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ICYMI: State Surgeon General Briefs Florida Senate on COVID-19 and Ongoing Preparedness Efforts

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Tallahassee, Fla. — State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees yesterday provided members of the Senate Health Policy Committee with an update on the latest available information regarding COVID-19 along with an overview of the extensive preparedness efforts currently being led by the Florida Department of Health’s (Department) fully-integrated public health system.

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Washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to protect yourself and others from illnesses such as COVID-19 and the flu.

The World Health Organization made an announcement Feb. 11 that the official name for the illness caused by the new coronavirus (previously known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV) is now COVID-19.

The Florida Department of Health (Department) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to closely monitor the current outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus and is actively working to ensure that the most up-to-date CDC guidance is quickly and accurately disseminated to local partners.

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