In this unique and tumultuous time our community, we aim to help all members of our community remain safe and financially secure. In light of this, we ask that you consider our local businesses and their employees by supporting them in any way you can – whether by shopping online, purchasing gift cards or other considerations. This helps our workers maintain a stable income during an otherwise unstable time.
1. Wash your hands frequently
2. Avoid close contact with others
3. Cover nose + mouth around others
4. Cover coughs and sneezes
5. Clean + disinfect surfaces daily
CDC says masks, social distancing not needed for fully vaccinated people
WHAT TO KNOW:
The CDC has said that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing.
Businesses may still have mask orders in place
Guidelines still suggest masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters.
Deaths from coronavirus are at their lowest point since April 2020.
This official recommendation applies to people who are two weeks past their final vaccination shot.
Alachua County’s emergency order expired this week.
Governor DeSantis’s executive order last week repealed all local mask mandates.
CDC DIRECTOR ROCHELLE WALENSKY: “Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities — large or small — without wearing a mask or physically distancing… If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”
The Alachua County Health Department is offering COVID-19 testing to Alachua County residents, regardless of symptoms. Residents who want a COVID-19 test are asked to call 352-334-8810 for an appointment. A referral from a doctor is not required. If your insurance covers this, it will be billed and no copay is required. If not, it is free. We expect an initial surge of calls. You may have to call back.
Clarification: The new expanded testing capacity of the local Department of Health is not an Antibody Test. Please do not call to inquire about that as it is tying up the phone line. We want people who wish to be tested to get through to set up an appointment.
For 24 hours from 6 p.m. August 19 to 6 p.m. August 20, The Amazing Give will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing an easy way to connect you to the charitable causes you care about most.
Sus Hi Eatstation is scheduled to host two Gainesville Grand Openings: The University of Florida location on August 22
The InterMed Group found itself in a unique position to help during the Covid-19 crisis not only in the medical world, but in our own community. To give back they have adopted a small locally owned restaurant in Micanopy Florida, Antonio’s Cucina Italiana. Read more here.
Florida Food Service, Inc. has partnered with the FEED GNV program to donate food and supplies to participating Restaurants, helping to alleviate up-front financial burdens and provide much needed support. Read more here.
With supply chains strained, and customers worried and stressed, Hitchcock’s Markets donated more than 3,000 meals on a single day, March 28, 2020 to residents in their community. Read the full story here.