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PUBLIC INFORMATION RELEASE – 04/20/2020
CONTACT: DAVE RICHARDSON
PIO NASSAU COUNTY EOC
JIS RELEASE # 25
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 6pm and add timely messaging to our Facebook Page NassauEM and website Nassaufl-em.com.
Current Situation in Nassau County:
• Nassau County has recorded 46 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 6pm 04/20/2020, 2 of those cases have been classified as a non-residents. As of this date, 24 individuals have been released from isolation.
• The Florida Department of Health strongly advises that anyone displaying symptoms or anyone who is awaiting test results should remain under self-quarantine.
• A reminder from the Florida Department of Health and Nassau County Emergency Operations Center that all residents and visitors to Nassau County continue to practice social distancing, refrain from gathering in groups of more than 10 people and practice all CDC recommended guidelines (listed below), especially washing hands. Be smart. Be Safe.
• For those in need of food as a result of COVID-19, we have listed on our Facebook page (NassauEM) Nassau County food banks, including their schedules and locations and will post any updates to
• From the Florida Department of Health: Testing capability is increasing with more processing through commercial or private labs. Testing and reporting times vary among commercial and DOH labs. The rapid viral testing is first occurring in acute care settings (hospitals) or to assist with outbreak control. There are newer rapid antibody tests, but these do not have a significant role in accurately diagnosing COVID-19 in someone that is ill. Antibody tests are useful in the convalescent phase to estimate immunity and the prevalence of asymptomatic infections. FDOH is NOT recommending testing of individuals who are not ill. Testing should NOT drive behavior –anyone who is ill should wear a mask, practice social distancing, hand washing and other infection control. Individuals who are waiting for testing or the results of testing should self-isolate.
• FDOH Nassau, in support of Nassau County Executive Orders # 3 and # 4, collects basic information about visitors from the “Tri-State” area (NY, NJ, CT) and Louisiana. Guidance is provided to visitors who may become ill regarding infection control and self-isolation.
• 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.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a number of updates to COVID-19 guidance as of Saturday, April 11, 2020. See as follows:
Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation
New Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
New Cloth Face Coverings: Questions and Answers
New COVIDView: A Weekly Surveillance Summary of U.S. COVID-19 Activity
Updated How to Prepare
Updated Cases in the U.S.
Updated Testing in the U.S.
• The Florida State Department of Transportation continues two highway check-points in Florida: southbound traffic along I-95 at the Georgia/Florida state line at the South ramp to US 17 (Exit 380) 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.
• The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at Level 2 Activation with enhanced staffing to take calls from the public and continue processing emergency requests for resources.
• Emergency Management and Department of Health personnel continue to monitor the situation in Nassau County and the State, and are prepared to respond to any changes in the community’s needs
• 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
• 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, or are waiting on test results, should contact the primary care provider, DOH-Nassau at 904-875-6100 or seek testing at the federally approved site at TIAA Bank Field and remain under self-quarantine
• Everyone (ill or not) should follow “social distancing” and infection control measures to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
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.