Marion virus cases jump again. Now at 237. Statewide numbers approaching 51,000

Covid-19 cases in Florida surpassed the 50,000 mark over the weekend and are now close to 51,000. In addition,  deaths have now topped 2200.  Here in Marion County four more cases emerged over the weekend for a total of 237.  The latest cases were three Ocala residents, and a man visiting from Putnam County.  Officials across the state are now worried about a resurgence of the coronavirus as thousands of people ignored social distancing regulations along Florida Beaches.  Police in Daytona had to break up a crowd of several thousand over the weekend and in Pensacola, beaches were also very crowded.

Your best bet to avoid the virus is to stay home, use social distancing when you do have to go out for food and supplies, wash your hands a lot, wear a mask when out, use hand sanitizer, and don’t touch your face.  Those over the age of 60 are still advised to do their shopping online and have groceries and medical supplies delivered. 

What To Do If You Test Positive For Coronavirus

 Marion County, on Thursday, added five more confirmed cases of covid-19, now at 112.  Statewide, there are now 23,340 cases with 668 dead.  The number of new cases of the disease has remained under 1000 for the past four days but the state is reluctant to call it a trend just yet, even as President Trump released plans on opening the country.  Around us the number of new cases are also starting to slow, Alachua now at 200 cases only up 1 on Thursday.  The onslaught of the disease is starting to subside, and health officials say that is a sign that social distancing and wearing masks is working.  But at the same time, those same health officials say the population should remain vigilant and continue those practices that have been hammered into the public for weeks.

So here is a question you may have been asking over the past few weeks.  Is it safe to open mail and packages during the pandemic? There is no evidence that COVID-19 is spreading through mail or parcels, according to the World Health Organization and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of it is spread from droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, which are inhaled by people nearby. Health experts say the risks are very low that COVID-19 will remain on envelopes or packages and infect anyone who handles them.

The first thing you should do if you test positive for COVID-19 is stay home. While home, you should keep track of your symptoms, get rest and stay hydrated. Ask your health care provider about pain or fever medication, and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for at-home care: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/.

When tracking your symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), you should look at whether your symptoms are getting better or worse. If you think your symptoms are worse than a common cold or mild flu, call your healthcare provider or nearby emergency room. Based on what you report, you may be advised to leave your home to seek medical care.

COVID-19 and your household

If you share a home with others, it’s important that you don’t also share COVID-19. Stay away from others and isolate in a separate room. Ideally, you would also use a separate bathroom that others in your household would not use while you are sick. Everyone in your home should practice good hand and face hygiene. This means:

·        Cover your coughs and sneezes with your inside elbow and a tissue. Throw the tissue away after it’s been used.

·        Wash your hands often with soap and water.

·        Don’t touch your face.

·        Wear a facemask when taking care of someone who is sick.

·        Don’t share personal things and household items.

·        Clean all “high-touch” surfaces – door knobs, counters, refrigerator handles, etc. – every day.

People outside your household

If you’ve been in close contact with people outside of your home in the last two weeks, tell them you have COVID-19. To stop the spread of COVID-19 in the community, these individuals should:

·        Stay home for 14 days starting with the day they last saw you.

·        Practice social distancing. If they must leave home, they should keep at least 6 feet between themselves and others.

·        Monitor and keep track of possible COVID-19 symptoms in themselves.

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Here are the new guidelines from the CDC for those of you going to work:

— Do take your temperature before work.

— Do wear a face mask at all times.

— Do practice social distancing as work duties permit.

— Don’t stay at work if you become sick

— Don’t share headsets or objects used near face.

— Don’t congregate in the break room or other crowded places.

  The virus is lurking all around us.  Alachua County now up to 150 cases and to our south in Lake County, 139 cases are confirmed with two 11 year olds now sick.  Sumter County has 98 cases with 7 people dead.  For up to the minute statistical reports on the virus, just go to our website classichitsocala.com and click on today’s news anytime of the day or night.  We will update the information as it becomes available.

Health officials are advising residents to wear a mask when going outside.  If yuou don’t have a commercial mast, make a bandana at the very least.  If you’re over 60, just don’t go out. Have your groceries and medicines delivered, and be sure to sanitize everything before you bring it into the house.

Residents can get tested for COVID-19 at multiple places in Marion County. Places offering testing include the Department of Health, Heart of Florida Health Center, Langley Medical Center, and some primary care providers. 

You Should Be Tested If:

Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 AND who meet one or more of the following categories should call the Department of Health in Marion County’s 24/7 COVID-19 hotline (352-644-2590) to schedule an appointment:

·         Over age 65

·         Over age 50 and have diabetes or cardiovascular disease

·         Health care worker

·         First responder

·         Recent traveler to any international locations or domestic locations (New York tri-state area, California, Louisiana, etc.) currently impacted by COVID-19

Nationally, federal officials say the virus cases will start peaking in the next week, especially in hotspots like New York, Detroit, and New Orleans. Some officials are even saying that residents should wear a mask even to go outside and don’t go to the grocery store or pharmacy.

With huge crowds jamming into grocery stores and supercenters, it would be wise to arrange for home delivery of essentials or pickup. But even those methods have the risk of carrying the coronavirus. Watch the video below to get a better idea of how to bring things and food into your home free of the bug. This method of putting your groceries away is a little time consuming, but you have some time on your hands, don’t you?

How To Handle Groceries and Take Out Food You’ve PurchasedImportant Message That You Should View

Since Florida is on a stay at home order, the only reason you should be out is to purchase groceries and medicine or other essential products.  But even that can be a little hazardous.  Here is a link to a video that explains the best way to handle those items brought in from outside your home. Click here https://www.

 The most significant steps you can take to keep from getting the disease are using sanitizer both before and after you go shopping, keeping your distance from other people, and most of all, do not touch your face, especially when you are out shopping as the virus typically enters the body through the nose, mouth, and eyes.   

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order Wednesday as federal and local pressure mounted for him to abandon the county-by-county approach he had implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  DeSantis told reporters that he is issuing the order after consulting with President Donald Trump and White House advisers, who have said that Americans need to stay home throughout April. It goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday.

Some experts believe that we’ll need to continue the lockdown in Florida during the entire months of April and perhaps beyond depending upon when the virus peaks.  Some models show that Florida could have more than 6500 people dead from the disease by the end of summer

Currently, one of the concerns are the various scams going around linked to the pandemic.  You should keep yourself informed.  For information on scams and a phone number to report problems just go to our website classichitsocala.com   The information is right there on the front page. 

What To Do:

The symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with COVID-19 typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4°F or higher), cough, and/or shortness of breath within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus. Approximately 80% of those affected with COVID-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness. People who are more vulnerable to the illness include individuals who are over age 65 with underlying health conditions, immunocompromised, ill or have underlying chronic health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes.

Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this is encouraged. However, if you develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or inability to drink fluids, contact 911 and advise them of your symptoms as you may need treatment at a hospital.

COVID-19 overview, symptoms, and general prevention

COVID-19 is a new type of coronavirus; coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Other coronaviruses include the common cold and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). COVID-19 is believed to have emerged from an animal source and is now capable of spreading from person-to-person. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Local Call Center Available 24/7

Individuals can call DOH-Marion’s COVID-19 call center 24/7 at 352-644-2590 for general questions about the virus. Individuals can also continue to contact the statewide COVID-19 hotline 24/7 at 866-779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Health care providers should continue to call DOH epidemiology staff if they have questions regarding testing.

About the Florida Department of Health

The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

Follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.

What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida

Adults 60 and older and those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are more likely to develop serious illness. Here’s what you can do right now.

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Call before you go

Call your health care provider or County Health Department if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath and returned from international travel or a cruise in the last 14 days.Learn more

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Wash hands often with soap and water – 20 seconds or longer (or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).Learn more

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Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.Learn more

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If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and close quarters. Learn more

Marion County is pretty much surrounded by the coronavirus.  Alachua, Volusia, Citrus and now Lake Counties all have confirmed cases of Covid-19.  The latest is a woman in Lady Lake in Lake County.  She has been confined to her home.  According to reports, the woman went to an Express Care after falling ill and was sent to the hospital.  That means she could have potentially exposed all the workers at the Express Care to the virus.  The woman contracted the virus while traveling.

A spokeswoman for the Marion County Health Department has confirmed that several individuals have been tested for the virus in Marion, but none of those tests have come back positive, meaning we still have zero cases of the disease. 

 To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, The Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily. Today, as of 10 a.m., there are 192 total** total Florida cases.

One person has died in Broward County who tested positive for COVID-19. This death is associated with an Assisted Living Facility.

New Florida cases include:

  • 32 additional positive COVID-19 cases (31 Florida residents and 1 non-Florida resident) reported to the Florida Department of Health.
  • There are currently 173 positive cases in Florida residents and 19 positive cases in non-Florida residents.

Florida recently partnered with private laboratories around the state to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity. This partnership will increase the number of tests conducted each day and ensure Floridians receive the critical health information they need in a timely manner.

Expansion to private laboratories changes the COVID-19 testing landscape in Florida. Private laboratories will run tests as they receive swab samples from practitioners. Testing and reporting times will vary among commercial and DOH laboratories. Demographic information may be updated during investigations. These twice daily reports reflect the state’s efforts to accurately and transparently share information. 

More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found here.

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For more detail on Florida resident cases, please visit the live DOH Dashboard here

* Florida residents that are diagnosed with COVID-19 and isolated out of state are not reflected on the Florida map.

**Total cases overview includes positive cases in Florida residents and non-Florida residents tested in Florida.

More Information on COVID-19

To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.