If you live in Florida and find yourself one of those late-night WebMD/Coronavirus clickholes — you can officially stop. Florida’s COVID-19 helpline is finally here to help. The Florida Department of Health launched its own 24-hour coronavirus call center with live representatives to answer all your late-night, early-morning, and let’s face it, all-day-long questions.
"Call centers are activated during emergencies in Florida to help connect residents with information to questions they may have," the Joint Information Center on COVID-19 for the State of Florida told Narcity.
The COVID-19 call center opened on Monday, March 2 and is staffed 24/7 with people trained to assist callers.
Calling the number will put you in contact with a real, live person who can answer your basic questions about the COVID-19 epidemic specifically in Florida.
Your call is answered in the order it is received, which means if there is a high volume of callers, you might be put on hold for a while.
There is an entire webpage on their site dedicated to the virus, which they consider "the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida."
Narcity has reached out for a comment from the health department, but no more details were currently given.
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According to the latest information on the Florida Department of Health website, there have been 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and 2 residents have died.
The latest positive case was identified last night in Broward County.
Since last night, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order declaring a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
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According to the CDC, there are a 647 cases in the US, with a total death toll of 25.
Currently, the Florida Dept. of Health has issued travel advisories including a Port Everglades Advisory and International Travel Advisory.
Anyone who has been traveling is urged to stay alert for symptoms for up to 14 days.
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The call center can be reached at 1-866-779-6121 and there's also a special email where you can get in touch: COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.