Posted on: April 7, 2020

Emergency Management News Release 04.07.20 1830 Hours

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
Current Situation in Nassau County:  
• Nassau County has recorded 27 positive cases of Covid-19 as of 6pm 04/07/2020. FDOH Nassau has received one new case report of a positive COVID-19 test in a 50 year-old female resident who has no travel-related exposure and no known contact to a confirmed case. The Health Department is conducting case investigation and contact tracing on this case. The individual will remain in isolation until released by public health. This brings the total case count to date to twenty-seven for Nassau County. 
• FDOH Nassau requests that all community members do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by taking the Stronger Than C-19 Community Action Survey. Florida residents are encouraged to do their part in helping Florida flatten the curve by anonymously answering questions that range from age and residency, to recent travel, to potential COVID-19 contact. The StrongerThanC-19 community action survey is designed to gather information to help the Department track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida; it is not a symptom checker designed to dispense medical advice. The StrongerThanC-19 community action survey is free to use and can be accessed by visiting:
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a number of updates to COVID-19 guidance as of Sunday, April 5, 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, or call the Florida Department of Transportation at 866-374-3368.
• A reminder that guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health recommend residents to limit gatherings of no more than 10 persons.
• 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 Florida Department of Health (FDOH) website 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 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; businesses experiencing economic injury may apply for a bridge-loan on or Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan assistance at
• For individuals who suspect they are positive, show symptoms, have travelled to a known “hot spot” area of the country, traveled 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.
• 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 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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