The following COVID-19 community update provides a timely, accurate and vetted source of official County and community partner information. The community update is published weekly on Mondays, but will be updated with any significant changes throughout the week.
Significant Changes Since Last Update
- Get free at-home COVID-19 tests. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order free tests HERE.
- Please only use Emergency Rooms for emergencies. Going to the ER for a COVID-19 test strains busy ERs and delays care for patients with true emergencies. If you have mild symptoms or no symptoms and are looking to receive a COVID-19 test or vaccine, please visit LeonCountyFL.gov/VaxMap and avoid ERs.
- CDC continues to update vaccine and booster information for COVID-19. To read the most current recommendations, go HERE.
- CDC continues to update guidance on COVID-19 isolation and quarantine. For more information, go HERE.
- Reusable cloth face masks available at Leon County Libraries. In response to the recently revised CDC guidance and a surge in COVID-19 infections driven by the Delta variant, the County is continuing to offer reusable cloth face masks at all Leon County Library locations during regular hours. Citizens can pick up masks inside of the Library or request curbside pickup upon arrival. For hours and locations, visit www.LeonCountyLibrary.org. To date, the libraries have distributed more than 600,000 face masks to citizens.
Leon County's COVID-19 Health Metrics
Weekly Documented New Cases
5,404 DECREASING (from 5,626 cases)
Weekly Percent of Positive Cases
22.8% INCREASING (from 22.3%)
These numbers are updated weekly by FDOH; visit the reports for more detailed information, here.
Obtaining a Replacement Vaccine Card
- To obtain a duplicate or replacement COVID-19 vaccination card, individuals can visit the Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic at 1515 Old Bainbridge Road. Front desk staff will assist them. There is no charge.
- Individuals can also complete this form and email it to the address below and staff will mail a replacement card to them. Email: LeonCHD.Feedemail@example.com
Key Community Resources
In an effort to provide ongoing support to our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following resources remain available.
For COVID-19 Vaccines and Testing Locations
For the most up to date locations for available COVID-19 vaccines and testing locations, visit the Leon County Vax Map HERE.
For Local Businesses
The OEV team is committed to working with you to ensure that our community remains resilient. We are your most vital source for business resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to reach out to us with any questions that you may have regarding business support and resources: firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 test scams increase as omicron cases surge. Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert warning Floridians about new and reemerging COVID-19 test scams as omicron variant cases increase nationwide. Learn more HERE.
COVID-19 Grant Scam Targeting Seniors- As we have seen all too often, another scam targeting seniors has prompted the Florida Office of the Attorney to issue an alert. The Florida Attorney General’s Office is receiving reports from seniors offered thousands of dollars in federal grant money to stay isolated at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Scammers are contacting seniors via Facebook Messenger, email and text message to offer these sham grants and request upfront payment as insurance for the expedited delivery of grant money. The scheme involved a mock website, since shut down, purporting to be hosted by the U.S. Department of Treasury. The site included videos of seniors endorsing the sham grant program. As part of its active and ongoing investigation, Attorney General Moody’s Office worked with law enforcement partners to have the sham website removed; yet there are concerns that scammers will simply move the site to a new location online. More information HERE
How to avoid scams surrounding the coronavirus. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and United States Secret Service (USSS) have released a Joint Alert with mitigations to help Americans avoid scams related to coronavirus economic impact payments—particularly attempts to steal payments, personal and financial information, and disrupt payment efforts.
CISA encourages consumers to review the Joint Alert, Avoid Scams Related to Economic Payments, COVID-19, and www.cisa.gov/coronavirus for more information.
Federal Government warns again scams. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received numerous reports of Coronavirus (COVID-19) scams against the public. Some of these scams have included text message campaigns and fake robocalls offering free home testing kits, promoting bogus cures, selling health insurance and more. Learn more about how to watch out for scams during the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2UDjvRd.
COVID-19 price gouging hotline started. Following Executive Order 20-52, Attorney General Ashley Moody activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline for all consumers in the state. The Attorney General’s Price Gouging Hotline can only be activated following a state of emergency declaration issued by the Governor and covers essential commodities outlined in Florida Statute, Section 501.160.
Additional Community Resources
The American Red Cross is offering a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Big Bend 2-1-1 ready to serve community during crisis. 2-1-1 Big Bend partners with many nationally recognized mental health services and is available 24 hours a day to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention and information. Just dial 2-1-1 or visit their website for a full list of their services: www.211bigbend.org
Legal service advice available to address community needs. The Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee (850) 222-3292; http://www.legalaidtallahassee.org/) and Legal Services of North Florida (850) 385-9007; https://www.lsnf.org/) may be contacted for legal advice during this difficult time.
FEMA Funeral Assistance. Under the Coronavirus Response and Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Click here for more information.