3-12-20 10:15 a.m.: Public Health Guidance for Mass Gatherings

This press release published at the request of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County.

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is strongly urging attendees of Gator Nationals and other mass gatherings not to attend if you:

  • are a contact to a known or suspected case of COVID-19
  • are over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions
  • are immune compromised
  • are ill
  • have been exposed to someone with a respiratory illness in the last 14 days
  • have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease
  • have traveled internationally within the last 14 days, especially to destinations under a level 3 travel advisory
  • have traveled to or from a geographic area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19

“These warnings are consistent with CDC and Florida Department of Health Guidelines,” stated Paul Myers, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County. “We all have a role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases and modifying personal behaviors protects individuals and our community.”

Additionally, everyone is encouraged to:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

For more information on mass gatherings, visit the CDC Mass Gatherings COVID-19 website

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County (DOH-Alachua) is informing residents that it is imperative for any individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) to contact your doctor or 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 Alachua County Coronavirus website, the Alachua County Facebook page, 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).

For more information, contact Paul Myers at 352-334-8873 or Paul.Myers@flhealth.gov.

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