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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: 98

Sarasota County cases throughout event: 658 with 85 deaths. 

Florida cases throughout event: 61,488 with 2,660 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

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.


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Latest City Updates:

The City of North Port has opened the North Port Aquatic Center Competition Pool and Warm Mineral Springs Park with limited capacity starting Monday, June 1 utilizing a phased approach.

How We’re Responding: North Port Aquatic Center & Morgan Family Community Center

The North Port Aquatic Center recreational amenities, which include the lazy river, water slides, and splashground, are anticipated to re-open on June 15, pending the approval of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The diving well will also re-open 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 only 8:30 am – Noon.  One-hour break for cleaning Noon – 1 pm.
    • Competition Pool and Water Park 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday:
    • Competition Pool only 8:30 am – Noon.  One-hour break for cleaning Noon – 1 pm.
    • Competition Pool and Water Park 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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. 

On June 8, the Teen Center and Game Room at the Morgan Family Community Center will re-open 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 will resume 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.

Outdoor rentals of pavilions can also resume 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 stance that recreation is essential to mental and physical health and are relying on the public’s cooperation to keep everyone healthy.

In addition, to ensure we can meet the current physical distancing and cleaning protocols, the following actions have been implemented:

  • Limited open swim space will be provided in the shallow end with reduced capacity based on current CDC/State guidelines.
  • The facility will adhere to a strict sanitizing schedule.
  • The concession stand will only offer prepackaged items for patrons to purchase.
  • Every other locker within the locker rooms will be secured to promote physical distancing.

Classes and lessons at both the North Port Aquatic Center and Morgan Family Community Center can resume starting the week of June 8. Times, availability and location of instructor-led classes may be modified, please call 941-429-PARK(7275) for specific class information. A special thank you to our amenity sponsors, Superior Pools and the Southwest Florida Water Polo Foundation, for their continued support.

How We’re Responding: Warm Mineral Springs Park

Warm Mineral Springs Park re-opened with regular operating hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily) starting on June 1 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.

Valid passes will be extended the number of days of closure. No additional days will be provided if a patron is not able to access the park due to capacity on a particular day and guests are welcome to return later that same day.

In addition, to ensure we can meet the current physical distancing and cleaning protocols, the following actions have been implemented by National and State Park Concessions, the current operator of the park:
> Sneeze guards will be placed at the customer service desk and signs installed to remind and encourage patrons to practice physical distancing.
> Seating will be reduced and spaced around the springs to encourage physical distancing.
> Chairs will be sprayed down once per day with an eco-friendly cleaning product suitable for use near water.
> Restrooms will be cleaned hourly and hand sanitizer stations are in place.
> Announcements to encourage physical distancing will be made throughout the day.

For other questions, please reach out to the North Port Parks & Recreation Department at Parks@CityOfNorthPort.com or call 941-429-PARK(7275).

Fireworks Display:

The City of North Port invites the community to unite and enjoy a special Fireworks-only display for Independence Day. To adhere to CDC guidelines, the event plan for the annual Freedom Festival, presented by American Irrigation, has been amended to a drive-in fireworks show that will be launched from the North Port High School site used in previous years. For more information please visit www.CityOfNorthPort.com/FreedomFestival.

City Meetings and Facilities:

City Commission meetings have gone virtual. A top priority is to make sure there are plenty of ways to participate. It will be available to be watched in several different ways including on our website and on our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/northportfl). We also have online public comment options. You can get lots more information on our Online Meetings page. Click the link at the top of the page that says "instructions and process."

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.

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.

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 until further notice.

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.

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

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, bars and nightclubs to reopen at half-capacity, 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.