COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is caused by a new virus called a “coronavirus.” It is also referred to as “novel coronavirus.” It has become a national public health emergency and a global pandemic. The number of cases continues to increase in the United States and around the world.
Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. They may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
To learn more about the symptoms of COVID-19, please visit the CDC website
We all play an important role in protecting our communities and families from COVID-19. Take these steps to help slow the spread of the virus:
To learn more about preventing COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.
Call your primary care doctor. If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, it is important to be pre-screened prior to seeking testing or treatment. When you call, you will be asked a series of questions about your symptoms, travel history and exposure to COVID-19 to determine if you should be tested for the virus.
The Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Call Center is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-779-6121 or email your questions to [email protected]
Florida Department of Health Information on COVID-19.
Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Tell the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19. This will help the responders take additional steps to protect themselves and others.