Leon County COVID-19 Community Update for January 4

Monday, January 4, 2021 | 

January 4, 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 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 as vaccines become available.

For more information, please visit leon.floridahealth.gov.

  • Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing at Leon County's Northeast Branch Library (5513 Thomasville Rd) on Sunday, January 10, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • PCR molecular testing (results in 2-4 days).
    • No appointments. Bring a valid photo ID and provide an email address.
    • For more information, contact Neighborhood Medical Center at (850) 224-2469.
  • Additional Testing Dates Scheduled at Northeast Branch Library:
    • Sunday, January 17, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, January 31, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 5 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.
  • On September 25, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-244 that places all of Florida into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 recovery plan, effective immediately. View the Executive Order by clicking HERE.
  • Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) distributes cloth face coverings to businesses. Face coverings are available for pickup at the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality. A business with one location is eligible for up to 100 face coverings. Local businesses with multiple locations are eligible for up to 200 face coverings. For FAQs regarding the distribution of masks to businesses, click here or visit  www.OEVForBusiness.com  
    • Office of Economic Vitality (315 S. Calhoun Street, Suite 110, Tallahassee, FL, 32301) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 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 475,000 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

                       1,316    INCREASING (from 892 cases)

    • Weekly Percent of Positive Cases

                       10.97%  INCREASING (from 6.95%)

    • Weekly Emergency Room Visits with Influenza-like Illness

                       30          INCREASING (from 16 visits)

    • Weekly Emergency Room Visits with COVID-like Illness

                       91         INCREASING (from 66 visits) 

COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now surpass 85 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 20,168 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 1,376,692 positive cases of COVID-19, and 22,090 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:


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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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