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.
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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?

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 NEW  Return to Work Criteria for Essential Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19

 NEW  CDC - Isolate If You Are Sick

 NEW  AHCA - Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Emergency Rules Routine Staff Testing 59AER20-4 and 59AER20-5 Questions & Answers

 NEW  List of Florida COVID-19 Testing Sites

 NEW  AHCA Alert - Long-term Care Testing Clarification

FDA Updates on Hand Sanitizers with Methanol

CMS Home and Community-Based Settings Regulation Timeline Extension and FAQs

No Cost--Emotional Support Resources for Health Care Workers:

  • Emotional PPE Project
  • Eleos: Project Parachute
  • SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19

    The ADA and Face Masks Policies

    Significant Victory for Patients with Disabilities in Response to Joint CommunicationFIRST Complaint on Hospital No-Visitor Policies

    Empath Health is offering up to six free, one-hour counseling sessions to any health care worker in the Tampa Bay area. Call (727) 523-3451 to schedule an appointment.

    APD COVID-19 Guidance for Providers and Waiver Support Coordinators

    Clarification to Qlarant Desk Review Process

    Florida Department of Health Resource Pool (Helps match qualified furloughed clinicians with facilities that need additional local staffing)

    DOH will temporarily reactivate unencumbered inactive medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, physician assistants, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, respiratory therapists, emergency medical technicians and paramedics for 90 days. Inactive practitioners can log in to their online account here to reactivate.

    Qlarant Florida Statewide Quality Assurance Program COVID-19 Update

    AHCA Medicaid Health Care Alert - COVID-19: Maintain Medicaid Recipient Eligibility and Extend Time to Complete Application Process

    AHCA Medicaid Health Care Alert - iBudget Provider Payment Flexibility Process

    Health Information for APD Licensed Group and Foster homes

    Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfection for APD Group and Foster Homes

    Guidance for Adult Day Training Providers - March 23

    APD Emergency Order 20-01

    Screening Form

    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

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

    Short-Time Compensation Program

    Resource Links


    CDC+ Resources

    Executive Orders

    Emergency Orders

    Emergency Rule Notices

    APD Daily Report

    APD is very grateful for the supplies donated by generous groups across the state. The Family Care Council for Area 13 donated 134 washable face masks for distribution to providers and customers living in APD group homes. The Pensacola Mask Sewers organization donated 152 cloth masks to help APD customers and the staff helping them, 76 cloth masks for Escambia County and 76 for Santa Rosa County. APD’s Developmental Disabilities Defendant Program (DDDP) of Chattahoochee recently received a donation of face shields and sanitizers. Kelli Walter with The Focus Foundation and Envision Credit Union donated 101 face shields, two gallons of alcohol, and two spray bottles to assist the facility with infection prevention measures. DDDP also received 10 cases of KN95 masks as a donation from El Bethel Assembly of God, Sneads Assembly, the local district of United Assemblies of God, and McDaniel’s Piggly WigglyFlorida A&M University donated 45,000 pairs of gloves to APD’s three centers in Gainesville, Marianna, and Chattahoochee, and also donated a large tent to Sunland Center in Marianna for staff screenings. The Florida Baptist Convention donated more than 7,000 N95 masks to the three centers.