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January 15- Leon County COVID-19 Community Update

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, Leon County Emergency Management is committed to actively monitoring the disease and coordinating preparedness and response 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Leon County approved an emergency ordinance requiring face coverings beginning Thursday, June 25 at 12:01 a.m until repealed.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.

For sample mask signage, click here.

To view the signed Ordinance, click here. 

For Frequently Asked Questions regarding this requirement, click here.

Significant Changes Since Last Update . 

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County is run by the State of Florida and is charged with leading vaccine distribution efforts in Tallahassee/Leon County through their local office (the Florida Department of Health in Leon County). If you are age 65 or older, you may be vaccinated through the Florida Department of Health in Leon County as vaccines become available. For more information, please visit leon.floridahealth.gov.

  • Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing at Leon County's Northeast Branch Library (5513 Thomasville Rd) on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
  • NOTE: Testing will not be offered at this site on Sunday, January 17. 
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • PCR molecular testing (results in 2-4 days).
    • No appointments. Bring a valid photo ID and provide an email address.
    • For more information, contact Neighborhood Medical Center at (850) 224-2469.
  • Additional Testing Dates Scheduled at Northeast Branch Library:
    • Sunday, January 31, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing at North Monroe Medical Center (3721 N Monroe St) every Monday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • NOTE: Testing offered on Monday, January 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • PCR testing only. Results in 3 days.
    • Testing operated by North Florida Medical Centers, Inc. For questions email announcements@nfmc.org
    • Preregister for test here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFMCTesting 
  • Covid-19 Testing Site at FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium (1500 Wahnish Way Tallahassee, FL 32307
  • NOTE: This site will be open for regular hours on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18. 
  • The site is currently offering Rapid COVID-19 Antigen testing for patients with results in less than 1 hour. PCR molecular testing is available by request with results in 3 to 4 days. Sign up for testing HERE. 
    • Testing is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is NOT required but encouraged by going to Curative.com. Physician referral not required. Insurance is accepted but not required. 
    • The Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test sample is collected by a healthcare worker who will gently swab the inside of a patient’s nostrils. This collection process is quick, easy, and comfortable.
    • Patients receive their Rapid COVID-19 Antigen results within one hour of testing by email or SMS text. The Florida Department of Health receives all patient results and will contact patients with positive results.
    • The Curative RT-PCR molecular COVID-19 test is collected by a healthcare worker who will gently swab the inside of a patient's nostrils. This collection process is quick, easy and comfortable. Patient results will be available within 3-4 days. 
    • For inquiries about their results, patients can contact the Curative support staff at curativesupport@curative.com and 888-702-9042.
    • The site is operational from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The site closes when the number of allocated tests has been reached.
    • WAIT TIMES MAY VARY: Appointment slots are considered a form of pre-registration and are not always reflective of the time you will be seen. Pre-registration ensures that you will get into the line more quickly!
  • CDR Health Testing Center Now Open (1981 Capital Circle NE Tallahassee, FL 32308)
  • [Note: This site is a private testing site-insurance is not accepted.] 
    • COVID-19 diagnostic (PCR), Rapid Antigen, and Antibody testing available. 
    • Hours are Monday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
    • Appointments at CDR-Health.com preferred but not required. Referrals not required. 
    • Drive-thru testing and walk in testing options are offered. 
    • Insurance is not accepted at this time. Cost is $135 for PCR Nasopharyngeal swab, $150 for PCR Saliva test, $125 for Rapid Antigen, $199 for combined PCR and Rapid Antigen, and $75 for Antibody testing.
    • Rapid tests COVID-19 Antigen tests are completed in 15 to 20 minutes and PCR are completed 24 hours from receipt in the lab. We also offer Flu and Strep A testing.
    • For more information visit CDR-Health.com, call 850-738-7977 or email info@cdr-health.com. 
  • On September 25, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-244 that places all of Florida into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 recovery plan, effective immediately. View the Executive Order by clicking HERE. 
  • Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) distributes cloth face coverings to businesses. 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 over 475,000 masks to citizens. Five face masks per individual will be allowed to ensure adequate supply to meet demand. For locations and hours click here. 

Leon County's COVID-19 Health Metrics

  • Weekly Documented New Cases
    1,974     INCREASING  (from 1,321 cases)

    Weekly Percent of Positive Cases
    9.85%     DECREASING   (from 11.31%)

    Weekly Emergency Room Visits with Influenza-like Illness
    19     DECREASING   (from 30 visits)

    Weekly Emergency Room Visits with COVID-like Illness
    90     DECREASING  (from 103 visits)

COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now surpass 93 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 23,233 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 1,548,067 positive cases of COVID-19, and 23,799 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.



COVID-19 Testing Sites in Tallahassee-Leon County

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. 

UPCOMING FREE "POP-UP" MOBILE TESTING SITES  

  • Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing at Leon County's Northeast Branch Library (5513 Thomasville Rd) on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
  • NOTE: Testing will not be offered at this site on Sunday, January 17. 
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • PCR molecular testing (results in 2-4 days).
    • No appointments. Bring a valid photo ID and provide an email address.
    • For more information, contact Neighborhood Medical Center at (850) 224-2469.
  • Additional Testing Dates Scheduled at Northeast Branch Library:
    • Sunday, January 31, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing at North Monroe Medical Center (3721 N Monroe St) every Monday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • NOTE: Testing offered on Monday, January 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • PCR testing only. Results in 3 days.
    • Testing operated by North Florida Medical Centers, Inc. For questions email announcements@nfmc.org
    • Preregister for test here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFMCTesting 
  • Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing at J. Lewis Hall Sr. Woodville Park and Recreation Complex (1492 J. Lewis Hall Sr. Lane) on Thursday, January 21 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. 
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • PCR testing only. Results in 3 days.
    • Testing operated by North Florida Medical Centers, Inc. For questions email announcements@nfmc.org
    • Preregister for test here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NFMCTesting 

 

FREE COMMUNITY TESTING-ONGOING 

  • ​COVID-19 Testing Site at FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium (1500 Wahnish Way Tallahassee, FL 32307)
    • Testing is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is NOT required but encouraged by going to Curative.com. Physician referral not required. Insurance is accepted but not required. 
    • The Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test sample is collected by a healthcare worker who will gently swab the inside of a patient’s nostrils. This collection process is quick, easy, and comfortable.
    • Patients receive their Rapid COVID-19 Antigen results within one hour of testing by email or SMS text. The Florida Department of Health receives all patient results and will contact patients with positive results.
    • The Curative RT-PCR molecular COVID-19 test is collected by a healthcare worker who will gently swab the inside of a patient's nostrils. This collection process is quick, easy and comfortable. Patient results will be available within 3-4 days. 
    • For inquiries about their results, patients can contact the Curative support staff at curativesupport@curative.com or by calling 888-702-9042.
    • New Hours Effective December 14:The site is operational from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The site closes when the number of allocated tests has been reached.
    • WAIT TIMES MAY VARY: Appointment slots are considered a form of pre-registration and are not always reflective of the time you will be seen. Pre-registration ensures that you will get into the line more quickly!
    The site is currently offering Rapid COVID-19 Antigen testing for patients with results in less than 1 hour. PCR molecular testing is available by request with results in 3 to 4 days. Sign up for testing HERE. 

OTHER TESTING OPTIONS

  • Patients First (drive-thru testing site located at the Leon County Facility)
    • Patients First moved its drive-thru testing site to the Leon County Facility located at 535 Appleyard Drive/Don Price Way, Tallahassee, FL 32304.
    • Patients may be tested without referral and may be symptomatic or not. 
    • Testing site hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 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 (several locations) [Symptomatic Patients only]
  • 1708 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303
  • 1300 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • 3090 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • 3035 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301
  • 1875 Capital Circle NE, Tallahassee, FL 32308
  • 3644 Coolidge Court, Tallahassee, FL 32311
  • 3479 Thomasville Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32309
  • 3831 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32308
  • 5670 N Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL, 32308
  • 5466 Thomasville Road North, Tallahassee, FL 32312 (PCR and Rapid Antigen testing)
    • CVS is offering PCR molecular lab 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.
    • An insurance card and ID is required. No cost to you with most insurance or government assistance.
  • Walgreens Pharmacy (2349 Monroe Street location only) [Symptomatic Patients only]
    • Walgreens is offering PCR testing with results in 3-4 days at its Monroe Street location. Patients must register in advance at Walgreens.com 
    • Screening survey determines if you are eligible for a test. 
    • You will be asked to administer your own test. 
    • An insurance and ID card is required. No cost to you with most insurance or government assistance. 
  • Wellness Medical Clinic (1931 Welby Way, Tallahassee FL 323208) 
    • COVID-19 diagnostic (PCR), Rapid Antigen and Rapid Antibody testing available. 
    • Apointments required. Call (850) 545-9376 
    • Insurance not accepted. Cost is $100 for PCR, $125 for Rapid Antigen, and $100 for Rapid Antibody. 
    • For COVID-19 diagnostic testing: patients will be tested in their car only. 
    • For antibody testing: symptomatic patients tested in their car, asymptomatic patients will test in the lobby then wait in their car for results. 
  • CDR Health Testing Center (1981 Capital Circle NE Tallahassee, FL 32308)
    • COVID-19 diagnostic (PCR), Rapid Antigen, and Antibody testing available. 
    • Hours are Monday-Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
    • Appointments at CDR-Health.com preferred but not required. Referrals not required. 
    • Drive-thru testing and walk in testing options are offered. 
    • Insurance is not accepted at this time. Cost is $135 for PCR Nasopharyngeal swab, $150 for PCR Saliva test, $125 for Rapid Antigen, $199 for combined PCR and Rapid Antigen, and $75 for Antibody testing.
    • Rapid tests COVID-19 Antigen tests are completed in 15 to 20 minutes and PCR are completed 24 hours from receipt in the lab. We also offer Flu and Strep A testing.
    • For more information visit CDR-Health.com, call 850-738-7977 or email info@cdr-health.com. 
  • 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 more information from CHP, click here.  Contact Capital Health Plan by clicking here. 

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.



Overnight Cold Weather Sheltering Offered Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Evenings

Overnight Cold Weather Sheltering Offered on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Evenings

By recommendation of local health experts and due to sustained cold night temperatures at or below 35 degrees, local governments and community partners will conduct overnight sheltering to keep those experiencing homelessness safe on the following evenings:

  • Wednesday night, January 13
  • Friday night, January 15
  • Saturday night, Janary 16 
  • Sunday night, January 17

All overnight sheltering activities will be conducted according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and in coordination with Leon County Emergency Management. Public health safe measures include socially distanced sleeping, face coverings, and enhanced sanitation practices.

Anyone needing cold night sheltering on these nights should go to The Good Samaritan Thrift Store located at 2706 North Monroe Street at 7 p.m. From there, clients will be transported to a community partner site to shelter overnight and leave the following morning at 7 a.m. Transportation will be provided by the City of Tallahassee’s StarMetro bus service.

The homeless population has been informed of cold night shelter operations via in-person communication and also a text-to-phone service offered by The Kearney Center. For those who need more information on cold night shelter planning, call the Big Bend Continuum of Care Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (850) 792-5015. For after hours or weekends, call the CESC/Kearney Center Cold Night Shelter Supervisor at (850) 542-8599.

Cold night sheltering is made possible by the following key partners, including local governments, nonprofit agencies, and faith-based organizations:

  • Leon County Government
  • City of Tallahassee
  • Leon County Health Department
  • Big Bend Continuum of Care
  • Connecting Everyone with Second Chances (CESC)/The Kearney Center
  • Big Bend Homeless Coalition/Hope Community
  • Good Samaritan Thrift Store
  • City Walk
  • Jacob Chapel Baptist Church
  • Capital City Youth Services (CCYS)
  • ALSCO


By Request of Law Enforcement, County Courthouse Closed to Public on Jan 19 and 20

By Request of Law Enforcement, Leon County Courthouse Closed to the Public on Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday January 20

By request of the Leon County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement, the Leon County Courthouse (301 S. Monroe St.) will be closed to the public on Tuesday, January 19 and Wednesday, January 20.

Due to an abundance of caution, local law enforcement made the request to assist with operations in responding to any potential protests in the area of the Florida State Capitol on or around Inauguration Day.

For more information, please contact Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / CMR@LeonCountyFL.gov.

 



State of Florida COVID-19 Vaccine Update

This information is provided on behalf of the Florida Department of Health in Leon County. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2020 

LEON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE 

Tallahassee, FL----- The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH-Leon) in partnership with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management continues working to provide our community with COVID-19 vaccinations in a safe and efficient manner.  The information below contains some of the latest updates.

DOH-Leon Vaccination Program Details as of Tuesday, January 13

  • We have had seven DOH-Leon sponsored vaccination clinics.
  • We have successfully administered 3,806 vaccines through our health department to date.
  • Appointments are mandatory, and a photo ID is required.
  • Our actions are in response to the Governor’s executive order making it clear that the state of Florida is prioritizing seniors 65 and older, in addition to front line health care workers and residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities.

The Health Department received a new shipment of COVID-19 vaccine this week.

  • The department’s vaccine team has been supplied with 4,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine. 
  • The health department will redistribute some of the doses to enrolled provider partners to support vaccination of health care workers and individuals 65 and older.

Leon County Emergency Management successfully leveraged its emergency alert technology to help the health department reach thousands who registered for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Mass notifications began last Friday, January 8 and when completed, some 19,000 people received text messages.
  • 12,500 individuals confirmed receipt of the notification that their registration had been received by the Department of Health, and that they would be contacted in the future by phone or email to schedule an appointment.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, Capital Regional Medical Center, Florida State University, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and some physician’s offices are now administering the vaccine to eligible patients as vaccine supply becomes available.

The DOH-Leon leadership team is in talks with Tallahassee Memorial Hospital to participate in a weekly Zoom Talk on COVID-19 vaccine efforts. This virtual event would collectively bring together local community experts, including our Health Officer Claudia Blackburn, to provide updates on the impact of COVID-19 in our community.

 The Leon County vaccine team wants to hear from clients who might not have been given a second appointment or may have forgotten the date.  At this time, they can send an email to LeonCHD.Feed-back@flhealth.gov . Type “second dose” in the subject line. In the body of the email, put your name, date of first dose and brand of the vaccine.  Clients will be emailed an appointment for the second dose.

 All our vaccination clinics are now operating from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Clinics are still tentative based on vaccine supply and could change.  Clinics by appointment only are at our Municipal Way Administration Building, but weather and cold temperatures could change the location:

Municipal Way Administration

2965 Municipal Way

Tallahassee, FL 32304

While the COVID-19 vaccine is a monumental step toward getting this disease under control in Leon County, DOH-Leon continues to encourage common-sense precautions against the spread of the virus, including frequent hand washing, wearing face masks, maintaining six feet of social distancing and staying home when sick.

The Florida Department of Health has issued a COVID-19 vaccine report that will be updated daily.  This report includes information on the COVID-19 vaccine by county, race, sex, and age. Find the COVID-19 vaccine report here: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

 For any additional questions about the vaccine at this time, the State COVID-19 Call Center can be reached by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov  and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Department of Health is offering phone text alerts for vaccination distribution updates. Residents can sign up for updates about vaccine availability by texting FLCOVID19 to 888777.

Media Contact:

Pamela Saulsby | Public Information Officer

850-518-5015

Pamela.saulsby@flhealth.gov

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Some Frequently Asked Questions: 

How will I know that my Request Form has been received? 

Once the Request Form is submitted, you will receive an automated confirmation.  This means you have been placed on a list to be called for an appointment. 

Does the Request Form guarantee a COVID-19 vaccination appointment? 

A submitted Request Form confirms you are in our system to be contacted for an appointment.  

When will the Department of Health contact me? 

Calls for appointments are being made in the order Request Forms are received. Expect a delay due to the number of Request Forms we have received.   

Where is the site for the health department’s vaccination clinic? 

Leon County Health Department 

2965 Municipal Way 

Tallahassee, FL 32304 

There will be signs, traffic control and people to guide you through the drive-through process at your appointment time.  

Will I have to leave my vehicle to receive my vaccination? 

You will remain in your vehicle while being screened and vaccinated. Expect the process from the moment you enter the site to exiting the process to take 30-40 minutes. 

How will I know when it’s time for me to receive the second dose of vaccine? 

When you receive your first appointment, your second dose appointment will be given at the same time. Maximum protection is achieved after the second dose of the same brand.  

There is a chance you might not have been given a second appointment or you may have forgotten the date. If this is the case, please email LeonCHD.Feed-back@flhealth.gov  type Second Dose in the Subject Line. In the body of the email, put your name, date of first dose and brand of the vaccine. You will be emailed an appointment for the second dose.  

Will I absolutely receive a second dose? 

The federal government and its suppliers have assured us there will be enough for a second dose of the same manufacturer brand for those who received the first dose.  

Can I receive a vaccine from my primary care physician? 

The Leon County Health Department encourages you to stay in communication with your personal physician as they may receive vaccine and may be able to serve you while you await your appointment for the second dose. 

 

Additional Information and Resources: 

Many individuals 65 years of age and over have submitted Request Forms.  As you await your call and before you arrive for your vaccination, please download, print, and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form, at the following link on our home page: http://leon.floridahealth.gov/index.html  This is preferred but not required.  Filling out this form before you arrive will save time for you and for other recipients 

As additional doses are made available, the age 65+ program will be significantly amplified, and vaccinations will be provided to the general population in a coordinated, orderly and efficient manner.  

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends that people who are vaccinated continue to wear masks in public, socially distance and avoid crowds to protect themselves and others around them. 

If you have received the Moderna vaccine, a fact sheet of what to expect before, during and after the vaccination can be found here: 

https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download 

If you have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, a fact sheet of what to expect before, during and after the vaccination can be found here: 

https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download 

Learn more on the importance of getting a vaccine here: 

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/why-get-vaccinated.pdf 

Please keep checking back with us, as the information shared here will be updated on a regular basis, including details on future vaccination clinics. 

To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Department of Health’s website at  https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/covid-19-vaccines-in-florida/