St. Johns County Public Library System’s Response to COVID-19

PLEASE NOTE:

All returned items are isolated for 72 hours and no fines will accrue during this isolation period.

Frequently Asked Questions  

When are the libraries open?

Our current operating hours are listed below.

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Anastasia IslandX10-310-32-710-310-3X
Bartram TrailX10-310-32-710-310-3X
HastingsX10-310-32-710-310-3X
MainX2-710-310-310-310-3X
Ponte Vedra BeachX2-710-310-310-310-3X
SoutheastX2-710-310-310-310-3X

How can I get a library card?

You can apply for a library card by visiting any of our branch libraries, open from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. If you are unable to visit the library, please call the library and our staff can provide remote application options for you.

If you previously applied for and received a temporary eCard, those cards have now expired. Please apply for a permanent library card. 

Are face coverings required to visit the library?

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, a face covering mandate for all St. Johns County-owned facilities went into effect on Monday, July 27. All employees and any person working, doing business, or visiting a County facility is required to wear a face covering when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. For a full list of exemptions and enforcement policies, please visit www.sjcfl.us. Face Coverings in St. Johns County Facilities Fact Sheet.

What about storytimes or library programs?

We have shifted all of our library programming to a virtual format. You can enjoy live storytimes, book clubs, resource highlights, crafting ideas, teen programming, and much more on the library’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Most of our programs are also streamed on our Online Program Player on sjcpls.org.

Can I book a library meeting room?

Meeting room use is temporarily suspended at this time.

Can I use the Bookmobile?

Our Bookmobile service is temporarily suspended. Please speak with our Extension Services staff about other service options, such as our Books-by-Mail service.

Are libraries accepting donations?

We are not accepting donated materials at this time. 

Library Adds Evening Hours Beginning September 15

The St. Johns County Public Library System is introducing evening hours at all facilities to accommodate the needs of working families and students beginning Tuesday, September 15. The Main Branch, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch, and Southeast Branch libraries will now be open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and the Anastasia Island Branch, Bartram Trail Branch, and Hastings Branch libraries will now be open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. All other library hours will remain the same, and libraries will remain closed on Sundays and Mondays. To further assist patrons, the library’s online reference service, Ask a Librarian, is also extending service hours to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your local branch library. Posted 9/1/20.

St. Johns County Public Library Reinstates Fine Accrual and Expands Services 

Beginning June 30, the St. Johns County Public Library System will reinstate fine accrual for all items borrowed going forward. Fines may be paid in person or online at www.sjcpls.org and logging in with a library card. All St. Johns County library branches are open for expanded services including limited browsing, grab-and-go service, computer usage up to one hour with printing, faxing, copies, and notary services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Seating areas, meeting rooms, and play areas remain closed, and magazines and newspapers remain unavailable. In accordance with CDC recommendations and State of Florida safety guidelines, building capacity is limited, all returned materials are to be placed in the book drop and are isolated for 72 hours, and face coverings are strongly recommended. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your branch library. Posted 6/30/20.

St. Johns County Public Libraries Begin Phased Reopening for Essential Services on May 19

St. Johns County Public Library branches will reopen for expanded essential services at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19. Libraries will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Services provided in this phase will include returns, grab-and-go service, and computer usage up to one hour. Staff will assist with material searches and holds. Seating areas, meeting rooms, and play areas will not be accessible. In accordance with CDC recommendations and State of Florida safety guidelines, building capacity will be limited, all returned materials are to be placed in the book drop and will be isolated for four days, and face coverings are strongly recommended. In addition, no fines will accrue at this time.​

St. Johns County leaders continue to closely follow the Governor’s executive orders and phased reopening guidelines in an effort to safely return to standard operations. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your branch library.

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting – September 29, 2020

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. Under the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during the meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300. Posted 9/25/2020.

St. Johns County CARES Program Launches August 20

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners is launching St. Johns County CARES, a program to help local businesses, residents, and nonprofit organizations respond to and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. Applications for small businesses and residents will be available at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 20. Applications for nonprofit organizations will be available in the coming weeks. A financial assistance program utilizing more than $18 million in federal CARES Act funding, St. Johns County CARES provides grants to eligible applicants who suffered loss of revenue or income, or incurred unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses may qualify for up to $20,000 in grant funding and residential households may qualify for up to $5,000 in grant funding. Qualification criteria and level of assistance to nonprofit organizations are still under development and will be available by the end of August. For more information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email sjccares@sjcfl.us. Posted 8/17/2020.

St. Johns County Mandates the Use of Face Coverings in all County Facilities

In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, a face covering mandate for all St. Johns County-owned facilities will go into effect at 5 p.m. on Monday, July 27. All employees and any person working, doing business, or visiting a County facility are required to wear a face covering when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. For a full list of exemptions and enforcement policies, please visit www.sjcfl.us. This Emergency Order will remain in effect through the duration of the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-1, unless otherwise rescinded by the County Administrator or his designee. For more information, please contact 904.824.5550. Posted 7/27/20.

Free Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing at Flagler Hospital

St. Johns County and Flagler Health+ are offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday beginning Thursday, July 9, at Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd. The testing site will be located in Parking Lot B and will remain open from 7 to 11 a.m. or until the maximum number of daily tests are collected. Testing is available for all ages, and patients do not need to exhibit symptoms, possess a doctor’s note, or make an appointment. A parent or guardian must be present for children under 18 to be tested. While insurance cards are not needed, a photo ID is required.

“Due to the funds recently received by the CARES Act, we are now able to offer this testing at no charge to our community,” said Hunter Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. “We’re grateful for our partnership with Flagler Health+ in providing this service, and hopeful the increased testing will help us all continue making the best health and wellness decisions for ourselves and our families.”

The testing site is being funded through the CARES Act. Results will be provided via telephone within seven to ten days. To expedite the process, patients are encouraged to pre-register by downloading the Flagler Health+ Anywhere app, accepting the terms and conditions, clicking on “See a Provider”, and selecting the laboratory icon. Patients can then virtually “get in line” for the drive-thru test site.

“We are pleased to partner with St. Johns County to broaden testing availability for our area’s residents,” stated Flagler Health+ President and CEO Jason Barrett. “The ongoing collaboration we continue to enjoy with our county government and other agencies truly sets our community apart. Although these are troubling and challenging times, we are well prepared, sufficiently resourced, and here to support you as we navigate through this pandemic together.”

For more information, please call the St. Johns County Citizens Information Hotline at 904.824.5550. Posted 7/9/20.

Shop & Dine St. Johns County Campaign Launched to Support Local Businesses and Dining Establishments

St. Johns County has launched Shop & Dine St. Johns County, a program encouraging patrons to support our local community by shopping and dining within St. Johns County. Shop & Dine St. Johns County provides a convenient and easy online location for residents and visitors to find businesses and dining establishments that are open and serving the public. Those who visit www.shopanddinesjc.com will find interactive maps and directories of contact and service information for businesses and dining establishments.

In the near future, residents and visitors will also be able to download the Shop & Dine St. Johns County mobile app through the Apple App Store or Google Play to access this information on-the-go. St. Johns County businesses or dining establishments that would like to be included in the Shop & Dine St. Johns County campaign, or provide updated information, can visit www.shopanddinesjc.com and select “Add Your Business Service” or “Add Your Dining Establishment”.

 

St. Johns County Small Business Recovery Kits

In an effort to assist with economic recovery, St. Johns County is distributing Small Business Recovery kits to support local employers in providing a safe and healthy environment for employees and customers upon reopening. To receive a personal protection equipment kit, applicants must own a St. Johns County business, be able to open to the public in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-112, have five to 50 employees, and not be a home-based business. Businesses that do not already have personal protection equipment may sign up by emailing ppe@sjcfl.us with the following information:

 

  • Owner Name
  • Company Name
  • Business Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Number of Employees
  • Copy of Business License

 

Each kit contains one box of 50 gloves, one box of 50 disposable masks, and one bottle of hand sanitizer. Initial supplies are limited, and priority will be given to the restaurant, health care, hospitality, tourism, and retail industries. Businesses must be registered to receive a kit and are limited to one kit per business. For more information or for other business recovery and assistance questions, please call the St. Johns County Business Assistance Hotline at 904.209.6050 or email ppe@sjcfl.us.

St. Johns County COVID-19 Resident Assistance and Business Assistance Hotlines

During these unprecedented times, St. Johns County is supporting residents and local businesses impacted by COVID-19 with an unparalleled level of additional resources and programs. St. Johns County residents and businesses who have been affected by COVID-19 now have a consolidated source of information regarding available programs, funding, and recovery assistance through dedicated individual and business assistance hotlines.

𝗦𝗝𝗖 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 – 𝟵𝟬𝟰.𝟮𝟬𝟵.𝟭𝟮𝟱𝟬
The St. Johns County COVID-19 Resident Assistance Hotline, 904.209.1250, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our specialists are available to provide information regarding federal assistance, State of Florida Reemployment Assistance, local programs, non-profit agencies, and other resources. St. Johns County residents, including those in the City of St. Augustine and the City of St. Augustine Beach, who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 may also qualify for disaster relief funding. Under the Florida State Housing Initiative Partnership Program (SHIP), residents may be eligible to receive assistance with some of the following costs:

• Temporary mortgage payment for homeowners financially impacted by COVID-19.
• Temporary rent payments for tenants financially impacted by COVID-19.
• Temporary utility payments for tenants financially impacted by COVID-19.
• Utility late fees and disconnections for residents financially impacted by COVID-19.

Resident Assistance Inquiries may also be submitted to housing@sjcfl.us.

𝗦𝗝𝗖 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗-𝟭𝟵 𝗕𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝘁𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 – 𝟵𝟬𝟰.𝟮𝟬𝟵.𝟲𝟬𝟱𝟬
The St. Johns County COVID-19 Business Assistance Hotline, 904.209.6050, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, to help local businesses obtain information about Federal, State, and local funding, tax incentives, and resources designed to assist during the COVID-19 health emergency. Our specialists are available to assist local businesses navigate State and Federal economic recovery programs for businesses directly impacted by COVID-19 and will provide the following services:

• Assist businesses in navigating available Federal and State programs, including:
– Federal Paycheck Protection Program Loans (PPP)
– SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
– SBA Small Business Debt Relief Program
– Small Business Tax Provisions
– Other relevant programs

• Assess and track economic impact and damages to local business and tourism industries.
• Evaluate potential gaps between available resources and unmet needs.
• Explore additional resources to support local businesses recovery.

Business Assistance Inquiries may also be submitted to ecodev@sjcfl.us.

We appreciate your trust in the St. Johns County COVID-19 Recovery Assistance Team. For more information regarding Resident assistance, please call 904.209.1250. Information regarding Business assistance can be obtained by calling 904.209.6050. For all other COVID-19 questions, please call the Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Boards and Committees – Public Comment Call-in Participation

In accordance with Executive Order 20-69 and St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely under communication media technology and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during these meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meetings can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.

St. Johns County

COVID-19

Situation Report – 99

Date:  September 21, 2020 | 1600 hrs

www.sjcemergencymanagement.com

Email regarding this report:  kwilson@sjcfl.us

 

St. Johns County

Emergency Operations Center

State of Florida Region 3

FEMA Region 4

Incident Name:

COVID-19

 

Current Event Status

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in China and has now been detected internationally, including the United States and locally in St. Johns County.
  • Positive Cases of COVID-19 in the State of Florida as of September 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm as reported by the FDOH Dashboard:

 

St. Johns County COVID-19 Statistics

 

Total Tests in St. Johns County : 54,230

Positive: 5,112   l    Negative:  49,082

9.43% Positivity Rate

 

 

Florida COVID-19 Statistics

 

 

COVID-19 Test Collection Sites

 

·         COVID-19 Test Collection Site at Regency Square Mall – SEARS, 9501 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, FL  32225

o    Open to St. Johns County residents and anyone that would like to be tested.

§  Must have Identification

This site will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, for as long as supplies last. While a doctor’s order and appointment are not required at this location, clients will be evaluated by a medical professional on site.

 

·         Coronavirus Test Collection Sites in St. Johns County are as follows:

 

o    Flagler Health+, 400 Health Park Blvd, St. Augustine, FL  32086 Parking Lot B

§  The Testing Site will be open from 7:00 – 11:00 a.m., or until the maximum number of daily tests are collected, Monday – Friday.

§  Testing is available for all ages, and patients do not need to exhibit symptoms, possess a doctor’s note, or make an appointment. A parent or guardian must be present for children under 18 to be tested.

§  While insurance cards are not needed, a photo ID is required.

§  Testing is available at no charge

 

o    Urgent Care at Flagler Hospital Campus

120 Health Park Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32086

Phone: 904.823.3401

Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Closed on Sunday

 

o    CareFast+ at MuraBella

70 Turin Terrace, Suite 110, St. Augustine, FL 32092

Phone: 904.819.7200

COVID-19 Revised Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

o    Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County (DOH-SJC) –St. Johns County Health & Human Services Building , 200 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084.  (904) 209-3250

§  As part of disease control investigations, DOH-SJC is collecting specimens for COVID-19 laboratory testing.  As part of disease investigations, specimen collection is by appointment-only for those individuals who meet the CDC criteria for testing.  For more information about COVID-19 and testing, the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County’s COVID-19 Call Center is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and can be reached at 904-209-3250. Calls received outside of standard business hours will be redirected to a DOH-SJC Public Health Nurse.

 

o    Avencia Medical – Julington Creek Branch, 1633 Race Track Rd, St Johns, FL 32259 (904) 230-6988

·         Open to the public from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, as a COVID-19 collection site. Collection is being treated as an urgent care doctor’s visit and clients must bring a photo ID and insurance card. The collection facility has a tent outside and have requested that visitors wait in their cars for paperwork to be brought to them by a staff member.

·         Preforming antibody testing. It is NOT required BUT helpful to bring a copy of test results to show you have previously tested positive for the virus.  It is $255.00 total including the office visit for the antibody testing. Some insurances will cover costs.  Individuals can walk-in WITHOUT an appointment but CAN NOT have symptoms.

·         For additional information, please call 904.230.6988 or visit www.avecina.com/our-services/urgent-care/.

 

o    The Med One Urgent Care- St. Augustine, 841 S Ponce De Leon Blvd Suite 4, St. Augustine, FL  32084

·         Open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, as a COVID-19 collection site. Collection may be billed as a doctor’s visit and/or lab test. The collection facility has signage and has requested that visitors follow the signs as instructed for parking. For additional information, please call 904.436.1553 or visit https://medoneatsaintaugustine.com/

 

o    CareSpot – St. Augustine –  2095 US Highway 1 S, Saint Augustine, FL 32086 – 904.429.0001

CareSpot – Nocatee – 151 Pine Lake Dr Ste B, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 – 904.543.3677

CareSpot – Durbin Park, 70 Durbin Pavilion Dr Ste 101, Saint Johns, FL 32259 – 904.295.0038

·         Open to the public 7 days a week 8:00 am – 8:00 pm as COVID-19 collection site.

May be a walk in but preferred to call ahead for an appointment time.  Must be symptomatic, healthcare worker, healthcare provider or first responder. Must bring ID and insurance card.

 

o    CVS Pharmacy · 2703 N Ponce De Leon Blvd, St. Augustine 32084 – 904.824.2838

CVS Pharmacy · 120 St Johns Commons Road, St. Johns, 32259 – 904.824.9177

CVS Pharmacy · 430 State Rd 13, Saint Johns, FL 32259 – 904.287.6369

 

·         CVS Health is conducting drive-up coronavirus testing (COVID-19). Appointments can be made online.  Patients must legally reside in the state where the test is given and be 18 years of age or older. Patients being tested are required to stay in their vehicles, no walk-up testing.

·         No out of pocket cost.   However, insurance is accepted. If no insurance, will use a Social Security number, a driver’s license or state ID. 

 

o    Ascension St. Vincent’s Health Center – St. Johns – 2001 County Road 210

St. Augustine, FL 32092 – 904-450-8120

 

 

Current and Anticipated Actions/Protective Measures

  • St. Johns County EOC is activated to a Level II – Partial Activation. 
    • The St. Johns County EOC Citizens Information Line is open to assist with residents with questions and concerns at 904-824-5550. Hours of Operations are 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
    • St. Johns County Situation Report will be issued once weekly on Monday only unless conditions dictate additional reports.
  • Real time updates from FDOH on the number of cases available at http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html

 

·         Florida Department of Health – St. Johns: 904-209-3250

  • Florida Department of Health has established a hotline for the public 1-866-779-6121. This hotline is open 24 hours a day.

 

 

Government / Schools / Hospital Status

St. Johns County Government

Status:

Operational – St. Johns County facilities are operating under limited public access restrictions.

City of St. Augustine

Status:

Operational – All City offices have reopened to the public.

City of St. Augustine Beach

Status:

Operational – Mask Ordinance in Place

Public Meeting Rooms closed. 

St. Johns County School District

Status:

Operational with school based brick and mortar, school based distance learning, and St. Johns Virtual School.  Social distancing and mask protocols in place.

Florida School for Deaf and Blind

Status:

Operational with both brick and mortar and innovative learning environment instruction.  Social distancing and mask protocols in place.

Flagler College

Status:

Both online and in-person classes have resumed with social distancing measures in place.

St. Johns River State College

Status:

The majority of SJR State’s fall classes will be presented online. A limited number of Workforce programs (Allied Health, Nursing, Law Enforcement, and Engineering Technology) will continue on campus.

Flagler Hospital

Status:

Operational – All patient visitation has been suspended. Exceptions will be made for the most critical, extenuating circumstances and spouses/partners of Labor and Delivery patients.

 

Closures/Cancellations

 

 

Community Reopening

·         State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Emergency Order 2020-10

o    Bars and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises were given permission to operate at 50% of their indoor capacity, so long as they provided seated service only.

 

·         Florida Division of Emergency Management issued Emergency Order DEM ORDER NO. 20-009 that lifts restrictions for visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities (ALFs), adult family-care homes, adult group homes and other long-term care facilities.

The Emergency Order requires all visitors to wear PPE pursuant to the most recent CDC guidelines, and those not making physical contact still must wear a mask. Per the Emergency Order, to accept general visitors, the facility must meet the following:

 

o    No new facility-onset of resident COVID-19 cases within 14 days other than in a dedicated wing or unit that accepts COVID-19 cases from the community;

o    If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the facility must immediately cease all indoor and outdoor visitation in the event that staff person was in the facility in the 10 days prior to the positive test;

o    Sufficient staff to support management of visitors;

o    Adequate PPE for facility staff;

o    Adequate cleaning and disinfecting supplies; and

o    Adequate capacity at referral hospitals for the facility.

Every facility must continue to prohibit the entry of any individual to the facility except in the following circumstances:

o    Family members, friends and individuals visiting residents in end-of-life situations;

o    Hospice or palliative care workers caring for residents in end-of-life situations;

o    Any individual or providers giving necessary health care to a resident, provided that such individuals or providers comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for PPE, are screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entry and comply with all infection control requirements of the CDC and the facility;

o    Facility staff and residents;

o    Attorneys of Record for a resident in an Adult Mental Health and Treatment Facility or forensic facility for court related matters if virtual or telephonic means are unavailable;

o    Public Guardians, Professional Guardians and their professional staff as defined in Florida Statue 744;

o    Representatives of the federal or state government seeking entry as part of their official duties;

o    Essential caregivers and compassionate care visitors; and

o    General visitors under specific criteria set forth under the Emergency Order.

The Emergency Order directs all facilities to ensure visitors are not quarantining, positive for COVID-19 or symptomatic. The Emergency Order also requires facilities to screen visitors, establish limits on the number of visitors allowed, schedule visitation ahead of time, clean and disinfect visiting areas between visitors and other protective measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

General visitors will need to be 18 years of age or older, wear a face mask, sign a consent form indicating they understand the facility’s visitation policies, comply with facility-provided COVID-19 testing if offered and maintain social distance of at least six feet with staff and residents.

This order will be implemented in the upcoming days as long-term care facilities begin to put new procedures in place to comply with the Emergency Order.

·         The Florida Department of Health issued an additional Public Health Advisory in response to COVID-19, providing recommendations to protect Floridians and visitors from this virus.

The Public Health Advisory provides the following recommendations:

1.    All individuals in Florida should wear masks in any setting where social distancing is not possible, unless certain conditions apply.

2.    All individuals over the age of 65 and all individuals of any age with high-risk health conditions should limit personal interactions outside of the home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

3.    All individuals should refrain from participation in social or recreational gatherings of more than 50 people. For all gatherings of fewer than 50 people, individuals should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from each other and wearing a face covering.

For more information or a complete review of the State of Florida’s recent Public Health Advisory, please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

PLEASE NOTE: Only newly announced community reopening will appear in the Situation Report.  For further information regarding reopening please go to: http://www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus/index.aspx

 

Community Information

 

·         St. Johns County/Community

o    St. Johns County – Mandates the Use of Face Coverings in all County Facilities

§  In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, a face covering mandate for all St. Johns County-owned facilities is in effect. All employees and any person working, doing business, or visiting a County facility are required to wear a face covering when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. For a full list of exemptions and enforcement policies, please visit www.sjcfl.us. This Emergency Order will remain in effect through the duration of the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-1, unless otherwise rescinded by the County Administrator or his designee.

o    City of St. Augustine Beach – Pursuant to Resolution 20-14, the following regulations are effective on July 7, 2020 at 12:01 AM and shall remain in effect in the City of St. Augustine Beach for so long as a state of emergency is in effect or unless otherwise modified or repealed.  

Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of St. Augustine Beach shall wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than their home or residence, when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s), excluding family members or companions.

For more information on the resolution, please visit ww.staugbch.com

o    City of St. Augustine – Pursuant to Resolution 2020-22 and Administrative Order 2020-11, the following regulations are effective on June 27, 2020, at 12:01 AM and shall remain in effect in the City of St. Augustine for so long as a state of emergency is in effect or unless otherwise modified or repealed:

Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of St. Augustine shall wear a face covering in any indoor location, other than their home or residence, when not maintaining social distancing from other person(s), excluding family members or companions.

o    The St. Johns Board of County Commissioners strongly encourages local businesses to mandate that employees and customers wear masks while inside their establishments in order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

§  The recommendation is made in conjunction with Pledge St. Johns County, a program that offers businesses the opportunity to pledge to adhere to CDC guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting protocols, group size limitations, social distancing recommendations, and enhanced employee protocols and training. Businesses that take the Pledge are eligible to receive a limited mask allotment for distribution to their customers and employees. Business owners or managers who would like to take the Pledge, or patrons who would like to support “Pledge St. Johns County” businesses, may do so by visiting www.pledgesjc.com. For additional information regarding mask allotments for businesses that take the Pledge, please call 904.824.5550 or email pledgesjc@sjcfl.us.

o    St. Johns County CARES Program

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners has launched St. Johns County CARES, a program to help residents and nonprofit organizations respond to and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.

      • St. Johns County CARES provides grants to eligible applicants who suffered loss of revenue or income, or incurred unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residential households may qualify for up to $5,000 in grant funding. Qualification criteria and level of assistance can be found by visiting www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email sjccares@sjcfl.us.  Deadline to apply is October 31st.

 

§  St. Johns County launched the SJC CARES Nonprofit Grant Recovery Program, to help eligible nonprofit agencies respond to and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. St. Johns County 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations may be eligible for a grant of up to $20,000, and funds may be used for expenses related to mortgage or rent, utilities, payroll, PPE equipment, facility hardening, sanitizing/cleaning supplies, and other COVID-19-related costs. For eligibility information or to apply, please visit www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email sjccares@sjcfl.us. Deadline to apply is September 25th.

 

·         State of Florida

 

o    If a Floridian’s employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, they may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants/apply-for-benefits

§  Federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program benefits to eligible Floridians.

This program provides additional benefits for individuals who are eligible for Reemployment Assistance for weeks of unemployment ending on or after Aug. 1, 2020.

The LWA program will provide an additional $300 per week to eligible Reemployment Assistance claimants. To be eligible for this benefit, claimants must have a weekly benefit amount of at least $100 in an approved Reemployment Assistance program and must certify that they are unemployed or partially unemployed due to the disruptions caused by COVID-19.

DEO highly recommends that Reemployment Assistance claimants select direct deposit as their means of receiving benefits to ensure payments are received as quickly as possible.

 

o    Information regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be found at: https://www.myflfamilies.com/covid19/access.shtml

 

o    SBA Disaster Relief Loan – loans up to the lesser of 12 months expenses of $2 million, 3.75% interest rate, no fees, up to 30-year terms. To apply, visit www.sba.gov/disaster/apply-for-disaster-loan.

 

·         Federal

 

o    CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program – loans up to the lesser of 2.5 time’s average monthly payroll expenses or $10 million, up to 4% interest, no fees, 10-year term. For more information, visit www.sbc.senate.gov/public.

 

Resources for Official Information

 

St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Citizens Information Center: 904-824-5550

Florida Department of Health – St. Johns: 904-209-3250

Florida Governors COVID-19 Hotline: 1-866-779-6121

Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Florida Department of Health: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html

Florida Division of Emergency Management: https://www.floridadisaster.org/

St. Johns County Government Coronavirus Response: http://www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus/

 

 

Federal/State/Local Declarations of Emergency

Each of the Governors Executive Orders can be found here: https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/

Local State of Emergency

Number: 20-01/20-02/20-04 /20-06/20-08/20-09/20-11/20-12/20-13/20-14/20-15/20-16/20-17/20-18/20-19/20-21/20-21/20-23/20-24/20-25/20-27/20-29/20-30/20-31/20-33/20-34

Dated:

9/16/20

St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation

Number: 20-03/20-05/20-07

Dated:

3/24/20

St. Johns County Emergency Order

Number: 20-01

Dated:

3/28/20

St. Johns County Emergency Order

Number: 20-02

Dated:

3/28/20

St. Johns County Emergency Order

Number: 20-03

Dated:

4/6/20

St. Johns County Emergency Order

Number: 20-04

Dated:

4/17/20

St. Johns County Emergency Order

Number: 20-05

Dated

5/1/20

St. Johns County Emergency Order

Number: 20-06

Dated

5/7/20

St. Johns County Emergency Order

Number: 20-07

Dated

5/8/20

St. Johns County Emergency Order

Number: 20-09

Dated

7/27/20

National Emergency COVID-19

Number: HQ-20-017

Dated:

3/13/20

Governors Executive Orders

https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/

Declaration of Public Health Emergency

State Surgeon General

Dated:

3/1/20

 

Safety Message

  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick.

·         Feeling anxious, scared, or nervous about COVID-19? Text CARE4U to 741741 from anywhere, anytime, about any type of crisis. A trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from a secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you cope with the current events.  Provided by Flagler Health + Care Connect. 

To prevent the spread of disease, follow guidance from official sources at the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and the Florida Department of Health (www.floridahealth.gov).

 

Receive alerts about emergencies by signing up for the St. Johns County Emergency Notification System, Alert St. Johns. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, water advisories, missing persons, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods and incidents that may threaten public safety. https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736725582#/login

 

The next COVID-19 Situation Report will be issued Monday at 4:00 pm unless conditions dictate an earlier report. 

 

 

St. Johns County Emergency Management

100 EOC Drive | St. Augustine, FL 32092

Phone:  904-824-5550 | Fax:  904-824-9920

www.sjcemergencymanagement.com

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