Leon County COVID-19 Community Update for October 5

Monday, October 5, 2020 | 

October 5, 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

  • New: Drive-up mobile testing site on October 11 at Northeast Branch Library (5513 Thomasville Rd).
    • Sunday, October 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Open to patients of all ages, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • This is a drive-up testing site. No appointments. Please wear a mask.
    • For more information, contact Neighborhood Medical Center at (850) 224-2469.
  • The State of Florida closed the Home Depot testing site at the close of business on Friday, October 2. Individuals can continue to get tested at the FAMU-Bond COVID-19 testing site and at local mobile testing sites.
  • The FAMU-Bond COVID-19 testing site at Bragg Memorial Stadium ended antibody testing effective Friday, October 2.
  • Leon County reopens playgrounds and recommences Fall youth sports. Effective September 29, Leon County reopened County playgrounds with social distancing in place and allows Fall sports to recommence at County active recreation facilities with public health measures in place.
  • 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.
  • Leon County launched Leon CARES program to provide local assistance to individuals, businesses and human service agencies impacted by COVID-19. For eligibility requirements and to submit an application to receive assistance, visit www.LeonCountyCARES.com
  • 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 nearly 300,000 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
  • It’s Not Too Much to Mask Campaign. Leon County launched the social media campaign, It’s Not Too Much to Mask to encourage the use of masks and facial coverings in public. If you’d like to participate, post a masked-up selfie and share why you wear a mask and for whom using #MaskOnLeon.

Leon County's COVID-19 Health Metrics


    • Weekly Documented New Cases

                        341     DECREASING (from 494 cases)

    • Weekly Percent of Positive Cases

                       4.16%   DECREASING (from 5.52%)

    • Weekly Emergency Room Visits with Influenza-like Illness

                       9          DECREASING (from 24 visits)

    • Weekly Emergency Room Visits with COVID-like Illness

                        24        DECREASING (from 44 visits) 

COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now surpass 35 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 10,878 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 717,874 positive cases of COVID-19, and 14,712 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.

Group Key Community Resources
Government Coronavirus Guidelines - Federal Government
Business Resources for Local Business
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Testing
Service Changes Service Changes
Lock Consumer and User Protection
Plane Travel Restrictions and Guidance
Heart Households
Child Schools
Medical Briefcase Healthcare Providers
Mobile Device Citizens Connect App
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Continue to follow www.LeonCountyFL.gov/eip for any local updates or changes to services.

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