In a video released earlier this week, Leon County Commission Chairman Bryan Desloge detailed four indicators that Leon County are monitoring to measure the impact of COVID-19.
Desloge said the indicators are the number of emergency room visits, the number of new cases, the test positivity rate, and the hospital capacity.
Tallahassee Reports provides daily information on Leon County COVID numbers and also reports on the Leon County positivity rate.
Desloge noted that many hospital patients are from outside of Leon County.
“A lot of the people or some of the people that are in our hospitals here are not from Leon County,” he said. “We are a regional facility, and so what happens is that most of the outlying counties take advantage of the fact that the hospitals are in Leon County, so that skews things a little bit.”
“We have to manage, too, what the capacity is in our community, so we’re in daily coordination with all the local health officials, the hospitals, the Department of Health, the State,” he said.
At the end of the video, he asked the community to continue regular hand-washing, social distancing, and wearing masks.
The Leon County Commissioners passed an ordinance requiring masks in Leon County business establishments back in June. Since then, it has been unclear how long the mask mandate will be in effect.
On Aug. 27, County Commissioner Kristin Dozier spoke about the mask mandate on the Greg Tish Show. She acknowledged that criticism of the mandate’s unclear end date is warranted, but she said the County is not ready to repeal the mandate yet.
According to the Leon County Facebook page, Leon County “will be responding quickly” when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no longer recommend face coverings.