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Reported COVID-19 illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed cases. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. COVID-19 symptoms commonly include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Many people infected by COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home.

Adults 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are more likely to develop serious illness.

  • FDOH-Escambia Testing Site
  • COVID Vaccinations
  • Social Distancing Measures In Our Facilities
  • Protect Against Spreading COVID-19
  • Stress and Coping
  • Resources for Parents and Schools
  • More Information

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) suspended specimen collection for COVID-19 offered to Florida residents. Closure of the testing site will support ongoing COVID-19 contact tracing efforts needed to mitigate community spread and risk of infection to others. COVID-19 testing sites continue to be available at several locations in Escambia County, allowing FDOH-Escambia to focus efforts on contact tracing needs.

Sites for COVID-Testing in Escambia County 

Persons who become sick should call, do not visit, their health care provider and tell them about their symptoms and travel history or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. Persons who do not have a health care provider or health insurance, may call (do not visit) Community Health Northwest Florida at 850-436-4630 or other community walk-in care locations, and tell them about their symptoms and travel history or exposure to a COVID-19 patient. 

An online assessment screening for COVID-19 is available to determine if further diagnostic testing is needed. The screening can also be accessed by texting “Screen” to 850-318-3080. The screening is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also call the screening center at 850-434-4080 to determine if you need an appointment. 

COVID-19 testing is available at several locations in Escambia County, including drive-thru and walk-up testing.

  • IMPORTANT: Pre-screening may be required before arriving at testing centers by calling the local COVID-19 Screening Call Center at 850-746-2684.
  • The screening call center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The call center staff will assist in helping find the testing center that best fits the needs of each person needing a COVID-19 test.
  • The hours of operation for some testing centers for COVID-19 are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The call center staff will confirm the hours, as they vary by location and day of week. 

Testing sites and eligibility criteria vary and are subject to change. For more detailed information on testing sites, visit Escambia County’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage or call the Citizen Information Center at 850-471-6600.

FDOH-Escambia is using the statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Escambia County residents should use the statewide preregistration system to sign up. Residents can call the toll-free line at, 866-201-1025 or preregister online at myvaccine.fl.gov. The TTY number for the deaf and hard of hearing is 833-476-1461. Registrants will be notified when appointments are available in their area. The State has established a help line at 833-959-0217 for those who need to make changes to their original preregistration.

It is important to note that registering multiple times does not increase your chances of getting an appointment. Attempts to register in multiple counties is not allowed. Duplicate registrations will be removed and ShareCare will keep the most recent county registration for the person with multiple entries.

This preregistration system will proactively contact vaccine-eligible individuals to schedule appointments when they are available at health department or emergency management vaccine sites. Appointments are opened based upon the vaccine supply received each week from the State of Florida. It is important to know that the scheduling process will not involve collecting any payment or other financial information. Do not give any bank account, credit card, or any other type of payment to anyone, and report the caller to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 866-9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.

The COVID-19 vaccine is a monumental step toward getting this disease under control in Florida, but the department is still encouraging residents and visitors to take all precautions to protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus. These include frequent hand washing, wearing face masks, maintaining six feet of social distancing, and staying home if you are feeling sick.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ's (273 KB; pdf)

For the safety of our clients and team members, we are limiting public access to our buildings. Most services are available by appointment. Only the person receiving the service may enter the building; a minor child may be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Persons not receiving services or accompanying a minor receiving services will not be permitted in the building. 

Call 850-595-6554 to schedule an appointment for:

Call 850-595-6670 for WIC or breastfeeding services

Call 850-595-6500, option 3 for birth or death records

 

Follow these steps in all situations, even when you feel perfectly healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with others, such as hugging, kissing, or shaking hands;
  • Avoid large gatherings (more than 10 people) and stay at least six (6) feet away from others;
  • Avoid unnecessary travel, especially international travel and cruise travel.

CDC Quarantine Guidance

Stress, anxiety, fear, and depression are all common during an infectious disease outbreak. The Center for Disease Control lists some common ways you may feel stress during this time.

    • Fear and worry about your health and the health of your loved one
    • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
    • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
    • Worsening of chronic health problems
    • Worsening of mental health conditions
    • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs 

If you are experiencing any of these, it is okay to ask for help. The following is a list of local resources that are available.

  • Call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.unitedway.org/our-impact/featured-programs/2-1-1#  for local resources
  • lighthouse health plan members Behavioral health 24/7 hotline 1-800-342-3222 
  • Lakeview Center general information line 850-469-3500 or email lcimedicalrecords@bhcpns.org
  • Lakeview Mobile Response Team 866-517-7766
  • Partners for a healthy baby 1-800-985-5990; (text) ‘TalkWithUs” 66746 – 24/7 and bilingual
  • NAMI Pensacola Help Line 800-950-6264
  • Crisis text line (text) “gulf” 741741 

For more information and tips with supporting yourself and your family during this time visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/mental-health/

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County serves as a resource to the school districts on how to open schools in the safest manner and what mitigation strategies to employ at the time and in the manner determined by the local school districts. The county health department works collaboratively with the local superintendent, school district and school board to provide county data and trends and educate on mitigation strategies to make the school environment as safe as possible. 

Many resources for schools and families are available on the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website. They include:

Additional COVID-19 resources may also be found at FLHealthCOVID19.gov

School administration officials who have questions regarding COVID-19 can consult with health department staff by reaching out to the point-of-contact designated for their level of institution: 

Early Childhood Education & Child Care Centers

Delores Boyd
850-332-6095

K-12 Educational Institutions

Deborah Tucker
850-595-6500 x3000

Post-Secondary Institutions

Patrick Shehee
850-595-6500 x2302