Leon County COVID-19 Community Update for October 19

Leon County COVID-19 Community Update

October 19, 2020

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally, Leon County Emergency Management is committed to actively monitoring the disease and coordinating preparedness and response efforts with local health officials, healthcare providers, first responders and other critical emergency response functions.

The following update provides a timely, accurate and vetted source of official County and community information.

Significant Changes Since Last Update

  • New: Free COVID-19 Drive-thru Mobile Testing this Wednesday, October 21, at North Monroe Medical Center (3721 N Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32303).
    • Wednesday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Free and open to patients of all ages, both symptomatic and asymptomatic.
    • Drive-up PCR testing only, please wear a mask. Results in 2-3 days.
    • Testing is operated by North Florida Medical Centers. For more information, email announcements@nfmc.org.
  • COVID-19 Testing Site at FAMU Bragg Memorial Stadium (1500 Wahnish Way, Tallahassee, FL 32307)
    • The site is currently offering Rapid COVID-19 Antigen testing for all patients with results in less than 1 hour. PCR molecular testing is available by request with results in 48 hours. Sign up for testing at curative.com 
    • Testing is free and open to the public. Appointments and walk-ups are accepted. Physician referral not required. Insurance is accepted but not required.
    • The Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test sample is collected by a healthcare worker who will gently swab the inside of a patient's nostrils. This collection process is quick, easy, and comfortable.
    • Patients receive their Rapid COVID-19 Antigen results within one hour of testing by email or SMS text. The Florida Department of Health receives all patient results and will contact patients with positive results.
    • The Curative RT-PCR molecular COVID-19 test is a self-collected, painless, oral fluid test swab that provides patient results within 48 hours.
    • For inquires about their results, patients can contact the Curative support staff by calling 888-702-9042.
    • The site opens at 8 a.m. Monday-Saturday. The site closes when the number of allocated tests has been reached.
  • Leon County expands Leon CARES program to provide local assistance to individuals, businesses and human service agencies impacted by COVID-19. For eligibility requirements and to submit an application to receive assistance, visit www.LeonCountyCARES.com
  • On September 25, Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-244 that places all of Florida into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 recovery plan, effective immediately. View the Executive Order by clicking HERE.
  • Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) distributes cloth face coverings to businesses. Face coverings are available for pickup at the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality. A business with one location is eligible for up to 100 face coverings. Local businesses with multiple locations are eligible for up to 200 face coverings. For FAQs regarding the distribution of masks to businesses, click here or visit  www.OEVForBusiness.com  
    • Office of Economic Vitality (315 S. Calhoun Street, Suite 110, Tallahassee, FL, 32301) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • County offering free face coverings for pickup at all Libraries. Leon County continues to make free face coverings available for pickup at all County library locations during regular hours. Through the library program and with OEV, the County has distributed over 450,000 masks to citizens. Five face masks per individual will be allowed for pickup to ensure adequate supply to meet demand.  For locations and hours, visit www.LeonCountyLibrary.gov
  • It’s Not Too Much to Mask Campaign. Leon County launched the social media campaign, It’s Not Too Much to Mask to encourage the use of masks and facial coverings in public. If you’d like to participate, post a masked-up selfie and share why you wear a mask and for whom using #MaskOnLeon.

Sue Dick

"Tallahassee is open for business. Wear your mask and grab a drink at a local coffee shop, dine at your neighborhood restaurant or visit your favorite boutique. Support the health of our community and our economy." Sue Dick, President/CEO, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

Leon County's COVID-19 Health Metrics


    • Weekly Documented New Cases

                        382    INCREASING (from 380 cases)

    • Weekly Percent of Positive Cases

                       4.79%  INCREASING (from 4.6%)

    • Weekly Emergency Room Visits with Influenza-like Illness

                       21          INCREASING (from 14 visits)

    • Weekly Emergency Room Visits with COVID-like Illness

                        41        NO CHANGE (from 41 visits) 

COVID-19 by the Numbers. Global cases of COVID-19 now surpass 40 million. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) there are or have been 11,646 positive cases of COVID-19 in Leon County. In Florida, there are or have been 756,727 positive cases of COVID-19, and 16,021 COVID-19-related deaths. These numbers are updated regularly by FDOH; visit the dashboard for more detailed information, here. Local testing date includes public and private tests performed in Leon County, including Antigen tests performed by Patients First.


Click below to access more COVID-19 information:


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As you may have noticed, we are no longer including the entire community update in this message. Instead, we have organized all of the information from previous community updates in a COVID-19 Information Portal. Below you will find the content available on the portal.

Group Key Community Resources
Government Coronavirus Guidelines - Federal Government
Business Resources for Local Business
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 Testing
Service Changes Service Changes
Lock Consumer and User Protection
Plane Travel Restrictions and Guidance
Heart Households
Child Schools
Medical Briefcase Healthcare Providers
Mobile Device Citizens Connect App
Check Take Action and Stay Prepared
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Continue to follow www.LeonCountyFL.gov/eip for any local updates or changes to services.

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