During this time of unrest and uncertainty as our nation's and world's health leaders tackle the Coronavirus issue, here are some common-sense facts and ideas to carry out calmly and matter-of-factly.
According to Osceola County's leadership, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county is a fluid situation that will most likely change.
In the county and its two cities, all gatherings over 10 people have been canceled through March 31, and public schools will extend Spring Break until at least April 15.
State health officials maintain that the threat to young people of catching a serious strain of the virus is low, although there are of course concerns with students potentially spreading the virus to older generations they come in contact with.
Those who are older, or have underlying health conditions like asthma or high blood pressure, want to stay home as much as they possibly can, at least for the next two weeks. Limit travel to gatherings or to church.
For those who would feel better after being tested for COVID-19, local hospitals are doing tests, but are currently sending them to labs for processing. The capability will rise for testing next week through retail pharmacies like Walgreens, CVS, Walmart and Target, so look for news regarding that early next week. There HAVE been tests done in Osceola County, but the state has not reported any positives here.
Speaking of the state, The Florida Department of Health is taking the lead on all initiatives, and local officials are carrying them out. There is a website, floridahealth.gov,
and phone number (866-779-6121) to answer or field your questions.
Beyond that, maintain the common sense things you've been doing. Wash your hands with soap and water. Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm, not your hands. If you're sick, stay at home and avoid crowds.
This is an uncommon and unprecedented time -- it's a little like prepping for a hurricane, but different. None of us has the playbook for this. But, common sense and better judgment will lead the way.
If you have any questions or concerns, or you have legal advice needs, please don’t hesitate to call Draper Law Office at (407) 846-0075.