The City of Gainesville released the following statement involving coronavirus updates:
The Florida Department of Health has announced new positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus in Florida including a 24-year-old female in Alachua County. This individual is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. This is a travel-related case associated with travel outside the U.S. The threat in Alachua County remains low. Information about additional cases is available here.
March 12 – Out of an abundance of caution and in our continued effort to ensure the safety and health of our community, the City of Gainesville has opted to postpone next month’s Longest Table event and JestFest. In addition, other events including CommUNITY Fest and IndiaFest, previously scheduled for March 14 at our city parks, have been cancelled by the promoters. No new city events will be scheduled at this time and all tours of city facilities are suspended for the next 30 days. The schedule of city meetings is being evaluated as the situation evolves.
The City of Gainesville continues to advise our neighbors in accordance with recommendations consistent with the CDC and Florida Department of Health regarding attendance of any event or mass gathering. You should not attend if:
- You are a contact to a known or suspected case of COVID-19
- You are over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions
- You are immune compromised
- You are ill
- You have been exposed to someone with a respiratory illness in the last 14 days
- You have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease
- You have traveled internationally within the last 14 days, especially to destinations under a level 3 travel advisory
- You are immune-compromised in a geographic area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19
For more information on mass gatherings, visit the CDC Mass Gatherings COVID-19 website.
EXPOSURE: The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is informing residents that it is imperative for any individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) to contact the Alachua County Health Department at 352-225-4181 during regular business hours or at 352-334-7900 after hours, before traveling to any physician’s office, emergency department, hospital, or urgent care center. This is to ensure proper protective measures are taken to prevent further risk of spread to others.
EXPOSURE FROM TRAVEL: If you have returned from any international travel or a cruise in the last 14 days and are experiencing fever, cough or shortness of breath, contact the Alachua County Health Department at 352-225-4181 during regular business hours or at 352-334-7900 after hours, before traveling to any physician’s office, emergency department, hospital or urgent care center. This is to ensure proper protective measures are taken to prevent further risk of spread to others.
For current Coronavirus (COVID-19) information, visit the City of Gainesville’s website, the City of Gainesville Facebook page and the City of Gainesville Twitter feed. You may also call the Coronavirus Information Line at 866-779-6121, visit the Florida Department of Health website, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).