To Protect Public Health, County Requires Face Covering to be worn in businesses. To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public health of our community, Leon County approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings beginning Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m until repealed. As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise locally and statewide, the ordinance states that an individual in a business establishment in Leon County must wear a face covering while in that business establishment.
For sample mask signage, click here.
To view the signed Ordinance, click here.
For Frequently Asked Questions regarding this requirement, click here.
To view local testing sites, click here.
All of the following information is maintained by and provided by the Florida Department of Health
Florida Department of Health launched its StrongerThanC19 mobile app and website. Designed to gather information to help the Department of Health track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida, residents are encouraged to help flatten the curve by anonymously answering questions that range from age and residency, to recent travel, to potential COVID-19 contact. More here.
FDOH has activated a 24/7 COVID-19 call center at (866) 779-6121. Leon County residents can also call the County Health Department at (850) 404-6300, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Testing
- What should I do if someone in my household may have been exposed to COVID-19? The Florida Department of Health has guidance. Learn more.
- Should I get tested for COVID-19 and how should I get tested? The Florida Department of Health has guidance. Learn more.
- Call, do not visit, your county's department of health or health care provider. It’s IMPORTANT to call ahead before visiting your health department or health care provider. Offices must take proper steps to avoid further spread of COVID-19 when a concerned patient arrives for a medical appointment.
- How is testing done? A person who is tested may have specimens taken via:oral, nasal and saliva depending on the testing site and tests available. Samples will be given to the health department and from there, shipped or delivered to the closest laboratory.
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include fever, cough, or shortness of breath. Some people infected with the virus have reported experiencing other non-respiratory symptoms. Other people, referred to as asymptomatic cases, have experienced no symptoms at all. The CDC’s Self-Checker bot can help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. Click here and open the self-checker tool. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. The CDC has added the following new symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- New loss of taste or smell
- What are the symptoms of COVID-19 in pediatric patients? Pediatric patients with COVID-19 may experience the following signs or symptoms over the course of the disease:
- Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Poor feeding or poor appetite
- Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children- The CDC is collaborating with domestic and international partners to investigate reports of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. CDC and partners are working to better understand this new syndrome, including how common it is and its risk factors, and to begin tracking cases. For more information, click here.
- The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) released new guidelines for workers to return to the job after testing positive for COVID-19. Previously, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) included the option for workers to return to the job after two negative COVID-19 tests. Now, the CDC has revised its guidance, listing symptom-based criteria as the preferred option. Per the Florida Department of Health and the CDC, a COVID-19 test is not required for a person to return to work after being infected with COVID-19. A letter from the health department that clears the person to return to work should suffice. Employers are encouraged to direct employees to call the Leon County Health Department COVID-19 Call Center and request a letter. The number is (850) 404-6300 press 1. Each person will be evaluated for release, which is an average of 10 days. However, this time period could be longer based on individual health circumstances.
COVID-19 Testing Sites in Tallahassee-Leon County