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Clay County resumes in-person commission meetings next week

County leaders urge citizens to remain vigilant as county reopens from pandemic lockdown

Clay County Board of Commissioners
Clay County Board of Commissioners (WJXT 2020)

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. – During the county’s final scheduled coronavirus response update news conference Friday morning, the county manager announced that in-person meetings will resume next week for the Board of County Commissioners.

Clay County Manager Howard Wanamaker said all visitors into the meeting room in Green Cove Springs will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

Capacity will be limited and cloth face masks or coverings are “highly recommended” for those who want to attend the meetings.

“This is our last press conference, but we will be working behind the scenes to continue to keep you all safe," Wanamaker said.

As of Thursday, Clay County had reported 369 positive cases of COVID-19 and 28 deaths.

Director of Emergency Management John Ward asked the community to stay vigilant as the county begins to reopen.

“Please remain calm and don’t get complacent," Ward said. “We can still have a surge in cases, so we’re asking that everybody still respect the physical distancing and the large group gatherings as we move forward.”

Ward also pointed out that hurricane season begins Monday and we’ve already seen two named tropical systems. He said the new COVID-19 environment will mean changes for local hurricane shelters, including decreased capacity because of an increased need to space out those who need to seek refuge in the shelters.

“Our shelters are a shelter of last resort with limited privacy and comfort,” he said. “Consider staying with family or friends (if possible)."

Press the play button below to watch the replay of Friday’s news conference

LIVE at Clay County Emergency Operations Center with the latest update on the #COVID19 response in Clay County.

Posted by Clay County, Florida Emergency Management on Friday, May 29, 2020

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