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April 13 - 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.

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 16 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 16 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 emailing HomeBoundVaccine@em.myflorida.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.

Significant Changes Since Last Update

  • In coordination with Minority Outreach Taskforce, County supports pop-up vaccination clinics. The Leon County Coronavirus Vaccination Taskforce will conduct outreach efforts promoting two upcoming pop-up vaccination clinics on Saturday, April 10. This sites will offer Johnson and Johnson one-shot vaccine while supplies last. Follow us on Facebook for more details as we announce them. 
    • Leon County Woodville Community Center, 8000 Old Woodville Road, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • The Old West Florida Enrichment, 2344 Lake Bradford Road, 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Leon County launches new COVID-19 vaccine and testing map. Find your nearest testing or vaccine location here.
  • Leon County has announced the County Emergency Rental Assistance program, which can provide up to 15 months of rent and/or utility assistance for income-eligible applicants. If you have been economically impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for critical financial support. Visit www.LeonCountyCARES.com to apply now. 
  • Community partners offer to transport seniors to COVID-19 vaccination clinics via Lyft Ride Program. 2-1-1 in partnership with The United Way, 2-1-1 Big Bend and Lyft is offering transportation to COVID-19 vaccine sites through the Lyft Ride United Program. The project  provides safe and reliable door to door rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments at walk-up COVID-19 vaccination sites. Rides can be set up by calling 850-617-6325 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
  • 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 (315 S. Calhoun Street, Suite 110, Tallahassee, FL, 32301) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.
  • 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
    219         INCREASING  (from 182 cases)

    Weekly Percent of Positive Cases
    3.45%    INECREASING   (from 2.45%)

    Weekly Emergency Room Visits with Influenza-like Illness
    21           NO CHANGE  (from 21 visits)

    Weekly Emergency Room Visits with COVID-like Illness
    24           DECREASING    (from 22 visits)

COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now exceed 131 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 29,554 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 2,085,306 positive cases of COVID-19, and 33,710 COVID-19-related deaths. These numbers are updated regularly by FDOH; visit the dashboard for more detailed information, here. Local testing date includes public and private tests performed in Leon County, including Antigen tests.

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.



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 COVID-19 walk up testing at Northeast Branch Library (5513 Thomasville Road) on Sunday, April 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • PCR testing only. Results in 2-4 days.
    • Please wear a mask and bring a valid photo ID. 
  • Free COVID-19 walk-up testing at Pinewood Place (605 Steele Drive​) on Thursday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • PCR testing only. Results in 2-4 days.
    • Open to all patients, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • Photo ID required to be tested.
    • For more information, call (850) 296-6858.

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 [Several Locations]
    • 2913 Mahan Drive, Tallahasse FL, 32308
    • 2349 N Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL, 32303
    • 2009 W Tennessee Street, Tallahassee FL, 32304
      • Walgreens is offering PCR testing with results in 3-4 days. 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) 
    • 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.



March 29 - To Navigate Vaccine Locations, County Launches Vax Map

As the State of Florida continues to broaden COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, today Leon County Government launches an online map to help citizens navigate the community’s different vaccine locations. Called the Leon County Vax Map, the one-stop resource offers a list of sites with sign-up instructions, a browsable map and an address searchable database to find the locations nearest you. The map also features COVID-19 testing locations, both permanent operations and pop-up events.

Please note that while the County’s vaccine map will allow users to find a site, every location has its own sign up process and other details. Information on how to access each site’s specific process is available on Leon County’s Vax Map. Generally, sites require appointments before vaccinating.

By order of the Governor, beginning today all providers may administer COVID-19 vaccines to the following populations:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • Persons 40 years of age and older;
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact; and
  • Individuals determined by a physician to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

Effective Monday, April 5, all Floridians shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. For more specific details on the State of Florida’s vaccine eligibility and other COVID-19 details, visit the Florida Department of Health’s website or call 866.779.6121.

For more information on the County’s vaccine map, contact Mathieu Cavell, Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 / CMR@LeonCountyFL.gov.



Leon CARES ERA Program

The newly launched County Emergency Rental Assistance program can provide up to 15 months of rent and/or utility assistance for income-eligible applicants.

Visit www.LeonCountyCARES.com to apply now. If you have been economically impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for critical financial support. 



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

COVID-19 Vaccine for Leon County 

Updated on March 25, 2021

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces New Eligibility Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Today, March 25, Governor Ron DeSantis announced new eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida.

Beginning Monday, March 29, all individuals age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning the following Monday, April 5, all individuals age 18 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Floridians are encouraged to pre-register at www.myvaccine.fl.gov. Once pre-registered, they'll be contacted when the vaccine is available in their area. Floridians can also call the vaccine preregistration phone number for their county, listed here.

Vaccines are also available at 150 CVS locations, 125 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations, more than 70 Winn Dixie locations, soon-to-be over 600 Walgreens pharmacies, and every single one of the 730 Publix pharmacies across the state.

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Media Contact:

Pamela Saulsby | Public Information Officer
850-518-5015
Pamela.saulsby@flhealth.gov

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