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 Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
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COVID-19 updates below:

As part of Lake County’s commitment to public health and safety, the County is taking steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). On February 24, 2020, the County formed a Task Force of stakeholders to monitor COVID-19 and make recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus.

The County is encouraging people to use online services whenever possible and adhere to the recommendations outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health.

Visit the Office of Elevate Lake COVID-19 Resource Page for local business resources at www.elevatelake.com/COVID-19 and start by completing the Business Damage Assessment Survey.

For regular updates and tips on the COVID-19 virus, follow the Lake County Emergency Management Facebook and Twitter pages. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit the CDC and the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 informational pages.


If you have symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

If you do not have a doctor, call 352-742-4830.

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Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard

Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection has provided a great resource for Floridians. Find county-specific information on Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.

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Video Updates

Click the YouTube Playlist (icon) icon (upper-right corner of the video) to view the COVID-19 playlist containing the latest video updates from Lake County.

Reemployment Resources

[updated: 4/8/2020 5:16:18 PM]

Health Insurance Resources

Covering Central Florida

Did you lose health insurance from your job? Covering Central Florida can help. Find out more here (opens PDF). 
Phone: 877-564-5031
Online: coveringcfl.net


Reemployment Resources

CareerSource Central Florida

CareerSource Central Florida's Coronavirus Support page for workforce assistance: https://www.careersourcecentralflorida.com/coronavirus-support/

Information includes:

  • Employment Support (Reemployment Assistance)
  • Virtual Services and Job Search

* Note that the Career Center is temporarily closed. Please call 1 (800) 757-4598 for Virtual Services.


Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Reemployment Assistance Application Guide and Application for Benefits found here: 

*This can also be accessed by visiting https://floridajobs.org and viewing the ‘Reemployment Assistance’ section on the homepage.


Goodwill Job Connection Centers

To reach the Goodwill Job Connection Center, please call (407) 235-1541 or email jobconnection@goodwillcfl.org

Additional arrangements may be arranged for video calling.


Bartender Emergency Assistance Program

Please read through the Selection Criteria and Eligibility Requirements for the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program. You do NOT need to be a USBG member to apply for a philanthropic grant. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact the Foundation Staff at foundation@usbg.org.

Grants will be made in the form of lump sum distributions to the recipient, or as determined by the USBG National Charity Foundation’s Board of Directors based on the needs of the particular recipient. Each grant recipient will be required to provide USBG National Charity Foundation with documentation that the grant was used in a manner consistent with the terms of the grant. Apply Here


Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund

As restaurants across the country cut hours, suspend business and close for good, many restaurant workers will be faced with long-term loss of income. For months to come, they will need help accessing government benefits and mental health services, paying their rent and feeding their families.

RWCF has established a Restaurant Workers COVID19 Crisis Relief Fund to:

  • Immediately direct money to organizations leading on-the-ground efforts in the restaurant community.
  • To bolster our impact investing budget to provide zero-interest loans to businesses to maintain payroll during closure or re-open once this crisis has passed.
  • To establish a relief fund for individual workers facing economic hardships or health crises as a direct result of COVID-19.

Apply Here

For more information, please contact covidhelp@restaurantworkerscf.org.

Donate to the RWCF COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund


COVID-19 Rent and Mortgage Relief

During these uncertain and challenging times many people are struggling to cover their basic, but most important expenses; rent and mortgage. Banks are taking actions to assist customers, but those actions vary by bank.  An alphabetical list of banks and their publicly announced steps of action can be viewed here: American Banking Association website.

It is not a complete list; however, the ABA will continue to update it as they receive additional information from banks across the nation.


Other Assistance

Heart of Florida United Way can assist with food, housing and other needs. Call 211.

Second Harvest Food Bank helps keep meals on the table for seniors, families and kids in our community. Call 407-295-1066.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Reemployment Assistance (also called reemployment assistance insurance) provides temporary wage replacement benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. 
If you need assistance, contact the Reemployment Assistance Contact Center at 1-800-204-2418 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday. Visit FloridaJobs.org for additional information.


Apply Today


Walmart is hiring more than 9400 associates across Florida by the end of May 2020 to work in its stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers. For more information and to apply, visit https://corporate.walmart.com/newsroom/2020/03/23/some-good-news-walmart-is-hiring-across-the-supply-chain-including-in-distribution-and-fulfillment-centers


Various positions are available at stores and distributions centers throughout Florida, as well as in Georgia and Alabama. For more information and to apply, visit www.publix.jobs.


Amazon is hiring full and part-time positions in the U.S. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en.

Employ Florida

Employ Florida is a free online job seeker and employer resource dedicated to matching talent and opportunity here in the State of Florida. Find a job, create a resume and more here: https://www.employflorida.com/vosnet/Default.aspx

Other Opportunities

Many delivery businesses are hiring. Visit employment sites for Uber Eats, Grubhub, Instacart, Shipt, Amazon, and Amazon Flex Delivery for more info. 


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Other Government Offices

[updated: 4/6/2020 10:53:44 AM]

Transportation & Boating

[updated: 4/3/2020 3:23:19 PM]


Ride LakeXpress is fully operational. Social trips for the Lake County Connection paratransit service will be discontinued starting at 5 p.m. on March 20. All other trips are continuing.

For information regarding Lake County's transit system, please visit www.ridelakexpress.com.



  • Executive Order 20-09 has been enacted to reflect direction from Governor DeSantis, the Florida Department of Health and the CDC.
  • Effective immediately, all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board.
  • Lake County boat ramps remain open at this time.




[updated: 4/3/2020 8:23:22 AM]

The Lake County Veterans Service Office will temporarily close its doors to the public to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Services are available by phone and email at (352) 742-6585 or email at veteraninfo@lakecountyfl.gov.

The Lake County Veterans Service Office provides information and essential forms online at bit.ly/LC-VeteransServices. For information about compensation and pension benefits, veterans and their families may contact the Department of Veterans Affairs via phone at (800) 827-1000.

Veterans Crisis Line
If you are a Veteran in crisis – or you’re concerned about one – free, confidential support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Veterans Crisis Line is available by phone, text, or chat:

  • Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1.
  • Send a text to 838255.
  • Chat online.
  • Support for deaf and hard of hearing: Call 1-800-799-4889.

Status of Claim:

Call 1-800-827-1000

If they want to submit a claim:
  • Call 1-800-827-1000 to establish an intent to file
  • File a claim through VA.gov
  • If they have a printer: Get their email so we can email them the forms
  • If they cannot print or access forms through VA website, they can request paper copies from the 1-800-827-1000. They will also help them do changes such as dependency/direct deposit changes
If they want to turn in forms they can do the following:

Scan and email them to Veteraninfo@lakecounty.gov

Mail it to the VA:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444
Department of Veterans Affairs
Pension Intake Center
PO Box 5365
Janesville, WI 53547-5365
Fax it to the VA claims intake center:
  • 1-844-531-7818: Compensation Claims
  • 1-844-655-1604 : Pension Claims

Animal Care

[updated: 4/2/2020 4:39:48 PM]


Horses are considered livestock in the state of Florida. As such, individuals who provide essential care required for the wellbeing of the animal should continue to do so and would be exempt from the Governor's stay-at-home order. Recreational activities, including riding lessons, recreational riding, and visiting boarded horses that you are not responsible for feeding, are considered nonessential and are prohibited. 


Business Resources

[updated: 4/2/2020 3:43:48 PM]

For business resources, please visit www.elevatelake.com/COVID-19



[updated: 4/1/2020 2:18:17 PM]

For the most up-to-date information from your utility company, or if you have questions, please contact the company directly. 


News from Utility Companies

Duke Energy Press Release:
Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas take new steps to help customers, communities and employees in wake of COVID-19

City of Mount Dora Electric Utility Department reduces rates:



Lake County Schools

[updated: 4/1/2020 12:47:58 PM]

Lake County Schools began online learning on March 30. Classroom learning will not return until at least May 1. On March 17, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that standardized state testing this year will be canceled.

The district has noted the list of sites where free meals will be offered to students during the extended statewide school closures, now expected to last until at least May 1. Addresses for the schools, as well as grab-and-go meal locations, can be found on the district's web site: https://www.lake.k12.fl.us.

Please visit the Lake County School Board website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.lake.k12.fl.us/departments/communications/coronavirus-updates

You may also follow the School Board on social media via their Facebook and Twitter pages.


Florida Department of Children and Families

[updated: 3/31/2020 1:25:42 PM]
For updates related to ACCESS, child welfare, child care, mental health services and adult protective services, please visit the DCF COVID-19 update website.
At the request of Governor DeSantis, and in accordance with the federal Families First Coronavirus Act, the Department of Children and Families will waive work requirements for individuals participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
DCF and the Department of Economic Opportunity have partnered to apply good cause statewide for TANF and SNAP recipients normally subject to participate in mandatory work requirements as a condition to receive program benefits effective immediately. The temporary relief of mandatory work requirements will alleviate any undue burden during this public health emergency on individuals normally required to participate in these programs with no disruptions to the receipt of cash and/or food assistance benefits.
To check the status of your benefits, report changes, receive information faster by opting in to receive electronic notifications, and upload documents 24 hours a day 7 days a week, log into your MyACCESS account here: https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/
If you have questions about your benefits and the temporary relief of work requirements during this time, please contact the Department of Children and Families customer center at 850-300-4DCF or visit the website at https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/

Testing - Florida Department of Health

[updated: 3/31/2020 1:24:37 PM]

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your primary healthcare provider or family doctor right away. They will advise you on steps to take to get tested. If you do not have a family healthcare provider, call the Florida Department of Health at (352) 742-4830.


Please visit http://www.floridahealth.gov for more information.


Food Resources

[updated: 3/30/2020 5:02:22 PM]
  • www.foodpantries.org
  • Mid Florida Community Services
    • Meals on Wheels
    • Leesburg, 352-326-3540, M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Lake County Sherriff'’'s Food Drive

The food drive begins on Saturday, March 28 and will remain active until further notice. The hours for making donations will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the following locations:

  • North Lake County: First Baptist Church of Umatilla, 550 Hatfield Drive, Umatilla
  • Central Lake County: Lake County Jail, 551 West Main Street, Tavares (west end)
  • South Lake County: Real Life Church of Clermont, 1501 Steves Road, Clermont

Items being sought include non-perishable foods such as peanut butter, canned meats, canned meals, snack bars, boxed cereal, canned fruits and canned vegetables, etc. As these items are collected, they will be delivered to local food pantries throughout the county for the immediate distribution to families in need.

What is L.A.S.E.R.?

  • Lake Support and Emergency Recovery (LASER) is a non-profit, 501c3 organization. LASER offers assistance for Lake County residents that cannot be adequately fulfilled by public agencies. LASER is an extremely important partner in the recovery process. Its case management team provides individualized attention to our residents recovering from disasters.


[updated: 3/30/2020 12:19:58 PM]

Financial and Food Resources


COVID-19 Rent and Mortgage Relief

During these uncertain and challenging times, many people are struggling to cover their basic, but most important, expenses: rent and mortgage. Banks are taking actions to assist customers, but those actions vary by bank. An alphabetical list of banks and their publicly announced steps of action can be viewed here: American Banking Association website.

It is not a complete list; however, the ABA will continue to update it as they receive additional information from banks across the nation.


Prevention & Health

[updated: 3/30/2020 8:37:33 AM]

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Distance yourself from others to help prevent the spread of germs. This should be at a distance of at least 6 feet.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, and immediately wash your hands.
  • Disinfect surfaces daily.
  • If you are sick, wear a facemask.

If you are sick, or if you believe you may have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the CDC and Florida Department of Health advise the following steps:

  • Call your primary care provider or family doctor and follow their directions.
  • Stay home except to access medical care, and avoid other people in your home.
  • Wear a facemask around other people.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Do not share food or personal items.
  • Disinfect surfaces daily.
  • Monitor your symptoms.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can occur within 2 – 14 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.


Other Resources:

  • Mental Health
    • The Connection Helpline
      1 p.m. - 10 p.m. daily, 352-483-2800
  • Life Stream Behavioral Services
    • Local Hotline. 24/7.
      352- 408-6625 or 1-866-355-9394




[updated: 3/25/2020 8:30:40 AM]

Municipal websites and COVID-19 information pages:



[updated: 3/20/2020 8:53:51 AM]

In an effort to prevent the spread of germs related to COVID-19, the County has taken measures to follow state and national guidelines on social distancing. Some County offices have decided to close, while others recommend residents utilize services online where possible.

The following offices and services are currently closed:

  • All Lake County Libraries
  • Lake County Government buildings, including the Administration Building located at 315 W. Main St. in Tavares. The following services and facilities remain available to the public: 
    • The Animal Shelter remains open for adoptions, fosters, reclaims and emergency intake at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares.
    • Permitting applications can be completed online at https://lakecountyfl.gov/offices/building_services/. Users needing assistance may call (352) 343-9653, ext. 5.
    • Lake County’s parks and trails remain open.
    • Ride LakeXpress is fully operational. Social trips for the Lake County Connection paratransit service will be discontinued starting at 5 p.m. on March 20. All other trips are continuing.
    • Housing and indigent burial services remain available via a self-service station in the lobby of 2008 Classique Ln. in Tavares or by calling (352) 742-6540.
    • The Veterans Services office is closed to public access. Services are available by phone at (352) 742-6585 and email at veteraninfo@lakecountyfl.gov.

Fraud and Price Gouging

[updated: 3/18/2020 4:36:53 PM]

The Florida Attorney General has activated a Price Gouging Hotline for all consumers in the state of Florida. For more information, visit http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/126AC86DF86F943485258527005F9BDE?Open&

Call 866-9NO-SCAM (866-966-7226) to report price gouging through the hotline.


Information Resources

[updated: 3/18/2020 4:04:23 PM]

The CDC and the Florida Department of Health have the latest resources on COVID-19, including prevention tips.

For regular updates from Lake County, including public health tips and information, please follow the Lake County Emergency Management Facebook and Twitter pages.


Travel Advisory

[updated: 3/18/2020 3:43:56 PM]

The Florida Department of Health advises anyone who has returned from any international travel or cruise within the last 14 days and believes that they may be sick to immediately call their healthcare provider or family doctor.


Online Services

[updated: 3/18/2020 3:11:44 PM]

For a list of services that can be accessed online, please visit https://lakecountyfl.gov/online_services/.


Event Updates & Cancellations

[updated: 3/18/2020 3:07:01 PM]
  • March 14: Ribbon-Cutting at Miracle League Field
  • March 17: Engine 15 Push Back Ceremony at Station 15
  • March 20: Groundbreaking Ceremony at Marianne Beck Memorial Library
  • March 23: How to Win Government Contracts Seminar
  • UF/IFAS Extensions Services events and programs, including the Master Gardener volunteer Plant Clinic (until further notice) and the March 28 Spring Plant Sale.
  • Thursday Farmers Market at the Lake County Fairgrounds (postponed until further notice).
  • Library-sponsored events at all libraries except the Tavares Library and the Lady Lake Public Library. Events at these two libraries will continue as scheduled. Contact your local library if you have questions.

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