As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, Leon County Emergency Management is committed to actively monitoring the disease and coordinating preparedness efforts with local health officials, healthcare providers, first responders, and other critical emergency response functions.
- For COVID-19 testing information, click here.
- For past COVID-19 updates and additional resources, click here.
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- For Leon County service changes, click here.
- For more information regarding City of Tallahassee service changes, visit Talgov.com.
Significant Changes Since Last Update
- Pixel by LabCorp offers at home coronavirus testing option. Originally approved in late April, at that time the at-home collection kit was only available to healthcare workers and first responders. Recently, that restriction was lifted and now LabCorp has made the COVID-19 collection kit available broadly. This at-home collection kit comes at no cost to those with CHP, other insurance policies, and the uninsured (federal CARES money defrays the cost). More here.
- Governor DeSantis extends moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until August 1. More here.
- 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Leon County approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings begining Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m until repealed.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 FAQs regarding the requirement of face masks, click here. For sample mask signage, click here. To view the signed Ordinance, click here.
- County offering free face coverings for pickup at all Libraries. Starting Wednesday, June 24, Leon County will make thousands of free face coverings available for pickup at all County library locations during regular hours.Two face masks per individual will be allowed to ensure adequate supply to meet demand. For locations and hours click here.
- Warning against Fraudulent Exemption Cards. Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Justice warned about fraudulent information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of facemasks. A fake agency, the “Freedom to Breathe Agency,” is selling cards online that claim to exempt people from wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic. The postings, cards, and flyers were not issued by the Department of Justice and are not endorsed by the Department. The cards do not carry the force of law and the "Freedom to Breathe Agency," or "FTBA," is not a government agency.
- Suspension of on-premise consumption of alcohol at bars (amended). On Wednesday July 1, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) amended its order that suspended alcohol sales at bars and pubs to allow any etablishment licensed to sell food to sell alcohol, effecitve immediately. View the amended order HERE.
- 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 entered Phase 2 of DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery on Friday, June 5. As detailed in Leon County’s COVID-19 Response and Re-opening Plan, consistent with Phase Two of Governor DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery and in alignment with local, state, and national health expert guidance, Leon County Government re-opened certain programs and services on Friday, June 5. Frequently Asked Questions here. More at www.LeonCountyFL.gov/covid-19
- COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now surpass 10.7 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 1,377 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 169,106 positive cases of COVID-19, and 3,617 COVID-19-related deaths. These numbers are updated regularly by FDOH; visit the dashboard for more detailed information, here.
FREE COMMUNITY TESTING
- FAMU-Bond Covid-19 Testing Site at Bragg Stadium (1500 Wahnish Way Tallahassee, FL 32307)
- UPDATE: Testing at the site is extended with no established end date but will be closed on Sundays starting Sunday, June 21.The site is open from at 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The site accommodates walk-ups, but patients are encouraged to book appointments by calling the Leon County Health Department at (850) 404-6399. Testing is free and open to the public. For more information about the testing site at FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium, click here.
- UPDATE: Test results are now available in 3-5 days. In addition, test results can be accessed online by clicking here.
OTHER TESTING OPTIONS
- Patients First (1705 Mahan Drive Tallahassee, FL 32308)
- Patients First has opened a testing location at 1705 Mahan Drive with the following hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients may be tested without referral and may be symptomatic or not.
- Appointments are required. Find more information and schedule an appointment at the Patients First site HERE. Rapid testing is available with results in 20 minutes. The standard COVID-19 test which is more reliable than the rapid test is also available, and results typically take about three to five days.
- Testing fees may apply at Patients First. The fee is $175 for uninsured patients; they do not accept CHP. Please contact Patients First at (850) 877-7164 to discuss payment information.
- CVS Pharmacy (two locations only) [Symptomatic Patients only]
- 1708 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303
- 5466 Thomasville Road North, Tallahassee, FL 32312
- CVS is offering testing at their pharmacies. It is free for uninsured patients. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com.
- The test is available only to those who are symptomatic.
- You may be asked to administer your own test.
- Your Primary Care Provider
- If you have a primary care provider, call your doctor's office to ask about getting testing. Most primary care offices are providing testing in their office.
- TMH Transition Center
- If you do not have a doctor, need help getting one, or need help accessing a test you can call the TMH Transition Center at (850) 431-4470.
- Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 (At-Home Test Kit)
- Originally approved in late April, at that time the at-home collection kit was only available to healthcare workers and first responders. Recently, that restriction was lifted and now LabCorp has made the COVID-19 collection kit available broadly. This at-home collection kit comes at no cost to those with CHP, other insurance policies, and the uninsured (federal CARES money defrays the cost). More here. FAQs here.
CAPITAL HEALTH PLAN MEMBERS
- Members who are seeking a COVID-19 test should contact their Primary Care Physician.
- If you are a Capital Health Plan (CHP) member, there is no co-pay for COVID-19 testing.
- All CHP members will be offered a COVID-19 test during their scheduled wellness visit.
- Individuals that are NOT symptomatic may be tested in the doctor's office. Individuals that are exhibiting symptoms will be directed to a designated CHP location for testing.
For assistance with receiving your test results, please contact the County Health Department at (850) 404-6300, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.