Wednesday, April 1, 2020
The Franklin County sheriff's office said they have a deputy watching the home of a state senator from Georgia who tested positive for COVID-19 but decided to come to St. George Island to quarantine.
State Senator Bruce Thompson, who lives just North of Atlanta in a town called White, Georgia was confirmed to have the virus in March and was even hospitalized in intensive care for a short time in mid-March.
Thompson is a Republican who represents Senate District 14, which includes portions of Cherokee, Bartow and Cobb counties in Georgia.
He arrived in Franklin County on Tuesday night.
Sheriff AJ Smith said Thompson came to the Plantation with three vehicles and the sheriff is not sure how many people are staying in the home.
The sheriff said the house will be watched and anyone leaving it will stopped and asked why.
The sheriff said everyone in the home needs to quarantine for 14 days.
The county and the health department have also been notified about the state senator's decision to come here.
The sheriff said he is perplexed as to why Thompson would leave his home in Georgia to come to a county with no COVID-19 cases.
The county has been working hard to keep people out by closing beaches and other public areas as well as closing rental homes.
He called the move irresponsible, especially from an elected official who should be working to stop the spread of the virus.
Sheriff Smith told the Apalachicola Times that when he asked Thompson why he is coming here he was told the doctor said it would be good for my lungs.
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Florida residents are being told to stay at home except for absolutely necessary trips to the grocery store or pharmacy
Florida residents are being told to stay at home except for absolutely necessary trips to the grocery store or pharmacy.
On Wednesday, Florida governor Ron Desantis issued an executive order asking people across the state to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Senior Citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition should stay at home and take all measures to reduce or limit exposure to COVID-19.
All persons in Florida should limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
The order takes effect at midnight on Thursday.
There were nearly 7,000 cases of COVID-19 as of noon Wednesday, with more than 900 people hospitalized and 87 deaths.
You can see the full text of the executive order on-line at https://www.franklinemergencymanagement.com/
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If you own a dog or cat and are having a hard time affording food – there's some help for you.
People have been donating pet food to the humane society to help people experiencing financial difficulties due to covid 19.
Donations of food have been arriving daily.
If you need help feeding your pets, just come to the shelter for food.
The shelter is on Highway 65; it's open from 10 till 4.
If you have questions you can call them at 670-8417.
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We are only a few months from Hurricane Season and Accuweather has issued its forecast for the upcoming season
We are only a few months from Hurricane Season and Accuweather has issued its forecast for the upcoming season.
Forecasters are anticipating another busy year for the Atlantic Basin in 2020.
Forecasters expect 14-18 tropical storms during this upcoming season, which runs from June 1 through November 30.
Of those storms, seven to nine are forecast to become hurricanes, and two to four are predicted to strengthen into major hurricanes.
In a normal year, we have around 12 storms, six hurricanes and about three major hurricanes.
This year, forecasters predict two to four storms to impact the US coastline.
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Contact: Jessie Pippin
Public Information Officer
Port St. Joe, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County (FDOH-Gulf) has received notification of a positive case of COVID-19 in Gulf County.
The individual is a 42-year-old female who is a Gulf County resident. This is a travel related case, directly linked to a contact with international travel. She is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. This is Gulf County’s first COVID-19 case.
"We are working closely with the patient, close contacts and healthcare providers to ensure proper precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus,” said Sarah Hinds, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf Counties. “The individual followed CDC guidance related to travel and self-isolation. The patient self-isolated in her home and stayed home prior to having any symptoms. I want to stress that social distancing is key to protect those who are most at risk – individuals over 65, individuals with compromised immune systems and individuals with underlying medical conditions.”
Public health efforts at this time are focused concurrently on containing the spread of this virus and mitigating the impact of this virus. A technique called contact tracing is frequently used during such efforts. Contact tracing tracks and prevents the spread of disease. Infectious disease specialists work to find everyone who has been in contact with the positive case. Persons identified to be at-risk through the contact tracing process are interviewed, evaluated, and educated on their risk factors and what to do.
DOH-Gulf encourages our residents and visitors to take steps to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. Everyone can do their part to help. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to try to slow the spread of this virus.
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