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The City of Longwood is is closely monitoring the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working diligently and carefully to make decisions to minimize the impact on our residents.TAKE PRECAUTIONS:All residents are encouraged to follow established CDC hygiene guidelines:• Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and practice “social distancing.”• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.• Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.• Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then discarding the tissue.• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
A list of upcoming test sites and links to make test reservations is available at PrepareSeminole.org.
ALL PERSONS 40 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE FREE VACCINE IN FLORIDAOn March 26, 2021, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 21-79 stating all persons 40 years of age and older are now eligible to receive the free COVID Vaccine. Florida has many sites providing COVID-19 vaccine free to residents. Use the vaccine finder to find a site near you. Supplies are limited and appointments may be required. Vaccines are free at all locations. As of Monday, March 29, vaccine is available for:* Persons 40 years of age and older;* Persons determined to be extremely vulnerable by a physician (form required);* Health care workers with direct patient contact;* Long-term care facility residents and staff.Effective MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021 all Florida residents shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons 16 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up.
For the latest COVID-19 vaccination update, please view the information located on Seminole County's website.
Effective immediately, Longwood restaurants can expand outdoor seating into parking and open space areas. To learn more, visit our guide to the new allowances.
The City of Longwood issued TUP 03-20, which allows Longwood businesses to place temporary signage without a fee or permit. To learn more, visit our guide to the new allowances.
As part of our Age Friendly City initiative please see the regularly updated google document below which provides a list of information and resources for both older adults and the wider community related to the current Covid19 pandemic. Covid-19 Information and Resources
March 13, 2020The City of Longwood is supporting the State of Florida and Seminole County’s declarations of state of emergency related to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. The City has activated its Emergency Operations Center to level 2 status (essential personnel and functions). You can find additional information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) about the COVID-19 virus, current situation summaries and Florida Department of Health statistics for the COVID-19 virus in the State of Florida.www.cdc.govwww.floridahealth.govThe City encourages our residents and visitors to take preventative measures by following the Center for Disease Control guidelines: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then discard the tissue. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and practice “social distancing.”Seminole County’s Citizens Information Hotline will be staffed beginning March 13, 2020. Seminole County Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel will be on hand to answer non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 and Seminole County’s response.The Citizens Information Hotline will be available Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm at 407-665-0000.Text COVID19INFO to 888-777 to opt-in for alerts from Seminole County Emergency Management related to COVID-19.
March 16, 2020 PRESS RELEASE: