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*COVID-19 Monroe County Resources

COVID 19 Health and Safety

 

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face. 

 

COVID-19 Information from the Monroe County Health Department 

 

For the most up to date information, go to http://monroe.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/community-partners....  

 

Safety Precautions  

 

Wear a facial covering anytime that you are inside a building or anytime that you are unable to socially distance. Stay six feet apart from people when possible, wash your hands for 20 seconds, and stay home if you start to feel ill.   

 

What is COVID-19? 

 

COVID-19 is a newly emerging disease that has a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include but are not limited to: 

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • New loss of taste or smell 
  • Sore throat 
  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 

 

How is it Spread? 

 

Person-to-person and between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). 

 

Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. 

 

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

 

COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. 

 

Everyone plays a part in lowering the impact within our communities and workplaces – taking every day preventative actions helps to impede the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. 

 

Preventative actions include: 

 

Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

 

Avoiding close contact with people who are sick. 

 

Staying home when you are sick. This message cannot be emphasized enough. 

 

Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick. 

 

What do I do if I think I’m sick with COVID-19? 

 

If you are infected with COVID-19 we suggest that you call your primary healthcare provider to get information on what you should be doing to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19. The CDC recommends those who are ill with COVID-19 to stay home except to get medical care and take the following precautions: 

 

Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas. 

 

Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better. 

 

Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency. 

 

Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. 

 

As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering. 

 

Monitor your symptoms 

 

Watch for symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and cough. 

 

Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. In Monroe County, calls are made daily for those who have COVID-19 to help monitor their symptoms and well-being. 

 

COVID-19 Testing

See current testing dates and locations. You may view flyers below in English, Spanish and Creole.

The local health department is contacting and monitoring positive COVID-19 cases and known contacts.  Stay home if you are sick with any symptoms. Maintain social distancing, wear masks and wash hands frequently.  If a known exposure has happened (less than six feet for more than 15 minutes during the course of a day), stay home for 14 days from the last contact.  Testing is recommended if symptoms develop.  Testing too soon will not give an accurate result and does not change the isolation period.  

No cost COVID-19 testing with Curative for Monroe County Residents at Bernstein Park and Founders Park. COVID-19 testing startup Curative is offering walk-up testing daily from 8am-6pm, with more than 500 tests per day available to the public. Curative offers an oral-fluid swab testing - an alternative method to nasopharyngeal swabs in testing for COVID-19. The observed and directed self-collected oral fluid swab involves having the person cough first, which releases the virus from the upper and lower respiratory tract. The virus is then caught in the saliva. The patient then swabs the inside of their cheeks and the roofs of their mouths. Once complete, the patient seals their test within a secure container and returns it to a medical professional to be administered in the lab. Results are sent to patients via SMS text or email within 24-48 hours. Testing is currently available by walk-up or appointment. Appointments are available at www.curative.com.