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:
- 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
- Stress and Coping
- Resources for Parents and Schools
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FDOH-Escambia is offering specimen collection (testing) for COVID-19 offered to Florida residents. The primary focus is virus testing from swab samples to help identify those who are COVID positive and that need contact tracing. This effort is part of the continuing public health surveillance and monitoring for COVID-19 that is occurring across the state.
Sites for COVID-Testing in Escambia County
COVID-19 testing is available at several locations in Escambia County.
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. You can find testing site locations statewide by visiting FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov/Testing-Sites.
FDOH-Escambia is offering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible persons at the FDOH-Escambia Fairfield clinic: 1295 W Fairfield Dr, Pensacola, FL 32501. Walk-in, no appointment needed. Open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. FDOH-Escambia currently offers 3 authorized vaccines to eligible persons. Pfizer for ages 12 and up. Moderna and Johnson and Johnson for ages 18 and up. Questions can be directed to FDOH-Escambia’s COVID-19 phone line at 850-595-6500 option 6.
FDOH-Escambia encourages those who are eligible to get vaccinated. The authorized vaccines are effective against COVID-19. You can find a vaccine location near you by visiting FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov/Vaccines/Vaccine-Locator. For more detailed information on vaccination sites in Escambia County (including local area hospitals), visit Escambia County’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
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
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
- Lakeview Center general information line 850-469-3500 or email firstname.lastname@example.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/
FDOH-Escambia 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:
- Information and Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs
- School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians
- Back to School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
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
K-12 Educational Institutions