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Clay County Update on COVID-19 and Government Services

July 2, 2020

Post Date:07/02/2020 3:00 PM


July 2, 2020

3:00 P.M.


Annaleasa Winter

Board of County Commissioners - Clay County, FL                                              

Media Hotline: 904-413-1670

Public Call Center: 877-252-9362


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Clay County Update on COVID-19 and Government Services


Green Cove Springs, FL – Clay County Emergency Management, in Unified Command with the Florida Department of Health in Clay County, the Board of County Commissioners and Clay County Manager, is responding to COVID-19.

The Clay County Local State of Emergency will be extended through July 10, 2020 and will be extended weekly as necessary. The Clay County Board of County Commissioners’ Division of Emergency Management website has a COVID-19 section to provide the most recent COVID-19 updates.


COVID-19 Call Centers

  • The Clay County Emergency Operations Call Center is available to residents Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. at 877-252-9362.
  • The State of Florida Department of Health 24-hour Call Center is available at 866-779-6121.


COVID-19 Testing Sites for Clay County

A free drive through testing site for Clay County residents is open at the Florida Department of Health in Clay County Administrative Offices located at 1305 Idlewild Avenue, Green Cove Springs. A free pack of 5 reusable cloth facemasks will be given to each individual tested. The site will be open on July 3 for testing.

  • Call 877-252-9362 to make an appointment from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays
  • Children under 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 
  • You do not need to have signs or symptoms to be tested.
  • Please bring your Clay County ID and your own pen.
  • Testing forms available at Forms will also be available on site.
  • If you have not been contacted within 5 days after testing, you may request your results by Calling: (850) 583-2419 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET or sending an email to: You will be prompted to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

Please note, the testing lab may contact you with results by an unknown or private number. If your phone settings block these numbers, you may not receive the call.

Additional Testing Locations -You must be symptomatic to do one of the following:

  1. If you are insured and have a primary care physician, please contact your physician for evaluation and further direction.
  2. If you are uninsured or are insured and meet the criteria for testing, contact CareSpot for instructions. 

- CareSpot Middleburg 904-406-8240

- CareSpot Orange Park 904-213-0600

  1. If you are uninsured or are insured, but don't have a primary care physician, please contact one of the following clinics regarding their sliding fee scale or if they accept your insurance.

- Palms Medical Group Orange Park 904-688-3000

- Aza Health Green Cove Springs 904-284-5904

- Aza Health Keystone Heights 352-473-6595

Clay County Residents can receive COVID-19 testing at the regional testing facility set up at Lot J at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. Anyone, regardless of age or symptoms can now be tested at this location. Drive-thru, no appointment and its FREE!

  • Max 5 people per vehicle, must have working A/C and windows that open and fully close
  • Adults need a valid photo ID. Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian present
  • You must remain in your vehicle - No restrooms available on site

Free COVID-19 Antibody Testing is now available for Clay County residents at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

  • Available to anyone 18 or older from any county
  • No signs or symptoms required
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. seven days a week, drive through only
  • No appointment required
  • Must have a valid photo ID


The Clay County Board of County Commissioners, County Manager and Emergency Manager will follow all guidelines issued in Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Orders in Phase Two of the Re-Open Florida Plan.  


Governor’s Executive Order 20-150

(Emergency Management COVID-19 Local Government Public Meetings)

Effective June 23, 2020 and extends Executive Order 20-69 until 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 2020.

  • Allowing local government bodies to use communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing, as provided in section 120.54(5)(b)2., Florida Statutes.  


Emergency Order 2020-09

(Florida Department of Businesses and Professional Regulation) 

Effective immediately, all vendors licensed to sell alcohol for consumption on-premises, who derive more than 50% of gross revenues from such sales of alcoholic beverages, shall suspend such sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises.  

  • Such vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises in accordance with Executive Order 20-71, Sections 1 and 2. (Emergency Management COVID-19 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms).
  • Vendors who are licensed as public food service establishments or “restaurants” under Chapter 509, Florida Statutes, may continue to operate for on-premises consumption of food and beverages at tables pursuant to the restrictions in Executive Order 20-139 (Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step by Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery), so long as these vendors derive 50% or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.  


Governor’s Executive Order 20-114

(Emergency Management Extension of Executive Order 20-52- COVID-19 Public Health Emergency) effective May 8, 2020 and extended for 60 days.


Governor’s Executive Order 20-159

(Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief) Extends Executive Order 20-94 (Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief) until 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 2020.


Governor’s Executive Order 20-139

Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step by Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery 

By Order of the Governor, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 5, 2020: All persons in Florida are encouraged to follow appropriate social distancing and safety protocols issued by the CDC and OSHA.

  • All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 people.
  • Clay County senior citizens and individuals with significant underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Clay County vendors licensed to sell alcohol for consumption on premises who derive more than 50% of gross revenues from sales of alcoholic beverages shall suspend such sales for consumption on the premises.
  • Clay County restaurants licensed under Chapter 509, Florida Statutes, may continue to operate for on-premises consumption of food and beverages at tables at 50% of their indoor capacity, provided they derive 50% or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
  • Clay County in-store retail businesses including gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity while maintaining appropriate physical distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Clay County entertainment businesses including, but not limited to, movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at 50% capacity with appropriate physical distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation.
  • Personal services may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.
  • All Clay County youth activity facilities and multipurpose fields are open to the public.
  • Bookings at Clay County vacation rentals may continue.
  • Elective medical procedures may continue at Clay County hospital and office surgical centers, dental office, orthodontic office, endodontic office and other health care practitioners’ offices.
  • Clay County will not allow visits to nursing home or long-term care facilities during phase two of the reopening plan to avoid any possible exposure from asymptomatic individuals.

A complete list of all COVID-19 Executive Orders issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is located here:


Food Assistance Programs

Food Distribution Sites - An updated list will be maintained at under the “Food Bank Locations” button. 


Green Cove Springs Food Pantry

1107 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10am-1pm; Thursdays, 10am-4pm.


Orange Park Clothes Closet

1010 Fromhart St, Orange Park, FL 32073

Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm


Middleburg Food Bridge and Breadbasket

3925 Main St, Middleburg, FL 32068

Thursday 7am-1130am; Saturday 9am-11am


Lake Area Ministries

131 NE Commercial Cir, Keystone Heights, FL 32656

Mondays, 10am-1:30pm, Wednesdays, 10am-1:30pm, Thursdays, 5pm-7pm


Evangel Temple Southwest

Thursdays at 1pm. Shifting to Thursdays at 11am on 07/09

5040 Co Rd 218, Middleburg, FL 32068


Celebration Church

512 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park, FL 32073

Monday and Wednesday, 10am-1pm


Springs Church

2645 Blanding Blvd, Middleburg, FL 32068

Mondays 06/29, 07/13, 07/27; 9am-11am

Anyone interested in collecting and distributing donations should contact  


Pet Food Assistance

Clay County Animal Services has donated pet food available for Clay County residents who may be struggling to provide for their pets during this health crisis. Please call the Emergency Operations Call Center at 877-252-9362 to schedule a pickup time at the Clay County Animal shelter.


Career Source Northeast Florida

Clay County job seekers looking for employment opportunities need to schedule an appointment in advance at the CareerSource Clay County Career Center – located at 1845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 150, Fleming Island, FL 32003. Register for an appointment at or by phone at (904) 356-JOBS (5627), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Government Updates- Municipalities


Green Cove Springs - 904-297-7500

The lobby of Green Cove Springs City Hall, Public Works Administration Building, and the Police Department Building are open to the public. Anyone entering these buildings is asked to adhere to CDC COVID-19 guidelines. The use of face coverings is encouraged. All City departments are available by phone and email, and the Finance Customer Service drive-thru remains open.  Contact Communications Coordinator Tiffanie Reynolds at 904-297-7046 or with questions.


Keystone Heights - - 352-473-4807

The City of Keystone Heights lobby has reopened with a limited occupancy of 2 guests at one time. Please call in advance to make an appointment. Many services are available over the phone or through email at Please continue to drop CCUA water payments in the drop box. Contact CCUA at 877-476-2282 for questions regarding water/sewer service.  All City meetings will be held virtually through August 1, 2020.


Orange Park - - 904-264-9565 - Town Hall is open to the public with a limit of 10 people at one time in public spaces. Residents are encouraged to use the online utility payment option at Building permits and inspections can also be done through the Town’s website.


Penney - 904-529-9078- Town Hall business will be conducted by appointment only.


Government Updates- Constitutional Officers


  • Clay County Tax Collector’s Office - - 904-269-6320 -All office locations have reopened in a limited capacity during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  All customers will be encouraged to wear a mask.  Customers can complete many transactions online at A drop box is available in the lobby of the County Administration Building for tax payments and tag renewals.


  • Clay County Property Appraiser 904-269-6305 - The main office in Green Cove Springs is open to the public for walk-in service during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Office visitors are requested to follow physical distancing guidelines. The Orange Park branch will remain closed at this time. A drop box is available in the Administration Building and Orange Park branch lobbies.


  • Supervisor of - 904-269-6350- Clay County Supervisor of Elections Office has resumed regular operations Monday- Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will be open to the public, and customers, in very limited capacity, will be permitted to wait in the lobby.  Most tasks may be completed online or over the phone. Customers can register to vote, make updates to their information, find election dates, and more at Voters are encouraged to request Vote by Mail Ballots for the August 18 Primary and November 3 General Elections.



  • Clay County Clerk of Court & Clay County (904) 269-6302 Call Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for information about Clerk’s Office services and restricted building entry rules. COVID-19 health screening for entry is conducted at main courthouse in Green Cove Springs and at the Orange Park branch office; Middleburg and Keystone Heights branch offices remain closed. Drop-boxes are available at Green Cove Springs and Orange Park locations for submission of Recording Documents, court filings and payments for citations/fines.


Government Updates- Board of County Commissioners


The Finance and Audit Committee of the Board of County Commissioners of Clay County, Florida will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.,in the BCC Meeting Room, 4th floor, Clay County Administration Building, 477 Houston St, Green Cove Springs, Florida and by Microsoft Teams.

  • Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting either in the BCC Meeting Room, 4th floor, Clay County Administration Building, or by viewing the meeting on Comcast Channel 260, or as streamed live from the Clay County website at, or on the Clay County, FL Government Facebook page at\ClayCtyBcc, or by listening to the meeting telephonically at (904) 552-4094 or (833) 450-2718 (Toll-free), Conference ID 119 538 096#.
  • To be heard at the meeting for public comment, please complete a comment card if you attend in the BCC Meeting Room or register telephonically at (904) 529-4114, commencing on June 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. and prior to the public comment item for which you wish to be heard, if you attend virtually.

Please note, meeting room capacity and physical distancing guidelines will be followed.  All entrants into the boardroom will be screened. All in-person guests are encouraged to wear a cloth face covering/mask. 


The Planning Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 7:00 P.M., in the Board of County Commissioners Meeting Room, Fourth Floor, Administration Building, 477 Houston Street Green Cove Springs.  The meeting is open to the public and all interested persons are invited to attend and be heard at the meeting.

Please note, meeting room capacity and physical distancing guidelines will be followed.  All entrants into the boardroom will be screened. All in-person guests are encouraged to wear a cloth face covering/mask. 


Additional instructions regarding viewing of and participation in public meetings can be requested by emailing Copies of meeting agendas are available at


Those wishing to do business with Clay County Government should call the Clay County Government Switchboard at 904-284-6300 to make an appointment. You will be prompted to select a County department or Constitutional Officer. You may also call the County department directly:    

  • Building Department:  904-529-5394
  • Health Department:  904-529-3784
  • Planning & Zoning:  904-541-3814
  • SHIP:  904-278-4700
  • Code Enforcement: 904-284-6310 Appointments only 
  • Engineering and Public Works: 904-284-6335
  • Clay County Animal Services: 904-269-6342
  • UF/IFAS Extension: 904-284-6355


Clay County Parks and Recreation

All playground equipment is open for use during regular hours (Sunrise to Sunset). All Clay County youth activity facilities and multipurpose fields opened to the public. Camp Chowenwaw Park is open for overnight camping. Call 904-259-8058 or email for reservations. Clay County park facilities and pavilions are accepting reservations now for day-use beginning on July 1, 2020. Email to make your reservations. The Pool at Camp Chowenwaw will be open to the public beginning June 15, 2020. 

Physical distancing of 6 feet between people and all other CDC guidelines should be followed when using parks, facilities or pavilions.  


Clay County Public Libraries

All Clay County library branches are open from 1-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Email for more information or call the branch directly, contact information here:  Indoor browsing is allowed with capacity limited to less than 50% of building occupancy. Physical distancing guidelines will be followed at all library branches and no on-site gatherings are permitted. Study and meeting rooms remain unavailable to the public.

Please note, all library branches will be closed on Saturday, July 4th in honor of the Independence Day holiday.


Clay County Animal Services

Gates at the shelter in Green Cove Springs are open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Lobby access will remain restricted, please check in at the tent near the entrance.  Appointments are required to access the shelter and can be made in advance or on site. Please email CCAS staff at or call the shelter at 904-269-6342 to schedule an appointment.

Please note, the shelter will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in honor of the Independence Day holiday.


Curbside Solid Waste Collection

Curbside Collection services for garbage, yard waste and recyclables in Clay County is operating as scheduled. Place bagged garbage, recycling, and yard debris curbside the night before your designated pick up day. Trucks may arrive earlier than usual in some areas due to staggered shifts. If your items are not picked up on your designated day, check the waste for an information tag to see if an issue was identified preventing the collection. If no tag is present, please report the missed service at or call Advanced Disposal directly to report a missed collection service at 904-695-0500.

Please note, the Rosemary Hill Solid Waste Management Facility and Environmental Convenience Centers will be closed on Saturday, July 4, 2020, in honor of the Independence Day holiday. 


Clay County District Schools - Call Center 904-336-0090

The Summer Food Service Program began June 8 and will run through July 30, 2020. Meal service will be Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals can be picked up inside the school cafeteria for off-site consumption. Lunch will be provided and include a breakfast for the following day. Anyone 18 years or younger may receive breakfast and lunch at no charge and with no application process. Visit for details.


Florida Department of Health in Clay County - 904-529-2800 - The DOH-Clay Administration Building lobby in Green Cove Springs is open with limited capacity, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All customers entering the building are encouraged to wear a mask. One customer is permitted to enter the lobby at a time. Call 904-529-2800 option 5 upon arrival. You may call prior to arrival for an appointment.

Mental Health

Most insurance providers now allow Telemental Health resources.  Contact your insurance provider to find a counselor in your area or call Clay Behavioral Health at 904-291-5561. Medicare and Medicaid have also opened this service.


Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-237-TALK (8255)

Help a loved one, friend or yourself, the lifeline is free, confidential, and always available.


Senior Centers - Call your local senior center for assistance.

To-Go meals will be provided Monday –Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the client’s registered center. Call 904-284-3134 for any additional information.

  • Orange Park Center, 414 Stowe Ave. – 904-269-4731
  • Green Cove Springs/Clayton and Mildred Revels Center, 604 Walnut St. – 904-284-3134
  • Middleburg Senior Center, 3916 Section St. – 904-291-3520
  • Keystone Heights Senior Center, 125 NE Commercial Circle – 352-473-7121 



Clay County, FL is located southwest of Jacksonville and nestled along the beautiful St. Johns River. More than 216,000 residents enjoy a quality of life here that meets their desired pace and unique interests. Clay County has a business community that is 4,400 strong. Industries leading in information technology, manufacturing, healthcare and life sciences, aviation and defense, and logistics and distribution are here to serve you. Clay County welcomes you to enjoy the exquisite natural beauty, unique history and the small town feel only found here.



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