Leon County COVID-19 Community Update for July 27

Monday, July 27, 2020 | 

July 27, 2020

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, Leon County Emergency Management is committed to actively monitoring the disease and coordinating preparedness efforts with local health officials, healthcare providers, first responders and other critical emergency response functions.

The following update provides a timely, accurate and vetted source of official County and community information.

Significant Changes Since Last Update

  • The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) released new guidelines for workers to return to the job after testing positive for COVID-19. Previously, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) included the option for workers to return to the job after two negative COVID-19 tests. Now, the CDC has revised its guidance, listing symptom-based criteria as the preferred option. Per the Florida Department of Health and the CDC, a COVID-19 test is not required for a person to return to work after being infected with COVID-19. A letter from the health department that clears the person to return to work should suffice. Employers are encouraged to direct employees to call the Leon County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center and request a letter. The number is (850) 404-6300 press 1. Each person will be evaluated for release, which is an average of 10 days. However, this time period could be longer based on individual health circumstances.
  • Free COVID-19 Testing available at Home Depot (1490 Capital Circle NW)
    • No physician referral needed, individuals can be symptomatic or asymptomatic.
    • 18+ only
    • Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Test is upper nasal swab.
    • Results take 4-6 days, to view results click HERE or text "MAKO" to 66349
  • Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) distributes cloth face coverings to businesses. Beginning Tuesday, July 7, face coverings are available at OEV, Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, and the Capital City Chamber of Commerce. A business with one location is eligible for up to 100 face coverings. Local businesses with multiple locations are eligible for up to 200 face coverings. For FAQs regarding the distribution of masks to businesses, click here.
    • Office of Economic Vitality (315 S. Calhoun Street, Suite 110, Tallahassee, FL, 32301) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce (300 E Park Ave., Tallahassee, FL, 32301) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Curbside pickup only at the TalChamber Carport
    • Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce (1028 E Park Ave., Tallahassee, FL, 32301) – By appointment only, call 850-577-0789 or by email at info@mybbmc.org
    • Capital City Chamber (1020 Lafayette St., Suite 110, Tallahassee, FL, 32301) – By appointment only, call 850-329-8955
  • County offering free face coverings for pickup at all Libraries. Starting Wednesday, June 24, Leon County will make thousands of free face coverings available for pickup at all County library locations during regular hours. Two face masks per individual will be allowed to ensure adequate supply to meet demand. For locations and hours click here. 
  • It’s Not Too Much to Mask Campaign. Leon County launched the social media campaign, It’s Not Too Much to Mask to encourage the use of masks and facial coverings in public. If you’d like to participate, post a masked-up selfie and share why you wear a mask and for whom using #MaskOnLeon.

Mark O' Bryant

Mark O'Bryant, President and CEO at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare 

Alan Keesee

Alan Keesee, CEO at Capital Regional Medical Center 


  • COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now surpass 16 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 3,868 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 432,747 positive cases of COVID-19, and 5,931 COVID-19-related deaths. These numbers are updated regularly by FDOH; visit the dashboard for more detailed information, here. Local testing date includes public and private tests performed in Leon County, including Antigen tests performed by Patients First.


Click below to access more COVID-19 information:


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As you may have noticed, we are no longer including the entire community update in this message. Instead, we have organized all of the information from previous community updates in a COVID-19 Information Portal. Below you will find the content available on the portal.

Group Key Community Resources
Government Coronavirus Guidelines - Federal Government
Business Resources for Local Business
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Testing
Service Changes Service Changes
Lock Consumer and User Protection
Plane Travel Restrictions and Guidance
Heart Households
Child Schools
Medical Briefcase Healthcare Providers
Mobile Device Citizens Connect App
Check Take Action and Stay Prepared
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Continue to follow www.LeonCountyFL.gov/eip for any local updates or changes to services.

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