Testing? Nassau County Health Department is offering Free COVID testing at various sites throughout Nassau County on a walk-in basis. We test those 5 years of age and older. You may also call your doctor or urgent care centers in the community for information on testing. See the calendar for a schedule.
OneNassau is not scheduling COVID-19 Vaccines for the Nassau County Health Department.
Homebound? - Nassau County Health Department has COVID-19 vaccine available to any homebound Nassau County resident. Homebound would be someone that can’t get out of their home without assistance by ambulance or special transportation services. If you or someone in your family is homebound, please call 904-875-6126 for information.
Shots brought to your business/organization? The Health Department will be glad to speak to any business or organization (church, work site, etc) about coming to their site to administer COVID-19 vaccine. For consideration, please call 904-875-6126.
Other vaccine locations? There are many other sites that are offering the COVID-19 vaccine in our community that you may call to obtain the vaccine. Barnabas Center is now offering Moderna Vaccine to anyone in the community. You can call them at 904-261-7000 for information. Additionally, Publix, Walgreens, CVS, and Winn Dixie all offer the vaccine. You may want to check with your primary care provider/doctor to see if they have the vaccine available. You can use the vaccine locator on this site to obtain information of other vaccine locations. Local television and newspapers also have information on where to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.
7/27/21 @ 6:30 p.m. - At the Board of County Commissioners meeting held on Monday, July 26th, Emergency Management Director, Greg Foster, presented the 2021 Citizen's Disaster Guide. This document includes information on various hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, shelter locations, tips on preparing an emergency supply kit, and what to expect if a widespread evacuation order is given.
The presentation also included information about the new Evacuation Zones that were established following a study conducted by Emergency Management, along with the Northeast Florida Regional Council and Florida Department of Emergency Management. The old map had all of Amelia Island and most of the Yulee area under Zone A. As a result, many people off the island who were in Zone A were electing to not evacuate because they felt like their threat wasn't as great as others in that Zone residing along the intercoastal and on Amelia Island. Emergency Management indicated that they’ve also seen a decline in residents on Amelia Island who are willing to evacuate.
The new map now has 3 evacuation zones on Amelia Island which identify areas most likely to be affected by a coastal storm, as well as additional zones throughout the rest of the County clearly outlining where that area falls on the Zone Map. It's important to note that anyone previously shown in a surge zone will still be in a surge zone. Only the letters of the evacuation zone have changed.
Please click here to watch Director Foster's presentation. The discussion of the 2021 Citizens Disaster Guide and new Evacuation Zone Map begins at approximately 48:45.
If you have any questions about the new Evacuation Zones, please contact Emergency Management at (904) 548-0900.
Public Information Officer
Consumers can purchase qualifying back-to-school supplies exempt from tax during the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. Passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis, the sales tax holiday begins Saturday, July 31 and extends through Monday, August 9.
During the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, the following qualifying back-to-school items are exempt from sales tax.
The sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.
For more information on implementing the sales tax holiday, please see the Department of Revenue's Taxpayer Information Publication on the 2021 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday or the 2021 Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday FAQs for Businesses.
Due to current renovations at Barnabas’ West Nassau service center at First United Methodist Church in Callahan, all services will be relocated to the “Preschool Room” in the church.
Barnabas Center’s west Nassau service center is normally located in an office adjacent to the First United Methodist Church in Callahan at 449644 US Highway 301, Callahan, FL 32011.
All services will continue to operate as normal. Nassau County residents may apply for assistance in Callahan by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (904) 261-7000 for any of the following assistance:
Parking is located at First United Methodist Church in Callahan. At the time of your appointment, our service provider will call you to provide directions to the Preschool Room.
For more information about our services in Callahan, call (904) 261-7000.
Nassau County has seen a significant increase in new CoViD-19 cases since mid-June. The Florida Department of Health’s (FDOH) weekly report shows that 445 Nassau residents were newly diagnosed with CoViD-19 between July 9 and July 16. Case numbers are fast approaching the highest numbers seen since before vaccine became widely available in Florida.
CoViD-19 Vaccine is available to all residents over the age of 12 years at no cost through local pharmacies, medical providers, and FDOH-Nassau Clinics. Appointments can be made at pharmacies and physicians’ offices, or residents can walk in at the FDOH Clinics without an appointment on the following schedule:
Residents with questions about any vaccine or their medical care should consult with their personal healthcare providers.
If you have any questions, please contact Nassau County Emergency Management at 904-548-0900.
Barnabas Center Nassau
Date: May 27, 2021
Christie Patterson has lived in Nassau County for 11 years. Her husband is disabled. She is unemployed because she must stay at home to care for him. They do not have health insurance. Christie found out she had diabetes in 2013. That is when she contacted Barnabas for help.
Thanks to ongoing participation in Barnabas’ Rx for Healthy Living Program, Christie’s diabetes has improved, and she is benefiting even more from a new Barnabas partnership with Amelia Fresh, a local food hub.
Amelia Fresh is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping local farmers and producers, as well as addressing food waste and food insecurity in Nassau County. Their mission is to provide convenient, economical and environmentally friendly access to healthy and fresh local goods.
Access to nutritious foods is a challenge for many Nassau County residents like Christie. But Barnabas’ Rx for Healthy Living Program encourages patients like her to take charge of their health and future by eating healthy foods. The patients who are enrolled in this program have one or more chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease or other chronic illnesses.
Relatedly, more than 13 percent of our Nassau County neighbors don’t know from where or when they will get their next meal. That’s called food insecurity. And, that’s equal to 1 of 6 adults and 1 of 4 children in our community who are hungry. Food insecurity is defined as a lack of access, at times, to enough food, including limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.
A few of the most significant factors that influence food insecurity and lack of access to nutritious foods include poverty, unemployment and spending trade-offs such as paying housing or medical bills versus not purchasing healthy foods.
Without warning, the need for food nearly tripled as the pandemic caused a significant increase in unemployment. The past year, Barnabas’ food programs provided 207,815 meals of healthy food to 3,939 food insecure households with 20,882 family members. Barnabas is thankful for the outpouring of support from the community, food partners and volunteers who donated produce, food and time to help distribute thousands of pounds of food to Nassau County neighbors in need.
In addition, several years ago Barnabas developed the Rx for Healthy Living Program to support those patients who have limited access to nutritious foods. The new partnership with Amelia Fresh serves to not only provide access, but to also educate patients about produce and ways to prepare it at home.
Every other week, Barnabas’ twenty-five RX for Healthy Living participants receive one no-cost fresh produce box from Amelia Fresh. Barnabas adds to each box a variety of no- or low-sugar and low-sodium items, based on the patients’ needs. If a patient has mobility or transportation barriers, several members of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise generously volunteer their time to deliver those much-needed 50 boxes each month.
“I love the Rx for Healthy Living program because it helps me resist eating sweets,” Christie said. “Receiving fruit in my produce box is great. I’ve lost some weight and have learned what kinds of produce is best for me to eat. I am so happy my diabetes is under control.”
The RX for Healthy Living Program has proven to be successful with 58% of patients with high blood pressure having achieved improved readings and meeting their target goals, and 35% of patients accomplishing weight loss of 4 to 40 pounds.
For Amelia Fresh’s regular customers who are placing orders on ameliafresh.com, the food hub offers two options to donate to Barnabas’ RX for Healthy Living Program: a monthly $5 and a one-time $20 donation, which go directly toward purchasing a box of produce for Barnabas’ patients.
Amelia Fresh Local Food Hub is located in Fernandina Beach where you’ll find locally grown seasonal produce, meats, dairy, locally roasted coffee, tea, fresh baked breads, grains, honey, soaps and other artisan goods. You can order online at AmeliaFresh.com. Orders can be picked up or delivered to your home.
Barnabas is deeply grateful to Amelia Fresh, the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise and the many donors who support this beneficial program. For information about Barnabas’ health services and qualifications, call (904) 261-7000.
After months of postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the return of Leadership Nassau, a premier Leadership Development program.
Leadership Nassau provides participants with an in-depth understanding of the various socio-economic aspects that directly affect our region. During the 10-month program, students engage in activities that connect them with local leaders, while simultaneously helping them form a life-long bond with fellow classmates.
More than 325 members of the Nassau County community have participated in Leadership Nassau, with graduates ranging from Circuit Judges to small business owners and everything in between. The program is open to any resident of Nassau County, but recruitment targets individuals with diverse backgrounds and seeks a racial, gender, and age mix that is reflective of the local population.
For more information and to receive a Class 21 application, contact Leadership Nassau Coordinator Alex Wilmer at Alex@NassauCountyFLChamber.com. Interested parties may also click below to download a copy of the application. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 18, 2021 by 5:00 P.M.
Nassau County School District
Submitted by Brent Lemmond
April 20. 2021
While most Nassau County students were enjoying their spring break, it was all business for the 51 Future Business Leader of America (FBLA) students that had earned a spot in the state competition. When the conference ended, Nassau County was well-represented at the awards ceremony. Leading the way was the Public Service Announcement Team from West Nassau High School (WNHS). Team members Destiny Armstrong, Ashton Bacon, and Lacey Libby built upon the success of their district competition win, they took first place and qualified to compete this summer in the national competition.
Students from the Hilliard Middle/Senior High (HMSHS) chapter and the NTCC (Bean Center) chapter also placed. HMSHS 8th grader Aiden Johnson placed 4th in the Digital Citizenship – Middle Level event. Tristan Rodenberry (HMSHS, 11th grade) placed 5th in the Computer Applications event. Logan Douglas, a WNHS senior and NTCC Entrepreneurship student, placed 5th in E-Business.
FBLA chapter advisors from Nassau County schools work hard to coach students, providing leadership and technical skills to prepare students for success after high school. Faith Sims (WNHS), Paul Mizenko (HMSH), and Brian Simmons (NTCC) sponsored this year’s crop of champions.
For more information on this story or any of the Nassau County School District’s Career Education Programs, contact:
Director of Career and Adult Education
Nassau County School District
1201 Atlantic Avenue
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
(904) 548-4474 Office
(904) 548-4499 Fax
From the County Insider
Office of the Nassau County Manager
March 25, 2021
3/22/21 @ 8:10 p.m. – In early March, two public outreach sessions were held regarding the conceptual plan for the Westside Regional Park. The first was a virtual meeting held on Monday, March 1st. The presentation used for the virtual meeting was also used for the in-person meeting held on Thursday, March 4th.
Approximately 30 people were in attendance at the in-person meeting and several expressed their thoughts on amenities they would like to see included in the park. The County’s consultant, Prosser, Inc., also provided the results of a recent survey in which citizens were given an opportunity to share their opinions about the possible amenities and the overall appearance of the park. The results of the survey were shared county-wide and then broken down further by zip codes and age groups.
Top priorities identified included:
To view the presentation, please see the You Tube video link.
Public Information Officer
The Nassau County Road Department has received notification regarding closure of railroad crossings for repairs in April. See below:
On behalf of CSX, the Nassau County Road Department is issuing a "Notice of Intent to Begin Construction" on the following railroad crossings due to repairs needed – All crossings could be closed from to 3-5 days. CSX will have rock staged at the crossings for first responders if they have to get across. These dates can change, with or without notice, due to unforeseen circumstances. These closures are a temporary but a necessary inconvenience for the maintenance and safety of the crossings. A disaster, such as a derailment, could cause the crossing to be closed for several weeks.
For additional information, please contact Erika L. Elmore at Southern Commercial Development 229-262-4394.
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