COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus update

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced his Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery will go into effect Friday, June 5.

These are the basics of the executive order:
Bars may open at 50% capacity inside and full capacity outside for seated service only;
Restaurants may seat at the bar;
Entertainment businesses may operate at 50% capacity. This includes, but is not limited to, movie theaters, concernt houses, auditoriums, bowling alleys and arcades.
Personal services like tattoo parlors, tanning salons, and acupuncture and massage establishments may open while following fuidance from FL Department of Health;
Retail locations and gyms may operate at full capacity;
Vulnerable individuals should continue to stay home. When outside the home, they should avoid close contact with people;
Avoid socializing in groups of more than 50 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;
Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited.

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

Executive Order 20-139: 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