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For local information regarding COVID-19

Contact the COVID Call Center at the Florida Department of Health at (866) 779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov. If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

United Way’s FREE 211 Helpline

211 is the easy to remember, three-digit telephone number that connects Northeast Florida callers to health, social and human services and more than 4,000 community programs. This community help resource is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides information to callers in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, Nassau, Baker, Putnam, Columbia, Suwannee and Hamilton counties. 211 staff will be equipped with shelter information and more, as information is available. To contact a 211 call center specialist, dial 2-1-1 or 1-904-632-0600 from any landline or cell phone.

 

RealSense services and all events suspended

We have also temporarily closed our RealSense tax sites through March 31, 2020. Please check back for more information on when we will reopen.

In addition, we have canceled all events though April 18, 2020.

 

Health Agencies

 

Community Announcements

  • Information on local regulations in Jacksonville can be found here.
  • The IRS has extended the deadline to file and pay Federal income taxes to July 15, 2020.
  • Testing sites are currently available at Prime Osborn Convention Center and TIAA Bank Field. The daily number of tests is limited to 250 per day, so it is advised to arrive as early as possible to ensure testing. Both sites are open seven days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • JEA has suspended utility disconnects for late payments. The company will not disconnect water or electricity for late payments while Florida is in a state of emergency.
  • Local schools and events are continually being closed or cancelled. First Coast News has an updated list of most closures and cancellations.
  • All confirmed cases within the state are being reported transparently through Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard, which is updated twice a day by the Florida Department of Health.
  • Florida Blue is offering a 24-hour, free emotional support helpline for all Floridians. Any Floridian, including those who are uninsured or insured by another company, can call 833-848-1762 for help dealing with feelings of stress, anxiety, grief, or fear related to COVID-19.
  • DCPS has begun delivering school meals for all elementary, middle, and high school students to elementary school bus stops using neighborhood elementary boundaries and bus routes.

Steps to Prevent Illness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

Take steps to protect yourself

 

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

 

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Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

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Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

 

 

 

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