COVID-19 Update #49 - Tues., July 7
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- The Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners will hold a commission regular meeting in the Administrative Complex, 6495 Caroline St. in Milton, on Thurs., July 9 at 9 a.m. See the interactive agenda with backup supporting documents. This meeting will be archived at that same link following the meeting as well as streamed live online.
In lieu of attending in-person, citizens may view the live stream or recording remotely. Click "View Agenda and Video" during or after the meeting.
The public may submit comments on individual agenda items in advance or bring forward issues to be shared during public forum by completing the public input form before 8 a.m. the morning of the meeting. Citizens may also choose to attend in-person with limited seating available following current social distancing guidelines.
- 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.
- 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.
- No appointment necessary and no prescreening required.
- No cost or copay but bring insurance card.
- Testing may be oral swabs or nasal swabs. This is not a test for antibodies.
- For questions, contact the Department of Health (850-564-2307).
- Santa Rosa County DOH testing sites:
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. More details here. These sites are available until further notice:
- Milton Community Center
Wednesdays | 8:30-11:30 a.m.
5629 Byrom St, in Milton
- Santa Rosa County Health Department - Midway
Thursdays | 8:30-11:30 a.m.
5840 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze
- Santa Rosa/Escambia state testing site:
- University of West Florida parking lot SP2 (near the East Sports Complex)
Daily | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
11000 University Pkwy., Pensacola (map)
Santa Rosa County School DistrictFor information, see www.santarosa.k12.fl.us. Contact 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.
Escambia River Electric CooperativeThe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 675-4521/1-800-235-3848 for assistance.
Santa Rosa County Health Department
Santa Rosa DOH has masks available for individuals or businesses that need them at 5527 Stewart St. in Milton or 5840 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze. Call 850-564-2307.WEAR 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.
- 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% 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 COVID-19.
- Refrain from participating in recreational gatherings of more than 50 people.
- For gatherings of less than 50 people, wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
- If you are coughing, sneezing or feverish, stay home and call your physician.
Individuals over the age of 65 and of any age with health conditions that put them at higher risk of complications from the disease are especially vulnerable. 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
- Renal failure
- Liver disease
- OneBlood web site 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 has antibodies, regardless of whether they showed symptoms.
- Appointments to donate are required.
- Do not donate if you are not feeling well or have a fever.
There are many feeding programs 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.Summer meals for age 18 and underSummer meals for kids up to 18 are available through 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.
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