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Release – April 22, 2020 - Okeechobee County COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Announcement of New Case

Today Okeechobee County received confirmation from Florida Department of Health of one new case of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. This case involves a 62-yr-old female who is an Okeechobee resident, and a staff member at the Okeechobee Health Care Facility, with no history of travel and is currently hospitalized.

This brings Okeechobee County’s total COVID-19 cases to 8, which includes 7 residents, and 1 non-resident.

The Okeechobee County Health Care Facility submits the following statement:

We received confirmation that one of our staff members was diagnosed with COVID-19 today. We want to express our heartfelt concern for our staff member; our thoughts are with the individual at this difficult time.

At present, we can report that no residents or staff on the quarantined unit are presenting with any COVID-19 symptoms.

As resident safety is our top priority, we are doing everything we can to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including staying in very close communication with the local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps. We have restricted visitors and our staff are donning the appropriate PPE in accordance with regulatory requirements. We continue to follow CDC guidelines and adhere to all protocols for pre-screening residents prior to any admission, infection control techniques and personal protective equipment recommendations.

We fully recognize how difficult this time is for our staff, residents and for their loved ones, who have been restricted from any physical contact with beloved family members. Working in conjunction with all appropriate authorities, we are doing everything we can to minimize the risk of exposure to all of our residents and our staff and will continue to do so until this threat has subsided. END

The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee submits the following statement:

Working with long term care facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our most vulnerable population continues to be a top priority for the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County (DOH-Okeechobee). In this regard, we have been working closely with our partners such as the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to provide these facilities with infection control prevention guidance and mitigation strategies.

DOH-Okeechobee works with community partners such as Okeechobee County, the Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center and Okeechobee County Fire Rescue and has developed a Long-Term Care Facility Response Plan and Strike Team as a multi-disciplinary approach to prevent COVID outbreaks in our county facilities. This strike team conducted an initial assessment of the Okeechobee Health Care Facility and the facility has put the necessary measures in place to meet all DOH and CDC recommended guidance.

We commend the OHCF for following the guidelines put into place and working with our epidemiological team to quickly respond and appropriately address this situation, immediately putting their plan into action. END

As of 11 a.m. today, a total of 268 tests have been processed for Okeechobee County from private and public labs with 260 negative results. There have been a total of three hospitalizations and zero deaths.

Okeechobee County is dedicated as a team of community partners who understand this is an evolving situation. Throughout the past month our community partners have been diligently working together to prepare during this event, to maintain public safety, and to keep Okeechobee informed of our actions and the steps everyone needs to take to protect each other. We may be a small community but our greatest strength is the way we come together and support each other.

We will continue to keep the community informed through regular updates.

For county updates and community resources please call our COVID-19 information line at 863-763-3536. For questions related specifically to the coronavirus, symptoms, testing, and treatment please call the Okeechobee Health Department at 863-462-5800 or the 24/7 Department of Health Hotline at 866-779-6121 or email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Release – April 7, 2020 - Okeechobee County Provides Public Comment Options for Virtual Meetings

Release: April 7, 2020**
By: County Administrator
Re: Okeechobee County Provides Public Comment Options for Virtual Meetings

In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19, while still allowing the public to provide comments at upcoming Okeechobee County Commission meetings, staff has created several ways to make sure the public’s voice can be heard.

The public is encouraged to watch the county meetings remotely while practicing social distancing. Meetings are broadcast live and streamed online at http://okeechobeecountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/Default.aspx and Live streaming may be accessed from computers, laptops or mobile devices. You may also go to our county’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OKEECHOBEECOUNTYGOVERNMENT/

Public comment for upcoming meetings can be submitted two (2) ways:

• Email at publiccomment@co.okeechobee.fl.us;
• Residents without Internet access can comment by
phone at 863-467-7249

Comments must be submitted by 1:00 p.m. on the day BEFORE a meeting. When leaving a public comment, please state your full name, address and telephone number for the record.

Comments will be distributed to the board in advance of the meeting and included in the record provided the comments comply with the county’s rules. Comments received by phone will be transcribed in written form provided that the comments comply with the county’s rules.

General public comment is limited to three minutes or roughly 390 words.

For additional information and updates relating to Okeechobee County’s efforts regarding COVID-19, please visit: www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/covid-19 or call 863-763-3536 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Release – April 1, 2020 – Okeechobee County Announces First Case of Coronavirus

Okeechobee County Public Safety Director Ralph Franklin announced today that Okeechobee County has received the report of the first positive Coronavirus case in the County.

The individual is a 41-year-old male who was tested out of the county, in the Tampa area. That individual is not physically located within Okeechobee County at this time, but does have an Okeechobee County address. The 14-day self-isolation period has passed, however, the individual has chosen to remain in self-isolation in the Tampa area.

Director Franklin stresses that “although this is a positive case reported for the Okeechobee Data, this person is not physically located in Okeechobee County”. Additionally, he emphasizes that this is an example of how the Florida Department of Health and the Okeechobee County Health Department are working with the local governments to make sure that they have the updated information in a timely manner.

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Release – March 30, 2020 – Parks and Recreation Outdoor Facilities

County Parks & Recreation Precautions COVID-19
Public Safety Director, Ralph Franklin
March 30, 2020
2:15 p.m.

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) Readiness Status

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fl. – Public Safety Director, Ralph Franklin, reminds citizens that the COVID-19 Virus continues to evolve and we want to assure everyone that County staff is working hard to keep our citizens safe and informed every step of the way.  We continue working closely with the County Health Department and the State to monitor this situation.

Regarding all OUTDOOR county parks and recreation facilities and fields, signs are posted in all of the parks advising citizens to avoid mass gatherings of people. These areas include all picnic table areas, pavilions, playground equipment areas, bathrooms, the adult softball field and volleyball area, and all soccer/baseball fields.  County staff is witnessing the majority of the public keeping a cautious distance with each other, however, we still have those few groups that are gathering despite having their events cancelled and our recommendations to prevent the gatherings.  

For the continued safety of our community, we encourage the public to report any gatherings located at any parks and recreation fields/facilities to law enforcement immediately at 863-763-3117.  County Staff will also continue to monitor all parks and also report to law enforcement immediately.  Failure of citizens to abide by the Governor’s 2020-83 Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce, could result in misdemeanor charges.

It is imperative that citizens follow the DOH guidelines and avoid mass gatherings. Practice social distancing - keep 6 feet between you and other people when possible.  Avoid hugs, handshakes, and large gatherings in close quarters.

As a reminder, current Parks & Recreation closures are: 

• The Public Library is closed to public.

• Parks & Recreation Rental Facilities are closed to the public.

• The County Swimming Pool is closed to the public

• The Agri-Civic Center is closed to the public.

• The Darrel Enfinger Sports Complex, Wooden Jungle Playground & Pavilion is closed from dusk until    8 a.m.

The Okeechobee County COVID-19 information line is open Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 p.m. at 863-763-3536, for questions regarding updates on local services, restaurants, grocery stores, business closings, and more.

For questions related specifically to the coronavirus, symptoms, testing, and treatment, please call the Okeechobee Health Department at 863-462-5800 or call the 24/7 Department of Health Hotline at 866-779-6121.

Release – March 27, 2020 – Safety Precautions COVID-19

RELEASE: Safety Precautions COVID-19

Public Safety Director, Ralph Franklin  

March 27, 2020

9:00 a.m. 

 OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, Fl. – Public Safety Director, Ralph Franklin, reminds everyone that the COVID-19 Virus event continues to evolve and we want to assure everyone that County staff is working hard to keep our citizens safe and informed every step of the way. We are working closely with the County Health Department and the State to monitor this situation.

 Director Franklin  reminds our citizens that grocery stores in our area are restocking and receiving supplies. They have regular scheduled deliveries and are working hard to restock those items that maybe be depleted. There is no need to panic buy.  So, when shopping, purchase the necessary items that you need to provide for yourself and the family. There is no need to panic buy. Additionally, local restaurants are open for take-out and delivery.  For details concerning a specific restraint you may contact them directly or call the County COVID 19 information line.

 We also would like to remind all citizens to continue to take safety precautions and follow DOH and CDC guidelines: 

  • Practice social distancing - keep 6 feet between you and other people when possible. Avoid  hugs, handshakes, and large gatherings in close quarters.
  • Clean your hands often - wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Droplets spread the virus, by following good hygiene, you protect the people around you.
  • Clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desk, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If you are sick, stay home.

 The Okeechobee County COVID-19 information line is open Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 p.m. at 863-763-3536, for questions regarding updates on local services, restaurants, grocery stores, business closings, and more. 

 For questions related specifically to the coronavirus, symptoms, testing, and treatment, please call the Okeechobee Health Department at 863-462-5800 or call the 24/7 Department of Health Hotline at 866-779-6121.

Release – March 26, 2020 – Update to COVID-19 Information Line

Release – March 26  Re: Update to COVID-19 Information Line

The Okeechobee County COVID-19 Information line is open Monday-Friday from 8-5 p.m.. Please call 863-763-3536 for information related to county updates and community resources.
For questions related specifically to the coronavirus, symptoms, testing, and treatment please call the Okeechobee Health Department at 863-462-5800 or the 24/7 Department of Health Hotline at 866-779-6121.

Release – March 26, 2020

Release: COVID-19
Public Safety Director
March 26, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

The Department of Revenue issued an Emergency Order today extending the property tax due date from March 31, 2020 to April 15, 2020.

The Okeechobee County Tax Collector's office will accept payments postmarked on or before April 15, 2020. Payments made by phone, drop box or through our website will be applied to 2019 taxes and will reflect payment of the amount due in 2019. If you have further questions, call 863-763-3421. The Emergency order can be viewed @ https://floridarevenue.com/…/Order%20of%20Emergency%20Waive…

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Release – March 26, 2020

Release: March 26, 2020

Extending Local State of Emergency to April 2, 2020

 

A Resolution extending the Local State of Emergency for Okeechobee County was approved at today’s BOCC meeting to begin Friday, March 27th at 8:00 a.m. for an additional period of 7 days, unless extended further.
The Local State of Emergency provides local governments with the powers necessary to coordinate and implement plans at protecting its citizens and community. The LSE provides a good mechanism to obtain support and services from state and federal agencies, as needed. This LSE is also a tool to secure any mutual aid from local, state and federal agencies, if needed.

 

We appreciate our community and all the work everyone is doing to adhere to the DOH and CDC guidelines as we navigate these evolving events as a community. We are all in this together.
We ask our citizens to continue to follow the DOH and CDC guidelines on staying home if you are sick, washing your hands frequently, and continue social distancing.
Remember, If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call your local primary care physician or the Department of Health 863-462-5800.

Release – March 25, 2020

Release No. 7 – March 25, 2020
COVID-19
County Administrator, Robbie Chartier
5:15 p.m.

 

Okeechobee County notice of ADDITIONAL Office Updates related to COVID-19

Okeechobee Community Development Department
         The Okeechobee County Community Development Department will operate during regular business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but the lobby will be closed to the public.

Okeechobee Building Permit Applications
        Building permit applications and supplemental materials may be placed in a drop box outside the front door. The application materials will be retrieved by Department staff throughout the day and processed.

Please note that Florida State Statute requires that owner/builder permit applications must be submitted in person. If you are a property owner submitting an owner/builder permit application, please call 863-763-5548 to arrange a time to submit your application.

Contractors may also submit permit applications for mechanical, electric and roof permits electronically through e-TRAKiT (www.okeechobeetrakit.com)
Building permit applications and associated materials may also be submitted by US Mail, UPS or FedEx.

Okeechobee Inspections

The procedure to schedule inspections will not change. Contractors and owner/builders may schedule required inspections by phone at 863-763-5548 (please have the permit number ready). Contractors may also schedule inspections through e-TRAKiT (www.okeechobeetrakit.com).
Interior inspections for occupied or recently occupied residences will not be conducted at this time. Contractors scheduling inspections for interior electric and air conditioning work must call to discuss options with an inspector.
For your protection and the protection of the inspectors, we will practice social distancing and we will avoid handshakes and other contact.

Okeechobee Contractor Licensing
Materials to update and register contractor licenses may be submitted by the drop box, US Mail, UPS,FedEx or by email to contractorlicensing@co.okeechobee.fl.us

Okeechobee Planning and Zoning
Planning and zoning staff will be available by phone during regular office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Applications for land use changes can be submitted in the drop box during regular office hours. Applications will be processed but public hearing dates have not yet been determined.

Applications for site plan review can be submitted in the drop box during regular office hours. Applications will be processed but Technical Review Committee meeting dates have not yet been determined.

Okeechobee Licensing Board, Code Enforcement Magistrate and Planning Board
All meetings of the Construction Industry Licensing Board, Code Enforcement Special Magistrate and Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals are canceled at least through April 30

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Release – March 24, 2020

Release:  March 24, 2020 
at 5:26 p.m.
from: County Administrator

Re: NOTICE OF OFFICE CLOSURES: Beginning Wednesday, March 25th the following County offices will be closed to the public:

 

• Okeechobee County Administrator and Administration Offices - will be closed to the public effective Wednesday, March 25, until further notice. However, you are able to contact those offices via phone at 863-763-6441, fax 863-763-0118, email, US Mail, and all resources may be found on their website at http://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us.

• Okeechobee Supervisor of Elections office - will be closed to the public effective Wednesday, March 25, until further notice.
However, you are able to contact that office via phone 863-763-4014, fax, email, US Mail, and all resources may be found on their website at http://www.voteokeechobee.com.

• Okeechobee Clerk of Court - will be closed to the public effective March 25, 2020. For our customers, a drop box is located in the Lobby of the Judicial Center under the watchful eyes of Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department Court Security. Customers may deposit their documents for court filings and recordings, which will be retrieved daily. All emergency and essential court services are still being provided as designated by the Florida Supreme Court and the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court Administrative Orders. Individuals needing Clerk services related to Domestic Violence Injunctions for Protection, Baker Acts, or Marchman Acts shall report to Court Security located in the Lobby of the Judicial Center. These individuals will be personally assisted by my staff. You may visit our website at: http://www.clerk.co.okeechobee.fl.us/

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Release – March 23, 2020

Recap COVID-19
Okeechobee County BOCC Public Information
March 23, 2020 5:00 p.m.

 

MESSAGE FROM EOC:
As of 6:00 p.m., Okeechobee County has NO confirmed cases of COVUD-19. Please continue to observe social distancing, wash your hands frequently, and if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call your local primary care physician or the Department of Health 863-462-5800.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK:
Okeechobee County declared a Local State of Emergency along with 57 other Florida counties.
Emergency Management is at a partial Level 2 Activation. The COVID-19 information line is open Monday-Saturday 8-5pm. 863-763-3536.

COUNTY OFFICES STATUS:
• Raulerson Hospital has activated to Level 3 and are no longer allowing visitors except under certain circumstances. All visitors will be screened for cold and flu-like symptoms prior to entry.
• The Public Library is closed to public.
• Veteran Services office is closed to the public.
• Parks & Recreation Rental Facilities are closed to the public.
• The county swimming pool is closed. The rest of the sports park is open. Visitors are encouraged to use safety precautions.
• The Darrel Enfinger Sports Complex, Wooden Jungle Playground & Pavilion will be closed from dusk until 8am.
• Young at Heart Senior Service Center is closed to the public. Contact Senior Services at 863-462-5180
• Okeechobee Tax Collectors office is closed to the public until further notice. The drive thru window located at the back of the office is also available. Renewal of vehicle registrations and driver’s license can be conducted online at: https://services.flhsmv.gov/VirtualOffice. Paying property taxes is being conducted online at: Okeechobeecountytaxcollector.com.
• Okeechobee Clerk of Court has suspended the issuance of passports and the performance of marriage ceremonies until further notice. For information regarding Court Hearing Cancellations, please refer to Administrative Order 2020-01 on the 19th Judicial Circuit Website at: http://www.circuit19.org/
• Okeechobee County School System closed through April 15. Several locations will begin distributing no-cost meals to children 18 and under beginning Tuesday, March 24 – 27th, in a drive-thru model, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the OHS campus; Douglas Brown Center from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in a drive-thru model, as well as, grab and go; Okeechobee County Library from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in a drive-thru model, as well as, grab and go.
• Due to minimizing public contact, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office has ceased background checks, concealed weapon finger printing and all non-essential services until further notice. They will still respond to ALL emergencies and will still be patrolling neighborhoods and businesses.
• Okeechobee Property Appraisers Office is closed to the public, until further notice. However, you are able to perform all statutory duties via phone, fax, email, US Mail, and all resources may be found on their website at http://www.okeechobeepa.com/.

NEW STATE EXECUTIVE ORDERS as of March 20, 2020:
• Executive Order 20-72: “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners' offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient's immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”
• Executive Order 20-71: “I hereby order all restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 and 509, Florida Statues, within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food consumption for customers. Such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services; I hereby order the closure of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida. This Executive Order shall expire upon the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.” Effective immediately.

PROTECTIVE ACTIONS:
Okeechobee County is currently operating under a state of local emergency.
Emergency Management remains at a partial Level 2 Activation and continues working with the Florida Department Health, Okeechobee County Health Department, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and local and state agencies. All updates will be sent out as they become available.

GENERAL UPDATES:
• The Board of County Commissioners will have another County Briefing at its regular meeting on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 9:00 p.m.

 

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Rumor Control – March 20, 2020

Okeechobee County has been receiving calls about a massive shutdown of businesses in Okeechobee. At this time, there is no truth to this rumor.

As you may have seen in the news, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is ordering the closure of all beaches and many businesses in Palm Beach and Broward Counties until the end of the month.

According to Executive Order 20-70, issued on Friday to Palm Beach and Broward County , all movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios, and beaches will close until March 31. In addition, all restaurants, bars, pubs, night clubs, banquet halls, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, and any other alcohol and/or food service businesses with seating for more than 10 people in Palm Beach and Broward Counties must close, except for take-out and delivery services.

Grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open. The executive order did not address child care facilities. This is predominately focused on areas with large clusters of outbreaks of the virus that require additional containment of the general public on non-essential business.

Release – March 18, 2020

The BOCC will convene a County Briefing session March 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the commission chambers to receive updates from local agencies and consider adoption of a resolution declaring a state of local emergency.
Okeechobee County continues to coordinate with State and County Partners to be prepared for COVID-19.
The Okeechobee County COVID-19 Information line is now open 8am to 6pm. Please call 863-763-3536 for information related to county updates and community resources. For questions related specifically to the coronavirus, symptoms, testing, and treatment please call the Okeechobee Health Department at 863-462-5800 or the 24/7 Department of Health Hotline at 866-779-6121.
The following County Offices will be closed effective March 18, 2020:
Okeechobee County Library: Closed effective March 18, 2020 until further notice.
All Parks and Recreation RENTAL Facility: Closed effective March 18, 2020 until further notice.
Okeechobee County Pool: Closed effective March 18, 2020 until further notice.

Release – March 17, 2020

The Okeechobee County BOCC will be conducting an Emergency Meeting at 4:30 p.m.  with continued discussions as the situation with COVID-19 is evolving, the County is actively planning for various scenarios and how it may impact the public, employees, and its operations. 

Release – March 16, 2020

The Okeechobee County BOCC will be conducting an Emergency Meeting at 5:00 p.m. TODAY as the situation with COVID-19 is evolving, the County is actively planning for various scenarios and how it may impact the public, employees, and its operations. Release – March 16, 2020

Release – Letter from Okeechobee County Administrator, Robbie Chartier
3/16/2020
12:00 Noon

Okeechobee County Acts to Contain COVID-19

OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FL (March 16, 2020) – At Okeechobee County, nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community and employees. We continue to closely monitor the impacts of COVID-19 (new coronavirus) as the situation is evolving quickly and the county is actively planning for various scenarios and how it may impact the public, employees, and its operations.

As of March 16, Okeechobee County has no confirmed COVID-19 cases. County staff is coordinating its responses with State, the Fl Department of Health,  and the Division of Emergency Management and local hospitals. 

The Public Safety Director of Okeechobee County will update the BOCC in an Emergency Meeting TODAY, March 16 at 5:00 p.m., as the situation with COVID-19 is evolving, the County is actively planning for various scenarios and how it may impact the public, employees, and its operations. The meeting will take place at 304 NW 2nd Street, Rm 270, Okeechobee.

The County has not declared a state of local emergency, however, staff is coordinating with neighboring counties on the appropriate response if circumstances change.

We encourage ALL event organizers to follow the recent guidance from the FL Department of Health, the CDC, and the Governor regarding Mass Gatherings. To read the state's guidance on mass gatherings and social distancing, visit https://bit.ly/3cWkRin.

High-traffic county facilities and customer service areas have been disinfected and undergo daily cleaning. Though no county facilities have been closed, customers are encouraged to conduct as much county business using its website, email, and phone. Visit our county website at:
https://www.co.okeechobee.fl.us/home  to learn about online services and find email addresses and phone numbers of county departments.

You are the key to avoid contracting and spreading COVID-19 with good personal hygiene. Visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC.gov) or the Department of Health (FloridaHealth.gov) for hygiene tips. For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Health Department's dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Respectfully,

Robbie Chartier, County Administrator

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Release – March 13, 2020

The Okeechobee Emergency Management Call Center is now activated. For information please call 863-824-6888.
This is a recorded messaging system with updates being provided as needed.

The BOCC conducted an Emergency Meeting at 4:00 p.m.  to receive a briefing from the Public Safety Director to update the Board on proactive actions regarding the COVID-19 virus and upcoming events.

Please click here to view the meeting:  http://okeechobeecountyfl.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx…

Release – March 12, 2020

Okeechobee County continues to do its part to ensure the safety and public health of our residents, visitors and our valued employees, as it relates to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the administration is conducting daily interdepartmental calls to monitor the progression of novel coronavirus COVID-19 to ensure we stay informed and prepared to respond as needed. We are also closely following the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). 

As the situation continues to evolve, please take a moment to review the update below, which summarizes the many actions that County Emergency Directors and Leaders are implementing to keep our organization and our community safe and strong. As always, if you demonstrate symptoms related with COVID-19, please call the Florida Department of Health immediately: 866-779-6121.