COVID-19 Daily Update

As of March 26, 6:30 p.m.

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COVID-19 has affected the operations of Santa Rosa and surrounding counties. Here is what you need to know:

Confirmed cases

Escambia 20

Santa Rosa 12

Okaloosa 22

Walton 13

Beaches, pier

Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Escambia beaches are closed. On Navarre Beach, the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office has set up a checkpoint near the pier entrance to ensure access is granted only to those who:

  • are residents
  • are current guests of a hotel
  • are renting a condo or home
  • own a business or are conducting business (service and delivery persons)
  • who are met at the checkpoint by a resident or a guest currently staying on the beach

Gulf Islands National Seashore

All state parks in Florida are closed.

Department of Elder Affairs

The dining site at Holley Navarre Senior Center is closed, however, meals at the site are being packaged to-go. Seniors who were previously served at the dining site may pick up meals Monday – Friday at 11 a.m.

Seniors (60+) who were not previously enrolled can call 850-432-1475 by noon the day prior to picking up a meal.

Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County has enacted ESF 18 in conjunction with the Economic Development Office to provide guidance and coordinate issues with Santa Rosa County’s business community in all phases of emergency management

  • SantaRosaReady.com has been created to serve as a clearinghouse for all business needs including information on how to apply for bridge loans
  • Even if you haven’t yet been impacted financially by COVID19 we encourage all business owners in Santa Rosa County to complete the surveys on SantaRosaReady.com and register with the SBDC.

Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter

The animal shelter is suspending intake of animals by owner surrender until further notice. Citizens are asked not to pick up stray animals unless they intend to foster them. Adoptions, foster and redemptions are by appointment only – call 850-983-4680. Shelter is limiting intake to “essential” only which includes:

  • bite/quarantine
  • dangerous animals
  • sick, injured or neonatal animals with no mother
  • confiscation for owner and legal related issues

Libraries

Santa Rosa County Libraries will be closed to the public beginning March 21. Patrons should return items using the book drops. Items will be sanitized before being checked back in. Patrons can log in to their library accounts online to browse the catalog and place requests for items. (981-READ for assistance). Items will be sanitized before being checked out. Patrons will be notified when their holds are ready to be picked up. Pick up hours will be between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bring a photo ID to pick up items. Items will be placed on a table for the patron to retrieve.

Property appraiser’s office

The property appraiser’s office is closed to the public. All homestead applications and tangible personal property returns can be filed online at www.srcpa.org. Users will need the supplied credentials which were mailed to them in January.

Sheriff’s Office

The sheriff’s office has suspended fingerprinting services until further notice. Also, they have implemented an online reporting system. The portal can be found at santarosasheriff.org. E-reports can be made for petit theft, vandalism of property, scams and frauds, harassing phone calls, lost property, stolen/lost tags and gas drive-off. For emergencies, call 9-1-1.

Tax collector

The tax collector’s office is closed to the public and processing online transactions only (or Milton drive thru) for tag renewals, property tax payments, business tax receipts, parking permit applications/renewals, hunting and fishing licenses, and lost/stolen plates.

  • Jay office is closed until further notice
  • Only Santa Rosa residents are being served
  • No driving tests or concealed weapons services until further notice
  • The tax collector has canceled all appointments including CDLs, concealed weapons applications/renewals, driving tests, etc. until further notice.
  • Many transactions can be completed online at santarosatax.com.

Clerk of Courts

Civil traffic infraction hearings scheduled for March 19 have been continued to Friday, April 24, at 1:30 p.m. The Florida Supreme Court has temporarily suspended jury selection proceedings until March 27.

Applications for passports and marriage licenses have been suspended until further notice.

In person payments for fines and fees are suspended until further notice. Payments may be made by phone, online or mail-in payments.

First Judicial Court

  • The First Judicial Court will be moving to mission-critical functions only
  • Access to the courthouse and proceedings are limited effective immediately. Only those persons with business before the court, or with agencies within those facilities may enter. Only necessary participants are allowed into any hearing.
  • Proceedings for which more than 50 people are scheduled to be heard will be held at staggered intervals. Persons with no official business who are not necessary participants are not allowed in the facility. As possible, the Circuit will hold proceedings by video and telephonic appearances.
  • Persons entering court facilities will be allowed one small (no larger than 2 ounces) bottle of hand sanitizer. As available, each facility will provide sanitizer for public use. Individuals with known symptoms or exposures should make the judges aware before any appearance. Any attorney, litigant, or any member of the public having a specific need to be excused or any other request should make the judge aware of the circumstances.

Santa Rosa Schools

  • At the direction of the Commissioner or Education for the state of Florida, students will not report to school until April 15. Parents will be alerted if the date changes.
  • During the week of March 23-30, 12-month personnel and essential employees will return to conduct mission essential business and educational functions. This will focus on development of an instructional platform through distance learning.
  • Teachers and 10/11-month educational support personnel will report March 30.
  • By April 2, materials will be distributed to students and students will be contacted on how to access distance learning resources.
  • For K-5 students, teachers will develop learning materials for students. Procedures for this are forthcoming.

Universities

Pensacola State College

  • All PSC campuses, centers, and buildings will remain closed to the general public through May 6, including the theatre, planetarium, pool, art gallery, gymnasium, dental clinic, testing center, fitness centers, and libraries. 
  • All PSC events have been cancelled through May 6, such as the Lumberjack Festival, lyceum performances and art exhibitions. 
  • Personnel will continue to work remotely next week, March 30 through April 5, unless contacted by their supervisor to report to campus.
  • Pensacola State College is transitioning face-to-face classes, including most labs and clinicals, and dual enrollment classes, to an online format beginning Monday, March 30. 
  • Registration for summer classes begins April 15 and fall registration begins June 1.
  • For questions, use Live Chat on the website at Pensacolastate.edu, email AskPSC@pensacolastate.edu, or call 850-484-2000, Mon. – Fri., 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
  • See FAQs at Pensacolastate.edu/COVID19.

Holley Navarre Water

Holley Navarre Water System has suspended penalties, late fees for overdue accounts and most service disconnects temporarily.

Navarre Beach Area Chamber

Chambers of Commerce Join Community Partners to Host Medical Supply Drive to Assist Local Healthcare Providers
 
Chambers of commerce in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties, in conjunction with Senator Doug Broxson, Mayor Grover Robinson, Santa Rosa County Commission Board Chairman Don Salter and Escambia County Commission Board Chairman Steven Barry are hosting a medical supply drive on Fri., Apr. 3, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Individuals and businesses, such as construction companies, contractors, nail salons, non-essential medical offices, veterinarians, are asked. to donate any supplies not currently being utilized to assist the local healthcare community.
 
Providers have identified their greatest needs as follows:
·    Respirator Masks N95 1860/1860s
·    Standard Face/Surgical Masks (Loop or Tie-on)
·    Flexible Mini-Tip Flocked Swab-Nasopharyngeal
·    Full Length Face Shields
·    Isolation Gowns
·    Nitrile Medical Examination Gloves
 
Volunteers will be accepting donations via drive-by drop-off at:

  • PenAir Federal Credit Union (1495 E. 9 Mile Rd., Pensacola)
  • Blue Wahoos Stadium (351 W. Cedar St., Pensacola)
  • Grover T’s (5887 Highway 90, Milton)
  • Navarre Chamber of Commerce (1804 Prado St.)

For more information, contact the Pensacola Chamber’s Director of External Affairs Sara Lefevers at 850-356-8735 or slefevers@pensacolachamber.com, or Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Donna Tucker at 850-623-2339 or ceo@srcchamber.com.

Banks

Gulf Winds Credit Union has closed all lobbies until further notice. The drive-thrus will remain open for regular business hours. The Gulf Breeze branch is completely closed until further notice.

Eglin Federal Credit Union has closed all lobbies at their locations. Teller services will be limited to drive-thru lanes. For members needing access to their safe deposit box, or who have other critical business they may schedule an appointment by calling 850-621-0111 or sending a secure request through eglinfcu.org/contact/.

City of Milton

Milton City Council declared a State of Emergency Monday, March 23, 2020. The city is operating in keeping with its emergency management plan and its pandemic plan.

  • All city buildings as well as Milton City Hall lobby are closed to the public. The north service door at city hall is for entry only.
  • All essential city functions will continue: public works, water/sewer/gas, sanitation, police, fire, first responders, finance, public information and administration.
  • We are encouraging use of online payments at miltonfl.org. Online payment fees are removed.
  • Drive thru window is open for business. Walk ups are welcome.
  • Milton Police Department lobby will remain open.
  • Milton City Parks will remain open as long as people practice social distancing.
  • Playground equipment, tables, etc. are not sanitized.

Airports

Pensacola International Airport

  • The Pensacola International Airport remains open. The airport is required to remain in operation until the Federal Government determines a need to place restrictions on interstate transportation.
  • The airport administrative office will be available for tenant assistance only.
  • For information and updates, visit flypensacola.com or like Pensacola International Airport on Facebook.

Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (Fly VPS)

  • The Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport is open and operating as usual.
  • Heavy sanitation efforts are ongoing in all areas of the terminal and areas that are frequently touched.
  • Sanitation stations have been added through the terminal.

By executive order, Florida’s governor has mandated all travelers from New York or New Jersey must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. This includes all travelers, not exclusive to airports.

Hospitals

West Florida Healthcare 

West Florida Hospital, the West Florida Rehabilitation Institute, The Pavilion and Perdido Bay ER will be closed to visitors. West Florida Healthcare is owned by HCA North Florida.

Exceptions will be made for labor and delivery, end of life visits, pediatrics and the pediatric intensive care unit. Those exceptions will be limited to one parent or support person during visiting hours (6 a.m.- 6 p.m.).

Visitors will continue to be screened prior to entrance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screening guidelines. Visitors who screen positive for respiratory illness will not be allowed to enter.

Fort Walton Beach Medical

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, also owned by HCA North Florida, is severely limiting visitor access to its facility. No visitors are allowed in the hospital except one adult visitor for:

  • Pediatric (as well as one overnight guardian)
  • NICU
  • Laboring mothers (as well as one overnight significant other)
  • Pre/post surgery (patient advocate)
  • Disables/elderly with safety needs
  • End of life
  • ER patients

Visitation is restricted to between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and visitors must use the main entrance. All visitors will be screened using CDC criteria.

Baptist Health Care

  • We have two presumptive positive patients in our care at Gulf Breeze Hospital and one presumptive positive patient in our care at Baptist hospital. We are following all CDC protocols to ensure the safety of our patients and team members.
  • Baptist will open a second COVID-19 screening center this Friday, March 27 in south Santa Rosa County to evaluate people with respiratory illness and COVID-19 symptoms. To better and more safely serve our community members, this Baptist Medical Group location is set up to provide a controlled environment that applies the social distancing guidelines that are encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The center’s focus is to provide a more comprehensive treatment program by screening those who may have COVID-19 and treating people with Flu-A, Flu-B, pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses.

All individuals with respiratory symptoms – such as cough, fever and shortness of breath – can call 850.434.4080 to determine if they need an appointment with the screening center. An appointment is required to visit this center. If they meet the criteria, an appointment will be scheduled for them. They will be given a phone number to call upon their arrival. Patients will be asked to remain in their vehicles, and a BMG team member will greet them and escort them to the clinic.

  • We have established limited entry points as well as updated visitor policies at all Baptist Medical Parks Andrews Institute and Baptist Medical Group clinics. Signage will provide direction to the proper entrance, and each person entering the facility will be screened with questions and a temperature check in accordance with CDC guidelines. For more information: https://www.ebaptisthealthcare.org/Health/changes-in-visitation-policy #COVID19

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