Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-52, declaring a State of Emergency for COVID-19. The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office has been closely monitoring the situation and is in contact with Florida Department of Health. Due to the recent Executive Order released by Governor DeSantis, we are taking preventative measures to protect our staff and the community.
The CDC currently recommends staying home when sick, keeping away from others who are sick, and limiting face -to- face contact with others as much as possible.
As of March 12th, 2020, the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office will be taking the following precautions in order to reduce exposure:
- Community Policing Officers will no longer attend Neighborhood Watch meetings until further notice. (If Neighborhood Watch captains so choose, they are responsible for the cancellation of meetings )
- Current Citizens Police Academy has been postponed
- Spring Break Sports Clinic has been cancelled (Tuition will be refunded)
According to the CDC, the virus is mainly spread person-to-person, particularly when they are within six feet of each other. The primary way is when an infected person sneezes or coughs and their droplets land on a nearby person’s mouth or nose or are inhaled into their lungs. Another way is when a person touches a surface where the virus is, then touching his or her own mouth, nose or eyes.
We urge you to take basic safety and hygiene measures by washing your hands well, and often. Also, be assured that we are doing the same.
More information regarding current state of affairs can be found below:
Governors DeSantis full Executive Order: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/EO-20-52.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Charlotte County Health Department: http://charlotte.floridahealth.gov/