Department of Health in Marion County offers guidance on mass gatherings
March 12, 2020
OCALA, Fla.—To help protect the health of those most vulnerable to the threat of COVID-19, the Florida Department of Health in Marion County is strongly urging attendees of large community events and mass gatherings to not attend if they:
- Are a contact to a known or suspected case of COVID-19
- Are over the age of 65 and have underlying health conditions
- Are immune-compromised
- Are ill
- Have been exposed to someone with a respiratory illness in the last 14 days
- Have chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease
- Have traveled internationally within the last 14 days, especially to destinations under a Level 3 travel advisory (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea)
- Have traveled to or from a geographic area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19
“We are providing these recommendations based on CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines,” said Florida Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “We all have a role in preventing the spread of infectious diseases. This includes modifying our personal behaviors in the interest of protecting the health of the community.”
While large-scale gatherings of more than 1,000 people are discouraged, event planners may choose to proceed based on the lack of community transmission or other relevant information. These events should incorporate a screening tool to assist with the assessment of attendees to determine recent travel history, potential/past exposure to COVID-19 and current health status.
Additionally, everyone is encouraged to:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.
For more information on mass gatherings, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html