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COVID 19 Resources from the CDC

Posted on: March 30th, 2020 by brent

Florida Governor’s Executive Orders – click the link for the full details
20-71 – requiring restaurants to takeout/delivery only and closures of most gyms
20-72 – prohibiting elective surgeries and procedures
20-82 and 20-86 – ordering isolation of certain out of state travelers 
20-83– regarding advisories for persons over 65 and at high risk, social gatherings of more than ten and remote work
20-87 – restricting new, short-term (less than 30 days) vacation rentals (not hotel/motel)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Executive Order 20-09 – All recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart and not have more than 10 people on board.

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) indicates that local efforts to test potentially-exposed individuals in Escambia County, Florida continues to identify new cases of COVID-19. As of 11 a.m. CT on Monday, March 31, the total number of Escambia County cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis is eighty-eight (88) individuals, eighty-one (81) residents and seven (7) non-residents. This number is expected to change daily due to the return of results from ongoing testing. “These results reinforce how important it is for individuals to practice disease prevention methods and support the recent actions taken by state and local governments to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in Escambia County,” said FDOH-Escambia Director, John J. Lanza, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, FHPS.

Health care providers in Escambia County, Florida are collaborating to make testing available to those for whom testing is indicated by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Contact tracing will be conducted for those individuals who have tested positive. Contact tracing is a frequently-used public health tool for tracking and preventing the spread of disease. Epidemiologists work to find everyone who has been in contact with the positive case. Persons identified to be at-risk through the contact tracing process are interviewed, evaluated, and educated on their risk factors and what they need to do next.

FDOH-Escambia encourages residents and visitors to take steps to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses such as COVID-19. Everyone has an important role in preventing the spread of this virus.

Take Steps to Protect Against Spreading COVID-19

Follow these steps in all situations, even when you feel perfectly healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands;
  • Practice social distancing: avoid large gatherings (more than 10 people) and stay at least six (6) feet away from others;
  • Avoid unnecessary travel, especially international travel and cruise travel;
  • Avoid being around anyone who is sick or who may have a weak immune system;
  • Move away from people before coughing or sneezing;
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue then throw it away;
  • Wash your hands often, especially after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose;
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs.

 

If you are mildly ill, follow these tips to help prevent spreading it to other people:

Screen Yourself and Call First

If you become sick, review the screening criteria for COVID-19 testing:

  • Are you experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
  • Have you returned from travel to an affected area, or been on a cruise within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been around someone diagnosed with COVID-19? Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, call, do not visit, your health care provider and tell them about your symptoms and your travel history or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. It is important to call ahead before visiting your health care provider. Offices must take proper steps to avoid further spread of COVID-19 when a concerned patient arrives for a medical evaluation. If you do not have a health care provider or health insurance, call, do not visit, Community Health Northwest Florida at 850-436-4630 or other community walk-in care locations, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel history or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. They will determine if you meet the criteria for testing. Assistance with the steps outlined above may be obtained by calling our coronavirus information line at 850-595-6500, option 6.

Drive-through COVID-19 testing is available in Escambia County.  

Drive through testing is available at three locations.

  • IMPORTANT:  All patients are required to be screened before arriving at the drive-through testing centers by calling the local COVID-19 Screening Call Center at 850-746-2684.  
  • The screening call center is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The call center staff will assist in helping find the testing center that best fits the needs of each person needing a COVID-19 test.
  • The hours of operation for the drive-through testing centers for COVID-19 are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Florida Department of Health (Department) works continuously with all our community partners to ensure that everyone is prepared in the eventuality of infectious disease spread. Please visit the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19. The webpage remains the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The CDC also has a website with information related to COVID-19:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Know How it Spreads

Illustration: woman sneezing on man
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
 
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

 
woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
 
man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
 
cleaning a counter

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

What you need to know about handwashing link with image of soapy handwashing

 

COVID 19 Business Tools

Posted on: March 18th, 2020 by brent

We know COVID 19 is causing interruptions in your business because it is happening in ours.  Cat Country 98.7 and our sister stations: NewsRadio 92.3, ESPN Pensacola, and Pensacola’s Playlist 94.5 are all platforms were we can help your customers find YOU.  

Do you need some ideas on how to get in front of people in our community who need your services?  Do you need a way to tell people that you are open and serving customers?  We can help tell your story in fast changing times. 

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On the Radio (where your customers are listening for information about what is happening)

Social Media, Allow our team tell your businesses story with photos, videos or interactive content with our highly engaged and loyal audiences online with social media posts about your businesses unique plans for the coming days. 

Online: People are online searching for answers and updates now more than ever, allow our team create a custom marketing initiative to meet your potential customers exactly where they are. Perhaps it’s to let them know you are open, able to serve them or want to be there as their local community ally. Our digital platform allows us to target your message to your ideal potential customer with messages across all devices based on behaviors, keywords, artificial intelligence and more. We can reach people streaming content through connect devices and TVs, on social media, browsing online or even while playing games online. In the time when uncertainty abounds, be in front of your ideal customer with a message of hope and a reminder their local businesses are there for them in this time. Meet your customers and the community where they are online today. 

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    RESCHEDULED: Brooks and Dunn – The Wharf – October 9, 2021

    Posted on: March 17th, 2020 by brent

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    Luke Combs Livestream

    Posted on: March 17th, 2020 by brent

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    Brent Lane among those honored at the 60th PACE Awards

    Posted on: March 5th, 2020 by brent

    PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. – March 4, 2020– The Greater Pensacola Chamber announced its 60th annual PACE Award recipients during a special one-night event at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. Each year, the PACE Awards are presented to outstanding individuals in our area who have made significant contributions to Greater Pensacola’s economic, educational, and community progress.

    “Pensacola has no shortage of amazing people who work every day to make our community a better place,” said Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Justin Beck.  “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to specifically recognize the special individuals and the work they do.”

    The 2020 PACE Award winners are:

    Emerging Leader of the Year: Robin Zimmern, Major Gift Officer at the University of West Florida, was named Emerging Leader of the Year.  A little over two years ago, Zimmern has found herself in a leadership role with the University of West Florida managing to double her fundraising goals each year.  Along with consistently surpassing the goals set for her in her professional life, Zimmern serves on several local non-profit boards and volunteers with many other community organizations. She possesses the ability to serve as a leader of a group when needed, but also serve as a productive and hard-working member of a group under the leadership of others.

    Business Leader of the Year: Will Condon, President, Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart, was named Business Leader of the Year.  Born and raised in Pensacola, the 2020 Business Leader of the year is an individual who could be described as a business visionary. Condon is a graduate of Pensacola Catholic High School and then chose to further his education at the University of West Florida for both his bachelors and master’s degree.  In his current role as President of Studer Family Children’s Hospital, Condon oversees the operations and continuous growth and development of the Studer Family Children’s Hospital and led the move from the old children’s hospital to their new facility. Condon’s focus has been on patient experience and under his leadership, Sacred Heart was voted the nation’s best pediatric emergency department.

    Professional Leader of the Year: Don Snowden, Department Head of the Performing Arts Department, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor at Pensacola State College, was named Professional Leader of the Year.  Since 1987, Snowden has developed a strong relationship within our community and has assisted Pensacola State College in raising over $500,000 in support of the programs, faculty, and students in the Performing Arts Department.  Snowden’s professional reach goes beyond just Pensacola State College. He has made an impact on the Pensacola Symphony, the Pensacola Civic Band, Pensacola Little Theater, Gulf Breeze High School, and many other programs throughout our community.

    Community Leader of the Year: Brent Lane, radio personality at Cat Country 98.7, was named this year’s Community Leader of the Year.  Since moving to Pensacola in 2005, Lane has made a positive impact on the Pensacola community by dedicating his time, energy, and talents to this community and its citizens. He supports over twelve non-profit organizations throughout the community and touches the lives of thousands of people each year through his volunteer efforts.  Along with presenting a top-rated morning radio show, he has dedicated himself to Manna, where he has served on the board of directors for the past eight years, including serving as Board President as well as chairing several committees. 

    Advocate Leader of the Year: Dr. Kim Krupa, Executive Director of Achieve Escambia, was named Advocate Leader of the Year.  In her role as Executive Director at Achieve Escambia, Krupa has tripled the volunteer base, doubled the fundraising revenues, and elevated the profile of a community-based organization that is unique to Florida. She has led the charge at Achieve Escambia in improving kindergarten readiness by 10% points at C. A. Weis Community School where they are making a long-term investment in the 3-year-old preschool program. Under her direction, Achieve Escambia has won two most-improved statewide awards as a result of their first-ever Escambia County FAFSA Challenge to connect more high school seniors to financial aid for college. 

    Leader in Education: Dr. Kim LeDuff, Vice President for Academic Engagement and Student Affairs at the University of West Florida, was named Leader in Education.  Dr. LeDuff became an educator because she recognized the doors that were opened for her as a result of her educational experiences. She is an individual with a stellar record of education service through outstanding contributions to advancement, mentorship, and encouragement of students in or outside of the classroom. LeDuff has made a lasting impact on the University of West Florida by building a strong diversity program that infuses inclusion in all that they do and establishing a new division dedicated to academic engagement and student success.

    Spirit of Pensacola: Carol Carlan, President, Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation, was named as the recipient of the Spirit of Pensacola Award.  As a businesswoman and community leader, Carlan has served and bettered our community through her roles in business, education, and philanthropy.  Carlan is known for her heart-felt commitment to education and social issues, and has served on more than 35 not for profit organization boards during her career including: the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, Pensacola State College, the Institute of Human & Machine Cognition, and the PACE Center for Girls. Under Carlan’s leadership as President of Ascension Sacred Heart Foundation she has helped raise $50 million in assets.

    Pioneer Award: John Appleyard, Pensacola historian, was named as the recipient of this year’s Pioneer Award.  John Appleyard has been a pioneer in the Pensacola community for two generations, having dedicated his life to sharing Pensacola’s rich history daily.  Beyond founding the Appleyard Agency in 1959, he is an avid historian who has authored dozens of books about Pensacola’s past.  Appleyard was named director of the Florida Quadricentennial Celebration in 1958 and has been involved with numerous local historic preservation efforts.  Appleyard’s 15-minute films about Pensacola’s history are viewable Tuesdays through Saturdays in the Appleyard Storytelling Cottage, located in UWF’s historic village.

    Brent Lane says: Tonight it was an honor to receive the PACE Community Leader of Year Award from the Greater Pensacola Chamber. I love our community and am inspired to work harder for it by the room FULL of community leaders. Make no mistake there are so many doers in our community who are deserving. Dave and Mary Hoxeng have created a space where “community” involvement is something to be enjoyed. I’m blessed to have a wife in Angela Lane who is not only encouraging in service, but a servant herself. As we have watched our kids Cali, Hope and Carson become leaders and servants.

    As always I hope have made my community proud and will continue to represent and champion what is great about our community. I’m very blessed that God led us to here and that our family has grown.