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.

State of Florida Restricts On-Premises Alcohol Consumption Effective June 26, 2020

Per the State of Florida’s Emergency Order 2020-09, issued on Friday, June 26, all vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, and who derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages, shall suspend the sale of all alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, effective immediately. Vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises. Vendors who are also licensed as public food service establishments or restaurants may continue to operate for on-premises consumption of food and beverages at tables, provided these vendors derive 50 percent or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center at 904.824.5550. Posted 6/26/20.

 

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Encourages Businesses to Require Masks

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 Posted 6/24/20.

 

St. Johns County Clerk of Court Resumes Issuing Marriage Licenses and Processing Passports

The St. Johns County Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office has resumed issuing marriage licenses and processing passport applications for St. Johns County residents by appointment only. Resuming limited services is the first step in a phased reopening of the Clerk’s Office. County residents wishing to visit the Clerk’s Office must make an appointment by calling 904.819.3632. For more information, please visit www.stjohnsclerk.com.

Sunshine Bus Company Announces Plan to Return to Standard Service Levels

The Sunshine Bus Company has announced a phased plan to resume standard operating services while following CDC and Federal social distancing guidelines. Now operating under Phase 1, the Sunshine Bus Company will continue to offer transit services to patrons requiring rides to work, medical appointments, pharmacies, and grocery stores,. The policy restricts the number of occupants to 10 per vehicle, including the driver, and requires patrons to maintain a six-foot distance from other passengers. Door-to-door paratransit services are also available for patrons requiring transportation to obtain or provide essential services, or conduct essential activities. As statewide restrictions begin to lift, the Sunshine Bus Company will announce subsequent phases to return to standard service levels. To request paratransit services or to obtain additional information regarding the Sunshine Bus Company, please call 904.209.3716 or 904.209.3710.

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 Reopening Strategy – Phase One

In consideration of Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 outlining Florida’s plan for recovery, St. Johns County is launching a phased reopening approach in collaboration with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and local health care and law enforcement agencies.

“When this pandemic began, no one knew how our community would be impacted. We understood the importance of being measured in every decision we made, ranging from closures to opening strategies. As a coastal community, the status of our beaches has been a significant topic of discussion, and just like the approach Governor DeSantis outlined yesterday, we want to be measured in our phasing,” said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. “Our community has done a phenomenal job in voluntary compliance of the Governor’s Orders, and as a result, this allows us to lift additional restrictions on the beach. We want to encourage residents to enjoy their beaches and continue using that same personal responsibility that has allowed us to flatten the curve locally.”

The health, safety, and welfare of St. Johns County residents remain the top priorities in the development and implementation of the reopening strategy. Phase One of St. Johns County’s reopening includes:

  • Beaches – Beginning Monday, May 4, all restrictions previously in place on St. Johns County beaches are rescinded. On-beach driving remains prohibited and CDC guidelines and social distancing restrictions remain in place.
  • Libraries – The St. Johns County Library System is offering curbside service at all branches from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for patrons who place items on hold by calling a library or through the Library’s website. Library buildings remain closed to the public. For more information on curbside service, visit www.sjcpls.org/curbside-service/ or call your branch library.
  • Recreational Facilities – All recreational facilities, including recreation centers, pools, pavilions, etc., remain closed and unavailable for reservations or rentals.
  • Recreational Programming – All recreational programming, including open play, camps, and league activities, remain suspended.
  • SJC Ocean and Fishing Pier – Beginning Monday, May 4, the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier is open to the public with no access fee. All other facilities, including the Pier Gift Shop and pavilion, remain closed to the public and unavailable for reservations, rentals, or events, including farmers markets.
  • Pet Center – While St. Johns County Animal Control Services continues to remain active and is responding to calls from the community, the St. Johns County Pet Center remains closed to the public.
  • St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – All activities and events at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, including farmers markets, remain suspended.
  • Distancing and Industry Guidelines – It is recommended that the public continue to adhere to the CDC social distancing guidelines of limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and maintaining a minimum distance of six feet between parties. Guidelines regarding restaurant, retail, and other business operations can be found at www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.
  • The St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) – The EOC remains open at a Level Two partial activation. Beginning Monday, May 4, the EOC Hotline will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Local State of Emergency remains in effect.

For more information regarding Phase One of the reopening procedures, call the EOC Citizen Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.

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 – 78

Date:  June 29, 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 June 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm as reported by the FDOH Dashboard:

 

St. Johns County COVID-19 Statistics

 

Total Tests in St. Johns County : 20,387

Positive: 895   l    Negative:  19,470

4.4% Positivity Rate

 

Florida COVID-19 Statistics

 

 

COVID-19 Test Collection Sites

 

·         COVID-19 Test Collection Site at TIAA Bank Field Lot J (Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium)

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 and weather permitting. 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+

§  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

§  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 – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.
    • St. Johns County Situation Report will be issued Monday and Thursday 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

City of St. Augustine Beach

Status:

Operational

Public Meeting Rooms closed. 

St. Johns County School District

Status:

Summer Break

Florida School for Deaf and Blind

Status:

Summer Break

Flagler College

Status:

Classes will remain online for the summer semester and there will be no on-campus living. 

St. Johns River State College

Status:

Classes will remain in an online format through the summer semester. All events have been canceled and all campuses will remain closed to the public until further notice.

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

·         State of Florida Restricts On-Premises Alcohol Consumption, Effective June 26, 2020

o    Per the State of Florida’s Emergency Order 2020-09, issued on Friday, June 26, all vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, and who derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages, shall suspend the sale of all alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, effective immediately. Vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises. Vendors who are also licensed as public food service establishments or restaurants may continue to operate for on-premises consumption of food and beverages at tables, provided these vendors derive 50 percent or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.

 

Community Reopening

·         The Sunshine Bus Company will be implementing its next stage – Phase Two (2) – as a cautious approach to provide limited public transportation service during the continued and close monitoring of our COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase Two (2) will begin on Monday, July 6th, 2020, and consist of five (5) limited Sunshine Bus routes for public service that will operate from Monday – Friday each week during this phase:

o    Conn-Ex – This new route combines the existing Connector and Express lines into one route. The new route will begin further in the south by SR-206 and travel as far north as Palencia before heading back south again. The new schedule will be available on the Sunshine Bus website at https://sunshinebus.net/covid-schedules/

o    Circulator – This route will run its normal schedule.

o    Green – This route will run its normal schedule.

o    Orange – This route will run its normal schedule.

o    Teal – This route will run its normal schedule.

During Phase 2, all passengers will be required to wear a mask. If passengers do not already own a mask, they can purchase one from the Driver(s) for $1.00.

For further information, please contact Customer Service at 904-209-3716 or visit our website at https://sunshinebus.net.

·         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.

St. Johns County is currently in Phase 2, which dictates:

o    Restaurants, bars, and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, excluding nightclubs, may operate at fifty percent of the establishment’s indoor capacity and at full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing. Bar areas may operate with seated service.

o    Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades may operate at fifty percent of the establishment’s capacity with appropriate social distancing between groups and proper sanitization protocols.

o    In-store retail businesses, gyms, and fitness centers may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing measures and proper sanitization protocols.

o    Personal services including but not limited to barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattooing, body piercing, tanning, and massage may operate while adhering to appropriate safety guidelines outlined by the Florida Department of Health.

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    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:

1.    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.

2.    Nothing herein shall require or allow a person to wear a face covering so as to conceal the identity of the wearer in violation of Chapter 876, Florida Statutes.

3.    All businesses are encouraged to prohibit entry of any person who is not wearing a face covering with the exception of those below listed persons:

§  Persons under the age of two years.

§  Persons observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines.

§  Persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition.

§  Persons working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with other persons.

§  Persons working in a business or profession who maintain social distancing from another person.

§  Persons working in a business or profession where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession.

§  Persons exercising, while maintaining social distancing.

§  Persons eating or drinking.

§  Public safety, fire and other life safety and health care personnel, as their personal protective equipment requirements will be governed by their respective agencies.

§  The requirement shall not apply when a person who is hearing impaired needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering in order to communicate.

§  The requirement does not apply to any outdoor activity permitted under City, County, or State order, but face coverings should be readily available when coming within six (6) feet of an individual not part of a person’s immediate family or cohabitating living unit.

 

o    The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. The meeting agenda can be found at https://stjohnsclerk.com/records/board-records/agendas/. 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.

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    “Pledge St. Johns County” program offers businesses the opportunity to commit to CDC guidelines and ensure St. Johns County residents, visitors, and employees are safe and comfortable in their establishments. Created in partnership with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, “Pledge St. Johns County” features a pledge in which businesses vow to adhere to guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting protocols, group size limitations, social distancing recommendations, and enhanced employee protocols and training. In addition, they pledge to encourage the use of face coverings by staff and customers. Organizations that take the Pledge will receive a toolkit of printable display materials to let employees and customers know they are a “Pledge St. Johns County” business. Pledged businesses will also be recognized on the “Pledge St. Johns County” website directory. 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.

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

 

St. Johns County residents who have been affected by COVID-19 now have a consolidated source of information regarding available programs, the SJC 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.

SJC COVID-19 Business Assistance Hotline – 904.209.6050, 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. 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

 

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

 

·         State of Florida

 

o    DEO has created a dashboard to provide information relating to the state’s unemployment and reemployment assistance, including unemployment claims by industry: http://lmsresources.labormarketinfo.com/covid19/initial_claims.html

 

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

 

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.

 

o    Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

§  If you have any questions on concerns regarding bar/nightclub and restaurant closures or short term rentals, as well as restrictions on short term rentals you may call the main DBPR Customer Contact Center at (850) 487-1395 or go to http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/eo-complaints/.  You can also monitor the main DBPR website at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/ .

 

·         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

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 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

Dated:

6/23/20

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

National Emergency COVID-19

Number: HQ-20-017

Dated:

3/13/20

Governors Executive Orders

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

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Order

Number:  20-09

Dated:

3/27/20

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. 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 Situation Report will be issued Thursday 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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