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Week of December 6 - Leon County COVID-19 Community Update

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

  • Florida Department of Health in Leon County vaccine clinic by appointment only.  Booster shots and vaccinations for people 5 and older are available at the Florida Department of Health in Leon County. Vaccine clinics are open Tuesdays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Fridays from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic (1515 Old Bainbridge Road) by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Leon County COVID-19 Call Center at (850) 404-6300, option 2.

  • CDC now recommends COVID-19 booster shots to all adults. This week, the CDC strengthened its recommendation on COVID-19 booster doses. Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after initial Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

  • FAMU vaccination site moved to Wahnish Way location with testing site. FAMU’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites now share a location. On Monday, November 8, the vaccination site was moved to 2705 Wahnish Way, home to the testing site for the past two months. The new arrangement comes with new hours. Vaccinations and tests will both be administered from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday. The vaccination site offers first, second and booster shots of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as well as first and booster doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No preregistration or appointment is required for either tests or vaccines. Both are free to the public.
  • County adds monoclonal antibody treatment sites to Vax Map. The Leon County Vax Map remains the most up to date resource for finding COVID-19 vaccination, testing and now monoclonal antibody treatment dates and locations in Leon County. Visit www.LeonCountyFL.gov/VaxMap to find a vaccination, testing or treatment site near you. 
  • 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 500,000 face masks to citizens. 
  • CDC updates mask guidance. On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated guidance based on emerging data on the COVID-19 Delta variant. Because of the increased transmissibility of the Delta variant, the CDC recommends wearing a face mask indoors in public in areas of substantial or high transmission regardless of vaccination status. Learn more about the CDC's updated mask guidance HERE.

Leon County's COVID-19 Health Metrics

Weekly Documented New Cases
117         INCREASING  (from 89 cases)

Weekly Percent of Positive Cases
2.7%     INCREASING   (from 1.9%)

These numbers are updated weekly by FDOH; visit the dashboard for more detailed information, here

Phase 3 Re-Opening Information

On May 11, 2021, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners voted to enter Phase 3 of Leon County’s COVID-19 Response and Re-Opening Plan. This update reflects service changes as a result of Phase 3 Re-Opening. Please see the Key Community Resources section below for continuing community resources. 

Under the Phase 3 Re-Opening Guidance, County facilities and services have returned to normal operations and capacity as follows: 

  • Leon County recommends, rather than requires, that citizens continue wearing face coverings and practicing physical distancing when inside County facilities as recommended by the CDC. 

  • All County offices which offer direct services currently accommodate walk-in clients. 

  • Commission meetings will return to unrestricted in-person participation; accommodations would continue to be made for citizens wishing to participate remotely or to provide written comment. 

  • Citizens are advised, rather than required, to check their temperature before entering the Leon County Courthouse. As judicial branch functions are not subject to the Governor’s Executive Orders, the chief judge may continue to implement mitigative measures for court-related functions. 

  • County Libraries are open at full capacity. 

  • All County passive and active recreation facilities (greenways and trails, dog parks, playgrounds, and campgrounds) are fully re-opened, including reservations for community centers and pavilions. Fall youth sports will resume at County facilities under mitigation plans submitted by youth sports leagues. Cross-country event organizers and sports leagues are encouraged to continue implementing their safety plans. 

  • Indoor and outdoor visitor-generating events may resume, though the County is encouraging event organizers and attendees to follow CDC guidance.  

  • County-organized concerts and events will resume. As indicated above, the County would continue to encourage attendees’ compliance with the latest public health guidance from the CDC. 

Governor DeSantis announced expanded eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine across the state of Florida. All individuals age 18 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those aged 12 and older may receive the Pfizer vaccine when accompanied by an adult. No proof of guardianship is required at this time. 

Expanded eligibility requirements include:

  • All individuals age 18 and older;
  • Those aged 12 and older may receive the Pfizer vaccine with adult supervision;

Seniors who are homebound can sign up to have the vaccine delivered directly to them by visiting https://homebound.patientportalfl.com/. If you need assistance registering for a homebound vaccine appointment, please call 1-833-930-3672 or email homeboundvaccines@cdrmaguire.com.

Obtaining a Replacement Vaccine Card

  • An individual may get a replacement vaccination card from their provider if they are enrolled in Florida SHOTS.
  • Any County Health Department may issue an individual a duplicate vaccination card.
  • At the current time there is not any way for consumers to access their records from Florida SHOTS. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Consent Form

  • All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Consent Form.
  • The form “certifies” that the adult signing the form is legally authorized to consent for vaccination for the patient named on the form.
  • Counties are not required to verify documentation, however, if there are questions or concerns regarding the authority to make medical decisions, clients should be directed to their primary care provider for vaccination.

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 

For the most up to date locations for available COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Leon County Vax Map HERE

For Local Businesses 

  • OEV supports local businesses seeking federal Restaurant Revitalization funding. OEV is working to connect locally owned restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with emergency assistance through the federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund.  Learn more here: https://restaurants.sba.gov/requests/borrower/login/  

  • Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality continues focus on business resiliency. Our OEV team continues to focus on the resiliency and continued success of our local business community, as well as face covering distribution to local businesses. As you may recall, OEV hosts monthly Tallahassee-Leon County Stakeholder Meetings with local leaders and business representatives from both the public and private sectors to discuss and recommend actions toward COVID-19 recovery and response efforts. OEV staff also provides technical assistance and critical information to our local small businesses, leveraging their own channels and those of their partners. In addition, when available, OEV will provide information to local businesses and partners about new guidance on workplace safety from OSHA through their newsletter and online channels. 

For Consumers 

  • 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 face masks. 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. 

  • 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

  • For a list of the commodities covered under the state’s price gouging laws during the COVID-19 state of emergency, click here

  • Violators of the price gouging statute are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period. For more information on price gouging, please click here

  • Price gouging can be reported by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com. For tips on reporting price gouging, click here

  • Malicious website pretending to be global COVID-19 map. A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet waiting for unwitting internet users to visit the website. Visiting the website infects the user with the AZORult trojan, an information stealing program which can exfiltrate a variety of sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website. Learn more. 

Additional Community Resources 

  • Local food distribution for kids in need. Several local restaurants and schools are providing food to families in need. The Food Distribution Location Map can be viewed here and a detailed distribution list can be viewed here

  • Comcast Continues to Extend Free Internet to New Internet Essentials Customers – Comcast announced it will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentials customers. More information HERE. 

  • Florida Department of Financial Services announces MoneyWise Florida to provide financial information to residents. MoneyWise Florida is a statewide public education initiative designed to provide practical advice to millions of Floridians on topics ranging from getting out of debt to securing a mortgage, from saving for a child's college education to planning for a secure retirement. More here.  

  • The CDC releases new information to help camps, youth sports, restaurants, schools and higher education operate during the coronavirus pandemic. More here. 

  • 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. 

  • Filing for Unemployment Benefits. For more information about applying for unemployment benefits in Florida, click here or call the Claims Assistance Center at 1-800-204-2418. You can now also download a paper application to file for unemployment by clicking here. For Floridians who have not already submitted an application and who don't currently have an account in the system, click here

  • 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 

  • Support our local businesses. We encourage you to #SupportLocal by purchasing from restaurants that are #OpenforTakeout,  whether that be by purchasing gift cards, buying in store items online such as coffee, shirts, or more or by ordering take out. You can check out the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality Open for Takeout Map to find out where you can pick-up or order from local restaurants. https://arcg.is/1zvPTn 

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Hosts Reemployment Assistance Dashboard. The Dashboard provides daily updates on efforts to address reemployment assistance challenges. More here. 

  • Teaching and Learning from home with CPALMS. CPALMS is Florida's official source of education standards and vetted educational resources is now available to all teachers, parents, and students. Created by FSU, CPALMS offers more than 13,000 instructional resources, including over 920 Original Student Tutorials (interactive online lessons) and 500 videos that are perfect for learning from home. To get started, go to www.CPALMS.org

  • Learning from home with the MagLab. The online Magnet Academy from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory features demonstrations, videos, activities and other educational content for students of all ages. To explore the wide world of electricity and magnesium, visit the Magnet Academy

  • 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. 

  • Pet food assistance available through the Leon County Humane Society. Call LCHS at (850) 224-9193 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday to schedule a pet food pick up or delivery. Pick up will be at 413 Timberlane Rd. 

  • United Partners for Human Services of Florida. UPHS has gathered information about the availability of social services during this time. To access updates about closures as well as current available services visit their website: https://uphsfl.org/covid-19/ 

  • Library launches “Always Open” a one-stop shop for free online resources. The list of digital services is ever-expanding as more and more companies are releasing free digital media content every day in the face of COVID-19. You can check out Always Open for a full list of resources. 

  • Library Curbside Pickup.  Reserve titles online and pick them up at a Library location convenient to you.  Click here for more information. 

  • Spiritual counseling offered by the Florida Baptist Convention. Anyone seeking spiritual counseling may call a chaplain associated with the Florida Baptist Convention at 888.829.5004. Learn more. 

  • Department of Children and Families Resource Guide. The Economic Self-Sufficiency Program helps to promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by determining eligibility for food, cash and medical assistance for individuals and families on the road to economic recovery. Click here to access resources and information available during COVID-19.  

  • Spiritually Connected, Virtually Together. Many local religious organizations continue to provide online services to allow individuals to stay spiritually connected to their place of worship. Find a list of virtual services here

  • Department of Children and Families Resource Guide. The Economic Self-Sufficiency Program helps to promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by determining eligibility for food, cash and medical assistance for individuals and families on the road to economic recovery. Click here to access resources and information available during COVID-19. 

  • 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.