February 15, 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 (DOH Leon) is included in the new statewide COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system as announced on Friday, January 30.
Leon County residents 65 and over can pre-register for vaccine appointments now by visiting https://myvaccine.fl.gov/. Those without internet access can register by calling 866-200-3856. For those requiring TTY access, the phone number is 833-476-1455. Additionally, there is now a helpline for Leon County residents with questions about the new appointment system: Call 833-540-2054. Phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please visit leon.floridahealth.gov.
- Select Publix, Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Leon County have begun scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for residents 65 and over. For a list of local Walmart/Sam's Club sites, click HERE. Appointments are required at each location and can be made on the following websites:
- Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing at Northeast Branch Library (5513 Thomasville Road) on Sunday, February 21, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- PCR molecular testing (2-4 days).
- Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
- No appointments. Bring a valid photo ID.
- For more information, contact Neighborhood Medical Center at (850) 300-7262.
- Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing at J. Lewis Hall Sr. Woodville Park and Recreation Complex (1492 J. Lewis Sr. Ln) on Monday, February 22, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- Community partners offer to transport seniors to COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Leon County, through agency partners part of the Big Bend Community Organizations Active in Disaster (Big Bend COAD), will help coordinate transportation for seniors to reach COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Any Leon County senior unable to secure transportation should contact VolunteerLEON at (850) 606-1970 to receive a referral to a faith-based organization for a volunteer driver. Anyone seeking assistance should have already tried to secure transportation through family and friends and must have a vaccination appointment scheduled at an upcoming clinic.
- Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare continues its series "State of COVID-19 - A Community Update" at noon this Friday, February 19. This virtual event collectively brings together local community health professionals for an open conversation about COVID-19. The discussion begins at noon via Zoom and is streamed live on Facebook. Register and submit questions at TMH.org/CovidTalk.
- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires 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
- Weekly Documented New Cases
703 DECREASING (from 827 cases)
- Weekly Percent of Positive Cases
5.03% DECREASING (from 6.87%)
- Weekly Emergency Room Visits with Influenza-like Illness
13 DECREASING (from 14 visits)
- Weekly Emergency Room Visits with COVID-like Illness
32 DECREASING (from 48 visits)
COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now exceed 109 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 28,076 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 1,830,988 positive cases of COVID-19, and 28,934 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:
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.
Continue to follow www.LeonCountyFL.gov/eip for any local updates or changes to services.