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April 12, 2020


 MONTICELLO, Fla.—The Department of Health in Jefferson County (DOH-Jefferson) received confirmation that a 93-year old female previously diagnosed with COVID-19 has died. We would like to express our condolences to her family and loved ones. The cause of death is pending review by the medical examiner.

DOH-Jefferson is committed to working with our community partners to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It continues to be important for everyone to practice social distancing and remain at home other than for essential and necessary activities. Social distancing is one thing we all can do to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and to prevent deaths, particularly in the more vulnerable populations such as in persons over the age of 65 or persons with underlying medical conditions.

For Updated Information or Guidance

For up-to-date information, go to and follow the prompts to the dashboard and detailed report, or click on the dashboard link here. To find the most up-to-date guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For information and advisories from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.

CDC updated recommendations for face coverings

The CDC now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

COVID-19 symptoms and treatment

The symptoms of COVID-19 can mirror illnesses such as influenza. Patients with COVID-19 typically display symptoms such as fever (100.4°F or higher), cough, and/or shortness of breath within 2 to 14 days of exposure to the virus. Approximately 80% of those affected with COVID-19 report mild to moderate illness and experience a complete recovery. Some experience more severe illness. People who are more vulnerable to the illness include individuals who are over age 65 with underlying health conditions, immunocompromised, ill or have underlying chronic health conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes.

If you are experiencing symptoms or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, call your health care provider. It is important to call ahead before visiting your health care provider. Offices must take proper steps to avoid further spread of COVID-19 when a concerned patient arrives for a medical evaluation. If you do not have a health care provider or health insurance, call Madison Medical Center at 850-948-2840 or DOH-Jefferson at 850-342-0170 to determine if you meet the criteria for testing. Assistance with the steps outlined above may be obtained by calling our coronavirus information line at 850-342-0170, option 1.

Many cases of COVID-19 can be managed at home by treating symptoms, and this is encouraged. However, if you develop worsening symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or inability to drink fluids, contact 911 and advise them of your symptoms as you may need treatment at a hospital.

Local Call Center Available 24/7

Individuals can call DOH-Jefferson’s COVID-19 call center 24/7 at 850-342-0170, option 1 for general questions about the virus. Individuals can also continue to contact the statewide