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    COVID-19

    Information for Okeechobee County

 

STATUS:  Okeechobee County is under a Local State of Emergency and its Emergency Operation Center is at partial Level 2 activation

 

Coronavirus

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

Okeechobee County local COVID-19 Information Line: 863-763-3536  M-F  8:00-5:00 p.m.
Okeechobee County Fl Department of Health: (863) 462-5761

FL Department of Health Statewide Call Center Hotline:  1-866-779-6121 (24/7) to report any specific COVID-19 symptoms,  now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Email your questions to:   COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Florida Department of Health

www.floridahealth.gov

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov

Governor Executive Orders

#2020-51 Executive Order re: Establishes Coronavirus Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency
#2020-52 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
#2020-68 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 regarding bars, beaches, and restaurants
#2020-69 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Local Government Public Meetings
#2020-70 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures
#2020-71 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms
#2020-72 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures
#2020-80 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Airport Screening and Isolation
#2020-82 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida
#2020-83 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce
#2020-85 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Telehealth and Immunizations for State Group Insurance
#2020-86 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida
#2020-87 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Vacation Rental Closures

Florida Division of Emergency Management Orders

DEM Order No. 20-001
DEM Order No. 20-002
DEM Order No. 20-003
DEM Order No. 20-004
DEM Order No. 20-005
DEM Order No. 20-006

What you Should Know 

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • 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; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

From the CDC Returning from Travel

Individuals who have traveled to China, Japan, Italy, Iran or South Korea within the last 14 days (or since February 22, 2020) and who have no flu-like symptoms should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you are sick or you feel you have any systems of the virus we recommend you follow the direction of the State of Florida Department of Health.

Individuals returning from a country listed on the CDC's COVID-19 travel advisories page who are experiencing specific COVID-19 symptoms should do the following:

  1. Contact the Florida Department of Health Hotline Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 (24/7)  to report any specific COVID-19 symptoms,  now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week OR email your questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.
  2. Seek medical attention if necessary and as directed by the Department of Health
  3. Stay in your room, home or apartment and limit exposure to others, including your family
Local State of Emergency
Rumor Control #1 - March 20, 2020
Press Release #6 - March 18, 2020
Press Release #5 - March 17, 2020
Press Release #4 - March 16, 2020
Press Release #3 - March 16, 2020
Press Release #2 - March 13, 2020
Press Release #1 - March 12, 2020