COVID-19 Vaccination Update
As of December 29th DOH-Nassau started delivering vaccine to our emergency medical responders, urgent care providers, and other health care providers with direct patient contact.
Once that is complete and more vaccine becomes available, it will be provided to the next priority group of older adults over 65.
There is no exact timeline for providing vaccine to the prioritized groups – plans are dependent on vaccine supply and delivery. (Calling the Health Department will not help.)
We are all committed to providing the vaccine to each priority group and then to the general public as quickly as possible.
Updates on vaccine timelines for the general public will be provided as they become available.
Please monitor our www.OneNassau.com website and/or sign up for direct-to-your-cellphone updates by texting the word OneNassau to the number 888777.
We appreciate your patience as this is a rapidly evolving process.
In celebration of Florida Arbor Day Keep Nassau Beautiful plans to distribute up to 500 free trees to Nassau County residents.
Nassau County, Florida, December 21, 2020. Beginning Saturday, January 16 and on subsequent Saturdays in January Keep Nassau Beautiful (KNB) volunteers and partner organizations will be holding three free-tree drive-through events where residents will pick-up one or two free trees to be planted in Nassau County.
Individuals, businesses, and organizations may reserve free trees by completing two easy steps; reviewing UF/IFAS tree fact sheets for the available species and viewing an educational video led by UF/IFAS Nassau County Extension. Once the on-line learning is complete residents will be ready to complete the reservation form to select their preferred tree species and pick-up location. Completion of the reservation form is required 72 hours prior to the drive-through event. Nassau County proof of residency and a KNB free-tree voucher are required to pick up one or two of our 3-gallon size trees. Residents are also asked to help the tree get its best chance at a healthy long life by following a watering schedule until the tree gets established.
Free tree drive-through events are scheduled as follows: Fernandina Beach, Saturday, Jan. 16, Callahan, Saturday, Jan. 23, and Yulee, Saturday, Jan. 30. All events will be held between 9am – Noon. Details and reservation form at https://keepnassaubeautiful.org/news-and-events/.
The project is being generously funded through dedicated grants, fundraising activities and private donations. Liberty Landscape Supply sponsors the supply of up to 7-species of trees for the drive-through events.
“Trees are essential to addressing the negative effects of climate change, maintaining wildlife habitat, retaining property values and providing aesthetic beauty,” said Kelley McCarter, KNB Board Secretary and Project Chair, “Keep Nassau Beautiful is looking forward to celebrating Florida Arbor Day with these free-tree drive-through events.”
For more information KNB@KeepNassauBeautiful.org or 904-261-0165.
Keep Nassau Beautiful, Inc. is working to inspire, educate, and equip individuals, groups, businesses and governments to take action to make Nassau County a place where residents, visitors and wildlife can thrive and experience the beauty of Nassau County. www.keepnassaubeautiful.org
Local Nonprofit Organizations Address Community Needs in Nassau County, Florida with Support from Rayonier
WILDLIGHT, Florida – Rayonier awarded $105,000 to more than 38 local nonprofit organizations to help address key community needs across Nassau County. Recipients of the award were recognized individually this year. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the annual special awards breakfast was canceled.
The recipients will use the funds to help meet a range of needs in the Nassau County community, including civic and cultural, educational, environmental, natural resources and health and human services programs.
From promoting active involvement of fathers in the lives of their children, to establishing new apprenticeship programs or helping students develop the skills they will need to prosper, the Rayonier Community Fund grants help give families the opportunity to thrive.
“I’m extremely proud to support the tireless work of these organizations to help the most vulnerable people in the County” said Mike Bell, Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications.
Altogether, in 2020 Rayonier, through the Rayonier Community Fund, plans to grant close to $310,000 across the United States. Approximately, one third of those funds will be distributed in Nassau County to the following organizations:
About Rayonier Rayonier (NYSE:RYN) is a leading timberland real estate investment trust with assets located in some of the most productive softwood timber growing regions in the United States and New Zealand. We own or lease under long-term agreements approximately 2.7 million acres of timberlands. We also act as the managing member in a private equity timber fund business with three funds comprising approximately 141,000 acres. We are More than trees because we recognize that our 90+ years of success in the timberland industry comes from our people, an empowering culture and the courage to constantly challenge “the way it’s always been done.” Get to know us at www.rayonier.com.
It’s your last chance to take advantage of Amelia River Golf Club's special 2020 membership rates until they get adjusted on January 1st, 2021.
For a limited time, your initiation fee is only $1000 and $199 a month (regular initiation fee is $3000 and $299 per month). This also makes a great holiday gift idea for that special golfer in your life. For more information, call 904-491-8500.
The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival announced today the opening of ticket sales for the 2021 Season. The line-up of international and national musical stars, as well as local artists, are scheduled to perform concerts both live in Island venues and virtually for the safety of both musicians and audiences.
Online ticket sales are available at www.aicmf.com. Tickets sales are open first to our valued donors at the following contribution levels, and then to the general public. Starting at 8 am Wed, Dec 16 to $500+ donors, then at 8 am Fri, Dec 18 to $100 - $499 donors, and finally at 8 am Mon, Dec 21 ticket sales are open to the general public.
Beginning in January, the acclaimed Dover Quartet with Christopher Rex, the Festivals’ General & Artistic Director, opens the season with a virtual concert and the season extends through 11 spectacular concerts including the world-renowned violinist Midori. The season concludes in May with a concert by the legendary bluegrass group Balsam Range.
“Hosting these artists reflects our growing status as one of the nation’s premier classical music festivals. The ability to grace our stages with such internationally renowned artists is a testimony to the strength and support of our valued contributors, ticket-buyers, and volunteers” said Christopher Rex.
Those who are not already a donor should consider becoming one. It’s easy to do online. Concert tickets are expected to sell out quickly considering the line-up of international and national musical stars and the reduced seating to allow for live socially distanced performances. This is particularly true for premier seating.
The Festival could not happen without our valued music-loving contributors. Their financial support accounts for a significant portion of the funds needed to bring these world-class musical artists to Amelia Island. Visit www.aicmf.com to learn about the special benefits contributors receive by donating at various levels.
Festival Board President Emma Mills Bledsoe said, “Music truly soothes the soul and through this extraordinary group of musicians, we hope you will be refreshed and inspired, particularly as we look forward to a healthy new year.”
Partridge in a Pear Tree Planting Day
The City of Fernandina Beach, Department of Planning and Conservation will host a tree planting activity on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. This project demonstrates the City’s continued commitment to honoring community forestry and increasing its urban tree canopy. The tree planting will take place at the City of Fernandina Beach Housing Authority at 1300 Hickory Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
A total of seventeen (17) trees are scheduled to be planted including a variety fruit trees. Tree planting will continue within the housing authority into 2021 as an effort to increase canopy coverage throughout the area. The plantings at this event will bring the City’s 2020 planting total to 205 trees. Funding was provided through the City’s Tree Trust Fund.
Did you know that trees are not just great for landscaping, but they also provide a variety of environmental, social, and economic benefits? If you are a city resident that would like a tree planted on your property please contact the City Arborist, Dave Holley at 904-574-1215. Dave can help you determine if a tree is suitable for your desired location; if so, the City will plant one at no cost to you.
For additional information or questions regarding trees within the City, please visit www.fbfl.us/367/Trees or contact your City Arborist by phone or email at email@example.com.
COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida
On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, so that the first COVID-19 vaccines are available to individuals 16 years of age and older.
For updates about the vaccine and distribution from Governor Ron DeSantis, text FLCOVID19 to 888777.
Securing and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine is a top priority for the state of Florida. A COVID-19 vaccine will be a critical resource to preventing the further spread of the virus and allowing Floridians to return to the normal pace of life.
The state’s draft COVID-19 vaccination plan submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is publicly available on the Florida Department of Health’s website here.
The state of Florida is committed to providing timely and important updates regarding the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Please find the latest information below.
The CDC has launched a smartphone based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more about V-save here
Governor Ron DeSantis Provides Updates on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
Fact Sheet For Recipients And Caregivers
Fact Sheet For Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine
Letter Of Authorization
COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit
Thirteen more dogs from an overcrowded Puerto Rican animal sanctuary have arrived at the Nassau Humane Society in Fernandina Beach, and soon will be seeking forever homes.
The number of stray dogs in Puerto Rico has been estimated in the hundreds of thousands, and the sanctuary in the island commonwealth has been overwhelmed. About 125 dogs in total were airlifted to Palm Beach County on Friday.
Nassau Humane and other U.S. rescue groups agreed to take in the dogs, with the airlift conducted by Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Palm Beach County. Nassau Humane’s rescue van returned Friday night with 10 dogs and 3 puppies. They will be evaluated by the shelter’s veterinary and behavioral staff over the weekend and made available for adoption as soon as they’re ready.
NHS welcomed 15 Puerto Rican dogs from an earlier rescue mission in October. All of them have been adopted, NHS Executive Director Debbie Chissell said.
“The previous dogs all found wonderful homes and it was such a success that we are hopeful these new dogs will find their forever homes too,” she said. “We really want to encourage people to open their homes and hearts this holiday season and give these dogs the second chance at life that they deserve.”
NHS also hopes that the community will again offer financial support for the rescue. Last time, five of the 15 dogs required heartworm treatment, and all needed spay/neuter surgery, Debbie said. One dog needed special evaluation of an old leg injury, costing several hundred additional dollars. The costs were defrayed by donations ranging from $20 to $500.
“Please consider giving a donation toward the medical care and treatment of these dogs, and toward transport costs, so we can commit to receiving even more dogs from Puerto Rico who are in dire need of your help,” she said. Donations can be made at NassauHumane.org/donate, by calling (904) 321-1647, or visiting the shelter at 639 Airport Road in Fernandina Beach.
“The first group of Puerto Rican dogs have made so many people happy, including an 8-year-old girl whose family adopted their first dog,” said NHS Operations Manager Mandy Holden, who transported the new dogs to Fernandina Beach.
“They all seem really friendly,” she said. “My personal favorites are two big dogs, who apparently were housed together at the sanctuary. They’re super-sweet and happy in spite of what they’ve been through.
“They were all very easy to handle. Socializing won’t be an issue!” she added. “Plus they were quiet on the drive back, which was great.”
Nassau Humane Society is a not-for-profit, “no-kill” animal shelter at 639 Airport Road in Fernandina Beach. As the new Puerto Rican dogs become available for adoption their pictures will be posted at NassauHumane.org, with updates on Facebook as well.
puertorico2, puertorico3: Staff and volunteers of Big Dog Ranch Rescue unload the cargo plane that brought about 125 Puerto Rican rescue dogs to the United States Friday afternoon.
puertorico1: Thirteen dogs were boarded into the Nassau Humane rescue van for a trip to the Nassau Humane Society in Fernandina Beach, arriving Friday night.
Photos by Mandy Holden, Nassau Humane Society
For the sixth time in a row, the Leapfrog Group recognizes Baptist Nassau for top performance in health care safety.
Baptist Medical Center Nassau earned an ‘A’ rating in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, joining the top third of more than 2,600 evaluated health care systems selected to receive the highest achievement possible for protecting patient safety. This is the sixth consecutive time Baptist Nassau has received an ‘A’ safety rating.
“Protecting the health, safety and well-being of our patients and the community is our No. 1 priority,” said Ed Hubel, FACHE, hospital president of Baptist Nassau. “This recognition shows how dedicated our team members and physicians are to meeting the highest safety standards possible. Our patients depend on us to follow and exceed these standards every day.”
Developed under the guidance of a national panel of experts, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign an ‘A - F’ letter grade to acute-care hospitals across the United States. The grade incorporates metrics such as infection, error and accident rates to assess health systems for patient safety, helping consumers and their families make the safest choice for care possible.
Baptist Beaches, Baptist Jacksonville and Baptist South also received ‘A’ ratings, making Baptist Health a ‘straight A’ system for the second consecutive time.
“As we faced unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, our system remained committed to maintaining the highest level of patient safety,” said David Rice, MD, senior vice president, chief medical officer and chief quality officer for Baptist Health. “Our dedication to providing consistent, cutting-edge care using all available protective measures will continue to reassure patients that their safety comes before all else.”
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality and safety of American health care. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
See below for a complete list of Drive-Through Food Assistance dates/times for January 2021. For more information about the Barnabas Center Mobile Food Distributions, please visit www.BarnabasNassau.org or call (904) 261-7000.
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