The City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division has been closely monitoring updates related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The health and safety of our citizens is of our utmost concern. We want to ensure that residents have the latest information regarding the virus and its current impacts.
It is important to remember that risk of getting the disease is directly related to exposure to the virus.
May 23 - 25, 2020:
The City of Jacksonville continued to support testing initiatives throughout Memorial Day Weekend, conducting over 600 tests for Duval County residents.
May 22, 2020:
Mayor Curry announced
during a press conference held jointly with Governor Ron DeSantis that youth sports and activities including camps, athletics, and arts may resume immediately effective immediately.
May 21, 2020:
In his virtual news conference
at 12:10 p.m., Mayor Lenny Curry covered the following topics:
May 20, 2020:
- Mortgage, Rent & Utilities Program: As the City takes steps toward re-opening City government offices, the distribution location at the Ed Ball Building will be closing this Sunday, May 24. Those appointments that were scheduled at this location will be moved to the Main Library. If we haven’t already, appointment holders will be notified by our team via text, email or phone call. Both locations will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.
- Vacation Rentals: Governor DeSantis and the Department of Business & Professional Regulation approved our plan to safely reopen vacation rentals in Duval County, with safety precautions, effective immediately. As part of reopening, vacation rentals must adhere to certain standard and guidelines that ensure proper social distancing, enhance sanitation requirements, and limit person-to-person contact.
- Memorial Day virtual ceremony: The Public Affairs Office and Military Affairs & Veterans Department have been working hard this week to put together a virtual Memorial Day Observance that we will broadcast on the City’s YouTube channel and social media accounts at 8 a.m. on Monday. It will feature remarks from local officials and military leadership, musical selections from the Jacksonville Voices, Navy Band Southeast, Jacksonville Pipes & Drums, and more.
- Camping at JaxParks: Hanna and Huguenot parks are taking reservations for camping. Both locations are already booked for this Memorial Day weekend, but are accepting reservations for other times moving forward.
- Youth sports & activities: While these activities are not currently allowed under a Full Phase One, my team and I are continuing to work with Governor DeSantis and his team on this and other reopening efforts and hope to be able to get these activities going again soon.
In accordance with Governor Ron Desantis’ Executive Order 20-123 and the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery” the State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) approved the City of Jacksonville’s plan to resume the operation of vacation rentals in Duval County, effective immediately. As part of the City’s plan, vacation rentals must adhere to safety standards and guidelines.
With the expansion of COVID-19 testing throughout Duval County, the City sponsored drive-thru testing site at the Prime Osborn Convention Center will discontinue operations today, May 20th.
Public walk-up testing at the Legends Center (5130 Soutel Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32208) and drive-thru testing at TIAA Bank Field Stadium (Lot J) continue to support the public. Visit Duval County COVID-19 Testing Sites
for a full list of testing sites and additional information.
May 18, 2020 -
Mayor Curry announced during a press conference that the City is looking at curbside pickup and return options at Jacksonville Public Libraries becoming available on May 27, as well as opening some locations with 50% capacity by June 1. Those locations will be announced soon. By Monday, June 1, most City government offices will be open with safety measures in place. For example, the Duval County Tax Collector will open another branch location on Thursday of this week and another next week by appointment only.
Florida has also officially moved to "Full Phase I." For more information, see the infographic below.
May 15, 2020
- Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference at Ascension St. Vincents in Jacksonville. A few of of the key highlights were announcements that gyms can now operate at 50% capacity (individuals must clean the equipment), museums and libraries can open at 50% capacity, and restaurants and retail can have 50% capacity indoors beginning May 18th. The Governor's presentation can be viewed online at this link.
May 12, 2020 -
Emergency Executive Proclamation 2020-001 was extended until 11:59 P.M. on May 31, 2020 and will continue in effect unless cancelled before that period of time has elapsed. This local state of emergency includes all of Duval County and the Consolidated Government (including the Beaches and Baldwin). Concurrent with this Proclamation, all existing Executive Orders issued pursuant to Emergency Executive Proclamation 2020-001 and Emergency Executive Proclamation 2020-002 to date have subsequently been rescinded.
The City of Jacksonville has recieved federal funding to stand-up COVID-19 testing sites throughout Jacksonville for a six-month period. Visit www.coj.net/COVID19Testing
May 11, 2020 -
Hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops will now be able to start accepting customers
with enhanced safety precautions in place. View the enhanced safety precautions here.
The Duval County Tax Collector’s Office announced that the Hogan Branch
will open to serve customers by appointment only on Wednesday, May 13th. All other locations remain closed at this time. More information here
May 9, 2020 -
Operations at the Kooker Park testing center have relocated to the Legends Center at 5130 Soutel Drive. For more info, visit coj.net/covid19testing.
May 8, 2020 -
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops in Phase I counties will now be able to start accepting customers beginning Monday, May 11, with enhanced safety precautions in place. Mayor Lenny Curry announced that Duval County will follow in accordance with the Governor's announcement as a Phase I County.
May 6, 2020 -
Area Beaches are now fully open. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is open with safety requirements and certain operational changes in place.
May 2, 2020
- Governor DeSantis issued two Executive Orders with impacts to Duval County:
April 30, 2020 -
- Executive Order 20-111, which extends Executive Orders 20-87 and 20-91 until 12:01 AM May 4, 2020; and
- Executive Order 20-112, regarding the Governor’s plan for Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
- Phase I will begin Monday, May 4, with Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties excluded at this time.
Today Mayor Curry announced plans for a return to work initiative using the Governor’s Plan for Florida as a starting point. The executive order limiting occupancy to 50 people in a public space will be amended Monday April 4 to be congruent with Gov. DeSantis’ executive order. Bars, pubs & nightclubs must still continue to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. Gyms and personal care services like hair & nail salons, massage & other services that require person-to-person contact will remain closed. The “Work From Home” order remains in effect.
April 27, 2020 -
The City continues to facilitate ordering and distribution of gloves, N95 masks, surgical gowns, face shields, safety glasses, disinfectant wipes, and bottles of hand sanitizer on behalf of local healthcare facilities in response to COVID-19. Today, Mayor Curry handed out the 1,000,000th
piece of personal protective equipment ordered and supplied to date.
April 26, 2020 -
Free COVID-19 testing continues a Lot J (drive through) as well as Kooker Park (walk-up). There continues to be very short wait times at both locations each day.
April 24, 2020 -
Free, walk-up COVID-19 Testing at Henry Brown Kooker Park (1400 E. 20th St.) began this morning at 9 a.m. If you plan to visit, please bring your ID and wear a mask if you have one.
The site will operate seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., pending severe weather. The site will conduct 200 tests per day and anyone who wants to be tested can be at this location.
April 16, 2020 -
Mayor Curry announced an additional $1,000 stimulus for Duval County residents who qualify. The City will provide additional information on how to apply early next week. City Council votes on this proposed legislation on Monday. Until approved, the City is unable to accept applications.
Mayor Curry announced that beaches and parks in Duval County will reopen Friday, April 17 at 5 p.m. with certain restrictions. For additional information, visit this hyperlink.
April 12 - 15, 2020 -
The City of Jacksonville prepared for the transfer of testing operations at the Lot J Testing Site to the National Guard. The City will continue to support the testing site in a limited capacity.
April 11, 2020 -
On April 9, Mayor Curry extended the Emergency Executive Proclamation 2020-1 for an additional 30 days.
April 9, 2020 -
Testing at both TIAA Bank Field Stadium -Lot J and Prime Osborn Convention Center will be closed Sunday, April 12, 2020 for the Easter holiday in order to give first responders and healthcare workers at the testing sites an opportunity to decompress and spend the holiday with their families.
Starting this weekend, the State of Florida takes over testing at TIAA Bank Field Stadium - Lot J. Everything will continue as normal, however, an extra 150 tests per day will be conducted. Bringing the total to 400 tests. Testing requirements remain the same.
April 6, 2020 -
City Council unanimously approved a relief package for small businesses, which will pay a $1,000 grant and cover the fees, interest, and principal of loans for qualifying businesses that borrow from Vystar Credit Union. Vystar is preparing to loan up to $50 million to Jacksonville businesses.
For further information about the Small Business Relief Program, please visit www.vystarcu.org/coronavirus.
Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-95, directing the Department of Revenue to issue an emergency order suspending taxation imposed under Chapter 201, Florida Statutes, for notes and other written obligations made pursuant to Title I of the CARES Act. Read the full Executive Order at the following link: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/EO-20-95.pdf
Additionally, Governor DeSantis announced that the State of Florida is establishing a virtual desktop service and increasing electronic capabilities to address unemployment claims processing. Additional state workers from other agencies who were previously furloughed are voluntarily returning to work to support this initiative.More information and resources are available through the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
at this link: https://www.floridajobsresources.com/
April 2 - 5, 2020 -
The City continues to support testing efforts at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center and Lot J. To date, 6,790 tests have been performed in Duval County.
April 1, 2020 —
In an effort to continue flattening the curve, Mayor Lenny Curry announced at 10:15 a.m. that he has issued a Safer At Home Executive Order mandating that citizens remain at home except for critical and essential needs. The order will take effect Friday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m.
Read the full press release by following this hyperlink.
Governor Ron DeSantis announced at 1:00 p.m. that he has signed an executive order directing residents to "limit movements and personal interactions outside the home" to essential services or activities.
Read the full Executive Order here: https://bit.ly/3dITB7D
Read Executive Order 20-92, amending EO 20-91, here: https://bit.ly/2JxFvYy
March 31, 2020 -
During a virtual news conference on Monday, March 30, Mayor Lenny Curry announced that he signed an executive order prohibiting all hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments from accepting or extending reservations for any person other than essential lodgers. The mandate will take effect Tuesday, March 31, at 5 p.m. The order defines essential lodgers as:
- Healthcare professionals,
- First responders,
- National Guard members,
- Law enforcement,
- State or federal government employees,
- Airline crewmembers,
- Patients’ families,
- Others responding to COVID-19,
- Displaced residents or visitors,
- Persons unable to return to their home due to COVID-19 impacts on travel,
- Persons who must vacate their home due to exigent circumstances, such as fire or flood,
- Persons utilizing hotels as transitional living arrangements,
- Persons sheltering in hotels due to domestic violence,
- Hotel employees, service providers, and contractors, or
- Individuals who, for any reason, are temporarily unable to reside in their home.
March 30, 2020 -
Governor DeSantis announced he will be releasing an Executive Order allowing recently retired law enforcement and healthcare professionals to return to workface to help fight COVID-19. Current laws preclude them from returning for 6 months after retirement. Read the full Executive Order here: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-88.pdf
Mayor Curry announced an Executive Order prohibiting all hotels, motels, and commercial lodging establishments from accepting or extending reservations for any person other than Essential Lodgers effective at 5 p.m. March 31, 2020. Learn more about this Executive Order here: https://www.coj.net/emergencyexecutiveorders
March 27, 2020 -
Governor DeSantis announced that the state is suspending any new vacation rentals for two weeks. In addition, he announced that visitors from New Orleans need to self quarantine for fourteen days. The state will be setting up roadside checkpoints on interstates to check for potential COVID-19 cases coming into the state. Read the full Executive Order here: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-87.pdf
Starting tomorrow, COVID-19 testing at Lot J will have fewer testing criteria. Patients will no longer need to have a fever of 99.6 or higher to be tested. Also, testing at the Prime Osborn location will be free for Duval County residents with the coupon code HERE4YOU.
FL Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission enacted Executive Order 20-09 to reflect direction from Governor DeSantis, the Florida Department of Health and the CDC. Effective immediately, all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board. You may view the Executive Order here: https://myfwc.com/media/23318/eo20-09.pdf
March 26, 2020-
The Florida Department of Revenue issued executive order EO 20-52 extending the property tax payment deadline.The State of Florida's 2019 property tax payment deadline of March 31, 2020 is now Wednesday, April 15, 2020. The payment will be considered on time as long as it is received electronically or postmarked by April 15, 2020.
Persons tested at the Lot J testing site are able access their test results on the Lab Corps website: https://www.labcorp.com/results
. Results may take up to 8 days due to the high volume.
March 25, 2020 -
Starting today, all City departments that have lobbies where the public can interact with City employees will be closed. Affected City departments will provide contact information with door signage and on their websites so that essential operations can continue.
President Trump approved Florida’s Disaster Declaration which will provide federal funds to help Florida communities recover from the effects of COVID-19.
March 24, 2020-
As of 8 a.m. today, anyone who can work from home is now mandated to do so. Enforcement of this order could include condemnation and subsequent termination of utilities to businesses that refuse to cooperate during this public health crisis. Employees who have to work should be at least 6 feet away from each other at all times.
Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-82, directing all people who have entered the state from an area with substantial community spread (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) to isololate or quarantine for 14 days. To view the Executive Order, visit the following link: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-82.pdf
Additionally, DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-83, directing the State Surgeon General and the State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons over 65 years of age urging them to stay home and to take such other measures necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. To view this Executive Order, visit the following link: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-83.pdf
March 23, 2020-
Mayor Lenny Curry has announced that he is working with the Office of General Counsel to mandate businesses to allow their employees to work from home. If an employee can work from home, they should do so.
The U.S, Dept of Health and Human services, who oversee the federal testing site at Lot J, are limiting the daily number of tests to 250 per day. That limit was reached at 3:45 p.m. today, so this site is now closed until tomorrow. It will reopen at 9 am and continue until the limit is reached.
March 22, 2020 -
The testing sites at Prime Osborn Convention Center and TIAA Bank Field are operational today. The Emergency Operations Center continues to coordinate logistical supply orders for COVID-19 response throughout the County.
The federally-sponsored drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at TIAA Bank Field in parking lot J will expand testing criteria, effective immediately. All ages will now be accepted, although patients must still meet certain guidelines.
- On-site temperature of 99.6 or higher
- Patient MUST ALSO have respiratory symptoms
- First responders and healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients will also be tested, regardless of symptoms. Please bring work ID.
This site will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for as long as supplies last. While a doctor’s order and appointment are not required at this location, clients will be evaluated by a medical professional on site. Patients who do not meet the criteria will not receive a test and will be sent home.
Those attempting to be tested should:
- Bring their own pen
- Photo Identification
- Refrain from taking any fever-reducing medicine four to six hours before testing
- Remain inside of vehicle at all times
A maximum of four people per car will be screened and tested; each person must be sitting at a functioning window. Additional passengers will be asked to move to the back of the line or return the following day.
As long lines are expected, please follow the directions of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office traffic officers.
- Drivers coming from the West side of town should use Bay Street.
- Drivers coming from the East side should use Gator Bowl Boulevard.
Public restrooms will not
be available. American Sign Language and Spanish-language interpreters will be on-site to assist.
March 21, 2020 -
free federally-sponsored drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at TIAA Bank Field opened to the public today. The site will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for as long as supplies last. While a doctor’s order and appointment are not required at this location, clients will be evaluated by a medical professional on-site. For full testing criteria visit the following link: https://www.coj.net/welcome/news/federal-drive-thru-covid-19-testing-site-to-open-t
March 20, 2020 -
A drive-thru testing site at the Prime Osborn Convention Center was opened to the public today. The federal free testing site will open tomorrow at 9 am at Lot J. Testing is being prioritized for health care professionals, first responders, individuals ages 65 and over, and those with compromised immune systems. You will NOT be tested if you aren’t high risk or exhibiting symptoms. There is a maximum of four passengers per car eligible for screening and testing; additional riders will be asked to move to the back of the line or return the following day. JSO asks that people not arrive tomorrow before 8 am at Lot J.
Mayor Lenny Curry also announced that effective as of 5 pm today, all Duval beaches will close. Police and lifeguards will patrol beaches for enforcement. Violators face trespassing violations.
Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71, which prohibits the sale of alcohol for consumption on-premises statewide. Sale is allowed in sealed containers for consumption off-premises. Additionally, sale of food for on-premises consumption has been suspended at all bars and restaurants. Take out and delivery service are still permitted. Gymnasiums and fitness centers have been ordered to close statewide.
March 19, 2020
- Mayor Lenny Curry announced that the City along with Baptist Health Jacksonville and Telescope Health will open a drive through COVID-19 testing at the Prime Osborn beginning Friday, March 20th at 11 a.m. Testing will be open to Duval County residents, however, patients MUST complete a Telescope Health screening and receive a Dr. order order before being tested.
Those that are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can go to TelescopeHealth.com
or download the Telescope Health app to complete the screening process and receive an appointment.
March 18, 2020 -
Mayor Lenny Curry announces that a COVID-19 testing site will open to the public tomorrow. There will be screening requirments that must be met to qualify.
March 17, 2020 -
Governor Ron DeSantis issued executive order 2020-68 ordering all of Florida's bars and nightclubs to close for 30 days starting at 5 p.m. this evening. Restaurants must now restrict capacity to 50% and seat guests six feet apart, and restrict parties to ten or less. The number of cases in Florida has now reached 216, with an additional case reported in Duval County, bringing the total to 10.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has extended school closures for all public and private K-12, career schools, and technical centers. Campuses are closed through April 15, 2020. Schools are encouraged to operate virtually or through other non-classroom-based means to implement distance learning.
Following the executive order order issued by Governor DeSantis, the City of Jacksonville is limiting the crowd capacity of recreational and social gatherings to 50 people are focusing on unnecessary social contact. The maximum occupancy for restaurants until further notice is 50 people. Restaurants must comply with whichever crowd size limitation is more
restrictive: 50% occupancy, or
50 persons or less.
March 16, 2020 - Mayor Lenny Curry announced a new limit on all restaurants and bars in Jacksonville until further notice. Following these CDC recommendations, no more than 50 people will be permitted in an establishment at one time. Alcohol sales are also banned from midnight to 8 a.m. outside of grocery stores. This community mitigation strategy focuses on eliminating unnecessary social contact and slowing the transmission of COVID-19 to prevent healthcare infrastructure from being overwhelmed. Many places of business will be exempt from this limit so that they may carry on business as usual. This limit is specifically for social situations, shopping at the mall, eating out, and going to the movies, for example.
As authorities continue to monitor the virus, citizens are reminded to take the necessary precautions that include:
- washing hands frequently;
- maintaining a six-foot distance from people;
- refraining from shaking hands;
- not shopping at peak times, and taking advantage of delivery and pickup services;
- avoiding unnecessary travel;
- working remotely if possible; and
- avoiding gatherings of 50 or more people.
Today, President Donald. J. Trump announced new guidelines to address COVID-19. Below, please find additional information on The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 Days to Slow the Spread.
- Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
- If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
- If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
- If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
- If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
- If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
- Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:
- Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
- If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
- Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
- Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
- Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
- Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
- Practice good hygiene:
- Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
- * School operations can accelerate the spread of the coronavirus. Governors of states with evidence of community transmission should close schools in affected and surrounding areas. Governors should close schools in communities that are near areas of community transmission, even if those areas are in neighboring states. In addition, state and local officials should close schools where coronavirus has been identified in the population associated with the school. States and localities that close schools need to address childcare needs of critical responders, as well as the nutritional needs of children.
** Older people are particularly at risk from the coronavirus. All states should follow Federal guidance and halt social visits to nursing homes and retirement and long-term care facilities.
*** In states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.
In response to a pair of Administrative Orders issued this afternoon by Administrative County Court Judge Gary Flower, the Duval County Clerk of Courts announces that small claims court, including pretrial conferences and mediation, will be rescheduled for the March 19 and March 26 court dates. Parties originally scheduled to appear on March 19 in the Jury Assembly Room of the Duval County Courthouse are advised that those appearances are cancelled and will be rescheduled to April 28, 2020. Appearances originally scheduled for March 26 are cancelled and rescheduled to May 5, 2020 in the Jury Assembly Room.
The Florida Department of Health announced an additional case of COVID-19 in Duval County, bringing the total number of local individuals that have tested positive to five.
March 15, 2020 - The Florida Department of Health Announced 39 new cases of COVID-19, With three additional cases in Duval County. Mayor Lenny Curry shared news that Councilman Sam Newby tested positive for COVID-19. “Today I learned from Councilman Sam Newby that he was being treated at St. Vincent’s hospital and had been informed of a positive test result for COVID-19. Because Councilman Randy White visited CM Newby at the hospital within the last 48 hours, CM white is self isolating at home,” Curry wrote in a Tweet.
March 14, 2020 - The Florida Department of Health announced 25 new cases of COVID-19 in Florida and the death of a Florida resident in California.
March 13, 2020 - President Trump declared a national emergency for the coronavirus pandemic.
Governor DeSantis announced that components of the Florida National Guard would be mobilized to help with the COVID-19 response.
Mayor Curry declared a state of emergency in Duval County in response to COVID-19 .
Duval County Public Schools announced that they are extending spring break through March 22nd. Upon re-opening, all field trips and athletic events will be canceled.
Additional cancellations were announced in Duval County including:
The Duval County Clerk of Courts announces that Chief Justice Charles Canady has suspended all jury trials scheduled to begin between March 16, 2020 and March 27, 2020. Any citizen who has received a summons to appear for jury service on March 16th or March 23rd is asked not to come to the Courthouse as their jury service will be excused. For further information, jurors can reach the jury service hotline at (904) 255-2212 or visit duvalclerk.com/jury. If you have additional questions not answered on the website or hotline, you can reach the Jury Services department staff at (904)255-2087.
Honorable Scott B. Wilson, President of the Jacksonville City Council canceled all meetings of the Jacksonville City Council March 16, 2020 through April 5, 2020.
JSO is suspending all inmate visitation effective 10:00 p.m. Friday night, March 13, 2020. Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, video visitation will be implemented to allow remote inmate visitation. Persons who want to visit an inmate will need to create an account through www.gettingout.com. Video visitation times will vary by facility. Legal visits will not be impacted.
Mayor Charlie Latham, due to the COVID-19 virus, will be declaring a State of Emergency for the City of Jacksonville Beach, in coordination with the City of Jacksonville. As such, all public meetings, to include City Council Meetings and Briefings, and all other official city meetings, are canceled through March 31.
Mayor Curry held a press conference and provided the following major announcements:
On March 12, 2020 the Florida Department of Health (DOH) announced a positive test for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Duval County resident, an 83- year old male. This individual is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. It is currently unclear whether this was a travel-related case; the epidemiological investigation is ongoing.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department's dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org. The Call Center is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
March 12, 2020- Mayor Lenny Curry updated local media about prevention efforts in Duval County for COVID-19. He affirmed that the City is continuing to intensely monitor the situation and collaborate with area partners to make sure Jacksonville is ready to respond. He reminded Jacksonville citizens that teams have been meeting and planning since January and have the policies and plans in place to respond. To view the press briefing, see below.
The Florida Department of Health announced an additional 17 positive cases of COVID-19.
March 11, 2020 - World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic.
The Florida Department of Health announced three new cases of COVID-19 in Florida.
Governor DeSantis placed limits on who can visit nursing homes and residential healthcare facilities . Facilities were directed to immediately review protocols including visitor screening to ensure precautions are in place to limit the introduction of COVID-19. Anyone who recently arrived from a foreign country, is exhibiting symptoms of the virus,that has been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, as well as anyone who recently traveled on a cruise or has been in an area deemed to have “community spread” of the virus is prohibited from visiting nursing and assisted living facilities.
President Trump issued a proclamation restricting travel to the United States from foreign nationals who have recently been to certain European countries. American citizens are exempt from these restrictions. For the complete list of announcements made by the President visit the following link : https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/president-donald-j-trump-taken-unprecedented-steps-respond-coronavirus-protect-health-safety-americans/
Attorney General Ashley Moody expanded items covered for the COVID-19 State of Emergency under Florida’s price gouging law. To see complete list of items visit the following link: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/GPEY-BMKMPU/$file/Commodities+Covered+Under+COVID+SOE.pdf
March 10, 2020- The Florida Department of Health announced eight new positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Florida. Florida currently has a total of 21 cases of COVID-19.The department recommends all individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 who have recently traveled through Port Everglades to immediately contact their County Health Department or health care provider and self-isolate for 14 days. They also recommends employees of Metro Cruise Services at Port Everglades with any association to these cases self-isolate at home.
Attorney General Ashley Moody activated the Florida Price Gouging Hotline in response to the current State of Emergency declaration. To see items covered for COVID-19 State of Emergency under Florida’s price gouging law visit the following link: http://myfloridalegal.com/webfiles.nsf/WF/GPEY-BMKMW4/$file/PG+Memo.pdf
March 9, 2020- Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19. To view the Executive Order visit the following link: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/EO-20-52.pdf
The Florida Department of Health reported an additional case of the virus in Volusia County. The agency also advised individuals to follow CDC’s new travel guidelines when traveling internationally. You can view the full advisory and updates at the following link: http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2020/03/030920-department-health-covid19-update.pr.html
March 8, 2020- The Florida Department of Health is now reporting eighteen cases of COVID-19. The agency has also advised all individuals who traveled on a river cruise on the Nile River in Egypt from February 4th through 18th to self-isolate for fourteen days following their return. Several passengers who reside in Florida have recently tested positive for COVID-19.
The U.S.Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs issued a travel advisory for U.S. citizens regarding cruise ship travel. The department states, U.S. citizens, particularly travelers with underlying health conditions, should not travel by cruise ship. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment. Read all current travel advisories at the following link:
March 7 - Florida now has seven cases of confirmed COVID-19. Confirmed cases in the US have doubled since last report.
March 6 - Florida DOH confirmed two deaths from COVID-19 in Florida. One of the deaths involved a 72-year-old Santa Rosa County man who had previously been disclosed as having the virus. The other death involved a Lee County resident, whose case had not been disclosed. The CDC Coronavirus Disease Situation Report now states that it is likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur. The CDC Situation Summary is available at this hyperlink: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html#illness-severity
March 5 - The Florida Department of Health announced an additional presumptive positive case of COVID-19. The individual is a resident of Santa Rosa County. The individual is isolated and being appropriately cared for.
March 4, 2020 - Governor DeSantis announced that a fourth possible case of COVID-19 linked to Florida has been reported in a resident visiting Washington state. The individual is a Florida resident, however, they are in isolation in Washington.
March 3, 2020 - Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) has taken multiple actions to combat the spread of COVID-19. These actions address precautions upon re-entry to school after travel, new student registrations, school cleaning, school attendance, and student and staff travel. Learn more about these actions at the DCPS website linked here: https://dcps.duvalschools.org/coronavirus
March 3, 2020 - The Florida Department of Health has reported a third presumptive positive case of COVID-19, an individual that resided with another who is confirmed to have COVID-19.
March 2, 2020 - CDC has confirmed two cases of Coronavirus on Florida's West Coast. The two adults, one from Hillsborough County, the other from Manatee County, are being isolated and treated.
March 1, 2020 - Governor DeSantis directed the State Health Officer and Surgeon General, Dr. Scott Rivkees, to declare a public health emergency in the State of Florida, pursuant to his authority in section 381.003 15, Florida Statutes. https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-51.pdf
March 1, 2020 - The Florida Department of Health is reporting two presumptive positive COVID-19 cases: one adult resident of Hillsborough County and one adult resident of Manatee County on Florida's west coast. Both people are isolated and being appropriately cared for. Presumptive means they've tested positive but health officials are awaiting confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control.
February 28, 2020 - City of Jacksonville officials met with local, state, and federal agencies as well as local first responders to conduct an executive briefing concerning COVID-19. Agencies demonstrated their willingness to work together to monitor and respond to the developing situation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the common signs of the virus mimic the flu. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include:
- Shortness of breath
Individuals who develop symptoms should contact a healthcare professional and follow their advice. Prior to your arrival, contact the facility you intend to visit and tell them you think you may have COVID-19 so they can take precautions to prevent exposing other individuals.
What you Should Know
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.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent Coronavirus 2019. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. CDC recommends the following everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often 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 readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. This new guidance was issued on April 3, 2020. You can view the full guidance regarding masks at the following link:
The Florida Department of Health has created a dedicated COVID-19 webpage at www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19. This remains the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department's dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVIDemail@example.com. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer Small Businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) up to $2 million in Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance (EIDL).
Under our EIDL program the SBA makes loans available to small businesses and private non-profit organizations in designated areas of a state or territory to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, visit the SBA website at this hyperlink.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Jewish Federation and Foundation of Northeast Florida, United Way of Northeast Florida and United Way of St. Johns County are re-activating Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund. The fund will assist organizations helping those in Northeast Florida affected by this public health crisis.
To contribute to the fund or apply for funding, visit the the First Coast Relief Fund website at the following link: unitedwaynefl.org/COVID19response
For a comprehensive list of City of Jacksonville Recovery Resources, please visit the following link: https://www.coj.net/recoveryresources
Older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Early data suggest older people are twice as likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. This may be because:
- As people age, their immune systems change, making it harder for their body to fight off diseases and infection.
- Many older adults are also more likely to have underlying health conditions that make it harder to cope with and recover from illness.
If a COVID-19 outbreak happens, it could last for a long time. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce exposures to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.
If you are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or because you have a severe underlying medical condition, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.
CDC Recommendations for those at high risk:
- Stay at home as much as possible.
- Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds.
- Do not travel by cruise ship. CDC notes increased risk of infection of COVID-19 in a cruise ship environment.
- Stay up to date on CDC Travel Health Notices at this hyperlink.
The City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division will continue to monitor this evolving situation and provide timely updates.
Please note: In keeping pace with the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, official policy declarations and announcements from all levels of government are being released to the public during press briefings. It is the policy of the Emergency Preparedness Division to incorporate these announcements once they are confirmed through official written documentation from the office of origin.