COVID-19 Resources

HealthStreet COVID-19 Newsletter


Our Community, Our Health: COVID-19 Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar April 6, 2020: COVID-19 Update Webinar

WHEN? 3:30PM-4:30PM
WHERE? Zoom Meetings,


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Recorded Livestream

March 23, 2020: COVID-19 Update: The Public Health and Clinical Perspectives

*CORRECTION: A slide stated that South Korea cases were in the 80,000s which should have read 8,000*

Key Topics:

  • Origins of virus
  • Country-by-country comparison
  • Clinical findings/severity
  • Vaccine development
  • Current concerns in healthcare


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Recorded Livestream

March 10, 2020: COVID-19 Update: The Public Health and Clinical Perspectives

Key Topics:

  • Epidemiology and Timeline of COVID-19
  • Difficulties of Outbreak Management
  • Situation in Italy
  • Transmission statistics and spread
  • Clinical care, testing, infection control


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Recorded Livestream

Coronavirus: Know the Basics

What is the coronavirus that causes COVID-19?
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.

How does coronavirus spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Does coronavirus spread though contact with surfaces?
According to the NIH, it may be possible for a person to become infected by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes. NIH scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The results provide key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects.

What are the symptoms?
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: Fever, cough, shortness of breath
If you develop the following emergency warning signs, get medical attention immediately: difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face

What should I do if I think I’m sick?
If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, call a medical professional (see our FREE medical clinic options below). Many state and local health departments have set up hotlines to answer questions (Alachua County Health Department has a COVID-19 hotline created to address community questions and concerns. Call at 352-334-8810). It’s important that you don’t expose others. Call the medical facility of choice before you go in so they can take necessary precautions.

What is social distancing? How do I self quarantine?
According to medical experts, social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19. Examples include working from home if possible, closing schools, visiting loved ones electronically instead of in person and canceling or postponing conferences or large meetings. Self quarantine involves using standard hygiene and washing hands frequently, not sharing things like towels and utensils, staying at home, not having visitors, and staying at least 6 feed away from other people in your household.

Community Resources

Alachua County Public Schools

Free Meals Drive Up

Food service program for children and teens 0-18 years old. March 23-March 27 11am-1pm Please click the link below for the location of these various drive-up grab and go meals!

Alachua County Emergency Meals

Food Pantry

Catholic Charities

Food Pantry: Monday-Wednesday 9am-3pm; Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm

food pantry

Primary/Medical care

Mobile Outreach Clinic

Please call our office at (352) 273-5329 to speak with our nurse before coming in to clinic. We will also only be able to see Spanish-speaking patients on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the upcoming weeks.


Primary/Medical Care

Equal Access Clinic Network (EACN)

EACN is physically CLOSED until further notice. Returning patients can request a virtual follow up appointment via the link below. They are able to discuss medication refills and similar issues over the phone. They recommend visiting one of their partner clinics if you have a new problem. For emergencies, please go to the emergency room or call 911.

Food Pantry

Gainesville Community Ministry

Outside pick up food pantry: 3/24-3/26 9am-12pm


Alachua County Health Department

Dental Health Services

Please call or email us to make an appointment. Contact information:(352) 334-8839

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Check Your Risk for COVID-19

Based on best clinical practices, CDC guidelines, illness severity and risk factors like age and pre-existing conditions.

Social and Medical Resources

View Our Extensive List of Resources

Year round, we have an extensive list of Gainesville/Alachua resources. Please view at the link below.






*Many pharmacies are allowing early refills and/or 90-day refills on several prescription medications. Please call your pharmacy for more information.



  • Crisis/Emergency counseling for UF community by phone:  24 hours a day, 7 days/week
  • UF Crisis & Emergency phone counseling for STUDENTS: (352) 392-1575
  • UF Crisis & Emergency phone counseling for FACULTY/RESIDENTS/POST DOCS/STAFF: (352) 392-5787 or 1-833-306-0103 (toll free)
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); Or online chat:
  • National Suicide Hotline: Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433); Or online chat:
  • Alachua County Crisis Center: 352-264-6789
  • Alachua County Sexual Assault Helpline:  Call 352-264-6760 or 1-866-252-5439 (toll free)
  • Nacional de Prevencion del Suicidio (en espanol): 1-888-628-9454 (toll free)






  • Video chat with friends and family (Facetime, Android video chat, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype, Houseparty app)
  • Host a “Netflix Party”
  • Have an Online Karaoke party
  • Play an online multiplayer game together
  • Play charades via Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype (use The Game Gal Word Generator to create your clues)
  • Host an online scavenger hunt (meet via Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype then give everyone a fun list of items to find in their house and “show off” what they find when time is up!)
  • Host a photo/video scavenger hunt—give them a list of silly things to do and take a photo/video of themselves to share with the group (e.g., headstand, attempt to juggle, eat a hot pepper)
  • Play Pictionary via Zoom using the screenshare feature
  • Play digital board games together
  • “Meet” for online party games [not free]
  • Practice your photography skills and share with friends
  • Make/share TikTok videos
  • Play “Car Pool Karaoke” via Zoom—take turns picking a song and challenge other(s) to sing along. Everyone starts muted, then selectively unmute friends to share their performance with the group.
  • Host an online journal club or book club
  • Watch a movie or show “together” via Zoom, Facetime Group, Google Hangouts, Skype, Facebook Live or host a movie Tweet-along via Twitter (start your own #hashtag)
  • Do a craft “together” via Zoom, Facetime Group, or Google Hangouts
  • Write a story together—one person in the group writes a couple sentences, then emails it to the next group member who adds another couple sentences and passes it along. Keep going as many rounds as it remains fun!
  • Play a social online game together (e.g., Words With Friends, Draw Something, Golf Clash)
  • Engage in Virtual Team Building Activities
  • Send emails, notes, texts to your friends and family expressing gratitude and/or admiration

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