Wednesday, August 5, 2020

08.05.2020 Franklin County COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon Franklin County!

Attached you will find our COVID-19 update that has been shared on the Franklin County Florida Emergency Management Facebook page. This top pinned post will be updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition, it will be emailed to our community distribution list to ensure we are reaching as many community members as possible.  For updates sent directly to your phone text FranklinCV19 to 888777.


What you’ll find in today’s update:
§  Updated County Health Department message (Message From Your CHD, Page 1)
§  Dual County Text Alert Flyer (Attached)

A Message From Your County Health Department:

What is happening in Franklin and Gulf?
We’ve have had quite the climb in positive cases of inmates. This number is added into the overall total positive case count that you see on the floridahealth.gov dashboard reported by the state. For example, today’s numbers show Franklin with 197 cases and Gulf with 436.  However, using the surveillance system and continuing to categorize cases into the appropriate group setting, there are now 90 Franklin inmates and 64 Gulf inmates confirmed. And we expect more inmate numbers adjusted into this total.

Each Friday, the health department studies the data to exclude positive and negative inmate test counts to provide the Friday weekly positivity report. This means that throughout the week, we are moving cases to their appropriate place to give the community the most accurate look each Friday. It can take some time to move cases and we’ve explained that you’ll see our inmate numbers climb from the overall total, which is why the weekly viewpoint gives us a better picture overall of what is happening in our communities.

Here’s how it works behind the scenes. Positive tests are sent to our public health surveillance system and your public health clinical team goes through the list each day (including weekends) to prioritize cases. For example, priority 1 cases include:

1.       Hospitalized patients
2.       Healthcare personnel (HCP)
3.       First responders (e.g., Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
personnel, law enforcement, firefighters)
4.       Individuals living, working or visiting acute care, skilled nursing,
mental health, and long-term care facilities
5.       Individuals living, working or visiting community congregate
settings (e.g., correctional facilities)
6.       Members of a large household living in close quarters
7.       Individuals known to live in households with a higher risk
individual or to provide care in a household with a higher risk individual
Your public health team continues to review the case data throughout the day and conduct COVID19 investigations. And cases that need to be moved into group settings are then moved appropriately.

Here are the Florida Department of Health testing numbers as of 2:00pm today:
LOCAL STATUS
FRANKLIN
How many unduplicated COVID-19 tests so far for this event
2,837
How many negative tests we have
2,636
How many positive tests we have
197
(Includes 90 correctional inmates. More expected to hit dashboard this week.)
Weekly Positivity July 24-30
5%
(20 positive/426 total tests)

LOCAL STATUS
GULF
How many unduplicated COVID-19 tests so far for this event
3,639
How many negative tests we have
3,198
How many positive tests we have
436
(Includes 64 correctional inmates. More expected to hit dashboard this week.)
Week Positivity July 24-30
15%
(93 positive/609 total tests)



DT Simmons
Public Information Officer
Florida Department of Health in Franklin & Gulf County
139 12th Street,
Apalachicola, Fl 32320
Office Phone | Franklin County: (850) 653-2111 ext. 6019 | Gulf County: (850) 227-1276 ext. 6127 |Mobile Phone: (850) 247-9032

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8.5.2020 Gulf County COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon Gulf County!

Attached you will find our COVID-19 update that has been shared on the Gulf County Florida Emergency Management Facebook page. This top pinned post will be updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition, it will be emailed to our community distribution list to ensure we are reaching as many community members as possible.  For updates sent directly to your phone text GULFCOVID to 888777.


A MESSAGE FROM YOUR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
What is happening in Franklin and Gulf?

We’ve have had quite the climb in positive cases of inmates. This number is added into the overall total positive case count that you see on the floridahealth.gov dashboard reported by the state. For example, today’s numbers show Franklin with 197 cases and Gulf with 436.  However, using the surveillance system and continuing to categorize cases into the appropriate group setting, there are now 90 Franklin inmates and 64 Gulf inmates confirmed. And we expect more inmate numbers adjusted into this total.

Each Friday, the health department studies the data to exclude positive and negative inmate test counts to provide the Friday weekly positivity report. This means that throughout the week, we are moving cases to their appropriate place to give the community the most accurate look each Friday. It can take some time to move cases and we’ve explained that you’ll see our inmate numbers climb from the overall total, which is why the weekly viewpoint gives us a better picture overall of what is happening in our communities.

Here’s how it works behind the scenes. Positive tests are sent to our public health surveillance system and your public health clinical team goes through the list each day (including weekends) to prioritize cases. For example, priority 1 cases include:
  1. Hospitalized patients
  2. Healthcare personnel (HCP)
  3. First responders (e.g., Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
    personnel, law enforcement, firefighters)
  4. Individuals living, working or visiting acute care, skilled nursing,
    mental health, and long-term care facilities
  5. Individuals living, working or visiting community congregate
    settings (e.g., correctional facilities)
  6. Members of a large household living in close quarters
  7. Individuals known to live in households with a higher risk
    individual or to provide care in a household with a higher risk individual
Your public health team continues to review the case data throughout the day and conduct COVID19 investigations. And cases that need to be moved into group settings are then moved appropriately.


What you’ll find in today’s update:
  • Gulf County COVID-19 Profile Report (Attached)
  • Updated County Health Department message (Page 1 and above)
  • Dual County Text Alert Flyer (Attached)

Here are the Florida Department of Health testing numbers as of 2:00pm today:
LOCAL STATUS
FRANKLIN
How many unduplicated COVID-19 tests so far for this event
2,837
How many negative tests we have
2,636
How many positive tests we have
197
(Includes 90  correctional inmates)
Weekly Positivity July 24-30
5%
(20 positive/426 total tests)

LOCAL STATUS
GULF
How many unduplicated COVID-19 tests so far for this event
3,639
How many negative tests we have
3,198
How many positive tests we have
436
(Includes 64  correctional inmates)
Week Positivity July 24-30
15%
(93 positive/609 total tests)

As always, please share this tool and the attachments with your coworkers, partners, friends and relatives as we need to all be educated on the facts. We know that informed people make better decisions, so please help us to eliminate miscommunication and rumors by informing our community. We will keep each and every one of you updated as new information becomes available.
Jessie Wagner Pippin
Public Information Officer
Florida Department of Health in Gulf County
2475 Garrison Ave.
Port Saint Joe, FL 32456
Office Phone: (850) 705-6103
Cell Phone: (850)227-4193
Fax: 850-227-7587






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The Franklin County Tourist Development Council has agreed to extend the deadline for local groups applying for marketing grants this year

 The Franklin County Tourist Development Council has agreed to extend the deadline for local groups applying for marketing grants this year.

The deadline was initially set for August the 4th, but has now been extended to Monday, August 31st at 4 PM.

The extension was approved due to COVID-19 and the complications it may have caused for local Non-Profit Groups to acquire the paperwork to submit for the grant applications,

The TDC has three grant programs available including a non-profit event promotions grant that will provide up to 2000 dollars for small, one-day events.

They also have a 5000 dollar event promotion grant for larger multi-day events.

The TDC also has 15 thousand dollar grants available for museums.

In total, the TDC has 213 thousand dollars budgeted for the grant programs.

Again, the applications are being accepted through 4 PM on August the 31st.

The Grant Committee meeting will be Wednesday, September 2nd at 1:00pm and the Regular TDC Meeting will follow at 2pm.


You can get more information and download the application from the TDC website at http://www.floridasforgottencoast.com


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People who use Highway 67 should feel a little safer in the near future

People who use Highway 67 should feel a little safer in the near future.

Franklin County Commissioners voted this week to spend about 17 thousand dollars to re-stripe a portion of the county road.

County administrator Michael Moron said the Road Department has received numerous complaints of the lack of visible striping on Highway 67 while driving at night, especially when it is raining.

The complaints have been coming in for years.

This striping will start at Crooked River Bridge and end at the County line.

The county agreed to use paint instead of thermoplastic for the striping as the paint is much less expensive, and its likely that the state will repave the entire section of road in the next few years.





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Carrabelle City Commission Regular Meeting -- TOMORROW, Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Go To Webinar Dial-In Conference Call

Carrabelle City Commission Regular Meeting
Thursday
August 6, 2020; 6:00 p.m.
Go To Webinar Dial-In Conference Call

NOTE:  NEW CALL-IN NUMBER & ACCESS CODE FOR THIS MEETING
Call-In Number:  1 (562) 247-8422
Access Code: 209-350-103#

Information:  850-697-3618
Agenda Attached





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It’s time for Back to School Vaccines!



Local county health departments statewide are providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year.

Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children’s immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year. Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure their immunizations are up to date.

CDC created a very user friendly vaccine schedule guide for all ages: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/growing/school-vaccinations.html

Immunizations are available at both health department locations in Gulf and Franklin Counties.

Please call the Franklin and Gulf County Health Department Locations to schedule your child’s appointment today!

Florida Department of Health in Franklin County: 850-653-2111

Florida Department of Health in Gulf County: 850-227-1276.


Vaccines help develop immunity to many serious infectious diseases by enabling the body to recognize and fight vaccine-preventable diseases.



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Gulf County Chamber of Commerce Back to School information

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The 2020 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. This sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 7, 2020, and ends Sunday, August 9, 2020.

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from tax, including certain school supplies selling for $15 or less per item; clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $60 or less per item; and the first $1,000 of the sales price of personal computers and certain computer-related accessories purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.


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It’s time for Back to School Vaccines!

Local county health departments statewide are providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class in the upcoming school year.

Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children’s immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year. Students entering college are also encouraged to ensure their immunizations are up to date.

CDC created a very user friendly vaccine schedule guide for all ages: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/growing/school-vaccinations.html

Immunizations are available at both health department locations in Gulf and Franklin Counties.

Please call the Franklin and Gulf County Health Department Locations to schedule your child’s appointment today!

Florida Department of Health in Franklin County: 850-653-2111

Florida Department of Health in Gulf County: 850-227-1276.

Vaccines help develop immunity to many serious infectious diseases by enabling the body to recognize and fight vaccine-preventable diseases.
21st century challenges require new age solutions. Click on the button below to go to a Facebook page set up by Christy Baldwin Taunton to assist Gulf County teachers in making sure they have the resources needed for the upcoming school year.
Simply click on one of the teacher's List on Amazon and choose items to purchase!
For the full County COVID-19 Data Summary for each county in Florida, please visit:

Scroll to page 47 of the report to review the statistics for Gulf County. Interesting information such as age categories and hospitalizations are listed.
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Executive Director
 
Gulf County Chamber of Commerce
321B Reid Ave
Port St Joe, FL
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