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COVID-19 DAILY UPDATE                                      

 

 

In an effort to help our citizens keep up with the flood of information regarding COVID-19, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office will be providing updates at the end of each weekday. The information provided in this update comes from the daily DOH update and any community updates published before 5:00 pm.

 

If you have any questions regarding any of the information provided within the update, please see the contact list at the bottom of this post and contact the appropriate organization/agency.

 

 

 

CONFIRMED CASES:

 

•            118 Laboratory Confirmed cases

o            Inverness: 51

o            Crystal River: 14

o            Citrus Springs: 9

o            Lecanto: 9

o            Hernando: 7

o            Homosassa: 10

o            Dunnellon: 6

o            Beverly Hills: 8

o            Floral City: 4

•            12 Reported Deaths

•            Total tests: 3,398

 

-Additional information regarding the city of origin for these cases can be found on the Florida Department of Health (DOH) online dashboard and daily report

-While these numbers are provisional and subject to change, the number of cases reported in each county or municipality goes off of the case's home address, which is verified prior to release.

 

NEW INFORMATION

-Gov. DeSantis has announced that all state-issued restrictions on youth activities, which includes summer camps and sports, will be lifted, effective immediately.

-As part of its phased reopening, beginning May 21, Florida State Parks will offer limited camping availability for guests. For the protection of both staff and visitors, camping will not be available at all parks and cabins will remain closed. For more info, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/.

CLOSURES:

-Jury trials through July 2nd

-Florida schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year.

-All End-of-Term Finals that were originally scheduled in May for middle and high school students

-In person marriage license applications. Please complete marriage license applications online at the Clerk of Courts website and then call to set up and appointment.

-Several CCSO volunteer run programs (Crime Watch, Fingerprinting Services, Seniors VS Crime, Beverly Hills storefront)

-Citrus County Transit's fixed (Orange) route. Para-transit is available to accommodate grocery shopping, medical prescription access, and medical appointment needs

- Citrus County Supervisor of Elections. Voter registration can be completed online

- City of Crystal River aquatic, for profit tourist attractions to include: guided tours and charter boats that exceed the 10 person limit

-Bars/ night clubs

 

EXECUTIVE ORDERS:

-#2020-124 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Municipal Elections in Pasco County

-#2020-123 Executive Order re: Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

-#2020-122 Executive Order re: Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

-#2020-121 Executive Order extends Executive Order 20-94 re: Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief

-#2020-120 Executive Order re: Expanding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

-#2020-112 Executive Order re: Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

-#2020-111 Executive Order re: Limited Extension of Essential Services and Activities and Vacation Rental Prohibition

-#2020-104 Executive Order re: Emergency Temporary Action Related to Unemployment Compensation – COVID-19

-#2020-103 Executive Order extends Executive Order 20-87 re: Vacation Rental Closures

-Administrative Order A-2020-22 – per Chief Judge Merritt - Concerning No Bond for Quarantine/Isolation Violation

-#2020-97 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Municipal Elections in Pasco County

-Administrative Order A-2020-12-D – per Chief Justice Charles T. Canady – Court Operations Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

-#2020-95 Executive Order re: COVID-19 Emergency Order – Documentary Stamps for SBA Loans

-#2020-94 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief 

-#2020-93 Executive Order re: COVID-19 Emergency Order – Reemployment Assistance Program

-Administrative Order A-2020-21-A titled-Amended - Administrative Order Regarding Emergency Temporary Standing Order Regarding Parenting in Domestic Relations Cases. 

-#2020-92 Executive Order amends Executive Order 20-91 re: Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency        

-#2020-91 Executive Order re: Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency

-Administrative Order (A-2020-18) - COVID-19 - per Judge Daniel B. Merritt, Jr. - Court Ordered Supervised Department of Children and Families Visitation During the Public Health Emergency

-Administrative Order (C-2020-16) - COVID-19 - per Judge Mark J. Yerman - Use of Uniform Notice to Appear for Misdemeanor Offenses

-#2020-89 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, Monroe County Public Access Restrictions

-#2020-88 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Re-employment of Essential Personnel

-Administrative Order (AO-SC20-19) - COVID-19 – per Chief Justice Charles T. Canady - Emergency Procedures for Speedy Trial in Non-Criminal Traffic Infraction Court Proceedings

- Administrative Order (AO-C-2020-19) –COVID-19 - per Judge Ric Howard - All persons entering the Citrus County Courthouse shall be screened and body temperature taken before access is allowed

-FWC executive order # 20-09 – COVID-19 – A minimum distance of 50 feet between recreational vessels and any other vessel shall be maintained and recreational vessel occupancy is limited to no more than 10 persons per vessel

-#2020-87 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Vacation Rental Closures

- #2020-86 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida

-#2020-85 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Telehealth and Immunizations for State Group Insurance

-#2020-83 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce

-#2020-82 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida

-#2020-80 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Airport Screening and Isolation

-#2020-72 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures

-#2020-71 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms

-#2020-70 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures

-#2020-69 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Local Government Public Meetings

-#2020-68 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 regarding bars, beaches, and restaurants

-#2020-52 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

-#2020-51 Executive Order re: Establishes Coronavirus Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency

 

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS:

-The Citrus County School District's optional Summer Instructional Remote Learning Plan begins the week of June 15 and is intended to reduce the disruption of learning for our students by providing alternative instruction through July. More information is available on www.citrusschools.org

-The Citrus County School District, along with the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce, are asking local businesses and residents to show the graduating class of 2020 how much you support them by either changing your business marquee, decorating your storefronts, or displaying school colors for any or all five schools on their respective graduation days. For more info visit https://www.citrusschools.org/news/what_s_new/show_your_support_for_the_class_of_2020_

-FEMA has created an Exercise Starter Kit to help organizations facilitate their resuming of full operations. Find more info here: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/188077

- Several federal agencies have partnered to launch a new mortgage and housing assistance website to help homeowners and renters during the coronavirus pandemic. More information is available here: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus/mortgage-and-housing-assistance/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=HousingHub_P

-Applications Now Being Accepted to Assist Citrus County Residents with Eviction Prevention. For more information about the Housing Services Eviction Prevention Program, please call at (352) 527-7520.

- The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) has expanded its testing for COVID-19 to those without symptoms. To make an appointment, call 352-527-0068 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

-Florida residents are encouraged by the Governor to submit feedback related to the re-opening of the Florida economy at the following link: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/publish?EQBCT=59c1681fac504b6ab8da108d52501c92

-Free pet food is available for those in need at Citrus County Animal Services

-Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative (WREC) is offering Capital Credits refund to members financially effected by COVID-19. Please call your local office for info

-Bayfront Medical Group is offering Telehealth or virtual visits for patients via their website

-CareerSouce of Citrus, Levy, and Marion counties is providing virtual job coaches to assist those out of work due to COVID-19, and is also offering curbside pickup for unemployment applications.

-The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has extended their hours to 7 days a week

-Duke Energy is taking measures to drastically lower utility costs for customers

-Digital library services for eBooks, eAudiobooks, and other online resources will be maintained and available 24/7 through the Citrus County Library System’s website

-The Department of Health is offering curbside testing BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

-The Citrus County Clerk of Courts is offering online court document filing through TurboCourt

-Citrus County schools are offering Tech Tips for parents and children struggling to adjust to online learning

-The Citrus County School District has opened up student meal distribution sites at 11 schools and 35 bus stop locations. A List of distribution sites is available on their website

-FEMA has approved Crisis Counseling Assistance for individual assistance in reference to COVID-19

-The Pregnancy and Family Life Center is offering food delivery from their pantry to individuals with no transportation or means of getting groceries on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

-Seven Rivers Church in Lecanto has a team of volunteers to help with grocery or prescription pick-up or drop-off, and urgent supplies

-Renewals for FWC set to expire in March or April have been extended

-Marriages postponed due to COVID-19 should contact the Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller for marriage license extension options

-Free property fraud prevention reporting via the Clerk of Courts website

-The Citrus County School District has created an online FAQ guide for parents, https://bit.ly/2JfAJ1V

-The Citrus County Tax Collector has extended the 2019 property tax deadline

-The City of Inverness Department of Community Development has created a system for contractors to obtain permits online, or through the mail.

-Citrus County School District electronic device rentals open to assist families with online learning. Visit their page for rental schedule

-Court fines can be reassessed by the Citrus County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller

-Drivers Licenses expiring within the next 30 days will be extended by the Tax Collector’s Office

- Duke Energy will not be discontinuing service for non-payment until the national state of emergency is lifted

- LifeStream is providing crisis intervention for those needing mental health assistance

 

BUSINESSES:

-The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce is offering assistance for displaced employees and small businesses

-For a list of local restaurants participating in takeout/delivery services, please read the comments of our Local Eateries Facebook post listed at the end of this post or visit the Chronicle article

-All complaint regarding businesses not complying with Gov. DeSantis's Executive Order should be made to the DBPR

-Small Business assistance loans are being provided by the Small Business Development Center - SBDC at UNF

 

SCAMS

Unfortunately, some individuals take advantage of difficult times and attempt to defraud other members of the community. Scams can be reported to the National Center for Disaster Fraud of the State of Florida Attorney General Office. Be on the lookout for:

-A new scam targeting those out of work due to COVID-19 has been reported to CCSO in which scammers are utilizing fraudulent checks to pay for services, and requesting the victim transfer part of the money into a different for an “installer” fee. By the time the check is bounced by the bank, the victim has lost the money they transferred to the scammer. Please be aware and only work for licensed businesses.

-Individuals and businesses selling fake cures for COVID-19 online

-Phishing emails from entities posing as the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

-Malicious websites and apps that appear to share Coronavirus-related information to gain and lock access to your devices until payment is received.

-Individuals seeking donations fraudulently for illegitimate or non-existent charitable organizations.

-Medical providers obtaining patient information for COVID-19 testing and then using that information to fraudulently bill for other tests and procedures.

- Companies offering to sell N95 masks for a significant markup

-Online "virus map" links that infect your computer with malware. Utilize the CDC website for updates

-Door-to-door scams offering COVID-19 testing

-Phone calls claiming to send you testing kits in exchange for payments or gift cards

 

HOW TO HELP:

-PARTICIPATE IN RUMOR CONTROL BY ONLY SHARING INFORMATION VERIFIED BY THE CDC, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, FWC, AND THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE

-Wear a face covering or mask that meets the CDC guidelines in an effort to prevent person-to-person virus transmission.

-Donate medical supplies to one of the six locations listed in CCSO’s news release

-Volunteer with Meals on Wheels to deliver food to those in need. Background check required

-Do not flush napkins, paper towels, baby wipes, or “flushable” wipes as they can cause issues such a clogs and pump malfunctions within the County’s sewer systems

-Donate to a local food bank. Contact Feeding Florida to find a bank near you

-Adopt or foster a pet from Citrus County Animal Services. Adoption fees have been waived for the time being

-Donate blood to local blood banks. Visit LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to see how they have made the process safe for donors

 

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

-Center for Disease Control - www.CDC.gov

-Department of Health – https://floridahealthCOVID19.gov

-WREC Crystal River District Office: (352) 795-4382

-Bayfront Health – www.BayfrontMedicalGroup.com

-CDC Guidelines for homemade cloth masks - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

-Clerk of Courts news release – https://www.chronicleonline.com/news/coronavirus/clerk-of-courts-notes-changes-to-services/article_8a1eb26e-7a84-11ea-a0e1-efdd350cd194.html

-CareerSource - https://careersourceclm.com/newsroom/

-Florida Department of Economic Opportunity – (800) 204-2418

-CCSO Medical Supply Donation News Release - https://www.facebook.com/sheriffcitrus/photos/pcb.2845510998838017/2845945115461272/?type=3&theater

-Duke Energy Savings News Release – https://news.duke-energy.com/releases/duke-energy-florida-takes-action-to-reduce-residential-customer-bills-by-nearly-21-in-may-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

-List of essential infrastructure from Homeland Security – https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce#download

Executive Order 2020-91 (safer at home order) - https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91.pdf

-National Center for Disaster Fraud- Hotline: 1-866-720-5721, Email: disaster@leo.gov

-Citrus County Meals on Wheels – (352) 726-0350

-Citrus County Schools Tech Tips - https://bit.ly/3dI1rOP

CCSO Citizen Information Line - (352) 249-2775

-FEMA Crisis Counseling - https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/428

-The Pregnancy and Family Life Center – (352) 344-3030

-Florida Attorney General's Office-1-866-9-NO-SCAM

-Seven Rivers Church – (352) 746-6200

-FWC - www.myfwc.com

-Citrus County Library Services – www.citruslibraries.org

-Citrus County Transit – (352) 527-7630

-Citrus County Supervisor of Elections – www.votecitrus.com

-Citrus County Chamber of Commerce - (352) 795-3149

-Citrus County Tax Collector - (352) 341-6500

-Citrus County Parks and Rec - (352) 527-7540

-Citrus County Schools - www.citrusschools.org

-Citrus County Clerk of Courts - www.citrusclerk.org

-Crystal River Parks and Rec - (352) 697-0933

-Inverness Parks and Rec - (352) 726-2611

-SBDC - (866) 737-7232

-DBPR -http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/eo-complaints/

-Feeding Florida - www.feedingflorida.org

-Citrus County Animal Services - www.citruscritters.com

-Life South - (352) 527-3061

-LifeStream- (866) 355-9394

-Inverness Department of Community Development - DDS@Inverness-FL.gov

 

FDOH Online Dashboard - https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429?fbclid=IwAR2XIXvc6mRhwF_r3C9jD0dBQmkocwST4mb9LdsCMDvxZqOrnKXeyA3V0TQ

 

FDOH Daily Report –

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

 

LIST OF RESTAURANTS: 

https://www.facebook.com/sheriffcitrus/photos/a.381903015198840/2827006590688458/?type=3&theater

https://www.chronicleonline.com/news/coronavirus/local-restaurants-make-changes-to-accommodate-for-social-distancing/article_bda0de46-734f-11ea-a6e9-bbbdba27959e.html