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COVID-19 Public Information Alerts and Updates

Gadsden County COVID-19 Public Information Alerts and Updates
Most recently updated March 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. EDT


• Gadsden County Offices Closed to Public Access

• Gadsden County Parks Closed

• Gadsden County Social Security Office Closure
• TDC Regular Meeting Postponed

• Activation of Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

General Information and Preventive Measures

The Department of Health is urging residents to stay informed on how to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19. Please visit Florida’s COVID-19 information page www.flhealth.gov/covid-19 for the latest information.

The Department of Health has a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center for questions about this virus. Anyone with questions may call 1-(866) 779-6121 or email COVID19@flhealth.gov. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Residents may also contact FDOH-Gadsden staff at (850) 875-7200 (option #1) 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition, residents may visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CVD) website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

The CDC recommends that individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures including:

· Hand Hygiene: Wash 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.

· Sanitizers: If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.

· Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to the COVID-19-related virus, but the symptoms can be similar.

· Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then be sure to throw it in the trash can.

· Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

· Flu Shots: Health experts recommend getting a flu shot to reduce the chances of getting the regular flu and weakening your immune system further.

To receive local emergency notifications, please text "AlertGadsden" to 888-777.

Update Regarding Current State of Emergency  - Friday, March 27, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-014, which includes updates adopted Friday, March 27, 2020, in the Emergency Special Meeting that took place at 10 a.m. EDT and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-013 (adopted last Friday, March 20, 2020) and Resolution #2020-012 (originally adopted Friday, March 13, 2020), in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).

Resource: Additionally, for summary purposes, the Chairman’s speaking points from the post-Emergency Special Meeting press conference that took place at 11 a.m. EDT.

For specific inquiries related to the resolutions, please contact County Attorney Clayton Knowles
at cknowles@gadsdencountyfl.gov .

Resolution for State of Emergency Declaration, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order

The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners issued Resolution #2020-013 on Friday, March 20, 2020, an extension of Resolution #2020-012 adopted on Friday, March 13, 2020, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency for COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019).

Empowered to protect the health and safety of Gadsden County and all individuals and families within the County, the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners, following the directives and guidance for social distancing mitigation measures from federal and state officials, have included the following updates in the resolution:

  • to limit the size of gatherings taking place within the County for a period during this State of Emergency to a maximum of ten (10) individuals
  • all private educational institutions, specifically Robert F. Munroe Day School, Tallavana Christian School, and Crossroad Academy Charter School, shall not gather in groups of larger than ten (10) individuals and shall facilitate virtual instruction of students until at least April 15th, 2020

Gadsden County Offices Closed to Public Access

Taking precautionary steps for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners is closing all public access to County buildings effective Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice. County staff, their families, and our residents are of the highest concern during these challenging times and Gadsden County wants to make every effort to keep everyone safe.

Notices will be posted on physical entrances. County staff will continue to work, praticing social distancing protocols for those that remain on-site, and will maintain interaction with the public via telephonic and electronic access.

Please contact our main office directly, (850) 875-8650, or the respective department/division phone number/email address, if you have questions or concerns.

Gadsden County Parks Closed

Gadsden County recognizes the serious nature of the COVID-19 global pandemic and, as a precautionary measure, all Gadsden County Parks, including RV/camping facilities at Pat Thomas Park, will be closed from Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. until further notice.

Gadsden County Social Security Office Closure

The Gadsden County Social Security Office will be closed effective Thursday, March 19, 2020. This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Secure and convenient online services remain available at http://www.socialsecurity.gov or you may contact 1-866-248-2088. The Social Security Administration is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let Gadsden County know as soon as possible when in-person service can be resumed.

For more information, please visit: https://www.ssa.gov/news/press/releases/2020/#3-2020-2

TDC Regular Meeting Postponed

The Gadsden County Tourist Development Council (TDC) Regular Meeting scheduled for today, Monday, March 23, 2020, has been postponed until next Monday, March 30, 2020 at 4 p.m. EDT.

The meeting will be hosted virtually to continue following the directives and guidance for social distancing mitigation measures from federal and state officials related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

More informational updates will be posted to the Gadsden County website for virtual access details for next Monday's meeting.

Activation of Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period opened March 17, 2020 and runs through May 8, 2020.

DEO will administer the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation to provide cash flow to businesses economically impacted by COVID-19. The short-term, interest-free loans help bridge the gap between the time the economic impact occurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Up to $50 million has been allocated for the program.

Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in Florida affected by COVID-19 can apply for short-term loans up to $50,000. These loans are interest-free for up to one year and are designed to bridge the gap to either federal SBA loans or commercially available loans. DEO will work with every borrower to ensure that repayment of the loan isn’t an overwhelming burden. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to March 9, 2020 and demonstrate economic impacts as a result of COVID-19.

For more information on the program, visit  www.floridadisasterloan.org. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232 or email  Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.

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