Leon County Commission to hold special COVID meeting on Sept. 7

Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 1:14 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - The Leon County Commission announced Wednesday it will hold a special meeting about COVID-19 in the community at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7.

The meeting will include presentations from county staff and medical and public health professionals, according to the press release. County commissioners will also evaluate how the county can slow the spread of the delta variant.

The meeting will be held at the Leon County Commission Chambers, located on the fifth floor of the Leon County Courthouse at 301 S. Monroe St.

County residents can attend the meeting in person to make public comments. Additionally, residents can comment virtually by registering at this Zoom link or submit written comments here.

If you want to comment virtually, you must register before 8 p.m. on Sept. 6. If you need help with registration, reach out to County Administration at 850-606-5300.

You can watch the meeting online at the following pages:

Leon County Commissioner Kristin Dozier publicly called for the meeting last Friday, August 27th. She says it’s been seven weeks since the County Commission last met, and she’s concerned the group would not have enough time to dig into COVID-19 issues during the next regularly scheduled meeting on September 14th.

During the meeting, Commissioners could consider a variety of options, from a community-wide mask requirement, to mandating masks inside County facilities for citizens in addition to employees.

Commissioner Dozier emphasized she does not want to see a shutdown.

“Personally I would really like to see, for example, the libraries require masks. I think that will help add a layer of protection for our kids and our families, but it will also help

us keep all of the libraries open. None of us want to see a shutdown,” said Dozier.

In response to her original request, County Administrator Vince Long provided a COVID-19 update.

In that document, sent to Commissioners on Monday, August 30th, it says Leon County EMS calls for service are higher in 2021 than in 2020.

When comparing a 15 week period from May through August, there has been a 14% increase. In the last five weeks, it’s a 25% increase.

The County also has a requirement for employees to be vaccinated. According to Long’s update, as of this past Monday, the County received 36 requests for accommodation.

20 were approved, 2 were denied, and 14 are “awaiting employee response.”

Long’s update also discusses the County’s efforts to encourage the community to get the COVID-19 vaccine. He says the task force is now targeting young people and millennials.

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