Public Information Officer Mary Swaney

Summary of Important Actions Addressing Coronavirus
May 14, 2021

Village Council Meetings will be open to in-person attendance beginning May 19, 2021. The meetings will continue to be conducted in a hybrid format utilizing ZOOM video conferencing. In-person attendance will be limited to the maximum occupancy of the Community Center. Wearing masks while in the Community Center is highly recommended but not mandatory. Additional information regarding options for viewing the meetings and participating via ZOOM can be found of the last page of the meeting agendas.

Jump to sections on this page:
VACCINES: Where and How to Sign Up for an Appointment
Monroe County Case Count and
Case Information
Testing Locations in Monroe County
Florida Reopening Restrictions, Regulations and Guidelines
Islamorada Administrative Offices
Village Council Meeting Information
Large Events Suspended
Links to COVID-19 Resources

TY CASE COUNT AND STATUS. Case information updated Monday through Friday.
There were a total of 5 new cases reported in Monroe County on Friday. There are two current hospitalizations in the county; that does not take into account those hospitalized outside of Monroe County.

There have been a total of 7030 positive cases in Monroe County since the beginning of COVID-19 reporting - 6626 residents and 404 non-residents. 
Forty nine COVID-19-related deaths have been reported in Monroe County. 

Additional case information provided on Florida's COVID-19 surveillance dashboard to assist with our understanding of active virus:
in Monroe County,
68 of the cases were reported in the past 7 days; 129 of the cases were reported in the past 14 days
The test positivity rate reported for yesterday was 2.45%

Key West - 3279
Key Largo - 1064
Tavernier - 526
Plantation Key - 4
Islamorada - 259
Long Key - 27
Conch Key - 4
Duck Key - 6
Key Colony Beach - 45
Marathon - 801
Grassy Key - 1
Big Pine Key - 152
Big Torch Key - 1
Rockland Key - 7
Little Torch Key - 33
Ramrod Key - 22

Summerland Key - 173
Cudjoe Key - 72
Sugarloaf - 45
Stock Island - 68
Cross Key - 3
Homeless - 1
Non-residents - 403
Missing City - 33

Updates are provided at and the surveillance dashboard

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments in Florida
pre-register at 

Residents are encouraged to use the Florida statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Individuals can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting The Department of Health in Monroe County is utilizing the preregistration system for the single-day vaccines sites held throughout the county.

All Florida residents ages 18 and older are eligible for vaccines. 

The preregistration system found at allows individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be proactively contacted when vaccine appointments are available at state-supported vaccination sites. Once appointments are available, individuals will be contacted by phone call, text or email and will be assisted in scheduling an appointment.

Additionally, as part of the statewide registration system, each county has a designated phone number that individuals can call and pre-register if they do not have Internet access. The Monroe County Preregistration System toll free number is 866-201-7069. Please find the complete list of numbers and TTY numbers by county here. Whether a resident calls by phone or visits, their place in line will be reserved reliably using Sharecare software.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:  The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County has begun to set up vaccine events at locations throughout the county. The appointments are available to those eligible residents preregistered in the statewide system through Please preregister to be contacted for an appointment at a Department of Health event.

More COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

PUBLIX:  All five Publix pharmacies in Monroe County will receive allotments of  vaccines for those currently eligible for vaccinations. Appointments are available now. Log on to  Reminder: Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix pharmacy.

If you are a veteran, visit

WINN DIXIE:  Visit to find if vaccines are available locally. The vaccines available at Winn Dixie are provided through the Federal Pharmacy Program and are in addition to the allotments for Monroe County.

CVS: Visit to find if vaccines have become available locally.

Walgreens: Visit to find if vaccines have become available locally.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in Florida at: 
For more information, visit 
or call the 24/7 hotline at 866-779-6121.

Find Testing Locations in Monroe County on the Department of Health in Monroe County webpage 
Testing Locations in
Monroe County

Free COVID-19 Testing with Curative at Founders Park
EXTENDED indefinitely

Walk-up testing, no appointment needed or complete forms online in advance.
Testing with a mouth swab. Results generally within 72 hours.

The COVID-19 testing startup Curative is offering walk-up testing daily at Founders Parks in Islamorada until further notice. Hours are from 8AM-6PM, seven days a week. Testing is not limited to local residents. Visitors that need testing before taking a flight or returning home are welcome; the tests are PCR Covid-19 tests that are generally required for travel. If you have a requirement to be tested with 72 hours of travel, please arrive for testing in the morning.

Testing is available by walk-up or by online appointment that allows you to complete paperwork in advance. Completing the online registration at home may be helpful for those less familiar with their smart phones. Visit and click the Book Now button.

Curative offers an oral-fluid swab testing—an alternative method to nasopharyngeal swabs in testing for COVID-19. The observed and directed self-collected oral fluid swab involves having the person cough first, which releases virus from the upper and lower respiratory tract. The virus is then caught in the saliva, the patient then swabs the inside of their cheeks and the roofs of their mouths. Once complete, the patient seals their test within a secure container and returns it to a medical professional to be administered in the lab.

Results are sent to patients via SMS text or email. TEST RESULTS MAY TAKE LONGER THAN 72 HOURS TO BE RECEIVED.  


When and Where:  

Daily, Monday through Sunday 

from 8AM-6PM 

Founders Park 

87000 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada 


Walk-ups welcome.  

Book an appointment at   

No insurance necessary.  

Florida's Reopening Updated from May 3, 2021 Governor's Executive Order 21-102
Businesses may continue to require facial covering if they choose


MONROE COUNTY, FL Release May 5, 2021 – In the transitional period following Governor DeSantis’ recent executive order 21-102, the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners rescinded the local facial covering ordinance in place to protect Monroe County citizens from COVID-19. At the meeting held to repeal the local ordinance, the commissioners urged citizens to get vaccinated. They also said employees and patrons have a personal choice to continue wearing facial coverings in the community and in government buildings if they choose.

“This pandemic is not over. We still have to be careful, be smart, and be safe out there,” said County Administrator Roman Gastesi. “There are still active cases in the community, we are in the fourth quarter, but it isn’t the end of the game yet.”

The commissioners also mentioned the Governor’s executive order allowing businesses to continue to require patrons and employees to wear facial coverings, if they choose, with enforcement being trespassing on private property.

Mayor Michelle Coldiron asked that residents be kind to one another regarding their choice of continuing to wear or not wear a facial covering. “We should be respectful of each other’s decisions,” she said.

Please remember to continue to wash your hands, stay home if sick, and practice social distancing. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations can be found at If you have not been vaccinated yet and wish to do so, information on vaccinations can be found at As of today, 49 percent of Monroe County residents have been vaccinated. 

Village Administrative Offices Open

Update May 5, 2021: Masks are strongly recommended but no longer required for all those entering the Administrative Center. Village business is continuing to be conducted via phone calls, email and virtual meetings as much as possible. Please call or email in advance if you wish to meet with a Village staff member. Contact information can be found in the Village Staff Directory on on department pages.

Building and Planning Department Service Hours
Monday - Thursday 9 AM – 3 PM
Friday 9 AM – 12 PM

Hours for all other Departments
Monday – Friday
 8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM


Village Council Meetings will be open to in-person attendance beginning May 19, 2021. The meetings will continue to be conducted in a hybrid format utilizing ZOOM video conferencing. In-person attendance will be limited to the maximum occupancy of the Community Center. Wearing masks while in the Community Center is highly recommended but not mandatory. Additional information regarding options for viewing the meetings and participating via ZOOM can be found of the last page of the meeting agendas.. Staff is available to assist the public as needed in accessing and utilizing the Zoom application to watch the meeting and submit public comment.

Alternatively, the public may watch the meeting on Monroe County’s MCTV Comcast Channel 77 or may view the meeting streamed live on the Village website from their personal computer, tablet or phone via the following link: 

Please call the Village Clerk’s Office at 305-664-6413 for more information and guidance.


Large events in Islamorada suspended through at least June 1, 2021

Update from the April 29, 2021 Village Council Meeting: The Village Council agreed to leave the permit suspension for special events in the Village through June 1, 2021 to prevent the potential for “community transmission” that could occur during the large, crowded events. The CDC advises that the more individual interacts with people they do not live with and the closer and longer each interaction is, the higher the risk of getting infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 especially with the more transmissible variations of the virus. Guidance from the Florida Health Department’s Bob Eadie was considered while making the decision. The Village Council will be provided another update from Bob Eadie at a Village Council on May 20. 

Also at the April 29 Village Council Meeting, the Upper Keys Rotary Club was given approval to begin planning for a July 4th event at Founders Park and the Matecumbe Historical Trust was approved to hold its Memorial Day Ceremony at the Hurricane Monument. Both the Rotary Club and Historical Trust offered that the events would require special regulations such as masks and social distancing for the health of attendees. More information should be released soon by the Upper Keys Rotary Club and Matecumbe Historical Trust.

Stay up to date with the actions and recommendations on the following sites:
Monroe County COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page
Florida Department of Health. Email or call the 24/7 hotline: 866-779-6121
CDC information
Testing sites in Monroe County