St. Johns County Cornavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Updates

Previous Updates

May 11, 2020

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. Under the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during the meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meeting can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us/GTV. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300. Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

City Coordinates Distribution of Masks to Local Businesses

Keeping owners, staff and customers protected is first priority

In an effort to assist local businesses in their ability to safely open and operate, the City of St. Augustine will make available face masks for purchase starting today. With a minimum order of 100 masks (two boxes), businesses operating within in the city limits may complete an online inventory request form to initiate an order. A member of city staff will respond to the request within two business days to take payment over the phone and coordinate a time for pick-up. Masks will be available for pick-up Monday through Friday, during regular business hours, by appointment.

"We wanted to be able to provide assistance that would help lessen the financial burden of some of the safety recommendations set forth by CDC and OSHA as part of the re-opening strategy," City Manager John Regan said. "With the city’s ability to purchase face masks in large, bulk quantities, we can offer an affordable option as these businesses get back on their feet."

The city has ordered an initial total of 125,000 masks and will consider placing an additional order to ensure that every business has the chance to purchase a bulk quantity of face masks. All requests for inventory must be initiated by submitting the web form, which can be found at www.CityStAug.com/COVID19. Questions may be emailed to masks@citystaug.com or call 904.825.1006.

May 8, 2020

Essential SJC Employee Simone

Essential SJC – Simone Ottley

Simone Ottley is a Weighmaster for the St. Johns County Solid Waste Division.

Her essential position involves weighing inbound and outbound vehicles at the County's transfer station and providing assistance to residents, commercial businesses, and franchised haulers.

With Simone's valuable contribution, she continues to keep these essential services going each and every day.

Thank you, Simone and all Solid Waste employees, for your ongoing dedication by selflessly doing your job to take care of others in the County.

DOH-St. Johns County Health Department Offers Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing

Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County has expanded COVID-19 Specimen Collection Testing to include those individuals who are asymptomatic (without signs or symptoms of COVID-19) and wish to know their current status.  This point-in-time testing is not antibody testing, it is diagnostic testing to show if an individual currently has the COVID-19 virus. This will provide information regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 within our community so we can best prepare and respond to this public health threat. Department of Health in St. Johns County’s expanded testing initiative, called “May2Day”, began on May 7, 2020 in support of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.

Starting on Friday, May 8th, Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County’s COVID-19 Specimen Collection for Lab Testing will be offered, while supplies last and weather permitting, on a first come, first serve basis, Monday through Saturday from  9am to 4pm and on Sunday from 9am to 12pm. Those who wish to be tested, please note the following:

  • This Expanded COVID-19 specimen collection/testing is a free service; 
  • No more than four (4) people in the car;
  • A form of photo identification is needed for each person to be tested;
  • Bring your own pen to use when completing testing forms;
  • For the health and safety of public health responders, all people in the car over age 2 must have a mask or other alternative face covering; and
  • No pets in the car.

Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County’s COVID-19 Specimen Collection Site will be staged in the parking lot of the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building located at 200 San Sebastian View, Saint Augustine, FL 32084. Additional sites may be utilized on an occasional basis, as deemed necessary, to meet the needs of vulnerable populations, which may require a change in days or times at this location.

As part of this expanded community testing effort, the COVID-19 Specimens for Testing will be shipped to a state-contracted commercial laboratory. Results of COVID-19 testing will be provided as the lab results become available to the Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County.

For more information on Florida Department of Health in Saint Johns County’s COVID-19 Expanded Specimen Collection for Testing, please call 904-209-3250 or visit http://StJohns.FloridaHealth.gov/.

For information on COVID-19 in Florida, including health protection information, daily reports by county, and the COVID-19 Dashboard, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated website: https://FloridaHealthCoVID19.gov/.

The COVID-19 Call Center which is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at: 1 (866) 779-6121. Inquiries can also be submitted to the Florida Department of Health via email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Sunshine Bus Company Announces Plan to Return to Standard Service Levels

The Sunshine Bus Company has announced a phased plan to resume standard operating services while following CDC and Federal social distancing guidelines. Now operating under Phase 1, the Sunshine Bus Company will continue to offer transit services to patrons requiring rides to work, medical appointments, pharmacies, and grocery stores. The policy restricts the number of occupants to 10 per vehicle, including the driver, and requires patrons to maintain a six-foot distance from other passengers. Door-to-door paratransit services are also available for patrons requiring transportation to obtain or provide essential services, or conduct essential activities. As statewide restrictions begin to lift, the Sunshine Bus Company will announce subsequent phases to return to standard service levels. To request paratransit services or to obtain additional information regarding the Sunshine Bus Company, please call 904.209.3716 or 904.209.3710.


May 7, 2020

St. Johns County Resumes On-beach Driving Monday, May 11

St. Johns County will resume on-beach driving beginning Monday, May 11, 2020, at all beach access ramps where sand conditions permit vehicular access. Implemented in coordination with Florida Department of Health representatives, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, and St. Johns County Emergency Management, resuming on-beach driving is the final stage of St. Johns County's incremental phased plan to safely provide full access to the beach for residents and visitors.

"We're happy to announce the reopening of our beaches to vehicular access beginning Monday. Our hope is that our residents will truly use this opportunity to enjoy their beaches while continuing to social distance," said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. "Our community has risen to the occasion of exercising personal responsibility throughout this event and we remain confident they will continue to do so."

All standard on-beach driving tolls will apply and all annual passes purchased prior to the on beach driving restrictions will be honored for the remainder of the season. In addition, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners extended all 2020 annual on-beach driving passes through the 2021 beach season. Beginning Monday, May 11, annual beach passes may be purchased from all access ramp toll booths. In accordance with the Governor's Executive Order, continued adherence to the CDC social distancing guidelines of limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and maintaining a minimum distance of six feet between parties is recommended. For more information, please call 904.209.0752.


May 6, 2020

Essential SJC Employee Tonya

Essential SJC – Tonya Strickland

Tonya is a Customer Service Representative for the St. Johns County Utility Department.

“It is a great privilege to assist my community in this time of need,” said Tonya, who joined the County shortly before the COVID-19 health emergency began.

Tonya assumed the duties of her position with dedication, a big smile, and a cheerful attitude daily as she assists the residents of St. Johns County.

Thank you to Tonya and the entire Customer Service Representative team of the St. Johns County Utility Department for continuing to serve us during this time.

Shop & Dine St. Johns County Campaign Launched to Support Local Businesses and Dining Establishments

St. Johns County has launched Shop & Dine St. Johns County, a program encouraging patrons to support our local community by shopping and dining within St. Johns County. Shop & Dine St. Johns County provides a convenient and easy online location for residents and visitors to find businesses and dining establishments that are open and serving the public. Those who visit www.shopanddinesjc.com will find interactive maps and directories of contact and service information for businesses and dining establishments.

In the near future, residents and visitors will also be able to download the Shop & Dine St. Johns County mobile app through the Apple App Store or Google Play to access this information on-the-go. St. Johns County businesses or dining establishments that would like to be included in the Shop & Dine St. Johns County campaign, or provide updated information, can visit www.shopanddinesjc.com and select “Add Your Business Service” or “Add Your Dining Establishment”.

Special Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. Under the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during the meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meeting can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us/GTV. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.


May 4, 2020

St. Johns County Public Library Offers Curbside Service

The St. Johns County Public Library System is offering curbside service at all branches from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for patrons who place items on hold by calling a library or through the Library's website. Though library buildings remain closed to the public, patrons can follow a simple and safe procedure to pick up reserved items. Pickup locations and instructions for curbside service will be clearly marked at each library branch. For more information on curbside service, visit https://sjcpls.org/curbside-service/ or call your branch library.

St. Johns County Property Appraiser Lobby Reopening

The St. Johns County Property Appraiser's Office will reopen their lobby to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and many services can be completed electronically at www.sjcpa.us. Following social distancing guidelines is encouraged while visiting the Property Appraiser's Office. For more information, please call 904.827.5500 or email sjcpa@sjcpa.com.

“Rock the Pantries” Food Drives at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

St. Johns County, in partnership with United Way of St. Johns County, is hosting two drive-thru food drives to help restock critically-low local food pantries. Residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food donations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre or from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. United Way and St. Johns County volunteers will be on-site at both venue parking lots to collect donations from vehicles while maintaining recommended social distancing guidelines. For more information on the Rock the Pantries food drives and a list of requested donation items, please visit www.theamp.com/events/detail/rock-the-pantries-a-drive-thru-food-drive.


May 1, 2020

Essential SJC Employee Lindsey and Schquana

Essential SJC – Lindsey Holt and Schquana Lewis

Lindsey and Schquana are just two of the essential staff who work for St. Johns County's Family Integrity Program.

Lindsey, Schquana, and our Family Integrity Program team help ensure the safety of St. Johns County children and families by providing critical assistance and resources every day.

Special Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in the County Administration Building. It will be followed by a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. The meeting agendas can be found at https://stjohnsclerk.com/records/board-records/agendas/. Under the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during the meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meeting can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.

St. Johns County Tax Collector Main Office Reopening

The St. Johns County Tax Collector's Main Office, 4030 Lewis Speedway, will reopen for standard business hours on Monday, May 4. At this time, services are reserved for St. Johns County residents only, with the exception of commercial driver's license issuance. Patrons are asked to use the South entrance as the North entrance will be locked. Social distancing guidelines are also encouraged while visiting the Tax Collector's Office. For more information, please call 904.209.2250.

St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office Open for Limited Public Access

The St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office remains open with limited public access through Friday, May 22. Residents and candidates wishing to conduct business in person should call 904.823.2238 to schedule an appointment. The use of www.votesjc.com to complete tasks, such as registering to vote, confirming or updating registration status, requesting a vote by mail ballot, or updating a signature is encouraged. Staff will be available by phone during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please call 904.823.2238.

St. Johns County Small Business Recovery Kits

In an effort to assist with economic recovery, St. Johns County is distributing Small Business Recovery kits to support local employers in providing a safe and healthy environment for employees and customers upon reopening. To receive a personal protection equipment kit, applicants must own a St. Johns County business, be able to open to the public in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-112, have five to 50 employees, and not be a home-based business. Businesses that do not already have personal protection equipment may sign up by emailing ppe@sjcfl.us with the following information:

  • Owner Name
  • Company Name
  • Business Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Number of Employees
  • Copy of Business License

Each kit contains one box of 50 gloves, one box of 50 disposable masks, and one bottle of hand sanitizer. Initial supplies are limited, and priority will be given to the restaurant, health care, hospitality, tourism, and retail industries. Businesses must be registered to receive a kit and are limited to one kit per business. For more information or for other business recovery and assistance questions, please call the St. Johns County Business Assistance Hotline at 904.209.6050 or email ppe@sjcfl.us.

St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office Open for Limited Public Access

The St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office remains open with limited public access through Friday, May 22. Residents and candidates wishing to conduct business in person should call 904.823.2238 to schedule an appointment. The use of www.votesjc.com to complete tasks, such as registering to vote, confirming or updating registration status, requesting a vote by mail ballot, or updating a signature is encouraged. Staff will be available by phone during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please call 904.823.2238.

Governor DeSantis' Executive Order 20-112 FAQs


April 30, 2020

St. Johns County Reopening Strategy – Phase One

In consideration of Governor DeSantis' Executive Order 20-112 outlining Florida's plan for recovery, St. Johns County is launching a phased reopening approach in collaboration with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and local health care and law enforcement agencies.

"When this pandemic began, no one knew how our community would be impacted. We understood the importance of being measured in every decision we made, ranging from closures to opening strategies. As a coastal community, the status of our beaches has been a significant topic of discussion, and just like the approach Governor DeSantis outlined yesterday, we want to be measured in our phasing," said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. "Our community has done a phenomenal job in voluntary compliance of the Governor's Orders, and as a result, this allows us to lift additional restrictions on the beach. We want to encourage residents to enjoy their beaches and continue using that same personal responsibility that has allowed us to flatten the curve locally."

The health, safety, and welfare of St. Johns County residents remain the top priorities in the development and implementation of the reopening strategy. Phase One of St. Johns County's reopening includes:

  • Beaches – Beginning Monday, May 4, all restrictions previously in place on St. Johns County beaches are rescinded. On-beach driving remains prohibited and CDC guidelines and social distancing restrictions remain in place.
  • Libraries – The St. Johns County Library System is offering curbside service at all branches from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for patrons who place items on hold by calling a library or through the Library's website. Library buildings remain closed to the public. For more information on curbside service, visit www.sjcpls.org/curbside-service/ or call your branch library.
  • Recreational Facilities – All recreational facilities, including recreation centers, pools, pavilions, etc., remain closed and unavailable for reservations or rentals.
  • Recreational Programing – All recreational programing, including open play, camps, and league activities, remain suspended.
  • SJC Ocean and Fishing Pier – Beginning Monday, May 4, the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier is open to the public with no access fee. All other facilities, including the Pier Gift Shop and pavilion, remain closed to the public and unavailable for reservations, rentals, or events, including farmers markets.
  • Pet Center – While St. Johns County Animal Control Services continues to remain active and is responding to calls from the community, the St. Johns County Pet Center remains closed to the public.
  • St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – All activities and events at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, including farmers markets, remain suspended.
  • Distancing and Industry Guidelines – It is recommended that the public continue to adhere to the CDC social distancing guidelines of limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and maintaining a minimum distance of six feet between parties. Guidelines regarding restaurant, retail, and other business operations can be found at www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus
  • The St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) – The EOC remains open at a Level Two partial activation. Beginning Monday, May 4, the EOC Hotline will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Local State of Emergency remains in effect.

For more information regarding Phase One of the reopening procedures, call the EOC Citizen Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.


April 28, 2020

St. Johns County Building Fee Reductions

In order to help local business recover faster from the COVID-19 health emergency, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners approved a 30 percent reduction to Building Services fees, Fire Plans Review fees, and Development Review fees. These reductions will be effective from May 1, 2020, through August 4, 2020. A detailed overview of the reductions can be found at www.sjcfl.us. For more information, please call St. Johns County Building Services at 904.827.6800. Updated Fee Schedule

2020 Annual On-beach Driving Passes Extended Through 2021

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners has extended all 2020 annual on-beach driving passes through the 2021 beach season. All passes purchased prior to the on-beach driving restrictions and for the remainder of the season are included in the extension. Sales of the passes are currently suspended and on-beach driving remains restricted. For more information, please call 904.209.0752.

Essential SJC Employee Austin Cline

Essential SJC – Austin Cline

Austin Cline is a Heavy Equipment Operator for the St. Johns County Road & Bridge Division.

Despite the COVID-19 health emergency, Austin continues to provide essential transportation and drainage services so our roads remain safe and drivable.

Thank you to our Road & Bridge staff for their hard work and for ensuring our residents and visitors experience safe travel along St. Johns County roads.


April 27, 2020

Council on Aging Extends Program Closures through May 31, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the St. Johns County Council on Aging has extended all program and facility closures through May 31, 2020. Meals on Wheels will continue to operate during this time, and Council on Aging caseworkers and staff will be available by phone or email. Seniors and caregivers in need of assistance are encouraged to call 904.209.3700 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email info@coasjc.org. For more information, please visit www.coasjc.org.

Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in the County Administration Building. The meeting agenda can be found at https://stjohnsclerk.com/records/board-records/agendas/. Under the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during the meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meeting can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.


April 24, 2020

Essential SJC Employee Laura Dodd

Essential SJC – Laura Dodd & the EOC Hotline Staff

Laura Dodd is the Risk Management Supervisor for St. Johns County, and manages the Citizens Information Center hotline at the Emergency Operations Center.

"We have a team of calm, compassionate, and informative voices that deliver accurate information to our community in times of uncertainty," said Laura.

The hotline team works tirelessly to provide the most accurate, timely information to anyone who calls the Emergency Operations Center. Thank you to Laura and her team for their daily dedication to the residents of St. Johns County.

Thank you, Anthony, Laurie, and all of St. Johns County's facility maintenance workers for their dedication to the health of all residents and employees who frequent County buildings.

St. Johns County Open Businesses Map

The St. Johns County Open Businesses Map was created in an effort to support St. Johns County's local businesses and provide residents with a convenient directory. All information contained in this document was current at the time of posting. Please email ecodev@sjcfl.us if your establishment is open and would like to be added to this list, or if you are aware of a change that needs to be made to the current list. To access the map, please visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.


April 23, 2020

Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting


April 21, 2020

Med One Urgent Care

The Med One Urgent Care located at St. Augustine, 841 S Ponce De Leon Blvd Suite 4, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, as a COVID-19 collection site. Collection may be billed as a doctor's visit and/or lab test. The collection facility has signage and has requested that visitors follow the signs as instructed for parking. For additional information, please call 904.436.1553 or visit https://medoneatsaintaugustine.com/

Essential SJC Employees Laurie Kovacs and Anthony Riccardo

Essential SJC – Laurie Kovacs and Anthony Riccardo

Laurie and Anthony are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building.

The crew works tirelessly to clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces like doors, elevators, and desks to safeguard the health and safety of residents and employees who utilize the Health and Human Services Building to provide and receive services during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Thank you, Anthony, Laurie, and all of St. Johns County's facility maintenance workers for their dedication to the health of all residents and employees who frequent County buildings.


April 20, 2020

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in the County Administration Building. It will be followed by a regular meeting at 9:00 a.m. The meeting agendas can be found at https://stjohnsclerk.com/records/board-records/agendas/. Under the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during the meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meeting can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.


April 17, 2020

USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Response

USDA Rural Development has taken actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more about the opportunities USDA Rural Development is implementing to provide relief to our customers, partners, and stakeholders: USDA Rural Development COVID-19 Response (PDF)

WSOS St. Johns County Today Radio Show COVID-19 Update

St. Johns County Director of Communications Michael Ryan will be live with host Kevin Geddings on WSOS 103.9 FM at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 20 to cover a variety of topics related to the COVID-19 health emergency in St. Johns County. The public may submit questions in advance or during the show by visiting the WSOS Facebook page or by emailing them directly to kevin@staugustineradio.com.

Emergency Food Resources in St. Johns County

A list of available emergency food resources has been created to better assist St. Johns County residents in need of food supplies. A list of food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, and vouchers can be found at www.foodpantries.org/ci/fl-st_augustine. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Citizen Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Beaches Partial Reopening

St. Johns County beaches are now open from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon seven days a week for uses that include physical activity and motion. Activities now permitted on St. Johns County Beaches include walking, running, exercise, surfing, biking, fishing, swimming, surfing, and other uses that require physical activity. As lifeguards may not be on duty, all swimming is at done at your own risk.

"Walk to exercise not to socialize." said Dawn C. Allicock, M.D., MPH, Director and Health Officer of Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County. "As long as individuals adhere to the CDC guidelines of social distancing, getting exercise and fresh air can be beneficial for our citizens' physical and mental health."

The grouping of persons, commercial activities, group sports, and activities that do not require motion, such as sunbathing, and sitting, or those otherwise not allowed by local, state, or federal law are not permitted. In addition, items not allowed on the beach include blankets, chairs, coolers, umbrellas, tents, and any item that promotes a stationary presence. Beach visitors must continue to adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines, including limiting gatherings to no more than ten persons and distancing themselves from other parties by a minimum of six feet. All public parking lots are now open; however on-beach driving remains prohibited.

"From day one, every decision we have made has been methodical and deliberate without knee jerk actions or reactions, and this decision is no different. Our residents have shown extreme grace, measure, and personal responsibility throughout this pandemic, and our trend is beginning to flat line and has been doing so for nearly two weeks." said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. "We also know this not over and we are urging all who use the beach to follow the restrictions in place. Our hope is that this becomes a great mental health release for so many and becomes the first step of many in the coming weeks and months in our return to normal life."

St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine Beach, the City of St. Augustine, and local enforcement agencies request that all beach visitors comply with CDC guidelines. St. Johns County continues to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices in order to appropriately respond to COVID-19, and as such, the status of permitted beach activities will also be assessed and adjusted based on public compliance. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Hotline at 904.824.5550.

Essential SJC Employee Gavin Butler

Essential SJC – Gavin Butler

Gavin is an Emergency Management Specialist with St. Johns County. During the COVID-19 emergency, he works ten hour days, six days a week supporting the Emergency Operations Center. Gavin coordinates resource requests for personal protection equipment for hospitals, nursing homes, and private health care facilities, and assists with PPE distribution.

"I enjoy supplying local agencies, health care workers, and residents with the equipment and supplies necessary to keep them safe and healthy during this crisis," said Gavin Butler. "Knowing that what I do on a daily basis in the Emergency Operations Center makes a difference in the community is why I chose my profession."

Thank you, Gavin, for your essential work during to help keep our residents and healthcare professionals safe during this health emergency.

April 16, 2020

Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

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April 15, 2020

St. Johns County COVID-19 Resident Assistance and Business Assistance Hotlines

During these unprecedented times, St. Johns County is supporting residents and local businesses impacted by COVID-19 with an unparalleled level of additional resources and programs. St. Johns County residents and businesses who have been affected by COVID-19 now have a consolidated source of information regarding available programs, funding, and recovery assistance through dedicated individual and business assistance hotlines.

SJC COVID-19 Resident Assistance Hotline – 904.209.1250
The St. Johns County COVID-19 Resident Assistance Hotline, 904.209.1250, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our specialists are available to provide information regarding federal assistance, State of Florida Reemployment Assistance, local programs, non-profit agencies, and other resources. St. Johns County residents, including those in the City of St. Augustine and the City of St. Augustine Beach, who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 may also qualify for disaster relief funding. Under the Florida State Housing Initiative Partnership Program (SHIP), residents may be eligible to receive assistance with some of the following costs:

  • Temporary mortgage payment for homeowners financially impacted by COVID-19.
  • Temporary rent payments for tenants financially impacted by COVID-19.
  • Temporary utility payments for tenants financially impacted by COVID-19.
  • Utility late fees and disconnections for residents financially impacted by COVID-19.

Resident Assistance Inquiries may also be submitted to housing@sjcfl.us.

SJC COVID-19 Business Assistance Hotline – 904.209.6050
The St. Johns County COVID-19 Business Assistance Hotline, 904.209.6050, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, to help local businesses obtain information about Federal, State, and local funding, tax incentives, and resources designed to assist during the COVID-19 health emergency. Our specialists are available to assist local businesses navigate State and Federal economic recovery programs for businesses directly impacted by COVID-19 and will provide the following services:

  • Assist businesses in navigating available Federal and State programs, including:
    • Federal Paycheck Protection Program Loans (PPP)
    • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)
    • SBA Small Business Debt Relief Program
    • Small Business Tax Provisions
    • Other relevant programs
  • Assess and track economic impact and damages to local business and tourism industries.
  • Evaluate potential gaps between available resources and unmet needs.
  • Explore additional resources to support local businesses recovery.

Business Assistance Inquiries may also be submitted to ecodev@sjcfl.us.

We appreciate your trust in the St. Johns County COVID-19 Recovery Assistance Team. For more information regarding Resident assistance, please call 904.209.1250. Information regarding Business assistance can be obtained by calling 904.209.6050. For all other COVID-19 questions, please call the Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 hotline at 904.824.5550.


Essential SJC Employee Paul Hinchey

Essential SJC – Paul Hinchey

Paul is a security guard at the St. Johns County Administration Building. During this time of crisis, Paul's role is to ensure the safety of the employees, Commissioners, and visitors who conduct business in the Administration building.

"It is a responsibility that I have never taken lightly and am very proud to have the confidence of all," said Paul. "I work closely with my partner, Clive Guest, and two of the finest deputies I have ever met. Between the four of us, we've got this place covered like a blanket."

Thank you, Paul, and all of the security guards currently working in St. Johns County buildings to help keep us healthy and safe.


April 14, 2020

Reporting Vacation Rental Violations

State of Florida Executive Order 20-87 suspends the rental of vacation rental properties through April 30. In addition, vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order.

To submit a vacation rental violation, please call St. Johns County Code Enforcement at 904.209.0734 or email codenf@sjcfl.us. Violations may also be submitted to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 850.487.1395 or by filling out an online form at www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/eo-complaints. For all other COVID-19 related questions, please call the Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 hotline at 904.824.5550.


April 13, 2020

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building. Under the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during the meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meeting can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us/GTV. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.

Health and Human Services Advisory Council April Meeting Cancelled

Due to COVID-19, the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Advisory Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 16 is cancelled. The next HHSAC meeting is currently scheduled for Thursday, May 21. Please call 904.209.6147 for more information on the HHSAC, or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus for St. Johns County COVID-19 updates.


April 9, 2020

Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

St. Johns Golf Club COVID-19 Operation Changes and Easter Hours

Due to the effects of COVID-19, the St. Johns Golf Club is implementing the following changes to operations for the duration of the health emergency:

  • Golf Club hours of operation will be modified due to staffing. Last cart rental will be at 5 p.m., seven days a week. Players wishing to play 18 holes must arrive by 4 p.m. or by 5 p.m. to play 9 holes. Players who wish to walk the course or wish to utilize the driving range may do so by 6 p.m. All rounds of play must be concluded and all golfers and carts must be off the course no later than 8:30 p.m.
  • In accordance with Governor DeSantis' Safer at Home order and to follow social distancing guidelines, all carts will be single player use, regardless of player's relationship to each other. Players that have the ability to walk the course are encouraged to do so as to make carts available for those of limited mobility. A push cart may be requested to use or players can carry two bags on a cart, to aid those who are walking. Players must have a valid driver's license to operate a cart.

In observance of the Easter holiday, the Pro Shop will close at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. All rounds of play must be concluded and all golfers and carts must be off the course no later than 6:30 p.m. For more information regarding these operational changes, please call 904.209.0350.

St. Johns County Property Appraiser Extends Tangible Personal Property Filing Deadline

The St. Johns County Property Appraiser has extended the deadline to file a Tangible Personal Property return to May 15. The return can be filed through their website at www.sjcpa.us. For more information or assistance with filing, please call 904.827.5508 or email tpp@sjcpa.us.


April 8, 2020

St. Johns County COVID-19 Garbage Pickup and Landfill Guidelines

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, St. Johns County Solid Waste has established the following guidelines regarding garbage pickup and landfill drop-off: Please place any items that can be picked up curbside instead of bringing it into the landfill. If items cannot be picked up curbside, but it is not a priority to dispose of them, please wait until the "stay at home" requirements have been lifted. If any items must be brought into the transfer station, please be prepared to wait to dump as County staff will be practicing safe social distances. The landfill and the drop-off dumpsters will be limited to three customers at a time. For more information, contact St. Johns County Solid Waste at 904.827.6980 or solidwaste@sjcfl.us.


April 3, 2020

Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. Board of County Commissioners of Special Meeting Tuesday, April 7, 2020

St. Johns County Boards and Committees Public Comment Call-in Participation

In accordance with Executive Order 20-69 and St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely under communication media technology and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during these meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meetings can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us/GTV. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at sjcpublichearing@sjcfl.us. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.

St. Johns Golf Club COVID-19 Guidelines

St. Johns Golf Club will remain open until further notice in order to provide residents and guests an outlet for their recreational needs. The following changes to standard operations have been implemented to further support CDC guidelines regarding social distancing:

  • All carts will be single player use.
  • Golf carts washed and sanitized after each round.
  • Players are encouraged to walk the course, if able to do so.
  • Pins are encouraged to remain in the hole when putting to avoid touching.
  • Rakes will be removed from bunkers. Players are asked to smooth bunkers with their foot.
  • Sand buckets and scoops will be removed from par three tee-tops.
  • Sand shakers will be removed from the golf carts.
  • Water coolers will be removed from the course.
  • Golf ball washers will be taken out of service.
  • No signatures are required for credit card transactions. Players are encouraged to pay by credit card and may pay in advance over the phone.
  • All shotgun starts have been cancelled.
  • The pro-shop door to the breezeway and all interior doors will be propped open. The front door and back restaurant door will remain closed.
  • Shoe blower and scrapers have been removed.
  • Saturday Clinics have been postponed through April.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we adjust to these standards. For more information, please call 904.209.0350.

Sunshine Bus Suspends Normal Services – Offers Trips for Essential Destinations

Due to recent Executive Orders issued by Governor Ron DeSantis mandating that senior citizens and all individuals must remain inside their homes except for essential activities, the Sunshine Bus Company is suspending their normal services effective immediately through April 30th. 

For those Sunshine Bus riders who require transportation in order to obtain or provide essential services or to conduct essential activities including transportation to essential work, medical appointments, pharmacies and grocery stores, we will continue to provide trips to essential destinations through our door-to-door Paratransit services.  Note: Only trips deemed essential will be permissible at this time.

To register and arrange for transportation services, please:

  1. Call either 904-209-3716 or 904-209-3710 to reach Customer Service. We will continue normal Sunshine Bus service hours, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5pm, and Saturday from 6:00am to 8:00pm.
  1. Inform us that you would like to register for essential services because you are unable to use the Sunshine Bus.
  1. If you are not already registered in our system, you will be required to provide the following information:
  • First and Last Name
  • Date of Birth (DOB)
  • Home address
  • Contact number
  • Mobility
  • Mobility aids
  1. If you have purchased a Pass from the Sunshine Bus already, please inform us so we can waive the on-board fare. Note: the driver will utilize the same process to verify passes as they do for normal Sunshine Bus rides. 
  1. We will inform you about the available drop-off and pick-up times for your zip code, and confirm the trip(s) with you. 

The health and safety of our riders and staff are extremely important to us. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time. If you have any questions, please call us at 904.209.3716, or email us at customerservice@stjohnscoa.com


April 2, 2020

St. Johns County Tax Collector Offices Closed Until Further Notice

In compliance with Governor DeSantis's Executive Order 20-91, all St. Johns County Tax Collector offices will be closed to the public until further notice, effective 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. The Tax Collector encourages residents to complete eligible transactions online at www.sjctax.us. Most tax payments, registration renewals, and driver license renewals and replacements can be processed online or by mail. The Tax Collector also offers a drop box at each location and will be available by phone at 904.209.2250 or email at taxcollector@sjctax.us. For more information, please visit the Tax Collector's website at www.sjctax.us.


April 1, 2020

From the Office of the Tax Collector

Property Tax Extension – The Governor has issued an executive order to extend the final due date for 2019 property tax payments to April 15, 2020. 

Tourist Development Tax Extension – The Department will waive the imposition of penalty and accrual interest for those taxpayers who collected tourist development tax in February of 2020 but were unable to meet the due date, if taxes are reported and remitted by March 31, 2020. Additionally, for taxpayers adversely affected by the COVID-19  outbreak, the Department will extend the due date to April 30, 2020 for the March 2020 tourist development tax reporting period.

St. Johns County Tax Collector Operations Update – To minimize exposure to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Governor has recommended limited face-to-face transactions. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, we ask that if you are experiencing any fever, flu-like symptoms, have a cough, shortness of breath or traveled outside the United States within the last 14 days, please complete your driver license, motor vehicle, or tax transaction online. Driver licenses and identification cards with expiration dates of March 16 – April 15, 2020 will be extended for 30 days. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the real ID enforcement deadline to October 1, 2021.

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, all branch office locations of the St. Johns County Tax Collector's Office will be closed. The Main Office, located at 4030 Lewis Speedway, will remain operational for St. Johns County Residents Only. Concealed weapon applications and renewals have been suspended through April 19th. All road tests will be suspended starting March 30th. Office hours will be Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We will not be open the last Saturday of the month. www.sjctax.us


March 31, 2020

COVID Federal Assistance for Small Business Owners

Two federal assistance loan programs are now available for small business owners experiencing financial impacts due to COVID-19:

  • SBA Disaster Relief Loan: loans up to the lesser of 12 months expenses of $2 million, 3.75% interest rate, no fees, up to 30-year terms. To apply, visit www.sba.gov/disaster/apply-for-disaster-loan.
  • CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program: loans up to the lesser of 2.5 times average monthly payroll expenses or $10 million, up to 4% interest, no fees, 10-year term. For more information, visit www.sbc.senate.gov/public.

For more information on St. Johns County's response to COVID-19, please visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus or call the St. Johns County Citizens Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.


March 30 ,2020

St. Johns County Restaurants Open for Take-out and Delivery

The St. Johns County Restaurants Open for Take-out and Delivery list was compiled in an effort to support St. Johns County's local businesses and provide residents with a convenient directory in which to purchase food for take-out or delivery. While the list is not intended to be a comprehensive directory, it does provide a variety of take-out and delivery options. All information contained in this document was current at the time of posting. Please email SJCCommunications@sjcfl.us if you are an establishment open for take-out and/or delivery and would like to be added to this list, or if you are aware of a change that needs to be made to the current list. St. Johns County Restaurants Open for Take-out and Delivery


March 28, 2020

St. Johns County Beaches Closed to Public Access

In order to protect public health, safety, and welfare and maximize compliance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-68, all public beaches in St. Johns County are closed to public access under the local state of emergency, effective 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, and will remain closed until further notice.

"We have taken as many measures as possible up to this point to preserve our residents' ability to access their beach. Unfortunately, those visiting the beach continue to ignore CDC guidelines regarding crowd size and personal distancing. In order to maintain public safety and respect the State of Florida's Executive Order, we had no choice but to close the coastline to public access today," said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. "We will continue to be methodical in our approach to closings related to COVID-19, and like every decision we have made to this point, we will open the beaches at the appropriate time when it is safe to do so."

The determination to close all public beaches is based upon a recommendation to reduce health risks associated with COVID-19 and beach overcrowding by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County Emergency Management, and local health officials. All boat ramps, parks, green spaces, and trails remain open for the public to safely enjoy. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

The State of Florida recently issued the following executive orders:

Executive Order 20-86: Directing all persons who enter the State of Florida from an area with substantial community spread, to include the State of Louisiana, inclusive of those entering the State of Florida by roadways, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person's presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.

Executive Order 20-87: Ordering all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties, as defined in section 509.242(1)(c), Florida Statutes, to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order. This directive shall include the rental of any house, condominium, cooperative, or dwelling unit that is also a transient public lodging establishment, as defined under Section 509.013(4)(a), Florida Statutes. This directive shall not include hotels, motels, inns, resorts, non-transient public lodging establishments, or time share projects; long-term rentals; or rental stays where guests are currently staying in a vacation rental or have previously booked a stay and are scheduled to check-in no later than March 28, 2020.

FWC Executive Order 20-09: Suspends any provisions of Section 327.02, F.S., Section 327.46, F.S., or any other provision of Chapter 327 or regulation thereunder that limits the Fish and Wildlife Commission's ability to implement boating restrictions on the vessels on the waters of this state necessary to enforce effective social distancing provisions to include behavior that may result in mass gatherings or congregations of people susceptible to the spread of COVID-19 and limit recreational vessel occupancy to no more than 10 persons per vessel with a minimum distance of 50 feet between recreational vessels and any other vessel.

For additional information or to review the complete Executive orders, please visit www.flgov.com/executive-orders-desantis.


March 27, 2020

St. Johns County Constitutional Offices and Courthouse Closures in Response to COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, St. Johns County's constitutional offices and courthouses have adjusted hours and enacted closures:

Property Appraiser – The Property Appraiser's Office lobby will be closed to the public through Friday, April 10. Office staff remain operational during standard business hours and are available to assist by telephone, email, or web services. For more information, please visit www.sjcpa.us.

Supervisor of Elections – The Supervisor of Elections Office will be closed to the public through Friday, April 3. Office staff remain operational during standard business hours, and most Supervisor of Elections services are available at www.votesjc.com.

Tax Collector – All St. Johns County Tax Collector branch office locations are closed. The main office remains operational for County residents only; however, the office will not be open on Saturday, March 28. All road tests are suspended. Residents are encouraged to process any eligible transactions online at www.sjctax.us.

Clerk of Courts – The Clerk of Courts suspended all public services until Monday, April 6, not including services deemed to be "mission critical." A list of mission critical services is available at www.stjohnsclerk.com. Filings, recordings, and marriage services are also suspended until April 6, and all non-mission critical court proceedings have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida – All normal court operations have been suspended until further notice, except for those proceedings deemed "mission critical."

For more information regarding St. Johns County's response to COVID-19, please visit www.sjcfl.us or call the St. Johns County Citizen Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Public Libraries Offer eCards While Closed

In response to the COVID-19 health emergency, the St. Johns County Public Library is offering County residents online eCard registration. Residents in need of a library card may now sign up for a temporary one by visiting www.sjcpls.org. Active for 60 days, the temporary card provides access to the library's online collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, music, digital magazines, and more. Users may also utilize their eCard to log into virtual services such as Hoopla, OverDrive, and RB Digital. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your nearest branch.

St. Johns County Accessible COVID-19 Collection Sites

Flagler Health+
Flagler Health+ has established an outdoor test collection site for patients who have a physician order for COVID-19 testing and have pre-registered through the system. The drive through process takes about three minutes. Test results are taking at least 4-5 days on average. Tests results are communicated back to the patient's primary care doctor who notifies the patient of the results. Positive results are also reported to the Department of Health.

Flagler Health+ is also offering a reduced rate of $25 for people to see a doctor online who may not have a primary care doctor. The online doctor will determine if they need to be tested or not based on their symptoms and an algorithm. The online doctor can also prescribe medications for certain other diagnoses. For additional information please call 904.819.5155 or visit www.flaglerhospital.org.

St. Johns County Department of Heath
The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County, as part of disease control investigations, is collecting specimens for COVID-19 laboratory testing. As part of disease investigations, specimen collection is by appointment only for those individuals who meet the CDC criteria for testing. The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County is located in the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View, Saint Augustine, FL 32084.

For more information about COVID-19 and testing, the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County's COVID-19 Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be reached at 904.209.6363. All other inquiries can be directed to the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County at 904.209.3250. Calls received outside of standard business hours will be redirected to a Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County Public Health Nurse.

Avecina Medical-Julington Creek
The Avecina Medical - Julington Creek facility located at 1633 Race Track Rd, St Johns, FL, is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, as a COVID-19 collection site. Collection is being treated as an urgent care doctor's visit and clients must bring a photo ID and insurance card. The collection facility has a tent prepared outside and have requested that visitors wait in their cars for paperwork to be brought to them by a staff member. For additional information, please call 904.230.6988 or visit www.avecina.com/our-services/urgent-care/.

TIAA Bank Field Federal Testing Site, Open to St. Johns County Residents
Open to St. Johns County residents, the federally-sponsored drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at TIAA Bank Field in parking lot J. All ages are accepted, although patients must still meet certain guidelines. These include:

  • On-site temperature of 99.6 or higher.
  • Patient MUST ALSO have respiratory symptoms.
  • First responders and healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients will also be tested, regardless of symptoms.
  • Please bring work ID.

This site will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, for as long as supplies last. While a doctor's order and appointment are not required at this location, clients will be evaluated by a medical professional on site. Patients who do not meet the criteria will not receive a test and will be sent home. Those attempting to be tested should:

  • Bring their own pen.
  • Photo Identification.
  • Refrain from taking any fever-reducing medicine four to six hours before testing.
  • Remain inside of vehicle at all times.

A maximum of four people per car will be screened and tested; each person must be sitting at a functioning window. Additional passengers will be asked to move to the back of the line or return the following day. As long lines are expected, please follow the directions of Jacksonville Sheriff's Office traffic officers. Drivers coming from the west side of town should use Bay Street. Drivers coming from the east side should use Gator Bowl Boulevard. Public restrooms will not be available. American Sign Language and Spanish-language interpreters will be on-site to assist. For questions regarding federal testing sites please call the Toll Free Call Center at 1.877.696.6775.

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting Notice


March 25, 2020

Recreation Advisory Board Meeting Cancelled

The St. Johns County Recreation Advisory Board meeting scheduled for April 9 has been cancelled. The Board is scheduled to meet on the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. in the St. Johns Conference Room, located in the County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View. With the exception of this meeting, all other meetings previously noticed will take place at the time and date advertised unless otherwise posted. For more information, please call 904.209.0333.

St. Johns County Utility Department Suspending Late Fees and Service Disconnections

The St. Johns County Utility Department is suspending late fees on utility bills, effective immediately, in an attempt to ease financial strain on families and businesses impacted by COVID-19. In addition, the Utility Department will not disconnect services on accounts with an outstanding balance. These measures are in effect until further notice. Customers with past-due balances that predate the current health emergency are still expected to pay for their services. For more information, please call 904.209.2700 or visit www.sjcfl.us/utilities/.

St. Johns County Utility Customer Service/Billing Lobby Closed, Additional Services Available

The St. Johns County Utility Customer Service/Billing lobby is closed to walk-in customers until further notice. Their on-site drive through, drop box locations, and pay-by-phone options will remain open to accept payments and provide services. Online bill payment and other utility services are also available at www.sjcfl.us/utilities. The Utility Department standard operating business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For additional information, please call Utility Customer Service at 904.209.2700.


March 24, 2020

WSOS St. Johns County Today Radio Show COVID-19 Updates

St. Johns County has partnered with WSOS 103.9 FM/1170 AM to host St. Johns County Today COVID-19 Updates at 8:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Co-hosted by Michael Ryan, St. Johns County Director of Communications, and WSOS's Kevin Geddings, the show covers a variety of topics related to the COVID-19 health emergency in St. Johns County. The radio show will also feature representatives from partner agencies directly involved with the COVID-19 response, including public safety, fire rescue, and emergency management. The public may submit questions in advance or during the show by visiting the WSOS Facebook page or by emailing them directly to kevin@staugustineradio.com.

St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Press Conference

St. Johns County is holding a press conference at 4 p.m. today in the Emergency Operations Center, 100 EOC Drive, St. Augustine, to discuss St. Johns County's response to COVID-19. The conference will include a question-and-answer session with representatives from St. Johns County, Florida Department of Health, St. Johns County Emergency Management. Representatives from other agencies, including the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, and emergency medical services will also be present.

St. Johns County Emergency Proclamations


March 23, 2020

St. Johns County Telephonic Public Meeting Information

In response to the current COVID-19 health emergency and in accordance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-69, local government and public meetings do not require a quorum to be present in person, are not required to meet in a specific public place, and may use telephonic and video conferencing. In response, all St. Johns County board and committee meetings may utilize telephone or video conferencing through April 17. Those who would like to submit public comment by telephone during these meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The public may attend meetings in person, however, it is recommended you maintain the CDC social distancing guideline of six feet or more. If you have any questions regarding the submission of public comment by telephone, please call 904.824.5550.

Additional St. Johns County COVID-19 Response Measures

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our community, St. Johns County is taking additional measures to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our residents, visitors, and workforce. Effective Monday, March 23, the following policies, procedures, and actions will remain in effect until further notice:

  • Public Meeting Procedures – In accordance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-69, local government and public meetings do not require a quorum to be present in person or meet in a specific public place. In addition, communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing, may be utilized to conduct public meetings. The order does not suspend any other requirement under the Florida Constitution or "Florida's Government in the Sunshine Laws".
  • Limited Public Building Access – All St. Johns County facilities are operating under limited public access restrictions. In an effort to reduce the size of public gatherings and maintain the CDC recommended minimum distance of six feet between parties, each facility will implement individual guidelines relative to their specific building clientele and services. Measures could include the closure of public lobbies, the encouragement of online business practices, and the reduction of building occupancy.
  • COVID-19 Closure and Cancellation Extensions – All current St. Johns County facility closures and program cancellations associated with COVID-19 are extended through April 17. The closure extension applies to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, all St. Johns County public libraries, and recreational programming and facilities.

St. Johns County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices in order to appropriately respond to COVID-19. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Hotline at 904.824.5550.


March 22, 2020

St. Johns County Public Beach Parking Lots Closed

In order to maximize compliance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-68, all public beach parking lots in St Johns County are closed under the local state of emergency, effective 6 a.m. on Monday, March 23 and will remain closed until further notice.

"After evaluating near record beach attendance over the weekend and consulting with local law enforcement officials, it is clear that the county needs to take additional steps to further reduce the size of the crowds on our beaches," said Hunter S. Conrad. "Our goal is to allow the beaches to remain as accessible as possible to our residents, while still observing CDC guidelines and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our community."

The determination to close all public beach parking lots is based upon a recommendation to reduce health risks associated with COVID-19 and beach overcrowding by the St Johns County Sheriff's Office, the St Augustine Beach Police Department, St Johns County Emergency Management, and local health officials.

While pedestrian access to St Johns County beaches remains accessible, please limit gatherings to no more than 10 persons and maintain a minimum distance of six feet between other parties in compliance with CDC guidelines. Vehicular access to all St Johns County beaches remains prohibited until further notice. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.


March 20, 2020

St. Johns County Beaches Closed to Vehicular Access

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.

"We are taking a methodical and deliberate approach to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our residents while also working to respect their personal rights in this environment of rapidly changing information," said Hunter Conrad, St. Johns County Administration. "The measures we've taken today may not be what's best for tomorrow and we remain flexible in our strategy without a current one size fits all approach."  

The vehicular access restriction, a recommendation of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, St. Johns County 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. 

Executive Order 20-68 states that individuals accessing public beaches are to follow CDC guidance by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distance themselves from other parties by six feet. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.


March 19, 2020

Sunshine Bus Company Social Distancing Policy

The safety of our riders and employees is a top priority for the Sunshine Bus Company. In accordance with the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) recommendations for restricting public gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Sunshine Bus Company is implementing a Social Distancing Policy restricting the number of occupants to 10 per vehicle, including the driver, and requiring patrons to maintain a six-foot distance from other passengers. To sustain transportation services during this time, our drivers have been instructed to call dispatch when nine passengers have boarded their vehicle to ensure that another vehicle will be dispatched for additional passengers. The health and safety of our riders and staff is very important to us. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time. If you have any questions, please call us at 904.209.3716 or email customerservice@stjohnscoa.com.

St. Johns County Public Libraries host Facebook Live Storytime in response to COVID-19

St. Johns County Public Library are hosting virtual storytimes at 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, on Facebook Live. In an effort to provide services to residents during the COVID-19 closure, youth services librarians will be reading stories from the library's collection. The storytimes last approximately 30 minutes and are recorded and posted on the Library's Facebook page for those who miss the live showing. For more information, or to watch a storytime, please visit www.facebook.com/sjcpls.

St Johns County EOC COVID-19 Citizens Information Hotline

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 on March 17. In response, the St Johns County Emergency Operations Center has been elevated to a level two partial activation and the COVID-19 Citizens Information Hotline is now active between 8am-6pm 7 days a week. St Johns County residents can call the hotline at 904-824-5550 for information regarding facility closures, program cancellations, and current St Johns County COVID-19 guidelines.


March 18, 2020

St Johns County COVID-19 guidelines

In response to the COVID-19 disease, St Johns County is adhering to and recommending social distancing guidelines as mandated by the state of Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis. Governor DeSantis' Executive Order 20-68 states:

  • Any licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises that derives more than 50% of its gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages shall suspend the sale of all alcoholic beverages through April 17.
  • Restaurants shall limit occupancy to 50% of current building occupancy, follow CDC guidance by ensuring a minimum 6-foot distance between any groups of patrons, and limit parties to no more than 10 individuals.
  • Individuals accessing public beaches are to follow CDC guidance by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distance themselves from other parties by six feet.

St Johns County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices when necessary as COVID-19 impacts our community. For additional information call 904-824-5550.


March 17, 2020

St. Johns County Declares Local State of Emergency, Activates Emergency Operations Center in Response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 disease, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners declared a Local State of Emergency on March 17, 2020. The declaration allows the County to access the resources necessary to prepare for, and respond to, the potential impacts of COVID-19 disease within the community. In addition, St. Johns County elevated the Emergency Operations Center with a level two partial activation to assist in the response.

The Local State of Emergency declaration allows St. Johns County to take actions necessary to effectively respond to emergency conditions and mitigate disaster effects in an expedited manner through the acquisition of equipment, the securing of contracts, and qualification for FEMA reimbursement. The Board of County Commissioners, St. Johns County Administration, and Emergency Management Staff are responding to the development of COVID-19 within the United States, the state of Florida, and St. Johns County, following recommended CDC guidelines, and preparing accordingly.

In addition, the County is actively communicating and coordinating with all key partners including the Florida Department of Health as the lead agency, Flagler Health+, the St. Johns County School District, St. Johns County Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach. St. Johns County has a comprehensive emergency management plan in place and is confident in local first responders and the medical community's ability to respond to the virus. It is recommended that all residents and visitors follow CDC infection prevention guidelines including social distancing, washing hands often, avoiding contact with sick people, cleaning high-touch surfaces, and staying home when sick.

For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov or www.floridahealth.gov, call 1.866.779.6121, or email covid-19@flhealth.gov. In addition, the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center can be contacted between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at 904.824.5550.   St. Johns County State of Local Emergency Proclamation

Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Florida Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program on Monday, March 16 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 experience economic injury from COVID-19. The application period runs through May 8. The DEO will administer the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program in partnership with the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation to provide small business owners short-term loans. Florida small businesses may receive up to $50,000 for businesses with two to 100 employees that are affected by COVID-19. These loans are interest-free for up to one year and designed to bridge the gap for either federal Small Business Administration loans or commercially available loans. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to March 9, 2020, and demonstrate economic impacts as a result of COVID-19. Additionally, the DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state that have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at FloridaDisaster.BIZ. Select "COVID-19" from the drop-down menu on the survey page. Response to the Business Damage Assessment survey is not an application for assistance and an application is still required. For more information, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org or contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network by phone at 866.737.7232, or email at disaster@FloridaSBDC.org.

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Online Dashboard

The Florida Department of Health online dashboard was created to update the public on the development of the COVID-19 virus in the United States, the State of Florida, and within Florida's counties. The online dashboard provides information regarding the total number of people tested, the total number of those being monitored, and the total number of positive tests. For additional information, please view the online dashboard or visit www.floridahealth.gov


March 15, 2020

St. Johns County COVID-19 Closures

In the interest of public safety and in an effort to minimize the impact of COVID-19 within our community, the following St. Johns County facilities and programs are closed to the public, or have been cancelled, from March 16 through March 29, 2020: 

  • All St. Johns County libraries and the library bookmobile.
  • All recreational facilities, recreational programming, recreational events, and all permitted events, including organized youth and adult sports, on St. Johns County property.
  • The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Gift Shop and all permitted events on associated County property, including the parking lot, volleyball courts, and the pier pavilion.
  • All events scheduled to occur at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds.
  • All events scheduled to occur at the St. Johns County Agriculture Center.
  • All events scheduled to occur at the St. Johns Golf Club.
  • The St. Johns County Pet Center.
  • All St. Johns County recycling and community collection events.
  • All St. Johns County Fire Rescue community programming.

The St. Johns Golf Club, St. Johns County's beaches, parks, open green spaces, and trails remain open. In addition, Veterans Services, the Permit Center, Health and Human Services, Utilities Services, and all other County business services remain open to the public and operational. State-wide elections are also currently planned to proceed on Tuesday as scheduled.

"We are at a crucial point of time in the development of COVID-19 within St. Johns County, and have the ability to minimize its progress by limiting large gatherings," said Hunter S. Conrad, County Administrator. "As health, safety, and welfare are our highest priorities, it is critical that we work together with the community to encourage social distancing and the practice of basic infection prevention measures."

The County is implementing elevated cleaning services. In addition, employee work and travel policies are being implemented to safeguard a healthy workplace. St. Johns County is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and remains in communication with local healthcare providers and public safety partner agencies. The County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices as necessary and appropriate.


March 12, 2020

St. Johns County Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

The Florida Department of Health reported the first confirmed case of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in St. Johns County on Wednesday, March 12. The travel-related case involves a 63-year-old, male, New York resident who was quarantined and remains isolated until cleared by public health officials.

St. Johns County continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving situation and remains in constant communication with local healthcare providers and public safety partner agencies, including the Florida Department of Health, as the lead agency, and Flagler Health+. In addition, the County remains in close consultation with the Governor's Office, the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, the St. Johns County School District, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, emergency medical services, and all Constitutional Offices. In the interest of public safety and based on recommendations from the Office of the Governor, all public events scheduled between March 14 through April 1 at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall will be cancelled or postponed.

Early voting will continue from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 13 and 14 at all six early voting locations. All polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, March 17. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be provided at all voting locations for workers and voters. For more information on voting, please visit www.votesjc.com or call the St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office at 904.823.2238.

The County urges residents to continue to follow basic infection prevention guidelines including washing hands often, avoiding contact with sick people, cleaning high-touch surfaces, and staying home when sick. For additional Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) information, residents are encourage to utilize the following informational tools:

  • Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center - 1.866.779.6121
  • St. Johns County Department of Health - 904.209.3250

March 6, 2020

St. Johns County Monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

St. Johns County and its partner agencies are monitoring development of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States and Florida, following recommended CDC guidelines, and preparing accordingly. Collaborative communication is ongoing with all key partners including the Florida Department of Health as the lead agency, Flagler Health+, the St. Johns County School District, St. Johns County Emergency Management and Medical Services, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach. In addition, all emergency management plans are being reviewed and updated as necessary. While there are confirmed positive cases in Florida, the majority of reported respiratory illnesses are not Coronavirus. Should there be a confirmed case of Coronavirus in our county, local health officials will provide guidance for any necessary response. St. Johns County has an emergency management plan in place and is confident in local first responders and the medical community's ability to respond to the virus, should the need arise. It is recommended that all residents and visitors follow basic infection prevention guidelines including washing hands often, avoiding contact with sick people, cleaning high-touch surfaces, and staying home when sick. For additional information, residents are encourage to utilize the following informational tools:


March 2, 2020

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Website and Call Center

The Florida Department of Health has opened a call center and launched a dedicated COVID-19 webpage for those who would like more information or have questions about the illness. The COVID-19 Call Center can be reached at 1.866.779.6121 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The website can be visited at www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html. In addition, questions can be submitted via email to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.