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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Emergency Management News Release 04.01.20 1830 Hours

Public Information Release – 04/01/2020  1830 Hours
Contact: 
Ashley Spicer, PIO Nassau County EOC
E-mail: NCEM@NassauSO.com
Facebook:   NassauEM

JIS Release #13
The “OneNassau” Joint Information System (JIS) continues to monitor rapid changes to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to provide timely, accurate and a unified message to Nassau County residents.  We will provide updates each afternoon at 630pm and add timely messaging to our Facebook Page NassauEM and website Nassaufl-em.com.
Current Situation in Nassau County:  
• As of 6:30 pm, April 1st, 2020 there are 11 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Nassau County. Information on these cases can be found at floridahealthcovid19.gov
• Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a safer at home order that goes into effect Friday, April 3rd at 12:01 am and it will be 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. The Governor’s order states: senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure and all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home. For those of you who are 65 or over and staying at home, we want to make sure that you know that there are services available to help you. If you are in need of food deliveries, please call 904-261-0701, for any other needs call 904-548-0900. Remember, there are exceptions to this order. Some of which include going out to buy food, medicine or going to work or church. To see a full list of exceptions to this order visit NassauCountyFL.com, go to departments, and click emergency management.
• The Florida State Department of Transportation has implemented two highway check-points in Florida: southbound traffic along I-95 at the Florida Department of Transportation Weigh Station to stop and interview travelers from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and to advise those travelers to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. The state is collecting contact information for each traveler from the so-called tri-state area. A similar check-point is set-up in Escambia County along I-10 to check travelers from NY, NY, CT and Louisiana. If you have questions about the checkpoints, you can visit FDOT.gov, FL511.com or call the Florida Department of Transportation at 866-374-3368.
• FDOH Nassau in support of Nassau County Executive Order #3, collects basic information about visitors from the TriState area.  Guidance is provided to visitors who may become ill regarding infection control and self-isolation.  
• The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at Level 2 Activation with enhanced staffing to take calls from the public and continue processing emergency requests for resources.
• The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) website floridahealthcovid19.gov is a timely source about COVID-19 in Florida, but anyone with questions about the pandemic can call the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 904-548-0900 or FDOH COVID-19 Call Center toll-free at 866-779-6121
• FDOH Nassau CHD continues to work with Nassau hospitals, long-term care facilities, private providers to facilitate testing for the highest risk individuals and educating them on isolation methods when ill.
• FDOH Nassau encourages all individuals who are quarantined due to travel, illness or exposure to a confirmed case to monitor their temperatures, symptoms and practice social distancing and infection control measures especially washing hands.
• Nassau County Schools are providing meals for students – see https://www.nassau.k12.fl.us/ for more info- until a decision is made that it is safe for students to return to classes
• A number of Executive Orders have been issued that impact our local businesses.  Business owners should complete the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) impact survey at https://floridadisaster.biz/; businesses experiencing economic injury may apply for a bridge-loan on www.FloridaDisasterLoan.org or Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan assistance at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
• For individuals who suspect they are positive, show symptoms, have travelled to a known “hot spot” area of the country, travelled overseas or come into contact with a person known to have tested positive, they should contact the primary care provider, DOH-Nassau at 904-875-6100 or seek testing at the federally approved site at TIAA Bank Field.
Continue to take everyday precautions to reduce disease transmission:  
 If you are at risk or have underlying health conditions, avoid crowds and maintain “social distancing” practices.
 Stay home and away from others whenever ill
 Cough/sneeze into your elbow, sleeve, or a tissue (and throw the used tissue into the trash)
 Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place; if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
 Avoid touching common surfaces in public places – door handles, ATM buttons, handrails, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something; avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, and mouth.
 Clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces to remove germs every day (e.g., tables and counters, doorknobs, light switches, steering wheels, keyboards and mice, faucets, remotes, and phones)
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is the “clearing house” for Nassau County’s JIS and posts incident information regularly on the NassauEM Facebook Page and www.NassauFL-EM.com website.  If you have questions, please call the EOC’s information line 904-548-0900 Monday-Friday 0800-1700 hrs, or message the EOC staff through the NassauEM Facebook page.  
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