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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

North Port area cases: 21

Sarasota County cases: 201 with 10 deaths. 

Florida cases: 16,826  with 371 deaths. 

You can find the latest complete Florida and county case count dashboard  here.

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


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Latest City Updates:

While all departments are still available online and over the phone some additional City of North Port facilities are closed to public traffic until further notice. This includes City Hall. As we continue to work hard to serve our citizens and customers during our regular business hours, you may contact us in several different ways. Get more info here on particular departments. 

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.

We are all working hard to protect our community. For the health and safety of our North Port Solid Waste staff, there will be temporary changes to collection, which will start on Monday, April 6. Find more information about the updates and changes here.

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.

Following CDC recommendations, ALL City parks are closed, including the Atwater Splash Pad.

City Commissioners declared a state of local emergency.  Effective immediately, all City advisory board meetings are cancelled until further notice.  

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

The Morgan Family Community Center and George Mullen Activity Center are closed until at least April 30, 2020.  

Following recommendations from the CDC and public health agencies, the City cancelled upcoming events, both public and private rentals, with a projected attendance of 50 or more through April 30, 2020. A list of cancelled events is in the  full press release.

  • North Port Aquatic Center and Warm Mineral Springs Park are closed.
  • The Canine Club is closed until April 30, 2020.
  • Morgan Family Community Center and George Mullen Activity Center are closed.

Any programs or events hosted by other organizations at City facilities are canceled. For information on games and practices for local youth athletic leagues, please check with your individual organizations.

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


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Latest State/County Info:

You can find the latest information from Sarasota County here

Gov. DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-91 limiting movement and personal interactions outside the home to essential activities, keeping essential businesses and services operating and defining essential activities.

View the document in its entirety. You can find the list of those defined by the Governor's office as essential businesses here. Those who need additional clarification on essential businesses can call the Governor’s Office Citizen Services line at 1-850-488-7146. Press option 1. You can also inquire online here

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.

In continued efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and in alignment with CDC guidelines, Sarasota County has closed county operated public beaches until further notice.

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.


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Latest Sarasota County School District info:

Sarasota County Schools is sevin meals to kids 18 and under. The meal service is switching to a once a week pickup for meals which should last throughout the week at North Port High School, Lamarque Elementary and Atwater Elementary.  Get more info on this and other updates at the  Sarasota County Schools website. 

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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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 CodeRED Emergency Alert System to stay up-to-date through many different modes of communication. Head to the CodeRED main page to get signed up. You can also text "northport" to 99411 to get the link for signup.