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

Updates, Advisories, & Announcements

St. Johns County Status

For the current status of cornavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida and St. Johns County, please visit the Florida Department of Health Online Dashboard.


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.

March 26, 2020

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.


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