Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Resources on COVID-19

Please click on the links below to access resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and local/state agencies.  As we receive new information, we will add it here.

FAQs on COVID-19

There has been a lot of media attention on the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). 2019-nCoV is a new coronavirus that had not been seen in humans before December 2019.

At this time, most people are not considered at risk for COVID-19 infection and do not need to seek medical evaluation for the virus.

Who Should Seek Medical Evaluation for COVID-19?

  • Those with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have traveled from China in the last 14 days OR
  • Those with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have been identified by the Public Health Department as a recent close contact of a confirmed 2019-nCoV case or had recent close contact with someone who is being evaluated for 2019-nCoV infection.

The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against coronavirus and other illnesses.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw tissue away and wash hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Keep students home if temperature is above 100.0 F (38.7 C) or they report not feeling well, appear weak or ill
  • Consult your health care provider if you or your child has special health conditions that put you at increased risk

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others (CDC, April 24, 2020)

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

The Florida Department of Health is able to test for COVID-19 in labs in Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa, allowing tests results to be available within 24 to 48 hours. If you come into contact with individuals who recently traveled to a CDC-issued travel advisory area such as China, Italy, South Korea and Japan, there are protocols in place:

  • Immediately contact your local county health department upon developing symptoms, before visiting a doctor. 
  • Individuals will be evaluated at any local hospital. ANY local hospital is equipped to handle COVID-19. Testing will be conducted in Jacksonville, Miami or Tampa.
  • The goal is containment to stop any transmission.