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To protect public health, County requires face covering to be worn in businesses. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public health of our community, Leon County approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings beginning Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m until repealed. As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise locally and statewide, the ordinance states that an individual in a business establishment in Leon County must wear a face covering while in that business establishment.

For sample mask signage, click here.

To view the signed Ordinance, click here.

For Frequently Asked Questions regarding this requirement, click here.

To view local testing sites, click here. 

All of the following information is maintained by and provided by the Florida Department of Health

 

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Florida Department of Health launched its StrongerThanC19 mobile app and website. Designed to gather information to help the Department of Health track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida, residents are encouraged to help flatten the curve by anonymously answering questions that range from age and residency, to recent travel, to potential COVID-19 contact. More here. 

FDOH has activated a 24/7 COVID-19 call center at (866) 779-6121. Leon County residents can also call the County Health Department at (850) 404-6300, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Testing

  • What should I do if someone in my household may have been exposed to COVID-19?  The Florida Department of Health has guidance.  Learn more.
  • Should I get tested for COVID-19 and how should I get tested? The Florida Department of Health has guidance. Learn more.
  • Call, do not visit, your county's department of health or health care provider. It’s IMPORTANT to call ahead before visiting your health department or health care provider. Offices must take proper steps to avoid further spread of COVID-19 when a concerned patient arrives for a medical appointment.
  • How is testing done? A person who is tested may have specimens taken via:oral, nasal and saliva depending on the testing site and tests available. Samples will be given to the health department and from there, shipped or delivered to the closest laboratory.
  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Some people infected with the virus have reported experiencing other non-respiratory symptoms. Other people, referred to as asymptomatic cases, have experienced no symptoms at all. The CDC’s Self-Checker bot can help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. Click here and open the self-checker tool. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. The CDC has added the following new symptoms:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • What are the symptoms of COVID-19 in pediatric patients? Pediatric patients with COVID-19 may experience the following signs or symptoms over the course of the disease:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea
    • Sore throat
    • Shortness of breath
    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Myalgia 
    • Poor feeding or poor appetite
  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children- The CDC is collaborating with domestic and international partners to investigate reports of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. CDC and partners are working to better understand this new syndrome, including how common it is and its risk factors, and to begin tracking cases. For more information, click here.
  • 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.

 

 

COVID-19 Testing Sites in Tallahassee-Leon County

NOTE: COVID-19 test results are reported to the Florida Department of Health. Local testing data includes public and private tests performed in Leon County, including Antigen tests. 

FREE COMMUNITY TESTING-POP UP

    • Walk-up COVID-19 Testing on Monday, November 30 at Brownsville Preparatory Institute (1401 Old Bainbridge Rd)
      • Monday, November 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
      • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic. 
      • Walk-Up Rapid Testing.
      • The test is free for uninsured individuals.  A copay is not required for individuals that are insured.
      • The testing site is open to all ages, and identification is required for testing.
      • Site operated by Bond Community Health Center. For questions, contact Donnell Durden (850) 296-6858.
    • Drive-up COVID-19 Testing on Monday, November 30 at Dr. BL Perry Jr Library (2817 S. Adams St)
      • Monday, November 30, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
      • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic. 
      • Testing is free to all. Insurance is accepted. Photo ID required.
      • Drive-thru PCR molecular testing only. Results in 2 days.
      • Site operated by Neighborhood Medical Center. For questions, please contact (850) 224-2469.

FREE COMMUNITY TESTING-ONGOING

  • COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing on Wednesday, December 2 at North Monroe Medical Center (3721 N Monroe St)
    • This site will offers free COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic. 
    • PCR testing only. Results in 2-4 days. 
    • Testing operated by North Florida Medical Centers, Inc. For questions email announcements@nfmc.org
  • Covid-19 Testing Site at FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium (1500 Wahnish Way Tallahassee, FL 32307)
    • The site is currently offering Rapid COVID-19 Antigen testing for patients with results in less than 1 hour. PCR molecular testing is available by request with results available in 3-4 days. Sign up for testing HERE. 
    • Testing is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is NOT required but encouraged by going to Curative.com. Physician referral not required. Insurance is accepted but not required. 
    • The Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test sample is collected by a healthcare worker who will gently swab the inside of a patient’s nostrils. This collection process is quick, easy, and comfortable.
    • Patients receive their Rapid COVID-19 Antigen results within one hour of testing by email or SMS text. The Florida Department of Health receives all patient results and will contact patients with positive results.
    • The Curative RT-PCR molecular COVID-19 test is collected by a healthcare worker who will gently swab the inside of a patient's nostrils. This collection process is quick, easy and comfortable. Patient results will be available within 3-4 days. 
    • For inquiries about their results, patients can contact the Curative support staff at curativesupport@curative.com and by calling 888-702-9042.
    • New Hours effective November 19:The site is operational 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Site closes when the number of allocated tests has been reached.
    • WAIT TIMES MAY VARY: Appointment slots are considered a form of pre-registration and are not always reflective of the time you will be seen. Pre-registration ensures that you will get into the line more quickly!
 
 

OTHER TESTING OPTIONS

  • UPDATED: Patients First (drive-thru testing site located at 535 Appleyard Drive)
    • Patients First drive-thru testing site is conducted at Leon County Facility located at 535 Appleyard Drive. Tallahassee, FL 32304.
    • Patients may be tested without referral and may be symptomatic or not. 
    • Testing site hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Appointments are required. Find more information and schedule an appointment at the Patients First site HERE. Rapid testing (Quidel) is available with results in 20 minutes. The standard COVID-19 test which is more reliable than the rapid test is also available, and results typically take about three to five days. 
    • Testing fees may apply at Patients First. The fee is $175 for uninsured patients; they do not accept CHP, Humana, or Medicaid. Please contact Patients First at (850) 877-7164 to discuss payment information
  • Patients First (Curbside testing located at 3446 Thomasville Road)
    • Patients First curbside testing site is conducted at the Patients First Clinic located at 3446 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32309.
    • Patients without a referral will be screened and evaluated to determine if they qualify for testing.
    • Testing site hours are Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Appointments are required. Find more information and schedule an appointment at the Patients First site HERE. Rapid testing (Quidel) is available with results in 20 minutes. The standard COVID-19 test which is more reliable than the rapid test is also available, and results typically take about three to five days. 
    • Testing fees may apply at Patients First. The fee is $175 for uninsured patients; they do not accept CHP, Humana, or Medicaid. Please contact Patients First at (850) 386-2266 to discuss payment information
  • CVS Pharmacy (three locations only) [Symptomatic Patients only]
  • 1708 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303
  • 1300 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • 5466 Thomasville Road North, Tallahassee, FL 32312
    • CVS is offering testing at their pharmacies. It is free for uninsured patients. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com.
    • The test is available only to those who are symptomatic.
    • You may be asked to administer your own test.
  • Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 (At-Home Test Kit) 
    • Originally approved in late April, at that time the at-home collection kit was only available to healthcare workers and first responders. Recently, that restriction was lifted and now LabCorp has made the COVID-19 collection kit available broadly. This at-home collection kit comes at no cost to those with CHP, other insurance policies, and the uninsured (federal CARES money defrays the cost). More here.  FAQs here.
  • Wellness Medical Clinic (1931 Welby Way, Tallahassee FL 32308) 
    • COVID-19 diagnostic (PCR) available and antigen rapid testing available.
    • Appointments required. Call (850) 545-9376 
    • Insurance not accepted. Cost is $100 for COVID-19 PCR test, $125 for Rapid Antigen test. 
    • For COVID-19 diagnostic testing: patients will be tested in their car only. 
    • Visit http://www.mymedicalwellness.com/
  • Your Primary Care Provider
    • If you have a primary care provider, call your doctor's office to ask about getting testing. Most primary care offices are providing testing in their office.
  • TMH Transition Center
    • If you do not have a doctor, need help getting one, or need help accessing a test you can call the TMH Transition Center at (850) 431-4470.

CAPITAL HEALTH PLAN MEMBERS

  • Members who are seeking a COVID-19 test should contact their Primary Care Physician.
  • If you are a Capital Health Plan (CHP) member, there is no co-pay for COVID-19 testing.
  • All CHP members will be offered a COVID-19 test during their scheduled wellness visit.
  • Individuals that are NOT symptomatic may be tested in the doctor's office. Individuals that are exhibiting symptoms will be directed to a designated CHP location for testing.

For more information from CHP, click here.  Contact Capital Health Plan by clicking here. 

 


COVID-19 Antibody Testing 

  • OneBlood Donation Centers 
    • OneBlood is testing all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor's immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Appointments to donate are required. Masks are required to be worn by all blood donors. A mask will be provided if you do not have one. Click here to make an appointment.
  • Wellness Medical Clinic (1931 Welby Way, Tallahassee FL 323208)
    • Rapid Antibody Test offered for COVID-19. Results come back in 15 minutes.
    • 100$ for the test. Appointments only.
    • Call (850) 545-9376 to schedule an appointment
    • Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
    • For antibody testing: symptomatic patients tested in their car, asymptomatic patients will test in the lobby then wait in their car for results.
    • Visit http://www.mymedicalwellness.com/
  • Patients First

The CDC has more information about antibody testing, click here to view.

For questions about antibody testing, please contact the Florida Department of health 24/7 COVID-19 call center at (866) 779-6121.

 

Convalescent Plasma Donations 

OneBlood is experiencing a 500% increase in hospital orders for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. Convalescent plasma (CPP) is plasma collected from people who have recovered from the coronavirus. People who recover from coronavirus infection have developed antibodies to the virus that remain in the plasma portion of their blood. Transfusing the plasma that contains the antibodies into a person still fighting the virus can provide a boost to the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover.

The experimental treatment is approved by the FDA to be used on an emergency basis and is called COVID-19 convalescent plasma. Patients who meet the FDA criteria can receive convalescent plasma.

To learn more and donate your plasma, visit www.oneblood.org

 


Stay Informed

In coordination with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Leon County, the County recommends visiting the Emergency Information Portal to stay informed as new information becomes available. Also, the best resource for Florida-specific COVID-19 information remains the following FDOH website:  www.FLHealth.gov/COVID-19.