DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
7911 NE 90th Street
BRONSON, FLORIDA 32621
Phone: 352-486-5150 Fax: 352-486-3366
March 11, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: David Peaton, Asst. Director of Emergency Management
Levy County update on COVID-19 Virus
Levy County Emergency Management is aware of the new COVID-19 case in Alachua County. The new case is a Georgia resident that was visiting Alachua County. It was not a local transmission case. Levy County Emergency Management in coordination with the Florida Department of Health, who is the lead agency for disease information and response, is continuing to monitor the situation and working with all departments and municipalities to make sure that we are as prepared as possible. We are participating in regular conference calls with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management and we are keeping our county partner agencies informed with up to date information and changes.
The best way that our residents and visitors can keep themselves safe and informed is to continue to listen to the advice given by the Florida Department of Health.
Stay at home when you are sick
Avoid contact with people who are sick
Get adequate sleep and eat well balanced meals
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
Clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces often
The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness, so those that are at higher risk should take extra precautions to prevent any type of illness. Although not likely in our area, if you do think that you may have the symptoms of COVID-19, it is asked that you please call your doctor’s office first, before arriving. This will allow your doctor’s office to take necessary protective measures to limit possible exposure.
Residents and visitors should also avoid “panic buying” and hoarding of supplies. You should always be prepared and have a supply of essentials, but panic buying and hoarding is an unnecessary financial burden, and reduces the available supplies for everyone else. Please use common sense and think about everyone in the community.
Finally, the absolute best way to find the most up to date information, tips, educational material, frequently asked questions and much more is to visit www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19. You can also call the COVID-19 Call Center 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121 or email questions to COVIDemail@example.com.
Thank you all for your cooperation and assistance. As with any type of event, if we work together as a community, we will all be better prepared.