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Leon County approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings beginning Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m until repealed.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
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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- 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:
- Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- 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 performed by Patients First.
FREE COMMUNITY TESTING
- Home Depot-Northwest Tallahassee (1490 Capital Circle NW, Tallahassee, FL 32303)
- Free testing is available for individuals 18+, no physician referral needed. Can be symptomatic or asymptomatic
- Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Test is upper nasal swab.
- Results take 2-4 days and are available online HERE or text "MAKO" to 66349.
- FAMU-Bond Covid-19 Testing Site at FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium (1500 Wahnish Way Tallahassee, FL 32307)
- The site is open from at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The site accommodates walk-ups, but patients are encouraged to book appointments by calling the Leon County Health Department at (850) 404-6399. Testing is free and open to the public. For more information about the testing site at FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium, click here.
- Test results are now available in 48 hours. In addition, test results can be accessed online by clicking here.
- A text system allows walk-ups to submit their name and mobile number and be texted when the team is ready to collect the sample. The text system helps beat the heat by waiting in an air conditioned vehicle. This process also limits gathering in lines.
- Testing is dependent upon weather and must close during lightening for the safety and protection of our community and staff.
OTHER TESTING OPTIONS
- Patients First (drive-thru testing site now located at the Northwood Centre)
- UPDATE: On July 14, 2020, Patients First moved its drive-thru testing site to Northwood Centre located at 1940 N Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32303.
- Patients may be tested without referral and may be symptomatic or not. No referrals are needed and results are typically available during your visit.
- Testing site hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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 is offering a Rapid Antibody Test for COVID-19. Results come back in 15 minutes.
- Wellness Medical Clinic (1931 Welby Way, Tallahassee FL 323208)
- 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
- Visit http://www.mymedicalwellness.com/
- Patients First is offering antibody testing for individuals that currently have no symptoms of the virus (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) Click here for more information.
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.
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.