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COVID-19 updates below:

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: 
http://floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants

*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

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

Publix

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

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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INTERNAL: Health Care & Supplies

[updated: 4/8/2020 4:59:42 PM]

Masks

  • If anyone calls and wants to donate a mask(s), please give the caller the phone number for LASER. LASER will be the lead on anyone that wants to donate masks.
    LASER Phone: 352-241-2104

 

 
 

INTERNAL: Law Enforcement Dispatch

[updated: 4/6/2020 11:04:52 AM]

Lake County Sheriff's Office
Phone: 352-343-2101

Eustis Dispatch: 352-357-4121

Leesburg Dispatch: 352-787-2121

Mount Dora Dispatch: 352-735-7130

Groveland Dispatch: 352-429-4166

 

Other Government Offices

[updated: 4/6/2020 10:53:44 AM]
 

Transportation & Boating

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

Transit

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.

 

Boating

  • 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.

 

 

Veterans

[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:

Compensation:
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 4444
Janesville, WI 53547-4444
Pension:
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

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. 

 

INTERNAL: Business Resources

[updated: 4/2/2020 4:07:55 PM]

Economic Injury Disaster Loan and Loan Advance

 
If you have trouble submitting your information online click here.
 
In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
 
The loan advance will provide economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. Funds will be made available within three days of a successful application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid.
 
The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
 
Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. Loans have long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay. For additional information, please contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
 
 
 

Paycheck Protection Program

  • See a sample application here
  • Information sheet for borrowers
Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply. Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply.
 
The Paycheck Protection Program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100% federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. The government will authorize certain lenders to facilitate these loans. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed, as well as help affected small businesses and our economy snap-back quicker after the crisis.
 
PPP has a host of attractive features, such as forgiveness of up to 8 weeks of payroll based on employee retention and salary levels, no SBA fees, and at least six months of deferral with maximum deferrals of up to a year. Small businesses and other eligible entities will be able to apply if they were harmed by COVID-19 between February 15, 2020 and June 30, 2020. This program would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, in order to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls.
 
Loans are available through June 30, 2020.
 
Who can apply? All businesses and, in general, 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(19) non-profits with 500 employees or fewer qualify. Individuals who operate a sole proprietorship or as an independent contractor and eligible self-employed individuals. Any business concern that employs not more than 500 employees per physical location of the business concern and that is assigned a NAICS code beginning with 72, for which the affiliation rules are waived. Affiliation rules are also waived for any business concern operating as a franchise that is assigned a franchise identifier code by the Administration, and company that receives funding through a Small Business Investment Company
 
Where do you apply? First, contact the bank you usually do business with and ask if they are participating. If not, you can apply through any existing SBA lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. 
 
What documents will you need?
 
1. 2019 Payroll – including the last 12 months of payroll
2. 2019 Employees – 1099’s for 2019 employees and independent contractors that would otherwise be an employee of your business. (Note: Do NOT include 1099’s for services)
3. Healthcare costs – all health insurance premiums paid by the business owner under a group health plan.
4. Retirement – your company retirement plan funding paid for by the company.
 
What is the covered period of the loan? The covered period during which expenses can be forgiven extends from February 15, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Borrowers can choose which 8 weeks they want to count towards the covered period, which can start as early as February 15, 2020.
 
How much of the loan will be forgiven? The purpose of the Paycheck Protection Program is to help you retain your employees, at their current base pay. If you keep all of your employees, the entirety of the loan will be forgiven. If you still lay off employees, the forgiveness will be reduced by the percent decrease in the number of employees. If your total payroll expenses on workers making less than $100,000 annually decreases by more than 25 percent, loan forgiveness will be reduced by the same amount. If you have already laid off some employees, you can still be forgiven for the full amount of your payroll cost if you rehire your employees by June 30, 2020.
 
Payroll costs plus any payment of interest on any covered mortgage obligation (which shall not include any prepayment of or payment of principal on a covered mortgage obligation) plus any payment on any covered rent obligation + and any covered utility payment.
The amount forgiven will be reduced proportionally by any reduction in employees retained compared to the prior year and reduced by the reduction in pay of any employee beyond 25 percent of their prior year compensation. To encourage employers to rehire any employees who have already been laid off due to the COVID-19 crisis, borrowers that re-hire workers previously laid off will not be penalized for having a reduced payroll at the beginning of the period.
Allows forgiveness for additional wages paid to tipped workers.
What happens after approval? The borrowers will verify through documentation to lenders their payments during the period. Lenders that receive the required documentation will not be subject to an enforcement action or penalties by the Administrator relating to loan forgiveness for eligible uses. Upon a lender’s report of an expected loan forgiveness amount for a loan or pool of loans, the SBA will purchase such amount of the loan from the lender. Canceled indebtedness resulting from this section will not be included in the borrower’s taxable income. Any loan amounts not forgiven at the end of one year is carried forward as an ongoing loan with terms of a max of 10 years, at max 4% interest. The 100% loan guarantee remains intact.
 
Can you receive a bridge loan through my state and apply for the Paycheck Protection Program? Yes, you can take out a state bridge loan and are still be eligible for the PPP loan.
 
Can you refinance an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) related to COVID19 into a PPP loan? Yes. If you received an EIDL loan related to COVID-19 between January 31, 2020 and the date at which the PPP becomes available, you would be able to refinance the EIDL into the PPP for loan forgiveness purposes. However, you may not take out an EIDL and a PPP for the same purposes. Remaining portions of the EIDL, for purposes other than those laid out in loan forgiveness terms for a PPP loan, would remain a loan. If you took advantage of an emergency EIDL grant award of up to $10,000, that amount would be subtracted from the amount forgiven under PPP.
 

Small Business Debt Relief Program

This program will provide immediate relief to small businesses with non-disaster SBA loans, in particular 7(a), 504, and microloans. Under it, the SBA will pay the principal and interest of new 7(a) loans issued prior to September 27, 2020. Also, the SBA will pay the principal and interest of current 7(a) loans for a period of six months.
 
7(a) loans are an affordable loan product of up to $5 million for borrowers who lack credit elsewhere and need access to versatile financing, providing short-term or long-term working capital and to purchase an existing business, refinance current business debt, or purchase furniture, fixtures and supplies. In the program, banks share a portion of the risk of the loan with SBA. There are many different types of 7(a) loans, you can visit this site to find the one that’s best for you. You apply for a 7(a) loan with a bank or a mission-based lender.
 

SBA Express Bridge Loans

Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program allows small businesses who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access up to $25,000 with less paperwork. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing and can be a term loans or used to bridge the gap while applying for a direct SBA Economic Injury Disaster loan. If a small business has an urgent need for cash while waiting for decision and disbursement on Economic Injury Disaster Loan, they may qualify for an SBA Express Disaster Bridge Loan. Terms: Up to $25,000, Fast turnaround, Will be repaid in full or in part by proceeds from the EIDL loan.
 

Employee Retention Tax Credit

This new employee retention tax credit is a 50% tax credit for the first $10,000 of compensation, including the employer portion of health benefits, for each eligible employee. Compensation does not include paid sick or family leave for which the employer is reimbursed under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
 
The credit only applies to wages paid after March 12, 2020 and before January 1, 2021. For employers with more than 100 employees: Full-time employees who are (i) being paid but (ii) not providing service due to either a full or partial shutdown or a reduction in gross receipts count toward eligibility. For employers with 100 or fewer full-time employees: All employees, regardless of whether those employees are providing service, count toward eligibility.
 
Employers may not claim the same employee for this credit and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for the same period. In addition, employers may not claim the same wages for an employee under this credit and also under the employer credit in section 45S for FMLA.
 
The refundable credit is applied against the employer portion of payroll taxes. The Treasury Department will develop a process for employers to receive an advance payment of the tax credit. Read more from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
 

Florida Emergency Bridge Loan (EBL)

EBL loans may be made to eligible for-profit businesses having 2-100 employees. 1099 (contractor) employees do count towards the total number. That was not the case for prior EBL programs.
 
Loan amounts up to $50,000 are possible (to $100,000 in special circumstances). Term is 1 year. No interest or payments are due during the term, but the entire remaining principal is due at the end of the term. Unpaid EBL loans do not convert to a term loan, but will accumulate interest at 12% and possible collections fees if not paid by the due date.
 
If you would like assistance with your application, the Florida SBDC at UCF, Lake County is ready to help. Please contact their offices at the numbers below. One of their consultants will be in touch with you to answer your questions and can review your application ahead of final submission. At this time, the SBDC will try to follow up with contacts within 48 hours if at all possible.
 
The SBDC cannot accept any in-person or hardcopy applications at statewide SBDC offices. Field offices are not staffed at this time, with employees working remotely until further notice.
 
The Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Information Website: https://floridadisasterloan.org/
 
 
For additional information, please contact the Department of Economic Opportunity at 833.832.4494
 
The Florida SBDC at UCF, Lake County recommends applying for both disaster loan programs from the SBA, beginning with the SBA EIDL loan if you are eligible. For more information, call 352.404.7338 (Groveland) or 352.602.4575 (Mt. Dora).
 

We are still encouraging businesses to fill out the Business Damage Assessment Survey if they haven't done so, as our state and local agencies are still compiling this information to determine the needed resources for our community. Of course, the number one priority now is to stay healthy and to limit our exposure to COVID-19 per CDC guidelines. 


The Florida Department of Revenue issued two Emergency Orders related to Sales and Use Tax and Property Taxes that will provide flexibility on tax due dates. To view taxpayer information regarding COVID-19, click here.


Responding to COVID-19 Webinar Series

 
Our regional partner, the Orlando Economic Partnership, has an informative COVID-19 Business Resource Center that could be of use to you and your businesses. They have also launched a webinar series focused on sharing guidance on how best to respond to the realities of COVID-19.
 
Webinars Replay:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you have questions or if we can support you in any way, please contact our Elevate Lake team at info@elevatelake.com or call 352-343-9647.

 

 

Business Resources

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

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

 

INTERNAL: Executive Orders from Gov. DeSantis

[updated: 4/1/2020 5:37:12 PM]

RESPONSE: The Governor’s Order lists multiple categories and descriptions of what are considered “essential businesses,”  “essential services,”  or “essential activities.” Residents/Business Owners should read through the listing of essential businesses attached to the Governor’s Order to determine whether their particular business falls into one of those categories. The County cannot provide guidance or an opinion as to whether they are essential or non-essential.

ADDITIONAL INFO: Access Gov. Ron DeSantis's Executive Order by visiting www.flgov.com/covid-19 (Order #20-91) or clicking the link below. 

Executive Order 2020-91: Essential Services & Activities During COVID-19 Emergency

*Note that the link above includes a document that outlines essential businesses, essential services and essential activities.

For persons wanting to access this and other related documents, visit www.flgov.com and click the "Info Center" tab at the top, and then click "Executive Orders." When the page opens, click "2020 (Executive Orders Issued in 2020)."

 

Utilities

[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:
http://cityofmountdora.com/DocumentCenter/View/11921/Mount-Dora-Electric-Bill-Savings-Press-Release

 

 

INTERNAL: Public Assistance Programs

[updated: 4/1/2020 1:58:34 PM]
Recertification Extension
To ensure Floridians can safely access SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid benefits, DCF has implemented a six-month recertification extension for individuals and families scheduled to recertify in April or May.
 
Extending the recertification period, allows the state to ensure the continuity of, and safe access to, SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid benefits during the current public health crisis and periods of social distancing. For more information regarding Florida’s benefit programs during this time, please visit https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/ or contact the customer call center at 850-300-4DCF.

To check the status of your recertification, log into your MyACCESS account here: https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/.
 
Work Requirements Waiver
At the request of Governor DeSantis, and in accordance with the federal Families First Coronavirus Act, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) will waive work requirements for individuals participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 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 suspension 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/.
 
Maintain Medicaid Eligibility
We will maintain Medicaid eligibility for current recipients through the last day of the month of the state of emergency. This means no Medicaid recipient will lose Medicaid eligibility during the state of emergency. We are working on notifying recipients who may have received a termination notice in the month of March that their benefits will continue.
 
Extend Time to Complete Medicaid Application
During this state of emergency, individuals applying for Medicaid may be unable to submit all the documentation required to process their application. Beginning with applications received in February 2020, we are extending the timeframe for individuals to submit any necessary paperwork to 120 days from the date the application was received. If the Medicaid application is approved, the individual’s Medicaid eligibility effective date will still be the first day of the month that the initial application was received.
 
To apply for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (TANF) or Medicaid, individuals should go to https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/.
 
Clients logging in to the ACCESS Self-Service Portal should go to https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/.
 
Customers are required to complete an interview to receive most benefits. Customers should call 1-866-762-2237 or 850-300-4323 (TTY 1-800-955-8771) to complete an interview telephonically.
 
Customers can order an EBT card, get information about EBT transactions, or report an EBT card as lost or stolen at https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/ or by calling 1-888-356-3281.
 
If you have trouble understanding English or need help communicating with the Department of Children and Families, Economic Self-Sufficiency Program, please call 1-866-762-2237 or 850-300-4323.
 
If you are an individual with a disability and need help with the application process or other ACCESS services, please find the region point of contact listed at the following website: https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/individual-with-disability/auxiliary-aids-plan.shtml.
 
To check the status of your recertification, log into your MyACCESS account here: https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/.
 
 

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.
 

Financial

[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

 

 

Cities

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

Municipal websites and COVID-19 information pages:

 

Closures

[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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