MARCH 17, 2020 12:30 P.M. UPDATE: Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that all Florida bars and night clubs will be shutdown for at least 30 days, and restaurants will be restricted to half capacity to limit the spread of coronavirus. Restaurants should prohibit employees from entering the establishment if they meet the criteria for COVID-19. Pickup and delivery services are permitted. DeSantis said he also will order that crowds of no more than 10 people gather on beaches. Visitors to public beaches limit gatherings to 10 or less and distances themselves from other parties by six feet.
The City of Milton status is currently operating at Pandemic Plan Level 3, (Monitoring, Preparedness and Prevention) of community spread of the COVID 19 virus. We will move to the next level as soon as determined warranted. The city is deploying city-wide preventative measures, such as encouraging electronic transactions, limiting social interactions, diligently disinfecting public surfaces regularly, and ensuring accuracy of all disseminated information.
The city is working in unison with Santa Rosa County Emergency Management and assisting the Santa Rosa County Department of Health with social media messaging. Santa Rosa County is cancelling all publicly-permitted events in county facilities until further notice. As with city events, this only applies to events permitted through the county and does not include schools, churches or other private events. This step will be reassessed in two weeks for continuation or to lift the cancellation of publicly permitted events. County libraries will remain open for now but all programming and use of meeting rooms in those facilities have been cancelled.
It is imperative for everyone to do their part in preventing the spread of germs, such as: avoiding close contact with people, covering coughs or sneezes with a tissue and properly disposing of the tissue in the trash, avoid touching your face, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, stay home if you are sick, (except to get medical care) and wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
First Judicial Court
Florida Forest Service
Small Business Development Center
Supervisor of ElectionsSanta Rosa County Supervisor of Elections announced emergency polling location changes for the Presidential Preference Primary Election. On Election Day (Tues., Mar. 17), polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sheriff’s OfficeThe sheriff’s office is currently implementing several policies to increase the safety of the citizens, inmates and employees:
Clerk of Courts
City of Gulf Breeze
Santa Rosa County School District
Pensacola State College
Emerald Coast Regional Council
Florida Department of HealthThe Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) encourages our residents and visitors to take steps to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses such as cold and the flu as well as COVID-19. Everyone can do their part to help. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow the spread of this virus.Screen Yourself and Call First If you become sick, review the screening criteria for COVID-19:
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, contact your healthcare provider or your local county health department (CHD). Call, do not visit, your health care provider and tell them about your symptoms and your travel history or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. It’s important to call ahead before visiting your health care provider. Offices must take proper steps to avoid further spread of COVID-19 when a concerned patient arrives for a medical evaluation.Take Steps to Protect Against Spreading VirusesIf you are mildly ill, follow these tips to help prevent spreading it to other people:
The Florida Department of Health is strongly urging attendees of mass gatherings not to attend if they:
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus and use everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases.