COVID-19 vaccine information
The state's Phase 3: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery went into effect Sept. 25, 2020.
Right to work and operate a business: No COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or from operating a business.
Restaurants: Restaurants may not be limited by a COVID-19 emergency order by any local government to less than 50% of their indoor capacity.
Suspension of COVID-19-related individual fines and penalties: This order suspends the collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 enforced upon individuals.
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 floridahealthcovid19.gov.
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:
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
AuntBertha.com 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
Free COVID-19 testing is available at the Highlands County health department.
You must register for testing by calling 863-382-7260 or 863-382-7270 during business hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Testing times are 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Mondays.
Free COVID-19 testing is also available at our community partner drive-thru site at Lakeshore Mall (near the former Sears), 901 U.S. 27 South, in Sebring.
You must register for testing by calling 863-386-5690 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays.
Testing times in January are: Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27: drive-thru service, where no registration is required, is from 8-9 a.m., and those who have appointments will be tested between 8-10 a.m.
These events are weather permitting.
All ages are welcome. Those being tested must present a valid government ID and must be a Highlands County resident. This is a drive-thru event, so those being tested must stay in their vehicle.
**This section will be updated to reflect February testing dates when that information is available.**
Testing is free, no insurance or prescription is required.
If you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, please call the health department at 863-386-6040 to be tested as soon as possible.