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County, Florida Department of Health Hold Joint Meeting on Coronavirus Preparedness

Published Mar 10, 2020

Escambia County Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County held a joint meeting for community partners Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m., at the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center, 6575 N. "W" St.

During his presentation, Dr. John Lanza, director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, addressed preparedness, containment and mitigation strategies for COVID-19. At the conclusion of the presentation, Dr. Lanza and Escambia County Emergency Manager Eric Gilmore provided answers to questions from partner organizations.

"We were pleased to see representatives from more than 30 community partner organizations at today's meeting, and we know these representatives will help disseminate important coronavirus safety information throughout the community," Escambia County Emergency Manager Eric Gilmore said. "The number one priority is the safety of our community, and we are actively continuing to engage with community partners, media outlets and state and local health officials to ensure proper planning and preventative action is in place.”

Dr. Lanza reiterated FDOH’s best method of protection against the virus is to avoid being exposed to this virus, and that it is important for everyone to be play their part in protecting against the spread of influenza, coronavirus, or similar diseases:

  • Wash your hands frequently 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.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve or elbow.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County Coronavirus Call Center is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1 (866) 779-6121 or you can email your questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Visit floridahealth.gov for the most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida. 

COVID-19 Community Partners Meeting 1
Representatives from partner organizations attended the FDOH-Escambia County community partner meeting on COVID-19, Tuesday, March 10. 

COVID-19 Community Partner Meeting 2
Representatives from local community organizations attended the FDOH-Escambia County community partner meeting on COVID-19, Tuesday, March 10. 

Dr. Lanza, FDOH
Dr. John Lanza, director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, gives a presentation during the FDHOH-Escambia County community partner meeting on COVID-19, Tuesday, March 10. 

Dr. Lanza, FDOH
Dr. John Lanza, director of the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, gives a presentation during the FDHOH-Escambia County community partner meeting on COVID-19, Tuesday, March 10. 

COVID-19 Community Partner Meeting 2, Eric GilmoreEscambia County Emergency Manager Eric Gilmore responds to questions during the FDHOH-Escambia County community partner meeting on COVID-19, Tuesday, March 10. 

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