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June 09, 2020

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

Watch for symptoms
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

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
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

COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing Flyers 
COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing- 03_CHD_Bay:_files/_documents/drivethrutestingju10.pdf
COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing FAQs- 03_CHD_Bay:_files/_documents/drivethrutestingspanishjun10.pdf

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Florida Department of Health Issues Additional Public Health Advisory 


The Public Health Advisory provides the following recommendations:

  1. All individuals in Florida should wear masks in any setting where social distancing is not possible, unless any of the following apply:
    • A child is under two years of age;
    • An individual has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a face covering;
    • An individual is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
    • An individual works in a profession where use of a face covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession; or
    • An individual is engaged in outdoor work or recreation with appropriate social distancing in place.
  2. All individuals over the age of 65 and all individuals of any age with high-risk health conditions should limit personal interactions outside of the home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  3. All individuals should refrain from participation in social or recreational gatherings of more than 50 people. For all gatherings of fewer than 50 people, individuals should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from each other and wearing a face covering.

This is a reinforcement of the previously issued advisory as well as direction that has been provided in the task force report for a Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.


Avoid the THREE Cs! 


To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, avoid the THREE Cs!




- Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation

- Steer clear of crowded places with many people nearby

- Remove yourself from close-contact settings, such as close-range conversation




The risk of COVID-19 clusters is particularly high when the THREE C's overlap.



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Under Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery, licensed restaurants, bars and other vendors of alcoholic beverages, except nightclubs, may:

operate at fifty percent of the establishment’s indoor capacity;
operate at full capacity in outdoor areas with appropriate social distancing; and operate with seated service at bar areas.

To report concerns regarding compliance of a restaurant or bar with the operating requirements applicable during Phase 2 as outlined above, please click the link below for referral to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Phase 2 News Releases

During Phase 2, DOH-Bay will send news releases and text alerts Monday through Friday. Each Monday, we will catch up on any weekend data. The dashboard and reports will continue to be updated daily around 10 a.m. at News releases will only be sent if there are new cases or new deaths.

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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