View the Department of Health's (DOH) guidance on how to best protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.
Review guidance from the OMMU for qualified patients and caregivers, physicians, and Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers.
What you need to know about COVID-19 in Florida
The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure,
heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.
Here’s what you can do right now:
|Wash hands for 20 seconds
Wash hands often with soap and water – 20 seconds or longer (or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).
|Practice social distancing
If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and close quarters.
|Wear a face mask
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and out in public, such as the grocery store.
If you are concerned about your status, get tested for COVID-19 at a testing site near you.
Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) Guidance
Guidance for Patients and Caregivers:
The Office of Medical Marijuana Use (OMMU) remains fully operational, and Medical Marijuana Use Registry identification card applications continue to be processed. Many Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs) offer delivery, and some have been temporarily approved to offer curbside pick-up at dispensing locations for the duration of the COVID-19 State of Emergency. Please contact a licensed MMTC for information regarding delivery and curbside pick-up options.
To help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the OMMU strongly urges all qualified patients and caregivers – particularly those individuals over the age of 65 or with serious underlying medical conditions – to follow social distancing guidelines and practice good hygiene habits. Please visit the Department of Health's COVID-19 website regularly to keep informed of the latest information. The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at (866) 779-6121.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns. The OMMU’s toll-free helpline is available weekdays, 8 am – 6 pm EST (excluding state holidays) and can be reached at (800) 808-9580.
Guidance for Physicians:
Effective March 16, 2020, the State Surgeon General issued Emergency Order 20-002, which states that “for purposes of preparing for, responding to, and mitigating any effect of COVID-19, qualified physicians under section 381.986, Florida Statutes, may issue a physician certification only for an existing qualified patient with an existing certification that was issued by that qualified physician without the need to conduct a physical examination while physically present in the same room as the patient. These qualified physicians may only substitute telehealth services for the physical examination while physically present in the same room as the patient. Telehealth shall have the same meaning as section 456.47(1)(a), Florida Statutes. All other minimum practice requirements and standards of care shall still apply to recertifications issued under this exception. This exception to section 381.986(4)(a)1., Florida Statutes, only applies for a period not to exceed thirty days unless extended by order of the State Surgeon General. Any statute and/or rule to the contrary is hereby suspended for a period of thirty days, unless extended.”
On June 30, 2020, the State Surgeon General issued Emergency Order 20-011, which extends the provisions of Emergency Order 20-002 until the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.
The OMMU advises all qualified physicians to visit the Department’s Medical Quality Assurance COVID-19 website frequently to stay informed on the latest information.
Guidance for Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs):
The OMMU has received multiple inquiries from MMTCs during the COVID-19 pandemic. MMTCs are encouraged to review their standard operating procedures to ensure consistency with the Governor’s State of Emergency (including the Executive Order issued on April 1, 2020, regarding essential services and activities during the statewide Safer At Home directive) and public health advisories issued by the State Surgeon General concerning individuals over the age of 65, individuals with serious underlying medical conditions, remote work, and social distancing.
History of Emergency Order 20-002
On March 16, 2020, Emergency Order 20-002 was enacted to temporarily allow qualified physicians to use telemedicine only if they are re-certifying a patient who has an existing certification issued by the qualified physician.
For more information, visit the Department of Health's COVID-19 website.