COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus update

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced his Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery. This plan went into effect Monday, May 4.

These are the basics of the executive order:
Schools remain distance learning;
Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited;
Elective surgeries may resume;
Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with six feet of space between tables and indoor seating at 25% capacity;
Retail can operate at 25% of indoor capacity;
No change for bars, gyms, and personal services (hair, nails, massage, etc.)
Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside of the home;
All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others;
Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing;
Face masks are recommended for all those in face-to-face interactions and where you can't social distance.
As of Monday. May 11, barbershops and cosmetology salons may reopen.

A message from the Highlands County Emergency Operations Center:
Please continue to observe social distancing and wash your hands frequently. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call your local primary care physician. If you do not have a local primary care physician, call the local Department of Health at 863-386-6040 or Central Florida Health Care at 863-452-3000. Once you have been tested, please self-monitor and self-isolate until you receive your test results.

For general questions about COVID-19, please call 1-866-779-6121 or visit
The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The website is updated twice daily around 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Highlands County Board of County Commissioners has established a local COVID-19 hotline.
Call 863-402-6800 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
To receive daily updates text HCCOVID to 888777

MENTAL HEALTH - Florida Disaster Relief Chaplains are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT daily to provide emotional and spiritual care. Call 888-829-5004.
For a list of mental health resources: Click here

To view the latest updates in reference to COVID-19, please click in the links below:

Florida Department of Health Information: Click here

Highlands County News Releases: Click here

Executive Order 20-91: Click here

For a comprehensive list of essential businesses: Click here

Highlands County Daily Recap: Click here

Frequently Asked Questions: Click here

Community resources: is a great way to find resources in our community.
Put in your zip code to find a list of local resources, from food, medical care, housing and more. Click here

Support for families - Resource list: Click here

Feeding resources in Highlands County: Click here

For a list of local social service agencies: Click here

Assistance programs available for small business owners and individuals: Click here

Helping Children Cope with COVID-19 Click here

Short Term Vacation Rental Safety Plan Click Here

Other creditable sources to follow:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Click here

World Health Organization (WHO): Click here