Coronavirus: More Leon, Big Bend residents reported dead; new test site opening

CD Davidson-Hiers

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Coronavirus Deaths Top 1 Million worldwide

Coronavirus Deaths Top 1 Million worldwide

Another 33 Leon County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and at least six more Big Bend residents have died of the virus, the Florida Department of Health reported on Tuesday.

A 60-year-old woman and a 71-year-old woman in Leon have died, the state health department confirmed. State health officials organize confirmed cases and deaths by an individual’s county of residence, which may or may not have been where they were at the time.

Leon now has had 85 residents die because of COVID-19, among the 10,590 residents who have tested positive for the virus to date, according to available data.

The health department also confirmed that a 70-year-old man and a 62-year-old man have died in Gadsden County. To date, 49 Gadsden residents have died because of the virus.

In Gulf County, a 64-year-old woman has died. She is the 15th resident to die because of the virus, according to the state health department.


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A 71-year-old Taylor woman has died because of the virus, the 14th death the state health department attributes to the county. An 84-year-old Jackson woman also has died, though the state health department reports fewer overall number of deaths in the county, at 79 rather than 81.

State health officials will add or remove cases from county data as epidemiologists continue investigations.

Leon COVID-19 testing

Leon County will have a new drive-up mobile COVID-19 testing site from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the Northeast Branch Library, 5513 Thomasville Road. The site will be open to people of all ages.

Those wanting to be tested for the virus do not need to have symptoms, according to county officials. Appointments are not required; people must be wearing masks when they arrive.

The state closed the testing site at Home Depot on Friday and county officials are asking those looking to be tested to visit the Florida A&M University-Bond Community Health Center Bragg Stadium COVID-19 site instead.

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COVID-19 in schools

As Roberts Elementary School alerted parents on Tuesday to three newly-positive students at the school, Principal Kim McFarland urged families to continue to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and monitor behaviors outside the classrooms.

McFarland said Leon County Health Department officials had not identified what she called “significant exposures” at the school within 72 hours of the new, positive tests.

“I want to take this opportunity to remind you that the Roberts staff and students are working hard to keep each other safe while we are on campus, but the largest source of transmission is occurring in the home and in large social gatherings,” McFarland wrote in an email to families.

Members of the same family who test positive for the virus must isolate until the person has recovered, in addition to a separate 14-day quarantine, McFarland wrote.

“This means families are home on isolation/quarantine for 24 days or more,” she said.

McFarland also reminded families that people may contract COVID-19 without ever exhibiting symptoms “so you may not know you are being exposed to a person with COVID-19 at a family gathering or team event.”

She added: “We take our commitment to your child’s safety seriously and are working closely with the Leon County Health Department to follow CDC guidelines and best practices during this time.”

Local hospitalizations

On Tuesday, 34 people were in the hospital with COVID-19, according to local healthcare officials.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare reported 13 inpatients were positive for the virus while Capital Regional Medical Center reported 21 inpatients were positive.

Both facilities do not track those who are considered to have recovered from the virus.

CD Davidson-Hiers is an education reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact her at 850-631-0958, or [email protected] Twitter: @DavidsonHiers.

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