Bulletin # 12
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update
March 21, 2020

In the last day or two, our office has been getting questions about military trucks traveling on our Florida roads. Folks are concerned that this means a complete shut-down of our mobility in Florida.
Dan Summers is Collier County’s Emergency Operations Center Director and is in direct contact with Florida Division of Emergency Management and its FEMA and Homeland Security partners.  Remember, the Governor has declared a State of Emergency and Collier County, this week declared a local State of Emergency.  These declarations are an important tool and the National Guard is automatically mobilized with our State’s declaration.  (As they were during Hurricane Irma for the typical movement of supplies and equipment.)
There are three areas in our State that are considered “hot spots” for the presence of the COVID-19 - 19 virus. — Hillsborough, Miami-Dade and Broward counties.  The National Guard trucks on our highways are transporting vital supplies to these areas to help set up mobile testing areas.  The National Guard is also transporting vital supplies to all of the other Florida’s  counties, and in some cases, helping to unload and distribute these supplies if a county requests the help.
This mobilization of the National Guard reported on social media is not for security but to transport the vital supplies to our counties for distribution to our health care workers and hospitals.  In times like these, Homeland Security does not rely on FedEx or UPS to get these supplies where they are needed.
If you see a National Guardsman, thank him or her.  They are working for us and for our health and safety.  The National Guard is on a normal supply or logistical mission.


A follow-up by Dan Summers, Collier County’s Emergency Operations Center Director

"I have spoken with FDEM (Florida Department of Emergency Management) and unquestionably - there are no tanks moving across the state. Per the State SERT (State Emergency Reponse Team) Chief.

We have been reminded to right click on the picture and or video to show that this (is) old video or footage.

The State EM (Emergency Management) office is also seeing these “fake-news” discussions and are working to correct that rumor and or video."

Collier County
Florida Department of Health Update

On March 21, 2020, the Collier County Florida Department of Health has reported a total of 25 positive cases of COVID-19.  23 of these cases are residents, 22 residents, 2 non-residents.  18 of these cases are travel related, 7 cases are community acquired.
On March 20, 2020 in a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center, Governor DeSantis announced more actions on COVID-19:

Today, Governor DeSantis issued four executive orders:
  • Executive Order 20-69: this Executive Order waives in-person meeting requirements so that public officials can safely continue their duties without impediment.
  • Executive Order 20-70: this Executive Order directs all movie theatres, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches to close in Broward County and Palm Beach County.
  • Executive Order 20-71: this Executive Order directs all restaurants and food establishments within the state to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption for customers. The order also requires the closure of all gyms throughout the state.
  • Executive Order 20-72: this Executive Order prohibits medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedures or surgeries.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has approved the first two Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans to businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Governor DeSantis directed DEO to Waive Job Search Requirements for DEO Reemployment
  • Enables DEO to no longer require a claimant to register with the state job search portal to actively seek employment.
Governor DeSantis directed DEO to waive penalties to employers
  • Currently an employer is “charged” for every employee that is laid off and this cost is reflected in the employer’s unemployment insurance paid to the state.
  •  Waiving this penalty will eliminate any perverse incentive an employer may have to keep an employee on the payroll but with dramatically reduced or deferred hours thereby preventing them from seeking unemployment assistance.  
Governor DeSantis directed DCF to waive work requirements for SNAP and TANF.
  • The federal “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” allows states to suspend these work requirements.
Governor DeSantis directed DCF to work with the USDA to submit a plan to allow families whose children are eligible for free and reduced-price school lunch to receive SNAP benefits. 
  • The federal “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” encourages utilization of this proposal which will provide additional benefits to parents of more than 2.1 million children in Florida. 
Governor DeSantis directed DCF to pursue extending food, cash and Medicaid benefits for an extra two months for those families who are scheduled to recertify to ensure that health care, food and cash assistance benefits are provided without interruption.
  • This will provide continuity for Florida families who are currently receiving SNAP, TANF or Medicaid benefits without requiring them to interact with the department during this public health emergency.

In this time of great uncertainty rumours can multiply, especially on social media. 


The most trusted source of information on COVID-19 on Facebook is the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).


For up-to-date detailed information on Florida resident cases, please visit the live DOH Dashboard here.

More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found here.  (Coronavirus: summary of persons being monitored, persons under investigation, and cases.)

FDOH has provided us with a link to an interactive symptom checker. 

This is a wonderful tool you and I can use if we are concerned  about symptoms in ourselves or loved ones. 

It does not replace the call to your doctor or the Health Deparnment.

Please in addition to 

Below please find a link to the CDC COVID-19 Symptom Checker.

COVID-19 Symptom Checker Link


Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. These symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure.

  • Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you develop these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face
What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida
Adults 60 and older and those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are more likely to develop serious illness.
Here’s what you can do right now.

Call your health care provider or County Health Department if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath and returned from international travel or a cruise in the last 14 days.


Wash hands often with soap and water – 20 seconds or longer (or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).


Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.


If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and close quarters. 



Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

If surfaces are dirty, first clean with detergent or soap and water, and then disinfect. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants, diluted household bleach solutions, and alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol will work. See how to make a bleach solution if disinfectants are not available.

Link to EPA Approved Disinfectants

For more information or if you have questions you can call:

If you are experiencing symptoms, self-isolate immediately and call 239-252-6220 or your primary care physician.

The Florida Department of Health, Statewide COVID-19
Call Center 

24 hours/7 days a week


email any questions to


Click on the link below
Florida Department of Health - COVID-19 webpage
For up to date CDC Information on COVID-19
For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website.
Please call the Collier County Florida Department of Health local call center at (239) 252-6220 or call the nearest LabCorp for arrange testing near you (see link below).
LabCorp Link
Please feel free to share this information.
Additionally, Collier County is continually updating their Facebook and Twitter pages (see attached links &
           Email or call me with any thoughts and concerns
County office # (239) 252-8604
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