are eligible. Mobile businesses are eligible, but owner must be a Milton resident.
- Businesses must have less than 10 employees.
- Mandatory shut down or substantial change in operations is required. Voluntary shut down is ineligible.
- If self-employed/independent contractor, must demonstrate minimum 51% of income for previous 12 months was derived from self-employment activity.
- Proof of or acquisition of a City Business License
- Detail of financial impact of the COVID-19 Emergency
- Estimated revenue lost from March 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020
- Recipients of any other local, state or federal emergency funding are ineligible.
- Any business that remained open for the complete emergency time period without a substantial change in operations is ineligible.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
The park remains on schedule with the reopenings announced Friday afternoon.
The Okaloosa Area on Saturday, May 2 - no restrooms.
The Naval Live Oaks Area on Saturday, May 2 - no restrooms and the headquarters exhibit area will remain closed.
Santa Rosa Area, including Highway 399 on Wednesday, May 6. The Opal Beach Complex will remain closed.
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
The Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas, Perdido Key, and Davis Bayou areas.
Petit Bois, West Petit Bois, Horn, and Ship islands, as well as, the NPS-owned portion of Cat Island.
The NPS still project to reopen Highway 399 on Wednesday, May 6 (the Opal Beach complex will remain closed).
Northwest Florida Water Management District
- The Northwest Florida Water Management District is re-opening most of its day-use recreation sites beginning today (Monday, May 4).
- Visitors to the day-use recreation sites must adhere to CDC guidelines on social distancing and group size.
- Recreation facilities at the Pitt/Sylvan and Williford spring sites along Econfina Creek and Cypress Spring along Holmes Creek will remain closed.
- The Pipes and Fillingim landings along the Perdido River will have limited parking available, but boat ramps will be open.
- For a complete list of site openings and closures, visit: www.nwfwater.com/Lands/Recreation/Recreation-Site-Closures.
Baptist Health CareFollowing Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Phase I: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery Executive Order, Baptist Health Care will resume elective surgeries beginning May 4. With a continued diligent watch over COVID-19 developments, Baptist is reopening these services in a phased and structured approach to ensure the highest level of safety and care. Baptist will continue to adhere to state and federal requirements regarding patient care and will continue to implement all CDC guidance and protocols to ensure the safety of those we serve, our team members, and the community. Baptist will continue to implement social distancing, universal masking and screening of all patients and visitors. Physician offices are reaching out directly to patients whose procedures were postponed due to the order to suspend services that was issued in March. Patients visiting a Baptist facility are encouraged to bring and wear masks. Our teams look forward to welcoming back patients into our care and will take every precaution to ensure safety.VISITATION DURING COVID AT BAPTIST HEALTH CARE HOSPITALS
Behavioral Medicine Center (Behavioral Health Inpatient Departments Only)
- Baptist Hospital and Gulf Breeze Hospital Only
- One visitor at a time will be allowed to visit a hospital inpatient.
- No visitors will be allowed who have COVID-19 symptoms, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Visitors will be provided a visitor badge which must be displayed and visible during the entirety of the visit.
- No children under the age of 18 are permitted to visit.
- At the discretion of the hospital staff, a visitor may be asked to leave as the situation warrants.
- Per state of Florida guidelines, there is no visitation allowed to adult mental health treatment facilities at this time. Youth visitation is limited to parents/guardians only. No siblings or anyone under the age of 18 are allowed to visit.
EXCEPTIONSA visitor whose presence is essential to the care of a patient may be allowed to visit. “Essential” is defined as one or more of the following:
- Because of Jay Hospital’s designation to provide skilled nursing care, more rigid visitation requirements apply. Therefore, a no visitation policy will remain in place.
- Patients who may be impaired and require a support person to care for them
- Patients with disruptive behavior in which a support person is key to their care
- Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (in which support person is key to their safe care)
- Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
- For patients receiving end of life care, our team will arrange visitation times with loved ones. During such times, your questions and concerns will be addressed.
The Santa Rosa County Tax Collector will begin taking appointments at the Milton office only. The following guidelines will be in place:Town of JayThe Town of Jay opened the drive-through window and will conduct all face-to-face transactions from that location. The lobby will remain closed to customers.
- Appointments are for Santa Rosa County residents only.
- Appointments will only be taken via telephone at (850) 983-1800.
- Customers are encouraged to wear a face mask if possible.
- Customers are asked to not bring extra people/family members that are not pertinent to the transaction. These people may be asked to wait outside if brought.
- Any transactions that can be done online/over the phone will not be done in the office. Customers will be directed to call and/or visit www.santarosatax.com to complete those transactions outside of the office. For any special circumstances or questions, call (850) 983-1800.
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