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June 09, 2020

Weekend Bay County Data 

Beginning, August 15, DOH-Bay will not provide COVID-19 news releases on the weekends. Monday’s release will include data from Saturday and Sunday. The has links to State and County reports, line lists of cases, and the COVID-19 dashboard and will continue to be updated 10 a.m. daily. Please refer to those for updates for Bay County on Saturdays and Sundays.

What do I do if I think I was exposed to coronavirus? 

For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.

Contacts are encouraged to stay home, monitor their health, and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others until 14 days after their last exposure to the infected patient, in case they also become ill.

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms — ranging from mild to severe. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.Use the CDC’s self-checker to help make decisions and seek appropriate medical care regarding COVID-19.
Clicking the links below will open a .pdf file in a new window.

PDF Instructions English- 03_CHD_Bay:_files/_documents/covid19positive.pdf

PDF Instructions Spanish- 03_CHD_Bay:_files/_documents/covidpositiveesp.pdf

When you can be around others 

I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms

You can be with others after

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved
Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you are tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, respiratory symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms

If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after:

  • 10 days have passed since test
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Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID, and I had symptoms.”

I have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) due to a health condition or medication. When can I be around others?

People with conditions that weaken their immune system might need to stay home longer than 10 days. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.  If testing is available in your community, it may be recommended by your healthcare provider.  You can be with others after you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.

If testing is not available in your area, your doctor should work with an infectious disease expert at your local health department to determine if you are likely to spread COVID-19 to others and need to stay home longer.


For more information, visit

Bay County COVID-19 Testing 

Frank Brown Park (Closing Friday, August 28)
16200 Panama City Beach Parkway

Lynn Haven Sports Park
2201 Recreation Drive

Callaway Recreational Complex (Opening Monday, August 31)
500 Callaway Parkway

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Anyone 18 years and older with or without symptoms
Children 5-17 with a parent or guardian (Starting Monday, August 31)

To make an appointment, please visit or call 1-833-4WALKON. While appointments are encouraged, walk-in clients are being accepted at both testing locations after 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and after 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

Bay County Test Results 

Results will be text to you and available on the site where you make an appointment. To contact the testing lab to inquire about your results, please call (844) 625-6522 or email

COVID-19 Testing at DOH-Bay 

DOH-Bay is now testing anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, including children, at the 597 W. 11th St. location. For screening, please call DOH-Bay at (850) 872-4455 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and follow the prompts. Testing is by appointment only.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nauseau or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

DOH-Bay Test Results 

If you have been tested by DOH-Bay, please answer the call from the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 results line at (833) 917-2880. They will ask for a name and date of birth to provide you with a negative test result. This number is legitimate and is a Department of Health sponsored initiative. Caller ID should identify the call as FL DOH. This will provide support to DOH-Bay so that we can focus on contacting positives persons and case investigations. Please note callers will not ask for social security numbers or medical information. 

If you need physical copies of your COVID-19 test results, please follow the directions below.

Phone: Call (850) 872-4455 and follow the prompts to COVID test results prompts and request the status with the representative. You will be provided with the option to obtain your results in person (if negative) or electronically (negative or positive).

Office: If you come to our office, do not get out of your car. Please call (850) 872-4455 and follow the COVID test results prompts. Please let us know you are in the parking lot and we will deliver your results to you in your vehicle.

Email: You can make your request by emailing After you complete the authorization form, you will need to respond with a picture of your photo ID and we will send your result to you via an encrypted email. The email must be viewed on a desktop or laptop PC as the encryption is not mobile friendly.

For your results to be released to someone else, you must complete a medical disclosure form (Please note clicking on the link will open the .pdf file in a new window). 


Other COVID-19 Testing 

Other community partners and private practitioners are also providing COVID-19 testing. Please click on the link below for additional information on criteria and process.

COVID-19 Testing Flyers
COVID-19 Testing General- 03_CHD_Bay:_files/_documents/covidtestinggen.pdf
COVID-19 Testing General (Espanol)- 03_CHD_Bay:_files/_documents/spanishgentesting.pdf

(Please note these .pdf files will open in a new window)

Immunizations by Appointment Only 

Immunizations, including back to school shots, are by appointment only. Please call (850) 872-4455 to schedule an appointment for child vaccines, adult vaccines, religious exemption, immigration vaccines, and international travel vaccines. If you need out of state records transferred to Florida 680 Form, 680 Form, or College Forms you do not need an appointment. You can request these services via email at A call back will be provided when these forms are ready.


One Goal One Florida asks all Floridians to join this important initiative by following these simple, yet effective steps to mitigate and slow the spread of the virus:

1.    Protect the vulnerable, including the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions 

2.    Practice proper hygiene, including washing your hands 

3.    Practice social distancing, avoiding closed spaces and crowded places 

4.    Wear a mask, if you are in close contact with others 

Mental Health 

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people of all ages. Fear and anxiety about the unknown can sometimes feel overwhelming to adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call Bay County's Crisis line at (850) 522-4485. 

Public Services 

The United Way of Northwest Florida is providing information on public services and resources available in our area including food banks. Please visit their dedicated webpage at You may also utilize their 211 service for referrals, just call 211 from any phone or visit 

Rebuild Bay County may have resources available to assist persons in need. Visit more information. 

Convalescent Plasma and Blood Donations 

OneBlood says they are experiencing a 500% increase in hospital orders for COVID-19 convalescent plasma. Convalescent plasma (CPP) is plasma collected from people who have recovered from the coronavirus. People who recover from coronavirus infection have developed antibodies to the virus that remain in the plasma portion of their blood. Transfusing the plasma that contains the antibodies into a person still fighting the virus can provide a boost to the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover.

The experimental treatment is approved by the FDA to be used on an emergency basis and is called COVID-19 convalescent plasma. Patients who meet the FDA criteria can receive convalescent plasma.

OneBlood is working closely with the Florida Department of Health and directly with their hospital partners and physicians to identify people who have recovered from COVID-19 to be potential donors.  

There is also always a need for blood donations. OneBlood is testing all blood donations for coronavirus antibody. Results will be available online within 24 to 48 hours. Appointments are recommended. To learn more visit

For More Information 

For text alert updates from the Florida Department of Health in Bay County, text “bayhealth” to 888-777. For additional information specific to Bay County, visit Contact the Citizens Information Center seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (850) 248-6090, or email

For state-level text alerts, text FLCOVID19 to 888-777. To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 website at For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (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.

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, call (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day or email

The free StrongerThanC19 app is available to both iOS and Android users and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores. The StrongerThanC19 app and website are designed to gather information to help the Department of Health track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida; they are not intended to be used as a symptom checker designed to dispense medical advice.

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