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COVID-19 Public Information Alerts and Updates

Gadsden County COVID-19 Public Information Alerts and Updates
Most Recently Updated on  April 16,  2021 at  2:20 pm EDT

• 
Gadsden County Offices Begin Reopening

 

• 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-April 16, 2021
Resource: Resolution-2021-2022 which includes updates adopted Friday, April 16, 2021
and serves as an extension of Resolution 2021-2018 (adopted Friday, April 9,2021)




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency-April 9, 2021
Resource: Resolution-2021-018 which includes any updates adopted Friday, April 9, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution 2021-017 (adopted Friday, April 2, 2021)




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency-April 2, 2021
Resource: Resolution-2021-017 which includes any updates adopted Friday, April 2, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution 2021-016 (adopted Friday, March 26, 2021)


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency-March 26, 2021
Resource: Resolution-2021-016   which includes any updates adopted Friday, March 26, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution 2021-015 (adopted Friday, March 19, 2021



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency-March 19, 2021
Resource: Resolution-2021-015  which includes any updates adopted Friday, March 19, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution 2021-013 (adopted Friday, March 12, 2021


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency-March 12, 2021 
Resource: Resolution-2021-013 which includes any updates adopted Friday, March 12, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution 2021-012(adopted Friday, March 5, 2021)




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency-March 5, 2021
Resource: Resolution -2021-012 which includes any updates adopted Friday, March 5, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution 2021-010 (adopted Friday, February 26, 2021)


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - February 26, 2021
Resource: Resolution 2021-010  which includes any updates adopted Friday, February 26, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2021-009 ( adopted Friday,  February 12, 2021.)


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - February 19, 2021
Resource: Resolution 2021-009  which includes any updates adopted Friday, February 19, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2021-007 ( adopted Friday,  February 12, 2021.)


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - February 12, 2021
Resource: Resolution 2021-007  which includes any updates adopted Friday, February 12, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2021-006 ( adopted Friday, February 5, 2021.)


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - February 5, 2021
Resource: Resolution 2021-006  which includes any updates adopted Friday, February 5, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2021-005 ( adopted Friday, January 29, 2021.)



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - January 29, 2021
Resource: Resolution 2021-005  which includes any updates adopted Friday, January 29, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2021-004 Resolution #2021-004 ( adopted Friday, January 22, 2021.)



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - January 22, 2021
 Resource: Resolution 2021-004  which includes any updates adopted Friday, January 22, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2021-003 ( adopted Friday, January 15, 2021.)


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - January 15, 2021
 Resource: Resolution 2021-003.  which includes any updates adopted Friday, January 15, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2021-002 ( adopted Friday, January 8, 2021.)

Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - January 8, 2021
Resource: Resolution #2021-002, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  January 8, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-079 (adopted Friday, January 1, 2021).



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - January 1, 2021
Resource: Resolution #2020-079, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  January 1, 2021 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-078 Resolution #2020-078 (adopted Friday, December 25, 2020).



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, December 25, 2020
Resource:  Resolution #2020-078, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  December 25, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-077 (adopted Friday, December 18, 2020).



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, December 18, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-077, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  December 18, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-076 (adopted Friday, December 11, 2020).



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, December 11, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-076, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  December 11, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-075 (adopted Saturday, December 5, 2020).




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Saturday, December 5, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-075, which includes any updates adopted Saturday,  December 5, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-072 (adopted Friday, November 27, 2020).



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, November 27, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-072 Resolution #2020-072, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  November 27, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-071 (adopted Friday, November 20, 2020).




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, November 20, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-071, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  November 20, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-068 (adopted Friday, November 13, 2020).




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, November 13, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-068, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  November 13, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-064  (adopted Friday, November 6, 2020).




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, November 6, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-064, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  November 6, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-063  (adopted Friday, October 30, 2020).


 

Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, October 30, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-063, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  October 30, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-062  (adopted Friday, October 23, 2020).





Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, October 23, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-062, which includes any updates adopted Friday,  October 23, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-061 (adopted Friday, October 16, 2020).




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, October 16, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-061, which includes updates adopted Friday,  October 16, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-060 (adopted Friday, October 9, 2020).




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, October 9, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-060, which includes updates adopted Friday,  October 9, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-057 (adopted Friday, October 2, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, October 2, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-057, which includes updates adopted Friday,  October 2, 2020 and serves as an extension ofResolution #2020-054  (adopted Friday, September 25, 2020).




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, September 25, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-054, which includes updates adopted Friday,  September 25, 2020 and serves as an extension ofResolution #2020-053 (adopted Friday, September 18, 2020).




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, September 18, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-053, which includes updates adopted Friday,  September 18, 2020 and serves as an extension ofResolution #2020-048 (adopted Friday, September 4, 2020).




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, September 11, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-048, which includes updates adopted Friday,  September 11, 2020 and serves as an extension ofResolution #2020-047 (adopted Friday, September 4, 2020).



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, September 4, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-047, which includes updates adopted Friday,  September 4, 2020 and serves as an extension ofResolution #2020-046 (adopted Friday, August 28, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, August 28, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-046, which includes updates adopted Friday, August  28, 2020 and serves as an extension ofResolution #2020-044 (adopted Friday, August 21, 2020).




Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, August 21, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-044, which includes updates adopted Friday, August  21, 2020 and serves as an extension ofResolution #2020-043  (adopted Friday, August 14, 2020).



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, August 14, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-043, which includes updates adopted Friday, August  14, 2020 and serves as an extension ofResolution #2020-042  (adopted Friday, August 7, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, August 7, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-042, which includes updates adopted Friday, August  7, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-041 (adopted Friday, July 31, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, July 31, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-041, which includes updates adopted Friday, July 31, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-040 (adopted Friday, July 24, 2020).



Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, July 24, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-040, which includes updates adopted Friday, July 24, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-039 (adopted Friday, July 17, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, July 17, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-039, which includes updates adopted Friday, July 17, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-038 (adopted Friday, July 10, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, July 10, 2020
Resource: Resolution #2020-038, which includes updates adopted Friday, July 10, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-037 (adopted Thursday, July 2, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Thursday, July 2, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-037, which includes updates adopted Thursday, July 2, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-034 (adopted Friday, June 26, 2020)
.


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, June 26, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-034, which includes updates adopted Friday, June 26, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-029 (adopted Friday, June 19, 2020).


 

Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, June 19, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-029, which includes updates adopted Friday, June 19, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-028 (adopted Friday, June 12, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, June 12, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-028, which includes updates adopted Friday, June 12, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-027 (adopted Friday, June 5, 2020).


 

Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, June 5, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-027, which includes updates adopted Friday, June 5, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-024 (adopted Friday, May 29, 2020).


 

Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, May 29, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-024, which includes updates adopted Friday, May 29, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-023 (adopted Friday, May 22, 2020).


 

Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, May 22, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-023, which includes updates adopted Friday, May 22, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-021 (adopted Friday, May 15, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, May 15, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-021, which includes updates adopted Friday, May 15, 2020 and serves as an extension of 
Resolution #2020-020 (adopted Friday, May 8, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, May 8, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-020
, which includes updates adopted Friday, May 8, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-019 (adopted Friday, May 1, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, May 1, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-019, which includes updates adopted Friday, May 1, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-018 (adopted Friday, April 24, 2020)
.


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, April 24, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-018, which includes updates adopted Friday, April 24, 2020 and serves as an extension of 
Resolution #2020-017 (adopted Friday, April 17, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, April 17, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-017, which includes updates adopted Friday, April 17, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-016 (adopted Friday, April 10, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency - Friday, April 10, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-016, which includes updates adopted Friday, April 10, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-015 (adopted Friday, April 3, 2020).


Update Regarding Current State of Emergency  - Friday, April 3, 2020

Resource: Resolution #2020-015, which includes updates adopted Friday, April 3, 2020 and serves as an extension of Resolution #2020-014 (adopted Friday, March 27, 2020), Resolution #2020-013 (adopted 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).


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 Friday, March 20, 2020).

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 Begin Reopening

GADSDEN COUNTY
— Gadsden County offices will begin reopening Monday, October
19, 2020.

Security screenings will take place at each building and visitors must consent to a no contact temperature screening. Anyone exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19

will not be allowed in. Face coverings are required.
Specific department information can be found below.

Edward J. Butler Governmental Complex

Administrator’s Office
- - Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by

appointment only.

Building Department
- - Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call

before picking up or dropping off permit applications or other documents.

Growth Management
- - Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pre

application or site review group meetings by appointment only. Call before
dropping off plans, applications or other documents.

Veteran Services
- - Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Appointments and meetings by appoint only. Call before dropping off
applications or other documents.

Human Resources
- - Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Appointments and meetings by appoint only. Call before dropping off
applications or other documents.

 SHIP Program
- - Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meetings by

appointment only. Call before picking up or dropping off applications or other
documents.

Gadsden County CARES- -
Open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call

before picking up or dropping off applications or other documents.


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 Board of County Commission

Meetings take place first and third Tuesday of the month.

Due to the restrictions on gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 virus, meetings
may be viewed by accessing the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners
Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/GadsdenCountyBOCC. Virtual
meeting access details will be posted to the Gadsden County website,
www.gadsdencountyfl.gov.

 Anyone wishing to speak on agenda items or non-agenda items should schedule
or notify the County Administrator's Office before attending the meeting and will
be asked to follow the Gadsden County Public Meetings Citizens Access 
Guidelines. Also, Public comment for Commission meetings can be submitted via
email to CitizensToBeHeard@gadsdencountyfl.gov until noon on the day of the
meeting. Comments submitted after the deadline but prior to the meeting will be
added to the official record, but the County cannot guarantee that Commissioners
and staff will have adequate time to review comments prior to the meeting. 



Gadsden County Libraries

 William A. “Bill” McGill Library - - Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday
1
p.m. to 5 p.m. 30-Minute appointments must be made in advance.
No walk ins.

Must have valid identification card.
Families must register together. Patrons
under 18 must register with a parent. Change will not be provided for copier/printer. Meeting rooms will be closed. No large bags, backpacks, or purses will be allowed. Returned books must be placed in the outside receptacles.
Donations will not be accepted.

Havana Library- -Closed
Chattahoochee Library- -Closed



Gadsden County Probation Office

 Adult and Juvenile Probation – Regular in-person reporting remains
suspended. Services are available by appointment only. All court appearances will
be held virtually. Submit payments in the form of a money order by mail.
Receipts will be mailed to clients. Clients and VOP clients will continue to report
by mail or email. Please go to the Probation page of the Gadsden county website
for more information. 


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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