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UPDATED ALERTS

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The Florida Department of Health updates the current numbers at around noon each day. You can find the latest complete Florida and county case count dashboard here.

North Port area cases throughout event: 269

Sarasota County cases throughout event: 2,548 with 100 deaths. 

Florida cases throughout event: 244,151 with 4,203 deaths. 

*Not all listed cases are currently active.

Breakdown by area here. Look for the orange box titled "See the Report."

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Health Organizations:

Florida Department of Health: COVID-19 hotline: 866-779-6121 Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

Your cloth face covering should:

✔️ Reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nostrils

✔️ Fit snugly against the sides of the face

✔️ Be made of multiple layers of fabric that you can still breathe through

✔️ Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damaging the material or shape

Do not buy surgical masks to use as a face covering. Those are intended for healthcare workers and first responders. Many items you may already have in your home can be used to create face coverings.

Try creating a cloth face covering using bandanas, ski masks, washable napkins, or dish towels.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/2Ravt42

The Florida Department of Health Sarasota County is scheduled to conduct three by appointment only COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites throughout Sarasota County. This community based COVID-19 testing is for anyone who is currently experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath) or who works in a health care setting.

To make an appointment, please call 941-861-2883. Callers will be screened using current CDC testing criteria. Appointments are limited however more testing opportunities may be scheduled in the future. All patients must have an appointment to be tested.

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Doctors answer some ongoing questions here: https://youtu.be/WXTbIQii5KE


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Latest City Updates:

Effective July 10, counter service on the first floor of City Hall will be suspended until further notice. This includes the Building, Code Enforcement, and Planning Divisions, along with Utility bill payments. The City is making this move out of an abundance of caution. A City employee who works in those areas tested positive for COVID-19.

All services will continue with options online and through the City’s drive thru window at City Hall, 4970 City Hall Boulevard.

All permits can be dropped off and picked up at the Utilities drive-thru window or by emailing bldginfo@cityofnorthport.com. You must make your payment prior to pick up and call 941-429-7044 to let Building staff know when you will arrive. Failure to do so will result in wait times.

All permits and business tax receipts can be paid online at www.cityofnorthport.com/permit

If you have questions please call:

Building and Permitting: 941-429-7044

Utilities: 941-429-7122

Planning: 941-429-7156

Code Enforcement: 941-429-7186

The North Port location inside City Hall for the Property Appraiser's Office and Tax Collector's Office are closed until further notice. Business can still be conducted online and via phone. You can get more info on the Property Appraiser website or Tax Collector site.

All public meetings will resume as normal, including Commission, advisory boards, code enforcement, procurement, and union negotiations. This includes in-person public comment. 

City staff will be taking measures to help make physically distancing easier, blocking off chairs, and providing an overflow room. We are also strongly encouraging visitors to wear masks when unable to physically distance. 

Of course, you can still watch our meeting from the comfort of anywhere else on the City website and on Youtube. 

Please understand this is the current situation and subject to change as decisions are made to re-open, take more precautions, etc. Continue to stay informed on all happenings COVID-19 related at www.cityofnorthport.com/alerts 

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After review of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent order and the “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” Phase 2 reopening plan, the City of North Port re-opened all City facilities with precautions on June 15. This includes City Hall.

City re-openings include expanded public access to Parks & Recreation facilities. To support a safe environment for patrons and staff, current recommendations for physical distancing, cleaning/sanitation protocols, and capacity reductions will be implemented and adjusted as needed to remain in compliance with current health guidelines.

The North Port Aquatic Center recreational amenities, which include the lazy river, water slides, and splashground re-opened on June 15. The diving well also re-opened on June 15 and annual passes that provide full facility access will automatically be re-instated. The competition pool re-opened on June 1 and will continue to offer lap lane reservations in one-hour increments at no additional cost. Reservations will be available 24 hours in advance and patrons may make one reservation per day by calling 941-429-PARK(7275). Lap lanes are also available on a first-come, first-serve basis with no reservation required.

Starting June 15, the hours of operation for the North Port Aquatic Center will be:

Monday-Friday:

• Competition Pool: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 12-1 p.m. break for cleaning.

• Water Park: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:

• Competition Pool: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., 12-1 p.m. break for cleaning.

• Water Park: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Patrons visiting the Aquatic Center will notice new signage recognizing our amenity sponsors, Superior Pools and the Southwest Florida Water Polo Foundation. We appreciate their continued support of the Aquatic Center, as well as the contributions of our sponsorship wall partners.

The Morgan Family Community Center and amenities are already open. On June 8, the Teen Center and Game Room at the Morgan Family Community Center re-opened to the public. The facility will continue to follow an amended operating schedule and is open on weekdays from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Facility rentals resumed on June 15 for the Morgan Center conference room, the Scout House at Dallas White Park, and the Community Education Center, all at reduced capacity. However, the Morgan Center art room, multipurpose room, and the meeting room will remain closed throughout summer to accommodate summer camp modifications to provide for physical distancing.

Warm Mineral Springs Park re-opened on June 1 with regular operating hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily) with limited capacity per the current guidelines. As restrictions ease, Warm Mineral Springs Park is prepared to increase the attendees per the guidelines in effect at that time. The spa services will remain temporarily closed at this time. 

Outdoor rentals of pavilions resumed starting June 15 at reduced capacities. All current public health recommendations regarding washing hands and physical distancing remain in effect. Please follow these guidelines and help monitor your own family. We support the National Recreation and Park Association philosophy that recreation is essential to mental and physical health and are relying on the public’s cooperation to keep everyone healthy.

For questions about parks and facilities, please reach out to North Port Parks & Recreation at Parks@CityOfNorthPort.com or call 941-429-PARK(7275). For the latest information on COVID-19, visit www.CityOfNorthPort.com/Alerts.

City Meetings and Facilities:

City Commissioners declared a state of local emergency.

The North Port location inside City Hall for the Property Appraiser's Office and Tax Collector's Office are closed until further notice. Business can still be conducted online and via phone. You can get more info on the Property Appraiser website or Tax Collector site.

First Responders:

Currently, North Port Fire Rescue’s emergency call volume has remained steady and workable. We would like to keep it that way. As we go through the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s vitally important we use the 911 emergency call service in the best way possible. Get some 911 tips here.

North Port Police Department and North Port Fire Rescue are suspending any public education events or tours for the foreseeable future.

Looking for help? Check out this list of local, State, and Federal resources for issues you or someone you know may be facing in the midst of the pandemic.


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Latest State/County Info:

You can find the latest information from Sarasota County here

As of June 26 the State of Florida is suspending the drinking of alcohol at bars in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

All businesses that derive more than 50 percent of their revenue from alcohol sales must stop selling alcohol to customers on their premises immediately, according to an emergency order issued by the Department of Business & Professional Regulation. You can read the full emergency order here

Bars can still sell alcohol in to-go containers. Restaurants that do not rely on alcohol sales for a majority of their revenue can continue to serve seated customers on site, the order states.

In a statement, department Secretary Halsey Beshears said the order is in response to a sharp rise in cases of COVID-19.

On June 3, Governor DeSantis announced Phase 2 reopening allowing for groups of up to 50 people to gather as long as they are social distancing, theaters to reopen at half-capacity and non-essential travel to resume. View the full executive order.

Beginning May 18:

  • Restaurants may increase indoor capacity to 50% with proper social distancing. Outdoor seating encouraged.
  • Retail may increase capacity to 50% if permitted by local governments
  • Barber shops, hair and nail salons can reopen but must follow safety protocols.

On April 29, Governor DeSantis issued Phase One of the "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step" Plan for Recovery.

  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited
  • Elective surgeries can resume
  • Sports arenas will remain closed
  • Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home

Because COVID-19 continues to impact Florida, FWC issued a new Executive Order to reflect direction from Governor DeSantis, the DOH and the CDC. Effective immediately, all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board. Full details and additional proactive measures the FWC is implementing here.

Governor DeSantis issued 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.

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-80, directing all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports 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.

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 83, issuing a public health advisory to those over the age of 65 or with underlying health conditions. Those falling under those categories are asked to stay home for 14 days to help limit exposure to the virus.

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-87, ordering all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for checking for the duration of this order.

Restrictions eased at Sarasota County public beaches. Permitted activities will be limited to walking, running, swimming, surfing and fishing.

The Florida Department of Health continues to work closely with all patients, potential close contacts of the patients, and health care providers to isolate and monitor persons who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and implement testing of anyone who may develop COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough or shortness of breath.

TAX COLLECTOR MID-COUNTY OFFICE REOPENED FOR LIMITED SERVICES ON MAY 11TH

The Sarasota County Tax Collector Mid-County Service Center re-opened Monday, May 11th for limited driver’s license transactions that cannot be completed online. The office is located west of I-75, south of Clark Road, 6100 Sawyer Loop Road, Sarasota 34238. The office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. and appointments are required. Under a phased re-opening plan, other Tax Collector locations will re-open as the need for in-person services increases.

 Upon re-opening, the following is required:

  • Customers must be Sarasota County residents.
  • An appointment must be scheduled in advance by calling 941.861.8300, option 2.
  • Upon arrival, customers will be asked a series of health questions before entering the office. Anyone experiencing a fever or COVID-19 symptoms will have their appointment rescheduled.
  • Only the person completing the transaction will be able to enter the office.
  • A face covering is required for service.

Services such as driver’s license road tests and the learner’s permit test remain on hold until further notice. Transactions such as registration renewals and tax payments will continue to be completed online.


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Latest Sarasota County School District info:

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that K-12 students in Florida will continue with distance learning for the duration of the 2019-20 school year. This will not change any of the school district’s current operations.

Resources for K-12 schools and childcare programs.   

Florida Department of Education


Government Buildings and Facilities: 

To help to slow the spread of COVID-19, City buildings are closed to the public and operating with a modified approach. More information here.

The Sarasota Clerk of Circuit Court and County Comptroller is urging the community to continue practicing social distancing by utilizing online services, pay-by-phone, or mail service. For the latest from them, visit their website.

For information from the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, visit their website.


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Small Business Resiliency Loan Program  

Resources for Business and Employment


Utilities info:

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 and potential measures that may be taken by the federal, state, and local governments, North Port Utilities would like to remind you of some simple measures you can take to reduce the amount of service calls and possible line breaks and backups to the municipal sewer system (or your own septic system if you are not a Utilities customer). 

There have been several social media posts, alluding to cutting paper towels in half to serve as toilet paper. DO NOT FLUSH PAPER TOWELS DOWN THE TOILET!  Paper towels, as well as “FLUSHABLE” and “Non-FLUSHABLE” wipes are the primary source of blockages in the sewer system that lead to lift station and pump failure. This also holds true with residential septic systems. These items do not break down.

For more information regarding non-flushable items, please visit the Utilities webpage at: www.CityofNorthPort.com/Utilities. If you have any questions, please feel welcome to call the Utilities Department at 941-429-7122.

To report a line break, sewer backup, or other water service emergency, please call 941-240-8000.

Read more from the CDC about water transmission and COVID-19 

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Other helpful links

If you see any scams, fraud, or gouging associated with COVID-19, please visit here

SMH Mask-Wearing How-To Video

Face masks are only effective if they are handled, worn, stored and disposed of properly. Used improperly, and the masks actually become vehicles for spreading germs. As more people begin wearing home-made masks in public, SMH Nurse Educator Jennifer Sorensen, RN, offers a step-by-step mask-wearing how-to here

Watch how our North Port Fire Rescue personnel will gear up if dealing with a suspected patient in a quick video here.

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COVID-19 virus information in Ukrainian

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This situation will continue to change. As an organization, we are committed to keeping you updated. Please continue to use www.cityofnorthport.com/alerts or the "Alerts" button on the "North RePort" City app. We will provide information as it becomes available.


Hurricane and Storm Related Resources:

  • See illegal gouging happening during an emergency? Report it. (866) 966-7226 or report it online.
  • Please download the City app "North RePort" for updates. You can also allow push notifications to get pertinent info as we receive it. You can find it in your favorite app store. 
  • Get signed up for the Alert Sarasota County Emergency Alert System to stay up-to-date through many different modes of communication. Head to the Alert Sarasota County to get signed up.