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.
If you are experiencing symptoms, or have traveled internationally or to a heavily-infected area recently, please contact your local County Health Department.
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.
Travel Advisory Updates
At this time, CDC recommends avoiding nonessential travel.
If you are returning from an area with an outbreak of COVID-19 the CDC recommends self-quarantine for 14 days immediately upon return from your travels, even if you are asymptomatic.
If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath during those 14 days please contact your health care professional and mention your recent travel.
Your provider will work with your local County Health Department (CHD) to determine if COVID-19 testing is necessary.
If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from an impacted area, you should call a health care professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel.
SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDANCE
In areas where there are multiple cases of COVID-19, there is a concern about “community spread.” Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
This is why staying home, avoiding travel and crowds, and practicing social distancing is so important. Although young people may not be in as much risk of death as individuals over 65, they can catch and spread the virus just as easily.
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.
There is currently no FDA-approved vaccine to prevent COVID-19. However, trials for a vaccine have begun.
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
As there is no current FDA-approved vaccine at this time to prevent COVID-19, 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:
Latest Information on District Public School Reopenings
For the latest details and information on public school reopenings for the 2020-2021 school year, visit the county links below. There you will find details on public schooling options, guidelines and resources.