By Jalen Williams
The coronavirus pandemic has left its mark on the year 2020. Claiming the lives of over 283,000 Americans, and over 19,000 in Florida, the virus’ impact has also been felt statewide. Recent numbers, according to Florida Department of Health, showed that there were 892,352 positive Florida residents, with cases increasing by the thousands daily.
“Over the past 2 weeks we have averaged 1,518 tests per day,” said Pamela Saulbsy, public information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Leon County. Saulsby encourages all who want more information on COVID-19 testing to visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/. The site offers current numbers for the state of Florida, including daily updates on new cases. The site also allows its visitors to see the number of cases by zip code.
Tallahassee’s south side communities have felt the hardships of the coronavirus directly. FAMU Developmental and Research School, has been closed for a second time due to an outbreak among students. The Florida Department of Health, COVID-19 Dashboard shows cases by the zip code. The recent numbers show south side zip code 32301, with 1,539 cases of people who have tested positive within the area, and neighboring zip code 32310 with 943 positive cases.
Although it seems like some have become lax in their dealings with the pandemic, the FDH wants to encourage citizens to still take heed of the COVID-19 guidelines.
“We want to remind everyone to continue practicing preventative measures by wearing a mask securely over the mouth and nose, washing hands frequently, practicing social distancing, and staying home if they are sick. This is the strategy to fight COVID-19 that is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” said Saulbsy.
Those preparing to travel for the holidays, can get tested at one of the many locations offering COVID-19 testing. Sites include Florida A&M University’s Bragg Memorial Football Stadium, Sergeant Ernest Boots “Thomas VA Clinic” and local CVS pharmacies. All locations require appointments, and no referral is needed to FAMU and CVS locations.
For additional information on how residents can do to protect themselves, their family and their community can be found on the Florida Department of Health’s website: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/