Florida Has Officially Opened Its Own Coronavirus Hotline & It’s 24/7
Put this one on the fridge: 1-866-779-6121
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.
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.
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.
The call center can be reached at 1-866-779-6121 and there's also a special email where you can get in touch: