NEWS ON COVID-19
Please find this page as a resource when looking for updates on COVID-19 in your area and across the state of Florida. I want to ensure you that I am staying in close contact with the Governor's office and actively participating in each update made available to the legislative branch. This public health emergency is unprecedented in nature, and its impacts are changing by the hour.
For more information, please subscribe to my COVID-19 Update newsletters:
To find the current volume of cases in Florida, including a breakdown by each county, visit the Florida Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 Dashboard here.
The Florida Department of Health remains the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in our state.
Florida Health COVID-19 Data & Surveillance Dashboard
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
View Gov. Ron DeSantis' Executive Orders related to COVID-19 here.
CDC TRAVEL GUIDANCE
At this time, CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel.
If you are traveling, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip. Make sure you have the results of your negative test before you travel. Keep a copy of your results with you during travel; you might be asked for them.
Get tested again with a viral test 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
SYMPTOMS AND SPREAD OF COVID-19
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Shortness of breath.
Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment.
The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
PREVENTATIVE MESAURES TO PROTECT YOU & YOUR FAMILY
Before the COVID-19 vaccine is available to all individuals, the best prevention method is to avoid being exposed to the virus, and to avoid personal contact with others, especially our elderly population.
Here are some everyday preventive actions to help impede the spread of respiratory diseases:
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Please note, the CDC does not recommend that asymptomatic, healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used only by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
For more prevention and treatment tips, please visit:
COVID-19 Vaccination UPDATE
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has launched a vaccine locator site. The website helps Floridians to find vaccine sites by county or city and contains contact information for each location. Click here to view locations.
Appointments may be required, and vaccine availability will vary from day to day and week to week as we work to provide vaccines to the most vulnerable first.
On March 19, Governor Ron DeSantis announced he will lower eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to age 50.
As of March 22, the following populations will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines:
Long-term care facility residents and staff;
Persons 50 years of age and older;
Health care personnel with direct patients;
K-12 school employees of all ages;
Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of ages and older;
Firefighters 50 years of age and older; and
People who are “extremely vulnerable” to the virus with a completed state form signed by a physician
As more vaccines become available, eligibility continues to expand. Check the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 website for the latest information.
Sign Up for Alerts & ReportS ON Florida Vaccine Distribution
You can sign up to receive state alerts regarding vaccine distribution directly to your phone by texting FLCOVID19 to 888777.
The Florida DEM vaccine reports can be viewed here. See below for a list of other vaccine resources:
How to Pre-Register for the COVID-19 Vaccine
The Florida DOH has launched a statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for eligible residents.
Individuals can preregister for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting myvaccine.fl.gov.
Vaccine supply remains limited and appointments may not be available for several weeks in some counties.
Additionally, as part of the statewide registration system, each county has a designated phone number that individuals can call and preregister if they do not have internet access. Please find the complete list of numbers by county here.