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COVID-19 Resources

Stay at Home Orders

Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis issued a stay at home order that will take effect Friday, April 3rd at 12:01AM and last for 30 days. The order, EO 20-91 directs all Floridians to stay at home for the next thirty days unless they are leaving for essential activities. As defined by the Executive Order, essential activities include but are not limited to going to work if necessary, going to the grocery store, pharmacy, etc., religious services conducted in places of worship, participating in recreational activities consistent with social distancing guidelines, taking care of pets, and assisting a loved one or friend. A full list of essential services can be found at www.floridadisaster.org. The full Executive Order can be found here: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91.pdf

Leon County

The Leon County Commission issued under a stay-at-home order and curfew to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect vulnerable communities that took effect on Wednesday, March 25th. The order strongly encourages everyone to remain at home unless conducting essential activities (i.e. working, taking care of others, responsibly recreating), directs law enforcement to disperse crowds of more than 10 people which may include criminal charges or fines, establishes a curfew from 11pm to 5am, and strongly encourages all businesses to conduct social distancing in their shopping areas and in their storefronts. The order does not require any business or office to close or prohibit you from leaving your house altogether. You can still walk your dog, go for a run, and go to work.

School Closures Extended

Leon County Schools, in accordance with state mandate, has announced that all schools will be closed until at least May 1.

Learn at Home resources are available through the School District’s website here.

Supplemental Food Pick-Up is available at 17 school campuses throughout the community for any family that relies on school meals for their children. The locations are open from 10am-1pm Monday-Friday and volunteers and staff are distributing a bagged breakfast and lunch for each student present. You can check the Leon Schools website for the latest info on this program.

Symptoms of COVID-19

People with COVID-19 may experience fever, cough, sore throat, running nose, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms may take 2-14 days to show. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call the hotlines below and avoid social contact.

Who is most at risk?

Elderly people and people of all ages with health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes are most at risk. Please limit contact with these populations. Race does not impact risk.

COVID-19 Hotlines

Leon County

Monday–Friday: 8AM–5PM

FL Dept. of Health

Available 24/7

Avoiding COVID-19

A vaccine is not currently available. Social distancing and avoiding public spaces / gatherings can help slow the spread. Hand-washing, staying home when sick, and covering coughs/sneezes will also help.

COVID-19 Scams

The Attorney General is warning Floridians to only use secure sites when looking for COVID-19 information. Refer to the website of the Attorney General (http://myfloridalegal.com) or the Federal Trade Commission to avoid scammers. The Office of the Attorney General has also set up a hotline to report price gouging. Price gouging can be reported by calling 1(866) 9-NO-SCAM. 

The Federal Trade Commission’s website provides tips on scams, how to avoid scams, and information on what the FTC is doing to address these scams. More information can be found on their website (https://www.ftc.gov).

More Information / Resources

Live local updates can be found at www2.leoncountyfl.gov/ei/

More information can be found at the Florida Department of Health’s website (www.FLHealth.gov/COVID-19) and the Center for Disease Control’s website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

2-1-1 Big Bend provides human service information and assistance if you call 2-1-1. They are available 24/7 to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention, and information and referrals. 

The National Council on Aging (https://www.ncoa.org) offers an online resource page for older adults, caregivers, and professionals. The resource page offers a link about scams, specifically the four most common scams.

State of Florida Reemployment Assistance

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has published an FAQ document for any Floridian with questions about eligibility for reemployment benefits in light of COVID-19.  Included is information for both claimants and employers.  That document is available here.

Information on the COVID-19 Stimulus Package (CARES Act)

Congress recently passed the CARES Act to provide aid to workers, small and large businesses, tribal nations, and others during this difficult time. Information about how the stimulus package will impact you and how you can potentially receive aid can be found on the Treasury Department’s website here.

Free Internet Services

Students from Kindergarten to college are transitioning to online learning as schools close due to the coronavirus. Many students and families do not currently have access to the internet in their home. Several internet companies have stepped up to provide internet to those in need. Comcast is providing a two-month free service to students through their Internet Essentials program. More information can be found here.

Spectrum is providing free service to students and teachers. More information can be found here.

Special Updates from Local Businesses

Many businesses in our community are adjusting their hours of operation to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Some of the businesses even have special hours of operation for vulnerable populations like our 60+ residents. The Tallahassee Democrat is actively updating a list of local businesses. https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2020/03/18/tallahassee-businesses-respond-coronavirus-list/2872565001/

Restaurants Open for Takeout / Pickup

Governor DeSantis has ordered all restaurants to close their dining rooms until further notice. Many restaurants are still offering takeout and curbside pickup. Please support our local businesses so that they can afford to pay their staff. The Leon County Office of Economic Vitality is actively updating an interactive map of restaurants that are offering takeout and curbside pickup during this time. https://arcg.is/1zvPTn

Personal and Business Financial Assistance Resources

Paycheck Protection Program
For small businesses, the federal government is offering the Paycheck Protection Program which prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses.
 
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
 
In Tallahassee, First Commerce Credit Union and Capital City Bank both serve the program. More information can be found here.
Utility Bill Relief

On March 12th, the City of Tallahassee halted all utility connections for non-payment for 60 days. Billing for utility usafe will continue, but your utilities will not be disconnected for non-payment. Also, the City of Tallahassee is allowing any residential or commerical utility customer impacted by COVID-19 to defer payment on utility bills incurred March 12, 2020 to May 12, 2020. The Utility Relief Program allows customers to pay these utility bills in installments as a part of future bills from September 2020 through March 2021. There is no cost to participate in this program and you can click here to sign up.

Business Disaster Recovery Assistance
Re-employment Assistance
Coronavirus Tax Relief
Leon County CEDR Grant
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan
Florida Unemployment Program
Florida Food Assistance Program (SNAP)

Food Resources

Second Harvest of the Big Bend

Use this resource to locate emergency food services closest to you for nutritional assistance. Visit the website for various food bank locations.

Elder Care Services

Call and inquire about picking up items like non-perishable food from this emergency food pantry.

Leon Fruit and Nut Exchange

This source is free to everyone and will deliver. Contact them for ways to get fresh fruit and nuts.

Agencies Respond to COVID-19

Leon County Schools: https://www.leonschools.net/covid19

Florida Division of Emergency Management: https://www.floridadisaster.org/covid19/

Center for Disease Control: https://www.coronavirus.gov

Federal Emergency Management Agency: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus

Florida Department of Elder Affairs: http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/index.php

Florida Department of Education: http://www.fldoe.org/em-response/index.stml

Florida State Parks: https://www.floridastateparks.org/StormUpdates

Florida Health Care Association: https://www.fhca.org/facility_operations/coronavirus

Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: https://www.floridadisaster.org/covid19/

Florida Department of Management Services: https://www.dms.myflorida.com

Florida Department of Revenue: https://floridarevenue.com/pages/default.aspx

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: https://www.fdacs.gov/News-Events/Press-Releases/2020-Press-Releases

Florida Department of Financial Services: https://www.myfloridacfo.com/coronavirus/

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: http://floridajobs.org/rebuildflorida/businessrecovery