Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 Response

04/10/20

Florida COVID-19 Response: What You Need To Know

To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed, and aware of the status of coronavirus, the Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 website and data dashboard that is updated throughout each day: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

For more information, the COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 1 (866) 779-6121 | COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

How do I prevent and prepare for COVID-19?

Practice social distancing

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Keep at least 6 feet between you and other people.
  • Avoid crowds and gatherings of 10 or more people.

Prevent the spread

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces.

What should people with underlying medical conditions and chronic conditions do to prepare?

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions and chronic diseases might be at higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19. People who have one or more of these chronic conditions should be extra careful to protect their health. Individuals with the following conditions are at a higher risk for becoming ill:

  • Asthma and lung disease
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Severe obesity (BMI>40)
  • Weakened immune systems because of diseases like HIV or due to cancer treatment

It is recommended that people with underlying medical conditions and chronic diseases prepare and protect themselves by:

o    Using the telemedicine/telehealth option for a regular medical visit. Your healthcare provider can tell you if your insurance company offers this option.

o    Taking regular medications on time and as directed. Reach out to your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining an extra supply of medications in case you cannot get to the pharmacy or clinic).

o    Measuring your blood pressure if you have hypertension or tracking your blood sugar if you have diabetes.

o    Keeping up healthy habits that your doctor recommends, including healthy eating, exercise, getting enough sleep, and managing stress.

o    Quitting tobacco use. Visit www.TobaccoFreeFlorida.com to learn more about Quit Your Way services.