COVID-19 News

Current as of August 1, 2020

The spread of COVID-19 continues to rise in Florida. If you have any of the following symptoms you should be tested for the virus:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

For the sake of your friends and family members you need to know if you have the virus. If you just stay home and nurse yourself through your symptoms you can be spreading the virus to people you care about. Please get tested. These medical groups give quick turnaround results:

  • Emergency Physicians Medical Center for Covid 19 at 9181 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville; call 352-727-7755.
  • Emergency Physicians Medical Center for Covid 19 at 2445 SW 76th Street, suite 110, Gainesville; call 352-872-5111.
  • First Choice in Jonesville (down 235), 8 am – 8 pm. No appointment needed, plan on about an hour of time.
  • Urgent Care at 3925 NW 43rd Street (intersection with 39th Ave), Gainesville; call 352-415-9095.
  • UF Shands Hospital, 1515 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville; call 352-265-0111.
  • Alachua County Health Department, 15530 US-441 #10010, Alachua; call 352-334-8810 or 386-462-2542.

For Spanish speakers, we’re listing a directory of helpful Gainesville COVID-19 resources in Spanish language.

We know that wearing a mask and practicing physical distancing is the best medical advice to curb the spread; that staying home whenever possible is still advised for everyone, especially anyone with compromised health; that staying healthy is a priority, and everyone should invest some time to take care of themselves, boost their immune system and take precautions. Do not underestimate the effect an underlying condition has if you contract the virus; this sets you up for a more severe case.

The virus can have a serious impact on younger people. Many are simply not taking the proper precautions, making them more susceptible to being infected. They may also minimize their symptoms and not get tested, and become spreaders of the virus. It is now shown that young people can have serious long term health problems. Please take this seriously! As you go out and socialize with friends, don’t take it for granted that you are all COVID free and safe. Many cases are asymptomatic, and this virus will affect everyone differently. Physically distance and wear your mask around even your close friends.

We will continue temple programs as they have been, with the disclaimer that, as we evaluate the situation, we may close up again, or modify our currently proposed festival plans.

IF YOU ARE AT THE TEMPLE AND NOT WEARING YOUR MASK YOU WILL BE TOLD TO LEAVE. This is not personal, but we have the right to keep everyone who comes here safe, and if you do not wear the mask, you are risking the health of other devotees, so you will be asked not to come over. Everything is available online, and that is the best way to social distance.



ContraCOVID es una organización dirigida por estudiantes de medicina para ayudar a las poblaciones latinas e inmigrantes durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Aquí está su guía de recursos comunitarios para Gainesville, con recursos en español e inglés que enumeran servicios médicos, servicios de inmigración, bancos de alimentos, oportunidades de empleo, vivienda temporal, cuidado de niños, cuidado de ancianos e información sobre cómo hacerse la prueba para COVID-19.

ContraCOVID is an organization run by medical students to help latino and immigrant populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is their community resource guide for Gainesville, with resources in Spanish and English listing available medical services, immigration services, food banks, employment opportunities, temporary housing, childcare, elderly care, etc., along with information on getting tested for COVID-19.



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