This page, which will be regularly updated, features the most current information on COVID-19 (primarily from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]), as well as guidance and resources for everyday disease prevention strategies.
- Question & Answer: What you need to know about COVID-19
- Guidance to Schools
- Guidance for mass gatherings
As COVID-19 evolves, the most important thing for schools to do is plan and prepare.
- Review, update and implement emergency operations plans. This should be done in collaboration with local health departments.
- Ensure handwashing strategies include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Develop information-sharing systems with parents and local partners.
- Perform routine cleaning, including frequently touched surfaces.
- Florida Department of Health - COVID-19 Information
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019
- CDC Symptoms
- CDC Situation Summary
- WHO COVID-19 Outbreak
- Stop the Spread of Germs
- Handwashing Factsheet
If there is an individual with a suspected case of COVID-19, there are protocols in place with ALL Florida health care providers and practitioners:
- Immediately contact your health care practitioner or any local hospital. ANY local hospital is equipped to handle COVID-19.
- Individuals will be evaluated at any local hospital, and tests will be sent to the CDC for evaluation.
- The goal is containment to stop any transmission.
It is currently flu season, and FDOH recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed. We encourage you to continue to stress these common guidelines with all members of the school community, students, staff and parents:
- If you are sick, stay home.
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Carry and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue immediately.
- Monitor your symptoms.