COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This website is updated daily (more often as needed) with changes from the Florida Dept. of Health and new Monroe County-related information. 

MONROE COUNTY IS CLOSED TO VISITORS DURING THE MONTH OF MAY.

Latest Orders and Directives

LATEST UPDATE

The Emergency Directive 20-02 2nd Amendment and Emergency Directive 20-09 states that lodging establishments (hotels, motel, vacation rental, marina, RV park) authorization to begin accepting reservations, contingent that those reservations can only be honored starting June 1, 2020. Monroe County plans to reopen to visitors Monday, June 1 by suspending the checkpoints on U.S. 1 and State Road 905 and allowing lodging establishments to take guests but recommends maintaining occupancies at 50 percent or less for the first few weeks for the safety of their employees and visitors.

Monroe County lodging establishments, like hotels, motels, campgrounds, RV parks, marinas, and other transient-licensed establishments, including licensed vacation rentals, will be allowed but will be required to implement sanitation procedures and follow the American Hotel and Lodging Association COVID-19 guidelines for enhanced cleaning practices (www.ahla.com). Vacation rentals will have to follow the State-approved plan found under the "Airports, Lodging, Vacation Rentals" tab. 

Airport screenings of passengers traveling from highly affected COVID-19 areas will continue, per Executive Order 20-80 and Executive Order 20-82.  

Greyhound and Miami-Dade Transit bus restrictions will be lifted June 1.

This is subject to revision based on data regarding the prevalence of the virus within Monroe County, increased testing and contact tracing protocols, and the efforts in the adjacent counties to continue to control the transmission of the virus. All other requirements, like wearing facial coverings in public places, are not lifted. Should the Florida Keys experience an increase in cases and under the advisement of the Florida Department of Health, restrictions may be heightened, and/or amenities may again be closed.

Monroe County residents are must continue to follow directives set by the State, County, and municipalities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing facial coverings in public settings, limiting group sizes to 10 or less, and physically distancing from others by six feet. Tourism-related information can be found at www.fla-keys.com.

The Florida Keys have been closed to visitors since March 22 to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Facial Coverings in Public Places

The County will continue the directive of using facial coverings in public settings. Medical and surgical face masks, such as “N95” masks, are in short supply and should be reserved for health care personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective equipment. Covering over the nose and mouth may include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandanna, handkerchief, or other similar cloth covering.

When to wear a face covering

Florida Keys Coronavirus Cases

The latest update from the State Health Office regarding COVID-19. 

Monroe County is reporting 107 total cases -- 96 are residents, 11 are non-residents.

Among the 107, 24 are travel-related, 77 are community-acquired, and 6 are currently being investigated.

Of the 96 residents, 41 are from Key West, 18 Key Largo, 22 Tavernier, 5 Marathon, and two from Islamorada and three from Summerland Key. Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf, and Key Colony Beach have one case each. There are 2 cases from missing locations. 

4 deaths (reported by the State)

As of May 27, 2020 at 10 a.m. 2,647 people have been tested, of which 98 are awaiting results.

Current case information can be found at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov. It is updated daily. On the dashboard, look under “See the Report” for detailed information by county, including testing numbers and geographic locations or “See dashboard” for summaries by county.

The Health Department will officially confirm any other cases. Cases are a total count of all laboratory confirmed cases. This number does not represent the current number of COVID-19 positive persons. At this time, the FDOH is unable to determine the number of recoveries from COVID-19. Those who do recover from the virus may have additional unknown health effects. 

Additional details for Monroe County, including age, sex, race, ethnicity and hospitalizations can be found in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboardhttps://fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86

QUESTIONS?

To Report Crowds, Non-Compliant Use of Facial Coverings, Essential Businesses: 

Please Call Code Compliance in your area first

  • Key West Code Compliance: 305-809-3740
  • Marathon Code Compliance:305-289-5024
  • Key Colony Beach Code Compliance: 305-289-1212 ext. 3
  • Islamorada Code Compliance: 305-664-6435.
  • Layton Code Compliance: 305-664-4667
  • County Code Compliance
    • Lower Keys: 305-295-4343
    • Middle Keys: 305-289-2810
    • Upper Keys: 305-453-8806

Law enforcement can be contacted if code compliance is not available or after hours:

  • Key West Police Dept: 305-809-1000
  • Monroe County Non-Emergency Line: 305-292-7000

Vulnerable Populations

Senior citizens and individuals with an underlying medical condition are still strongly encouraged to stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

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CDC COVID-19 Guidance