Broward Sheriff's Office: Public Information Office

PIO Number: 20-3-17

Date: March 12, 2020

As a leader in public safety, Sheriff Gregory Tony and the Broward Sheriff’s Office are committed to the public health and safety of our community.

Although the Florida Department of Health in Broward County is the lead agency responsible for public health, it is all of our responsibility to ensure that we do our part in reducing the spread of diseases and illnesses. Since we know the COVID-19 (coronavirus) is thought to be spread mainly from person to person, BSO has decided to stay consistent with many entities, both locally and nationally, by postponing all BSO sponsored public events until further notice.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit for the latest information on BSO activities during this public health emergency. You are also encouraged to follow BSO via Twitter @browardsheriff, Facebook @browardsheriffsoffice or Instagram @browardsheriffsoffice.

Members of the public can also download the SaferWatch app for public safety updates by visiting

BSO will focus its resources on the safety and security of our communities and employees. These are important reminders on how you can protect your health:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you feel ill. 
  • Call your healthcare professional if you feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing and have been in close contact with a person known to have confirmed coronavirus.
  • Stay informed and up to date with information directly from the CDC ( and the Florida Department of Health ( websites.

If you think that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, especially through travel in the last 14 days or have been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, please immediately self-isolate. Please call your health care provider and the Florida Department of Health in Broward County COVID-19 Call Center at 954-412-7300 before travelling to any healthcare facility.

Veda Coleman-Wright/Dir. of PIO