Information regarding Corona Virus (COVID-19) provided by the Madison Department of Health
The Department of Health in Madison County is working to educate Madison County residents on the coronavirus, or COVID-19. It is important to verify the accuracy of information you may hear. The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been updating their websites in order to ensure that accurate and the most up to date information is available to the public.
Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat:
It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.Individuals and communities should follow CDC recommendations to protect themselves and their community from getting and spreading respiratory illnesses like coronavirus disease 2019.If you have recently been to an area with ongoing spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, you may face some limitations on your movement and activity. Please follow instructions from FDOH and your health care provider during this time. Your cooperation is integral to the ongoing public health response to slow the spread of this virus. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and health department, and tell them about your symptoms and your travel or exposure to a COVID-19 patient.For people who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 who develop symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and health department, and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure to a COVID-19 patient.
The Florida Department of Health and CDC always recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
· Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
· Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
· Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
· Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
· Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
· If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
· Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
The Department of Health in Madison County is working to educate our community partners, including local government, health care providers, the business community, schools and health care facilities. There are resources that are tailored to meet these partners’ needs on the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
More information is also available through the Florida Department of Health website at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html
For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department's dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org. The Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. You can also contact your local health department at 850-973-5000.