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Putnam County announces first COVID-19 case

St. Johns County beaches closed to vehicular access
March 20, 5:30 p.m.: St. Johns County announced: “In an effort to maximize observance of the State of Florida’s executive order regarding gatherings on beaches, vehicular access to all St. Johns County beaches will be prohibited beginning Saturday, March 21.”

“The vehicular access restriction, a recommendation of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, St. Johns County Jacksonville  News Emergency Management, and St. Johns County Administration, will be reevaluated throughout the weekend and adjusted as necessary based on available information, beach capacity, crowd size, and voluntary compliance.”

er on non-essential elective medical procedures. All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners’ offices in the state of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patients immediate health, safety or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition.

March 20, 2:37 p.m.: According to a memorandum released by the Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, all on-premises food and alcohol consumption has been suspended in the state of Florida.Establishments may operate their kitchens for purposes of providing delivery or take-out services, according to the executive order.The executive order lifts the restriction that prohibits restaurants from selling package sales of alcohol for delivery, so customers with an I.D. can order alcohol for delivery or pick-up.

Florida Ag Commissioner activates call center to help families find free meals for kids
March 20, 11 a.m.: Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have partnered with 2-1-1 to activate a text line and call center open 24/7, which families can contact to find free meals for children under 18 during the current COVID-19 school closures. This follows the Department’s recent activation of the Summer BreakSpot children’s meal locator website at

Floridians can now text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 to find their closest participating Summer BreakSpot location, and can also call 2-1-1 to speak with a live operator 24 hours a day for additional locations.The following Northeast Florida counties are in operation the week of March 16: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, and Union.The following counties will be in operation the week of March 23: Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns and Union.

JEA closing its downtown customer business office until further notice
March 20, 10:26 a.m.: As a precautionary measure to protect customers and employees, JEA is closing its downtown Customer Business Office (CBO), effective Monday, March 23. The office located at 21 W. Church Street will remain closed until further notice.

Customers will continue to be able to pay their bills at, by phone and at over 200 locations throughout the Jacksonville area, including Publix and Winn Dixie. In addition, JEA call center agents will continue to be available to handle customer inquiries. To reach them, please call 904-665-6000 for residential customers, 904-665-6250 for commercial customers or visit

Yelp compiles list of Jacksonville restaurants offering carry out, curbside pickup
March 20, 9:59 a.m.: Yelp Jacksonville is trying to get the word out about local restaurants with carry out or curbside pickups.

They’ve compiled a list with more than 170 options so far, however, you should still check with the restaurant of your choice before heading out.

Duval County Public Schools: Families need to let district know of technology needs before home learning begins Monday
March 20, 9:48 a.m.: Duval County Public Schools’ Duval Homeroom begins Monday and the district is asking families to let them know of their technology needs by the end of the day Friday. Use the following link to complete the survey online via a computer or a cell phone: Families who have no other way of completing the survey should call 904-348-5200.

March 20, 9:28 a.m.: In response to COVID-19, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has issued an emergency order that will suspend visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 15, 2020. DJJ said it has no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 at this time.

Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will credit members with Press Release Distribution Services In Jacksonville days missed during closure
March 20, 8:43 a.m.: The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens announced it will credit zoo members with an equal number of days on their memberships as the zoo stays closed.

Flagler County sees its first case of COVID-19
March 20, 8:15 a.m.: Flagler County officials confirmed the county’s first coronavirus case Friday morning. The Florida Department of Health notified the county a Volusia resident in Flagler tested positive for the virus.

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