Leon County COVID-19 Community Update for February 1

Monday, February 1, 2021 | 

February 1, 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 and response 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 in Leon County is run by the State of Florida and is charged with leading vaccine distribution efforts in Tallahassee/Leon County through their local office (the Florida Department of Health in Leon County). If you are age 65 or older, you may be vaccinated through the Florida Department of Health in Leon County or your primary health care provider as vaccines become available. For more information, please visit leon.floridahealth.gov.

Although Leon County residents 65 and over can sign up now by visiting https://myvaccine.fl.gov/ , it may be weeks before the state health department is able to implement the system and begin scheduling new appointments. Those without internet access can register by calling 866-200-3856. For those requiring TTY access, the phone number is 833-476-1455.

  • Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing at James Messer Park Sports Complex (2830 Jackson Bluff Road) on Thursday, February 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • PCR molecular testing only. Results in 2-4 days.
    • No appointments. Bring a valid photo ID.
    • Testing operated by Bond Community Health Center at (850) 576-4073.
  • Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing at Northeast Branch Library (5513 Thomasville Road) on Sunday, February 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • PCR molecular testing only. Results in 2-4 days.
    • No appointments. Bring a valid photo ID.
    • Testing operated by Neighborhood Medical Center at (850) 300-7262.
  • Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing at North Monroe Medical Center (3721 N Monroe Street) every Monday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 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 all patients with results in less than 1 hour. PCR molecular testing is available by request with results in 3-4 days. Sign up for testing at curative.com 
    • Testing is free and open to the public. Appointments and walk-ups are accepted. 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 inquires about their results, patients can contact the Curative support staff by calling 888-702-9042.
    • The site is operational from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The 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.
  • New: Starting February 2, 2021 the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin requiring all travelers over the age of 2 to wear face coverings during interstate travel and in major transportation hubs. The requirement comes after President Joe Biden signed an executive order last month and will remain in place until May 11. More at TSA.gov. 
  • County offering free face coverings for pickup at all Libraries. Leon County continues to make free face coverings available for pickup at all County library locations during regular hours. Through the library program and with OEV, the County has distributed over 525,000 masks to citizens. Five face masks per individual will be allowed for pickup to ensure adequate supply to meet demand.  For locations and hours, visit www.LeonCountyLibrary.gov

Leon County's COVID-19 Health Metrics

Metrics

    • Weekly Documented New Cases

                       1,300    DECREASING (from 1,456 cases)

    • Weekly Percent of Positive Cases

                      8.53%  DECREASING (from 9.34%)

    • Weekly Emergency Room Visits with Influenza-like Illness

                       14          DECREASING (from 24 visits)

    • Weekly Emergency Room Visits with COVID-like Illness

                       63         DECREASING (from 92 visits) 

COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now exceed 103 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 26,543 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 1,727,107 positive cases of COVID-19, and 26,685 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.

 

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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.

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Medical Briefcase Healthcare Providers
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Continue to follow www.LeonCountyFL.gov/eip for any local updates or changes to services.

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