COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Call Center

The Department of Health's COVID-19 Call Center is open 24/7 and can be reached at
1 (866) 779-6121. You can also email
COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

View the Department of Health's (DOH) COVID-19 vaccine resources and additional guidance on how to best protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19.

 

OMMU Guidance

Review guidance from the OMMU for qualified patients, caregivers, physicians and Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers.

 

For the latest information on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health's website.

The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 | 1 (866) 779-6121 | COVID-19@flhealth.gov

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:

Where can I get a vaccine?

Florida has more than 1000 vaccine distribution sites for eligible residents. Vaccines are free at all locations.

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How do I prevent & prepare for COVID-19?

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus (and avoid exposing other people).

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What do I do if I think I was exposed to COVID-19?

If you are concerned about your status, get tested for COVID-19 at a testing site near you.                

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What do I do if I am sick?

You should prevent the disease from spreading to others in your home and community by taking basic precautions.                                                                                                    

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Office of Medical Marijuana Use 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.”

Emergency Order 20-002 only applied for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days; however, was extended by Emergency Order 20-011 until the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions. On April 27, 2021, Executive Order 21-94 extended Executive Order 20-52 for an additional 60 days.

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.

On April 15, 2020, Emergency Order 20-004 was enacted to extend Emergency Order 20-002 until May 8, 2020.

On May 8, 2020, Emergency Order 20-007 was enacted to extend Emergency Order 20-002 until May 31, 2020.

On May 31, 2020, Emergency Order 20-009 was enacted to extend Emergency Order 20-002 until June 30, 2020.

On June 30, 2020, Emergency Order 20-011 was enacted to extend Emergency Order 20-002 until the expiration of Executive Order 20-52, including any extensions.

On April 27, 2021, Executive Order 21-94 extended Executive Order 20-52 for an additional 60 days.

For more information, visit the Department of Health's COVID-19 website.