COVID-19 Information

Below you will find information concerning COVID-19. COVID-19, also called “the Coronavirus,” is a new illness. It spreads from person to person very fast. Someone who has COVID-19 will probably have a fever, a cough, and a hard time breathing. If you feel hot or have trouble breathing, it doesn’t always mean you have COVID-19, but you should tell someone as soon as you feel sick.
Click Here to learn about symptoms and use the CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker
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Click Here for Executive and Emergency Orders


How to stay healthy and not get sick:

  • Throughout the day, wash your hands all over with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (count to 20 or sing “Happy Birthday” song twice). Dry your hands with a paper towel. You can also use hand sanitizer, but washing your hands is best.
    • Wash hands before eating
    • Wash hands after using the bathroom
    • Wash hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
    • Wash hands after coming home from the store or other public place
  • Keep your hands away from your face. If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, that is how germs can get in your body and you could get sick.
    • To help yourself remember to keep your hands away from your face, try drawing, playing a game on your device, using a fidget spinner, or squeezing a stress ball.
  • If someone else is sick, stay far away from them.
  • If someone helps you eat or care for yourself, remind them to wash their hands before helping you.

How to keep other people from getting sick:

  • If you have to cough or sneeze, do it in your elbow or in a tissue, and then throw away the tissue in a trash can.
  • If you have to itch or touch your face, use a tissue.
  • Remind your family and friends to wash their hands and keep their hands away from their faces.
  • If you feel sick or different than normal, tell someone immediately and stay home.

Extra Tips for Families/Caregivers

  • If possible, have a separate room and bathroom for vulnerable loved ones to protect them from getting sick.
  • Regularly clean handrails, tables, phones/tablets/keyboards, TV remotes, wheelchair handles, doorknobs, and other things that are used a lot.
  • Have a backup plan for caregivers in case someone gets sick.

Do you have questions?

Family Resources

  • COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities
  • Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades
  •  NEW  COVID-19 Resources for Parents
  •  NEW  Florida Office of Financial Regulation - Consumer Alert: Beware of Coronavirus Scams
  •  NEW  Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System
  •  NEW  "Let’s Talk About the Coronavirus (COVID-19)" by University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Information

  • If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, call the Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517). Trained counselors are available to talk with you 24/7. Learn more by visiting the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) information on social distancing, quarantine, and isolation
  •  NEW  Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
  •  NEW  This tip sheet describes resources that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental/substance use disorders. It also provides resources to help local recovery programs create virtual meetings. SAMHSA: Your Recovery is Important: Virtual Recovery Resources

  • Providers

     NEW  Health Information for APD Licensed Group and Foster homes

     NEW  Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfection for APD Group and Foster Homes

     NEW  Guidance for Adult Day Training Providers - March 23

     NEW  APD Emergency Order 20-01

     NEW  Screening Form

     NEW  In home and community-based settings, health care providers should advise patients with COVID-19 of the CDC guidance to mitigate transmission of the virus. This includes isolating at home during illness, restricting activities except for medical care, using a separate bathroom and bedroom if possible, and prohibiting visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home. The certified Medicare/Medicaid provider is expected to share this information with patients with the COVID-19 virus and his/her caregiver.

    Helpful Links

    Guidance from the FDA and CDC regarding expired Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and using PPE during a shortage

    Loan Programs

    Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program (Florida DEO)

    Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

     NEW  SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Florida Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

     NEW  Short-Time Compensation Program

    Resource Links


    WSC Advisories

    CDC+ Resources

    Executive Orders

    Emergency Orders

    Thank you to Florida A&M University for donating 45,000 pairs of gloves to APD’s three centers in Gainesville, Marianna, and Chattahoochee, and for donating a large tent to Sunland Center in Marianna for staff screenings. We are also very grateful to the Florida Baptist Convention for their donation of more than 7,000 N95 masks to the three centers. These generous donations will help meet the needs of the 700 people who live at the three centers.