HomeHealthCounty issues guidance for Gator Nationals and other large gatherings
County issues guidance for Gator Nationals and other large gatherings
March 12, 2020
Press release from Alachua County and Florida Department of Health
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
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.
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.