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.
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Leon County approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings beginning Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m until repealed.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.
Significant Changes Since Last Update
- COVID-19 antibody testing available at the FAMU-Bond Bragg Memorial Stadium test site starting August 7. The test is performed with blood drawn from the arm (not a finger stick), and results are available within 15 minutes. Available to those ages 18 and over only. Individuals MUST schedule an appointment for the antibody test by calling Leon County Health Department at 850-404-6399. Diagnostic COVID-19 tests continue to be offered.
- Governor DeSantis extended the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until September 1.
- 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.
- Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) distributes cloth face coverings to businesses. Beginning Tuesday, July 7, face coverings are available 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.
- 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 275,000 masks to citizens. Five face masks per individual will be allowed to ensure adequate supply to meet demand. For locations and hours click 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.
- COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now surpass 19 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 4,643 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 510,389 positive cases of COVID-19, and 7,747 COVID-19-related deaths. These numbers are updated regularly by FDOH; visit the dashboard for more detailed information, here. Local testing data includes public and private tests performed in Leon County, including Antigen tests performed by Patients First.
NOTE: COVID-19 test results are reported to the Florida Department of Health. Local testing data includes public and private tests performed in Leon County, including Antigen tests performed by Patients First.
FREE COMMUNITY TESTING
- Home Depot-Northwest Tallahassee (1490 Capital Circle NW, Tallahasse, FL 32303)
- Free testing is available for individuals, no physician referral needed.
- As of August 5, priority lanes have been established for symptomatic individuals, seniors (65 and older), and youth (18 and younger). You may be asked to self-swab if you are symptomatic.
- Asymptomatic testing continues to be offered.
- Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Results take 2-4 days, with priority to symptomatic individuals.To view results click HERE or text "MAKO" to 66349
- FAMU-Bond Covid-19 Testing Site at FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium (1500 Wahnish Way Tallahassee, FL 32307)
- Testing is free and open to the public. For more information click here.
- The site opens at 9 a.m. Monday-Saturday. Site closes when the number of allocated tests has been reached.
- As of August 5, priority lines have been established for symptomatic individuals, seniors (65 and older), and youth (18 and younger).
- Asymptomatic testing continues to be offered.
- Test results are now available in 48 hours with priority to symptomatic individuals. Test results can be accessed online by clicking here.
- A text system allows walk-ups to submit their name and mobile number and be texted when the team is ready to collect the sample. The text system helps beat the heat by waiting in an air conditioned vehicle. This process also limits gathering in lines.
- Testing is dependent upon weather and must close during lightning for the safety and protection of our community and our staff.
- NEW: Starting August 7, COVID-19 antibody testing will also be available to those 18 and older at the FAMU-Bond Bragg Memorial Stadium test site.The test is performed with blood drawn from the arm (not a finger stick), and results are available within 15 minutes. Individuals MUST schedule an appointment for the antibody test by calling Leon County Health Department at 850-404-6399.
OTHER TESTING OPTIONS
- Patients First (drive-thru testing site now located at the Northwood Centre)
- UPDATE: On July 14, 2020, Patients First moved its drive-thru testing site to Northwood Centre located at 1940 N Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32303.
- Patients may be tested without referral and may be symptomatic or not. No referrals are needed and results are typically available during your visit.
- Testing site hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Appointments are required. Find more information and schedule an appointment at the Patients First site HERE. Rapid testing (Quidel) 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, Humana, or Medicaid. Please contact Patients First at (850) 877-7164 to discuss payment information.
- CVS Pharmacy (three locations only) [Symptomatic Patients only]
- 1708 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303
- 1300 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301
- 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.