Florida’s STEPS to Fight COVID-19:
Social Distancing & Prevention
Elderly & Vulnerable Populations
Prepare Healthcare Facilities & Healthcare Workers
Stop the Introduction of COVID-19 from Outside of Florida
SOCIAL Distancing & Prevention
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Practice social distancing and stay home when you can. If you are around other people, try to maintain 6 feet of separation. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and close quarters. If you must go out, avoid using any kind of public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis, to the best of your ability. Please follow this guidance if you believe you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
Wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stay home when you are sick. Get rest and stay hydrated. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Monitor your symptoms carefully. If your symptoms get worse, call your healthcare provider immediately to see if you should be tested. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider ahead of time and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you have or may have COVID-19.
If you test positive for COVID-19 follow this guidance and notify your close contacts. Additionally, follow this guidance to protect yourself when someone at home has COVID-19. These steps are vital to slowing the spread of COVID-19.
ELDERLY & Vulnerable Populations
Protect yourself and those you care for. Elderly adults and people of any age who have a serious underlying medical condition are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.Those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
- Other high-risk conditions could include:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
- People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
PREPARE Healthcare Facilities & Healthcare Workers
Health care personnel are on the frontlines of caring for patients with confirmed or possible cases of COVID-19 and have an increased risk of exposure to this virus. Health care facilities should ensure that policies and practices are in place to minimize exposure to COVID-19. Hospitals should be prepared for the arrival of patients with COVID-19 by ensuring health care workers are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
STOP the Introduction of COVID-19 from Outside of Florida
You should avoid all nonessential travel and cruises, including to U.S. states and cities outside of Florida with a significant presence of COVID-19. This is vital to slowing the spread of the virus.