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According to the CDC, limiting face-to-face contact — otherwise known as social distancing — is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Federal, state and local governments have implemented guidelines and closures to limit non-essential travel. But ultimately, it’s up to individuals to practice social distancing. So how do we know they’re actually doing it?

Like everyone else, my wife and I have been challenged by the stay at home coronavirus imperative. And, so far we are doing pretty well. We limit shopping trips almost exclusively to groceries and garden needs plus some takeout from local restaurants to help support the economy.

Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa County

For some time, residents have been able to watch local government meetings via live streaming.

Now, because of COVID-19, Escambia County is strongly encouraging electronic “participation” ahead of their next meeting tomorrow (Thurs) afternoon.

This is one example of the changes governmental bodies across the region are making, to keep citizens safe - and engaged - during the current crisis.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

A COVID-19 update, city park usage, social distancing and a message to hoarders – all in Monday’s weekly news conference with Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson.

First, an update on the numbers; the good news, said the mayor, is there’s a substantial number of test results being returned from the area’s largest testing center at Ascension-Sacred Heart Hospital.

“Out of the 1,700 roughly that have come in – 1,688 – out of that roughly 84 are positive in our area,” said the mayor. “So the positives are definitely up, but it’s running about still five percent.

Among them:

Dave Dunwoody

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson is asking residents for a little more time, to help put the brakes on the local coronavirus outbreak.

Robinson, Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May, and other leaders this week met with officials from Baptist, Sacred Heard and West Florida, along with Northwest Florida Community Health and the Florida Department of Health. One topic dealt with the number of patients being checked for coronavirus as of Thursday.