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Coronavirus Spiking: 100,207 Pos, Deaths 3,173 Anyone Can Get It, DOH free testing in Fort White

Graphic with covid man and copy: Coronavirus spiking: 100,207 pos, deaths 3.173; anyone can get it, DOH free testing in Fort White
Covidman: Pete Linforth; Gloved Hands: Anton/Unsplash

COLUMBIA COUNTY, FL – The recent Florida coronavirus spikes are attention getters. Tomorrow morning between 9 and 11 am the Florida Department of Health is offering free corona virus testing at the Fort White Community Center.

According to the Columbia/Hamilton Counties Dept. of Health Administrator Tom Moffses, testing is available for anyone that wants to get tested and no signs or symptoms are needed to be tested. Children can be tested with parental consent. No appointment is needed.

A  Depart of Health press release explained "What To Expect:

"Each individual will be asked to provide their last name, first name, address, date of birth and contact information. You will be provided with after-testing instructions and information how to obtain test results online. You will then be routed to a health care provider who will give you instructions. Testing is conducted by health care professionals in medical protective gear who are trained to test for COVID-19. You will remain in your vehicle. Each person to be tested should be seated next to a working window. Try to limit individuals in your vehicle to only those who need to be tested. There may be wait times – prepare by having a full tank of gas and drive a vehicle that has working air conditioner."

A recent advisory from the Florida Dept. of Health took note of the surging positive testing.

The DOH "advises wearing masks in public, encourages elderly and vulnerable populations to limit interactions outside of the home, and urges all individuals to refrain from participating in gatherings of more than 50 people."

The Public Health Advisory provides the following recommendations:

All individuals in Florida should wear masks in any setting where social distancing is not possible, unless any of the following apply:

A child is under two years of age

An individual has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering;

An individual is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;

An individual works in a profession where use of a face covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession;

An individual is engaged in outdoor work or recreation with appropriate social distancing in place.


All individuals over the age of 65 and all individuals of any age with high-risk health conditions should limit personal interactions outside of the home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

All individuals should refrain from participation in social or recreational gatherings of more than 50 people. For all gatherings of fewer than 50 people, individuals should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from each other and wearing a face covering.

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