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COVID-19 Update

As of April 10, 2020, Florida has 17,521 confirmed cases and 390 deaths. The governor has stated that Florida will begin allowing anyone with symptoms or who have had close contact with confirmed cases of COVID-19 to get tested in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami at government-run sites. For those living in Osceola and Miami-Dade County, residents are now required to wear masks in public places such as restaurants, supermarkets, and other businesses.

The CDC states that symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. It is important to pay attention to any changes you are experiencing whether it be shortness of breath, cough or fever, which are the primary symptoms that have been reported. If you feel any of these symptoms, The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
During this time, it is crucial to stay indoors to assist with slowing the spread and eradicating the virus as soon as possible. For information about any senior-related need, you may contact an Advisor by phone at 866-333-2657 (se habla Español), or by using Contact Us.

There is a list below with each county’s number of cases. Miami-Dade has 6,300 reported cases making it the county with the most.
Alachua  (167 Cases), Baker  (16 Cases), Bay  (36 Cases), Bradford  (22 Cases), Brevard  (121 Cases), Broward  (2,679 Cases), Calhoun  (5 Cases), Charlotte  (104 Cases), Citrus  (64 Cases), Clay  (144 Cases), Collier  (327 Cases), Columbia  (23 Cases), Dade  (6,300 Cases), Desoto  (20 Cases), Dixie  (1 Cases), Duval  (618 Cases), Escambia  (204 Cases), Flagler  (44 Cases), Franklin  (2 Cases), Gadsden  (14 Cases), Gilchrist  (4 Cases), Glades  (4 Cases), Gulf  (1 Cases), Hamilton  (2 Cases), Hardee  (3 Cases), Hendry  (15 Cases), Hernando  (64 Cases), Highlands  (47 Cases), Hillsborough  (676 Cases), Holmes  (2 Cases), Indian River  (70 Cases), Jackson  (5 Cases), Jefferson  (9 Cases), Lafayette  (1 Cases), Lake  (149 Cases), Lee  (572 Cases), Leon  (91 Cases), Levy  (6 Cases), Liberty  (1 Cases), Madison  (14 Cases), Manatee  (200 Cases), Marion  (83 Cases), Martin  (115 Cases), Monroe  (55 Cases), Nassau  (33 Cases), Okaloosa  (85 Cases), Okeechobee  (5 Cases), Orange  (902 Cases), Osceola  (305 Cases), Palm Beach  (1,431 Cases), Pasco  (143 Cases), Pinellas  (431 Cases), Polk  (241 Cases), Putnam  (29 Cases), Santa Rosa  (105 Cases), Sarasota  (211 Cases), Seminole  (238 Cases), St. Johns  (165 Cases), St. Lucie  (146 Cases), Sumter  (107 Cases), Suwannee  (59 Cases), Taylor  (1 Cases), Union  (2 Cases), Unknown  (2 Cases), Volusia  (190 Cases), Wakulla  (7 Cases), Walton  (27 Cases) and Washington  (3 Cases)




While we are home during quarantine, this is the best time to stay in touch with loved ones. We may be feeling lonely with not much to do and many daily activities on hold, so now is the time to pick up the phone and call them. Normally, family members and friends are difficult to get a hold of everyone having work, school, and activities at different times. Since everyone should be home, it is a great time to call.

For those friends or family members that are on the front lines of this virus such as doctors, nurses, grocery store clerks, rideshare drivers, police officers, warehouse workers, and other essential workers, it is best to check up on them by texting first. They may be busy, but they are the ones who may be the most worried while they are putting themselves in danger during this time. If possible, send them things they may not have time to get delivered or shop for such as paper towels, cleaning wipes, non-perishable food items or home goods to make them feel loved such as candles, flowers or other gifts you think they may enjoy. At the end of the day, this distressing time can be used positively as a time to tell our loved ones how much we love them and care about them.

Avoid Caffeine Interaction With Certain Drugs

by Arthur Oken, Savon Global Meds

What you eat and drink can affect the way your medicines work. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant and it can interact with certain medicines. Notable high-caffeine foods and drinks include coffee, tea (including powdered mixes), colas, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, energy drinks and bars, dark and milk chocolate candies, chocolate syrup, chocolate desserts, and cocoa. Talk to your doctor if you use foods or drinks with caffeine, as this might affect which medications the doctor will prescribe, or have you avoid or limit the amount of caffeine used.
Your pharmacist is required to attach a “Medication Guide Label” on the medicine package or bottle when you fill medicines that could have serious interactions (including caffeine). The label should tell you about the risks and how to avoid them. Read the information carefully before you use the medicine. If you have any questions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
High amounts of caffeine could cause the following side effects with the following medications:

  • Bronchodilators (albuterol): Caffeine can increase excitability, nervousness, and rapid heartbeat.
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin): Caffeine may build up in your body.
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine): Caffeine can increase the risk of nausea, dry mouth, insomnia, drowsiness, and constipation.
  • Methotrexate: Caffeine can cause the drug to fail to relieve rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Requip/Requip XL (ropinirole): Caffeine can cause too much ropinirole in the bloodstream leading to confusion, vomiting, weakness, fainting, agitation, and drowsiness.
  • Saphris (asenapine): Caffeine can increase blood concentrations of asenapine beyond what is considered safe.
  • Vasodilators and blood thinners: Caffeine can interfere with these drugs, lowering the expected results.

 Caffeine contains a chemical called tyramine. High levels of tyramine can react with MAOIs (Azilect, Elderpryl, Parnate, Nardil, Selegiline) and can cause a sudden, dangerous increase in your blood pressure. There are many other foods, other than caffeine, that contain tyramine.  This will be discussed in another article.
* Source: The USFDA, National Consumer League and the Caffeine Informer

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