The health and safety of our community, volunteers and staff are a top priority. St. Johns County Public Library System Libraries and Bookmobiles are included in St. Johns County COVID-19 closures. All Libraries and Bookmobiles are closed through April 17, 2020.

At the library

 

  • Library materials will not be due until after we re-open sometime after April 17. The exact date is to be determined. Updates will be provided on this page and on our social media channels.
  • Although the book drops are open (except at the Bartram Trail Branch Library) we encourage you to keep your materials at home.
  • No fines will be assessed while we are closed.
  • Holds and Interlibrary Loan services are unavailable until we reopen.

What you can do from home

As always, the St. Johns County Public Library System offers a wide variety of resources even if you cannot make it to the library. Please note, for My Account your default PIN is the last four digits of the phone number on your record.

 

Stay informed

The Library is taking a number of precautionary measures to protect our patrons, volunteers and staff. As we continue to monitor the situation, we will be taking a phased response based on our evaluation of developing data about the current pandemic. We are working with St. Johns County Administration and referencing peer institutions to make the best decisions in support of our patrons, volunteers and staff. Please keep checking the St. Johns County Public Library System website and our social media feeds for regular updates about Library services.

Additional St. Johns County COVID-19 Response Measures

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our community, St. Johns County is taking additional measures to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our residents, visitors, and workforce. Effective Monday, March 23, the following policies, procedures, and actions will remain in effect until further notice:

 

  • Public Meeting Procedures – In accordance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-69, local government and public meetings do not require a quorum to be present in person or meet in a specific public place. In addition, communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing, may be utilized to conduct public meetings. The order does not suspend any other requirement under the Florida Constitution or “Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Laws”.

 

  • Limited Public Building Access – All St. Johns County facilities are operating under limited public access restrictions. In an effort to reduce the size of public gatherings and maintain the CDC recommended minimum distance of six feet between parties, each facility will implement individual guidelines relative to their specific building clientele and services. Measures could include the closure of public lobbies, the encouragement of online business practices, and the reduction of building occupancy.

 

  • COVID-19 Closure and Cancellation Extensions – All current St. Johns County facility closures and program cancellations associated with COVID-19 are extended through April 17. The closure extension applies to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, all St. Johns County public libraries, and recreational programming and facilities.

St. Johns County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices in order to appropriately respond to COVID-19. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Public Beach Parking Lots Closed

In order to maximize compliance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-68, all public beach parking lots in St Johns County are closed under the local state of emergency, effective 6 a.m. on Monday, March 23 and will remain closed until further notice.

“After evaluating near record beach attendance over the weekend and consulting with local law enforcement officials, it is clear that the county needs to take additional steps to further reduce the size of the crowds on our beaches,” said Hunter S. Conrad. “Our goal is to allow the beaches to remain as accessible as possible to our residents, while still observing CDC guidelines and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our community.”

The determination to close all public beach parking lots is based upon a recommendation to reduce health risks associated with COVID-19 and beach overcrowding by the St Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the St Augustine Beach Police Department, St Johns County Emergency Management, and local health officials.

While pedestrian access to St Johns County beaches remains accessible, please limit gatherings to no more than 10 persons and maintain a minimum distance of six feet between other parties in compliance with CDC guidelines. Vehicular access to all St Johns County beaches remains prohibited until further notice. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County EOC COVID-19 Citizens Information Hotline

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 on March 17. In response, the St Johns County Emergency Operations Center has been elevated to a level two partial activation and the COVID-19 Citizens Information Hotline is now active between 8am-6pm 7 days a week. St Johns County residents can call the hotline at 904-824-5550 for information regarding facility closures, program cancelations, and current St Johns County COVID-19 guidelines.

St. Johns County COVID-19 Closures

In the interest of public safety and in an effort to minimize the impact of COVID-19 within our community, the following St. Johns County facilities and programs are closed to the public, or have been cancelled, from March 16 through March 29, 2020:

· All St. Johns County libraries and the library bookmobile.
· All recreational facilities, recreational programming, recreational events, and all permitted events, including organized youth and adult sports, on St. Johns County property.
· The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Gift Shop and all permitted events on associated County property, including the parking lot, volleyball courts, and the pier pavilion.
· All events scheduled to occur at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds.
· All events scheduled to occur at the St. Johns County Agriculture Center.
· All events scheduled to occur at the St. Johns Golf Club.
· The St. Johns County Pet Center.
· All St. Johns County recycling and community collection events.
· All St. Johns County Fire Rescue community programming.

The St. Johns Golf Club, St. Johns County’s beaches, parks, open green spaces, and trails remain open. In addition, Veterans Services, the Permit Center, Health and Human Services, Utilities Services, and all other County business services remain open to the public and operational. State-wide elections are also currently planned to proceed on Tuesday as scheduled.

“We are at a crucial point of time in the development of COVID-19 within St. Johns County, and have the ability to minimize its progress by limiting large gatherings,” said Hunter S. Conrad, County Administrator. “As health, safety, and welfare are our highest priorities, it is critical that we work together with the community to encourage social distancing and the practice of basic infection prevention measures.”

The County is implementing elevated cleaning services. In addition, employee work and travel policies are being implemented to safeguard a healthy workplace. St. Johns County is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and remains in communication with local healthcare providers and public safety partner agencies. The County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices as necessary and appropriate.

 

St. Johns County

COVID-19

Situation Report – 15

Date:  March 26, 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 March 26, 2020 at 11:00 am (most recent report from FDOH Tracker):

 

St. Johns County COVID-19 Statistics

 

Florida COVID-19 Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Test Collection Sites

 

  • Federal Test Collection Site – TIAA Bank Field Lot J (Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium)
    • Hours of Operations 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, do not get in line before 8:00 am.  All ages are eligible, but MUST be symptomatic.  Exceptions include First Responders and Healthcare Providers, must be able to provide valid employee identification.

 

  • Coronavirus Test Collection Sites in St. Johns County are as follows:
    • Flagler Health+ – Please note that this is NOT one of the drive through testing sites you have seen or heard about on the news. This outdoor test collection site has been established for patients who have a physician order for COVID-19 testing and have pre-registered. We know there are many people in our community desiring to be tested and understand your frustration. Flagler Health+ currently has a limited quantity of test kits available and we must focus first on ensuring that our community’s most vulnerable people with symptoms and risk for complications get the testing and care they need.

 

    • Florida Department of Health – This collection site is for individuals who have a physician’s order for COVID-19 testing.

 

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

o   Test collection site for Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders and spouses, do not have to be symptomatic, do not take appointments, but they prefer they call ahead to provide instructions.

o   Tent outside to complete paper work. If symptomatic they ask for the individuals to wait in the car. They will charge insurance but are waving all co-pays and out of pocket for Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders and spouses.  Need to bring employee ID

 

 

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 will be 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, 7 days a week.
  • St. Johns County has implemented elevated cleaning services. In addition, employee work and travel policies have been implemented to safeguard a healthy workplace.
  • 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 – City offices are closed to the Public.  Offices will operate and implement numerous methods via the web, email, and phone to assist customers in conducting all necessary business.

City of St. Augustine Beach

Status:

Operational

St. Johns County School District

Status:

St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) students will begin online learning on Monday, March 30th.  will not return to school campuses until Wednesday, April 15th. All school offices will be closed to the public.  Access will be limited to phone or email.  Please see Community Information regarding Meal Service.

Florida School for Deaf and Blind

Status:

Florida School for Deaf and Blind students will not return to school campuses until Wednesday, April 15th.

Flagler College

Status:

All classes will be online for the remainder of the spring semester. All college events through the end of May have also been canceled, including the May Graduation ceremony.

St. Johns River State College

Status:

All SJR State classes (online and on-campus) will be cancelled through March 29. Classes will resume on March 30 in an online format through the end of the semester. All campuses will remain closed to students and employees until further notice. All public and College-sponsored events have been canceled for the remainder of the spring semester.

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. Permitted visitors will be screened for fever, cough and shortness of breath and will not be allowed entry if they have symptoms. All entry into the hospital will be limited to the Emergency Department entrance.

 

Community Cancellations and Closures

 

  • The City of St. Augustine has executed Administrative Order 2020-06, to extend current restrictions and guidelines through May 8, 2020, which is consistent with the Governor’s Executive Orders.  This includes the following:
    • All permitted events, festivals, and large gatherings are cancelled;
    • All public meetings, including City Commission, Code Enforcement Adjustments and Appeals Board, Historic Architectural Review Board, and Planning and Zoning Board, except for emergency meetings as needed, are cancelled;
    • All non-essential meetings that do not address the immediate operations and function of municipal business are cancelled;
    • The Governor’s Emergency Order 20-71 prohibits all on-site consumption of food or alcohol by vendors and licensed establishments;
    • The Visitor Information Center is closed, and all City-managed on-street and off-street parking is suspended;
    • All parking meters, payment kiosks, and mobile parking app (ParkStAug) will not accept payments;
    • Termination of water service for non-payment will be suspended;
    • City Hall offices are closed to the public;
    • For the duration of time while City offices are closed to public access, convenience fees for payment will be waived.

 

  • The St. Johns County Recreation Advisory Board meeting scheduled for April 9 has been cancelled.
  • St. Johns County Utility Customer Service/Billing lobby is closed to walk-in customers until further notice. Their on-site drive through, drop box locations, and pay-by-phone options will remain open to accept payments and provide services. Online bill payment and other utility services are also available at www.sjcfl.us/utilities.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the number of cancellations and closures, only newly announced closures will appear in the Situation Report.

You can go to http://www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus/closures.aspx for a comprehensive list of cancellations and closures.

 

Community Information

 

 

  • The St. Johns County Utility Department is suspending late fees on utility bills, effective immediately, in an attempt to ease financial strain on families and businesses impacted by COVID-19. In addition, the Utility Department will not disconnect services on accounts with an outstanding balance. These measures are in effect until further notice. Customers with past-due balances that predate the current health emergency are still expected to pay for their services.

 

  • The St Johns County Public Library System is now offering county residents instant online eCard signup. If you don’t already have one, you can get a temporary library card, good for 60 days, to access the library’s online collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming movies, music, digital magazines, and more.  Signing up is easy right from the library’s website, www.sjcpls.org. Make sure you write down the card number after you register.

 

  • The Youth Services Team of the St. Johns County Public Library System will be providing Storytime, via Facebook Live, at 11am, Monday through Friday.  If you can’t watch it at that time, they are archived on the Library’s Facebook Page. 

 

  • Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experience economic injury from COVID-19. The application period runs through May 8. For more information, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org or contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network by phone at 866-737-7232, or email at disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.

 

  • DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state that have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at FloridaDisaster.biz. Select “COVID-19” from the drop-down menu on the survey page.

 

 

 

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

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 Governors COVID-19 Hotline: 1-866-779-6121 (open 24 hours a day)

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Email Address: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

State of Florida Division of Emergency Management: http://www.floridadisaster.org/index.asp

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

 

Public Information/Media

PIO

Michael Ryan

Contact#

Office: 904-209-0549; Cell: 214-493-2983

Email Address

mryan@sjcfl.us

Facebook

www.facebook.com/SJCFL/

www.facebook.com/StJohnsEOC/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/StJohnsCounty

https://twitter.com/StJohnsEOC

For any information to be included in the Situation Report please email Kelly Wilson at kwilson@sjcfl.us

 

Federal/State/Local Declarations of Emergency

Local State of Emergency

Number:  20-01/20-02

Dated:

3/24/20

St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation

Number:  20-03

Dated:

3/24/20

National Emergency COVID-19

Number:  HQ-20-017

Dated:

3/13/20

Governors Executive Order

Number:  20-51

Dated:

3/1/20

Governors Executive Order

Number:  20-52

Dated:

3/9/20

Governors Executive Order

Number:  20-68

Dated:

3/17/20

Governors Executive Order

Number:  20-69

Dated:

3/20/20

Governors Executive Order

Number:  20-71

Dated:

3/20/20

Governors Executive Order

Number:  20-72

Dated:

3/20/20

Governors Executive Order

Number:  20-80

Dated:

3/23/20

Governors Executive Order

Number:  20-82

Dated:

3/25/20

Governors Executive Order

Number:  20-83

Dated:

3/25/20

Florida Division of Emergency Management Emergency Order

Number: 20-001

Dated:

3/10/20

Florida Division of Emergency Management Emergency Order

Number: 20-002

Dated:

3/11/20

Florida Division of Emergency Management Emergency Order

Number: 20-003

Dated:

3/12/20

Florida Division of Emergency Management Emergency Order

Number: 20-004

Dated:

3/13/20

Florida Division of Emergency Management Emergency Order

Number: 20-005

Dated:

3/13/20

Florida Division of Emergency Management Emergency Order

Number: 20-006

Dated:

3/15/20

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, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. 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.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Changes due to #COVID19 can be challenging and stressful for everyone. Know that the Disaster Distress Helpline is available for you and your loved ones in case you need to talk. Crisis counselors are standing by 24/7, 365 days a year.  Call 1-800-985-5990 / TTY: 1-800-846-8517 / Text: “TalkWithUs” to 66746

 

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 Situation Report will be issued Friday 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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