February 9, 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. Those without internet access can register to receive a vaccine by calling 866-200-3856. For those requiring TTY access, the phone number is 833-476-1455. For more information, please visit leon.floridahealth.gov.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Coming to Leon County
- Publix stores in Leon County will begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for residents 65 and over beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10. For more information, visit https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida
- Select Walmart/Sam's Club stores in Leon County will serve as vaccination sites serving residents 65 and over through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program beginning Friday, February 12, 2021. For a list of local sites, click HERE. Appointments are required at each location and can be made on the following websites:
- 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.
- 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
829 DECREASING (from 1,302 cases)
- Weekly Percent of Positive Cases
6.82% DECREASING (from 8.65%)
- Weekly Emergency Room Visits with Influenza-like Illness
14 NO CHANGE (from 14 visits)
- Weekly Emergency Room Visits with COVID-like Illness
43 DECREASING (from 69 visits)
COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now exceed 106 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 27,561 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 1,790,743 positive cases of COVID-19, and 28,048 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.