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City Emergency Updates

Posted on: May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Update May 15, 2020

COVID-19

City Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Inverness City Council is slated for Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Inverness Government Center, 212 W. Main Street, Inverness. With the latest recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19, the City is planning to hold a virtual meeting. Interested attendees can locate the link to the video on city’s website inverness-fl.gov

The public may submit their questions to City Clerk Susan Jackson no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2020 via email sjackson@Inverness-FL.gov. Please provide your full name and address along with your comments. If requested by the commenter, written comments will be read into the record at the appropriate time. Time limits will be enforced so written comments must be limited to three minutes for individuals and five minutes for groups/organizations. For assistance or information, contact City Clerk Susan Jackson at sjackson@inverness-fl.gov or 352-726-2611 ext. 1007.

State of Florida Phase 1 reopening fully implemented

Today Governor Desantis announced that Florida will fully implement Phase 1 of reopening effectively lowering restrictions for several businesses. 

Items covered include:

  • Restaurants can operate at 50% capacity
  • Retail can operate at up to 50% capacity
  • Gyms may operate with strict enforcement of the CDC physical distancing and sanitation requirements
  • Museums/Libraries may operate at 50% capacity under the guidance of local government
  • Amusement Parks may submit re-opening plans to the state to include safety precautions and endorsement of the local mayor. (not an issue for us)
  • Theaters, Bars and Tattoo Parlors will remain closed at this time.

These changes will go into effect Monday May, 18th. 

Movie theaters, tattoo parlors and bars are not part of Monday’s reopening plan.

City of Inverness Parks

The City will maintain the parks in their current status of opening which includes playgrounds and ballfields remaining closed. The WPP pool will remain closed due to certain maintenance items that are still being completed, which should be completed in the first week of June.

Inverness City Hall fully reopens

City Hall will open Monday to an expanded footprint of public access while maintaining proper social distancing and PPE for staff.

Inverness Boating restrictions rescinded

The City boat ramps are open for public use without occupancy and distance restrictions.   Florida Fish and Wildlife Executive Order 20-13 rescinds FWC EO 20-09 related to recreational vessel anchoring and occupancy regulations for all waters of the state. The city encourages everyone to enjoy the lakes safely.

Public Service Announcement

Mayor Bob Plaisted and other county leaders have created a weekly public service announcement “Community Leaders Update” to update residents on the COVID-19 virus. This week’s video is about the reopening of parks, and businesses.  The newest video is located on the City of Inverness Facebook page. https://bit.ly/2Zjs6wH

Citrus County COVID-19 Cases Update

The Florida Department of Health Citrus County results for COVID-19 as of 5 p.m. on May 15, 2020:

Positive Cases and Tests*

One new positive case since yesterday’s report.

Total cases in Citrus County: 110

45 in Inverness

13 in Crystal River

10 in Homosassa

9 in Lecanto

9 in Citrus Springs

8 in Beverly Hills

6 in Dunnellon

6 in Hernando

4 in Floral City

Of the 110 cases, 16 are travel-related, 91 are not travel-related and 3 are unknown

Of the 110 cases, 72 are contacts to a confirmed case, 17 are not contacts, 21 are unknown or still under investigation

The age group with the most cases: 55-64 (27 cases)

28 Hospitalizations

11 Deaths

Total tests: 2,376

*While these numbers are provisional and subject to change, the number of cases reported in each county or municipality go off of the case’s home address, which is verified prior to release.

COVID-19 Resources

Please call the City of Inverness COVID-19 Information Line (352) 341-7830.

http://inverness-fl.gov/519/COVID-19-Information

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

https://www.citrusbocc.com/index.htm

https://www.sheriffcitrus.org/community-news.php

https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/

https://www.citrusschools.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=737701&pageId=25920047

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