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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.
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 pedriatric 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 multisystem 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.
COVID-19 Testing Sites in Tallahassee-Leon County
- Northwood Centre (1940 North Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32303)
- Starting Monday May 11, the Northwood Centre hours will be reduced to Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- A drive-through sample collection site has been established at the Northwood Centre for patients who have had an order sent from a physician. Your doctor or local healthcare provider will determine if you need to be tested. In order to get tested of the testing center, you must have a medical referral. For more information about the testing site at the Northwood Center, click here.
- FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium (1500 Wahnish Way Tallahassee, FL 32307)
- FAMU has established a testing center for Tallahassee's southside residents at the FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium. The site will continue in operation until at least through June 1 and may be extended longer on a weekly basis. The site opens at 9 a.m. until 300 tests are administered. The site accommodates walk-ups, but patients are encouraged to book appointments by calling the Leon County Health Department at (850) 404-6399. Appointments will be booked no later than 3 p.m. daily. Testing is free and open to the public. For more information about the testing site at FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium, click here.
- Patients First (1705 Mahan Drive Tallahassee, FL 32308)
- Patients First has opened a walk-up testing location at 1705 Mahan Drive with the following hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients may be tested without referral and may be symptomatic or not. Find more information on the Patients First site HERE. Results typically take about three to five days. Testing fees may apply at Patients First. Please contact Patients First at (850) 877-7164 to discuss payment information.
For assistance with receiving your test results, please contact the County Health Department at (850) 404-6300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
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. Leon County residents can also call the County Health Department at (850) 404-6300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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, 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 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, the best resource for Florida-specific COVID-19 information remains the following FDOH website: www.FLHealth.gov/COVID-19.