Florida Department of Health in Monroe County
- (305) 293-7500
P.O. Box 6193
Key West, FL
Monroe County COVID-19 Newsletter
What is COVID-19
COVID-19 is a newly emerging disease that has a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposureto the virus. Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
How is it Spread?
- Person-to-person and between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
- Everyone plays a part in lowering the impact within our communities and workplaces – taking every day preventative actions helps to impede the spread of respiratory diseases such as COVID-19.
- Preventative actions include:
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when you are sick. This message cannot be emphasized enough.
- Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.
What do I do if I think I’m sick with COVID-19?
If you are infected with COVID-19 we suggest that you call your primary healthcare provider to get information on what you should be doing to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19. The CDC recommends for those who are ill with COVID-19 to stay home except to get medical care:
Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.
Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
As much as possible, stay in a specific room and away from other people and pets in your home. If possible, you should use a separate bathroom. If you need to be around other people or animals in or outside of the home, wear a cloth face covering.
- Additional guidance is available for those living in close quarters and shared housing.
- See COVID-19 and Animals if you have questions about pets.
Monitor your symptoms
- Symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever and cough.
- Follow care instructions from your healthcare provider and local health department. In Monroe county we call daily to those who have COVID-19 to help monitor their symptoms and well-being.
The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County would like to remind residents that those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to quarantine if they do not have symptoms. That means no missing of in-person work or school, no missing sports activities, and no missing social events.
The department urges all those who have not yet been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible to protect yourself, your friends, and your family. Vaccines are safe and effective.
Those who are seeking the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which those ages 12-17 are eligible, can be vaccinated at most CVS and Walgreens pharmacies. Other vaccines, such as Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, are also available at local retail pharmacies.
For more information visit monroe.flhealth.gov/vax or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
Resources for Tobacco Users
There is reason to believe that people who smoke or vape could be more vulnerable to COVID-19. The scientific and medical community is just beginning to understand the link between smoking and COVID-19.What we know is that quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your overall health. The sooner you quit, the sooner your body can begin to heal.
Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way program offers tools and services that are free and proven to help you quit smoking. You can learn more about all our tools and services at tobaccofreeflorida.com/quityourway.
Stay updated on COVID-19 and the latest number of cases in Florida by visiting the State's COVID-19 resource website.
Questions about COVID-19?
If you have any question, please call 866-779-6121.
Resources and Information provided by the CDC: