March 25, 2020

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating implementation of southbound traffic stops at mile marker 112.5 on U.S. Highway 1, and on Card Sound Road, to restrict access to the Florida Keys and to reinforce the island chain’s closure to visitors and non-residents.

The measure is being implemented to limit exposure to coronavirus in the Florida Keys.

The stations are to begin operations by no later than early Friday. Only residents, property owners, and those actively involved in work in the Florida Keys will be admitted, including fuel tankers, delivery and grocery trucks.

Proof of residency can be demonstrated with a resident reentry sticker, local identification, utility bill, deed, lease or tax bill. Those actively engaged in work in the Florida Keys, such as construction workers, will need to show a letter from their employer, employee identification, a paystub, or current construction contract in the Keys. First responders, healthcare workers and military actively engaged in work in the Keys will need proper IDs.

Long delays are possible at checkpoints and officials advise not to call 911 with non-emergency questions about U.S. 1.

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County received a lab report of positive COVID-19, coronavirus, in a 48-year-old male resident of Monroe County, according to Health Department spokeswoman Alison Kerr.

This is a travel-related case. This individual is isolated at his home and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by the Department. He is expected to make a full recovery. Monroe County has four positive cases in total, Kerr said.

Go to www.monroecounty-fl.gov/covid-19 for more information about Monroe County’s response to COVID-19, Including all information on access into the Florida Keys. Residents can call the Monroe County Emergency Management information hotline at 800-955-5504.

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