COVID-19 Update #42 - Wed., May 20
Updates are highlighted. Subscribe to receive this update via email.Updates are only sent when new information is available.See our full list of information at www.santarosa.fl.gov/covid19.Santa Rosa County
- 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 TDOMain@santarosa.fl.gov.
- "I'm pleased the governor delegated the decision on short-term rentals to the local governments with approval of a plan. Our county staff worked hard to get our plan to Tallahassee as soon as possible on Friday after the governor's announcement and I thank them for their effort," said Commissioner Dave Piech, District 4. "Vacation rentals are a vital economic driver in Santa Rosa County and having them open prior to Memorial Day is great news for our businesses and visitors. As the reopening of Florida continues, we will adapt our plan as conditions permit. I wish everyone a great Memorial Day weekend."
- See all of the governor's the executive orders online.
- Citizens may call to make appointments for needed services including the offices of development services, veterans services, engineering, and animal services. See the full list of openings and hours as well as information on the libraries below.
- The Santa Rosa County Library System has resumed curbside service however libraries are not open to the public as of yet.
- The Santa Rosa Library System is implementing a phased approach to reopening with temporary hours of 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Tues., May 26:
- Libraries will open for computer use only.
- Reservations must be made in advance; sessions are limited to one hour.
- Patrons may call beginning Fri., May 22 to reserve for the following week.
- For details or to make a reservation, call 981-READ (7323).
Mon., Jun. 1
- Libraries will be open to the public for browsing and computer use.
- Advanced computer reservations are still required.
- All library meeting rooms remain closed until further notice.
- A limited number of patrons will be allowed inside at a time.
- Masks are encouraged.
- Curbside pickup is still available; patrons are encouraged to use this service.
- Call 981-READ (7323) for questions.
All programs will be online and begin Mon., Jun. 1. Registration begins Tues., May 26. Visit the summer reading page or call 981-READ (7323).
Memorial Day Ceremony CancellationThe annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Santa Rosa County’s Veterans Memorial Park has been cancelled as a COVID 19 prevention measure. The Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners honored the country’s veterans at last week’s regular meeting with a video memorial and will share the video to the Santa Rosa County Facebook page and county web site on Mon., May 25. “Although we won’t be gathering together as a group to honor our nation’s veterans, on Memorial Day we will still remember America’s heroes of the past and freedom’s defenders of the future,” said Commission Chairman Don Salter, District 3. “Fallen, but never forgotten.” Santa Rosa County’s Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated on November 11, 2004 to the honor, memory and respect of the sacrifices and contributions that veterans have made for mankind. Those who would like to support the Veteran's Plaza Park may do so by purchasing a veteran or sponsor brick. The park is available for virtual tour and bricks may also be searched online.
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.
- Daily through May 29, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy., Pensacola (map)
- Thurs., May 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Woodlawn Beach Middle School, 1500 Woodlawn Way, Gulf Breeze
- 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.
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. Milk, juice and other fresh items will be distributed at East Milton Recreation Center (8604 Bobby Brown Rd.) this Thurs. from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. As these items are perishable, we encourage all residents to share this event with anyone in need. Thursday, May 21
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 | Details9:00 AM | East Milton Recreation Center | Details
9:00 AM | St. Ann Catholic Church | Details
9:30 AM | We Care Ministries | Details
10:00 AM | ACTS Ministries | Details
10:00 AM | First United Methodist Church | Details
11:00 AM | Magnolia Crossings | Details
12:00 PM | Coast Community Church | Details
12:00 PM | First Baptist Church of Milton | Details
1:00 PM | St. Ann Catholic Church | DetailsFriday, May 229:00 AM | St. Ann Catholic Church | Details9:30 AM | We Care Ministries | Details11:00 AM | Magnolia Crossings | Details1:00 PM | St. Ann Catholic Church | Details
# # #