Florida continues to prove we can safely and smartly reopen our economy, empower parents to select the best education method for their child, support our medical community and protect our most vulnerable to reduce the number of severe cases and deaths from this virus.

As we continue to combat this virus, below is information, links with details on COVID-19, and what can be done to minimize risk to exposure. If you have questions or concerns about federal preparations and response, please don’t hesitate to contact my office

For specific information on COVID-19 vaccine locations visit: https://webster.house.gov/covid19-vaccine 

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Important Links

The Florida Department of Health has a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center, 1-866-779-6121. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Covid Treatments

Governor DeSantis has worked to open monoclonal antibody therapy treatment sites across the Sunshine State. 

Monoclonal antibody treatments can be prescribed by health care providers to individuals 12 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are at high risk for severe illness and hospitalization. Under a standing order signed by Florida's State Surgeon General, patients in Florida may receive this treatment from an eligible healthcare provider without a prescription or referral.  NIH treatment guidelines recommend these antibodies be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis

To find locations to receive monoclonal antibody treatments, please visit patientportalfl.com.

Travel

President Biden has maintained the temporary travel ban first enacted by President Trump that applied to foreign nationals who had traveled to China; Iran; the 26 European Union Schengen Area ((Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City); United Kingdom; Ireland; Brazil; South Africa and India.

Please heed the Department of State and CDC travel advisories before planning or embarking on any international travel.

Please note, the CDC requires that all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Visit the CDC's FAQ page for more information. 

If you recently traveled, please consult the CDC's recommendations.

Assistance for Families, Workers and Small Businesses

On December 21, 2020, Congress passed a $900 bipartisan agreement to provide additional relief to hardworking Americans. Among other items, this historic package includes extensions of unemployment relief programs enacted under the CARES Act that were set to expire at the end of the year, expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program and a restart and expansion of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

Vaccine Passports and Lockdowns

Governor DeSantis has banned so-called COVID-19 “vaccine passports” in Florida. The executive order signed by the governor prevents any Florida government entity and businesses operating in Florida from requiring individuals to provide vaccine documentation for access or use of services. Governor DeSantis also signed legislation into law that bans the use of vaccine passports and enhances emergency preparedness, while stemming overreach of state and local government.  Local governments may not shutter businesses or collect fines or fees on individuals or enforce mask mandate rules.

Getting Tested

Medical professionals have said that if you are in good health, even if you contract COVID-19, it is unlikely you will suffer serious complications. If you are feeling sick and believe you have been exposed to the virus, contact your local healthcare provider or your county health department at link provided above. 

Donate Blood and Plasma

According to the FDA, if you have recovered from COVID-19, the antibodies in your blood plasma could help others who contract the virus. Public health information suggests that “convalescent plasma” has the potential to lessen the severity or shorten the length of illness caused by the coronavirus. Please consider donating today. Visit my web-page for location and eligibility information: https://webster.house.gov/convalescent-plasma

Veterans

For latest information on VA's response and services provided relating to this coronavirus outbreak, visit www.va.gov/coronavirus.  Veterans who are concerned they may have COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling sick should contact the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center at 1-877-741-3400 (toll-free) before going to a VA facility.

Medicare

Medicare patients can be evaluated, receive preventative health screenings, and other services without leaving home. This increase in flexibility is not diagnosis specific and allows Medicare beneficiaries to use telehealth for various healthcare concerns. This helps them avoid unnecessarily entering a healthcare facility while still getting their healthcare needs met. This is important to allow individuals to access healthcare while practicing social distancing and other guidance from the CDC to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

  • Click here for FAQs, including a list of providers who can provide this service. 
  • More information is available in a fact sheet posted at bottom of this page.

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