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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Emergency Management News Release 03.23.20 1600 Hours

MEDIA RELEASE – 03/23/2020 1600 HOURS
CONTACT: ASHLEY SPICER
PIO NASSAU COUNTY EOC
E-MAIL: NCEM@NASSAUSO.COM
FACEBOOK: NASSAUEM

JIS RELEASE #7
The “OneNassau” Joint Information System (JIS) is monitoring the rapidly changing situation in order to provide timely, accurate, unified messaging to our residents. Updates will be provided each afternoon; more frequently only if warranted.

Current Situation in Nassau County:
• Nassau still has only one positive case of Coronavirus. There have been no new cases of Coronavirus in Nassau County.
• 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.
• 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 FDOH website floridahealthcovid19.gov should have all you need to know about COVID-19 in Florida, but anyone with questions about the pandemic can call the Emergency
• Operations Center (EOC) at 904-548-0900 or FDOH COVID-19 Call Center toll-free at 866-779-6121
• Residents who are ILL and have traveled to a known “community spread” area or been a “close contact” to a known positive case of Coronavirus should call DOH-Nassau at 904-875-6100 for guidance
• Nassau County Schools are planning on providing meals for students – see https://www.nassau.k12.fl.us/ for more info
• 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/
• FDOH is facilitating COVID testing for high risk individuals. Currently only individuals showing symptoms should be tested.
• 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, 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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