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The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well use a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. However, these symptoms may also indicate other diseases of the respiratory system. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact your health care provider.
It is important to remember that most cases of COVID-19 are mild and patients will recover; however, the illness can be serious in individuals who suffer from chronic medical conditions that may compromise their immune systems and may lead to hospitalization or death. That's why it is important to contact your health care provider if you have symptoms and have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have traveled to a country that has been impacted by the virus.
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) works continuously with all our community partners to ensure that everyone is prepared in the eventuality of infectious disease spread. Additional efforts can be found at and additional information can be found at
DOH has also established a COVID-19 Call Center to answer telephone calls from residents Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to Midnight, at 1-866-779-6121.
For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak, visit
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Santa Rosa County Health Department
P. O. Box 929
5527 Stewart Street
Milton, Florida 32572-0929
Phone:  (850) 983-5200, ext. 2275
Cell:      (850) 554-1643
Fax:      (850) 983-4540
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