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About COVID-19

Florida Department of Health in Monroe County

Positive COVID-19 Case Data

  • Florida Dept of Health: Positive COVID-19 cases can be found every Friday afternoon at floridahealthcovid19.gov. Scroll down to “Weekly Florida COVID-19 Data” to download the PDF report. Monroe-county is found on page 5 of the PDF. Vaccination data is also available.  

 

  • CDC COVID Tracker: COVID-19 data can be found at: covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker. Select “Florida” and then “Monroe County.”  This is updated every day at 8 pm.  Data includes the level of community transmission, cases, vaccinations, deaths, hospital utilization, and more.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Learn about getting the vaccine

Visit KeysHelp.org for Community Resources in Times of Uncertainty

If you are fully vaccinated, find new guidance for fully vaccinated people. If you are not vaccinated, find a vaccine.

 

FAQs - What to do if you have COVID-19; or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19

Key Definitions

  • Close contact: is defined as someone who was within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 48 hours prior to illness onset of a positive person, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask. OR you had direct physical contact (handshake, hug, kiss etc), OR you shared eating or drinking utensil.
  • Fully vaccinated: is defined as someone who is >2 weeks past 2nd COVID vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). OR >2 weeks past single dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).
  • Symptoms of COVID-19: common symptoms are like that of a common cold/allergies for some. This includes: Sore throat, runny nose/congestion, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. These symptoms will NOT all be present, and people may only have a combination of 1-3 of the above symptoms.

I am feeling sick what should I do?

  • Quarantine immediately from the public and others in your household by isolating in a separate bedroom if possible. Seek COVID-19 testing. With the amount of COVID-19 spread we are currently seeing in our community, please assume you have COVID-19 until test results can be obtained.

Where can I get tested?

I tested positive; what should I do?
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, continue to isolate in your home away from other people. If you live with others, please continue to isolate in a separate room. Isolate for 10 days from when you began having symptoms. If you do not have symptoms, isolate for 10 days from your positive test date. If on that 10th day you have been fever free and overall have an improvement in symptoms, you may return to normal activities on day 11.  CDC guidelines has additional information.
  • Self-notify the individuals you were in “close contact” with 48 hours prior to symptom onset that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and instruct them to quarantine.

I tested positive with an over the counter at home test; what should I do? 
  • Please contact your health care provider for further guidance and seek out additional testing with a laboratory/doctor’s office for verification of test results.
  • The at-home test provides no documentation that you are positive so it is best to follow up with one of the community based testing sites with a confirmatory test. View Monroe COVID-19 Testing Locations.

I tested negative and do have symptoms; what should I do?

  • If you have a negative rapid antigen test, please seek out additional testing with a PCR. PCR testing is the “gold standard” of COVID tests. If your PCR is negative and you had close contact to a positive case, please quarantine for 14 days from last close contact to positive person OR contact MonroeCOVID@flhealth.com if you need further guidance.

I tested negative and don’t have symptoms; what should I do?

  • If you had known close contact to someone with COVID-19, quarantine for 10 days from last close contact, and monitor for symptoms for 14 days. Seek testing if you develop symptoms. You will not develop symptoms right away after exposure, and may not develop symptoms until 14 days after exposure. People with COVID-19 are contagious to others 48 hours prior to feeling sick. That is why it is so important to quarantine as soon as learning you encountered someone who has COVID-19.

I am not having symptoms of COVID-19; but have had close contact to someone with COVID-19. What should I do?

  • Quarantine for 10 days from last close contact to positive person. If symptoms develop, seek testing. People with COVID-19 are contagious to others 48 hours prior to feeling sick. That is why it is so important to quarantine as soon as learning you encountered someone who has COVID-19.

I came in contact with someone who has COVID-19 but I am fully vaccinated; what should I do?

  • If you are having symptoms, please quarantine and obtain testing.
    If you are not having symptoms, please self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after exposure. Per CDC guidelines you do not need to quarantine if you are fully vaccinated and not having symptoms. Do not disregard possible symptoms of COVID-19 even if you are fully vaccinated. The nation is seeing an increase in those fully vaccinated who are becoming ill with COVID.

Do I need a negative test prior to returning to work?

  • Contact your employer. However, CDC recommends people not retest after already having a positive test as it may continue to be positive for up to 3 months. As long as positive person has isolated for 10 days, been fever free for 24 hours, and overall has an improvement in symptoms, they are considered “no longer contagious” by CDC guidelines and do not need additional testing.

Can I “test out” of quarantine early?

  • If you are positive, please remain isolated for 10 days, if on day 11 you have been fever-free for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications) and have an overall improvement in symptoms, you are no longer contagious according to CDC guidelines
    If you are not having symptoms and have NOT tested positive you can test on day 6 after exposure with a PCR test only. If negative, you can return to normal activities on day 8 as long as no symptoms and you are continuing to follow distancing, and other mitigation strategies (masks, and hand washing).

What happens if I decide not to isolate/quarantine?

  • Please realize you will be exposing not only friends/ and co-workers, but also their families. Please quarantine to cut off the transmission of COVID-19.

Who should I contact if I have general questions on isolation/quarantine guidelines?

  • Anyone with general questions should call the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 call center available 24/7 at 866-779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov. 

Is Monroe County Health Department still doing contact tracing?

  • Yes. However, due to the increase in positive people, we have had to prioritize those we are calling for contact tracing interviews.

I have concerns about a COVID-19 outbreak in my community at a specific location, who do I contact?

  • Please email MonroeCOVID@flhealth.gov with as many details of the situation as possible and we will follow up with you via phone.

I tested positive and my employer is requiring a “clearance to work” letter, who should I contact?

  • Please email MonroeCOVID@flhealth.gov with your full name and phone number, and someone will follow-up. DOH Monroe does not supply release letters until day 10 of isolation, we will not pre-date release letters for you.

I work in (healthcare, critical infrastructure worker, live or work in a congregate living setting, or work at a location that has multiple positive employees) who should I contact? 

  • Please email MonroeCOVID@flhealth.gov with as many details of the situation as possible and we will follow up with you via phone.

Are we in an area of high transmission?

 

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
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How is it Spread?

  1. Person-to-person and between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  2. Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
  3. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  4. COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
  5. 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.
  • Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing, or have any other emergency warning signs, or if you think it is an emergency.
  • 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.

Quarantining

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 and can keep you from serious illness, hospitalization, and death. 

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

The 3 COVID-19 Vaccines are extremely effective against severe disease and death.

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.

COVID-19 Data

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:

CDC information about the COVID-19 vaccines

CDC information and suggestions for how to stay safe in community environments

CDC Recommendation of how to stay healthy by social distancing

CDC guide of what to do if you are sick with COVID-19

CDC Reopening disinfecting guidance for homes, businesses, schools, etc.

CDC Discontinuation of Isolation for Persons with COVID-19

CDC Frequently Asked Questions Page

CDC Key Resources on prevention and control, laboratory capacity, and more

CDC Resources for Limited-English-Proficient Populations

CDC Resources for older adults

CDC Resources for Newly Resettled Refugee Populations

DCF’s Information and Updates for Families and Children

DCF’s COVID-19 Economic Self-Sufficiency (ESS) ACCESS

Switchboard’s multilingual resources on COVID-19

Red Cross resources to assist immigrants

Florida Attorney General consumer alert regarding fake COVID-19 tracing calls