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.

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.

[updated: 3/30/2020 2:40:50 PM]

Other Government Offices

 
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Utilities

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

 

News from Duke Energy

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

 
[updated: 3/30/2020 1:10:02 PM]

Business Resources

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.

The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online and information on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program and SBA Assistance can be found at the following links:

For assistance with both the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program and the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, area businesses should contact the Florida Small Business Development Center at UCF in Lake County at (352) 404-7338 for the Groveland Office or (352) 602-4575 for the Mount Dora Office.

 

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:

COVID-19 Business Recovery Assistance

State Action & the impact on the Business Community

DEO Reemployment & Recovery Assistance 

 

 

For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health hotline in Lake County by calling (352) 742-4830. The Call Center is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

 
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Financial

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.

 
[updated: 3/30/2020 11:59:23 AM]

Reemployment Resources

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

 

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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Transportation & Boating

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. 

 

 
[updated: 3/30/2020 8:37:33 AM]

Prevention & Health

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

 

 
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Food Resources

  • 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.

 

 
[updated: 3/25/2020 8:30:40 AM]

Cities

Municipal websites and COVID-19 information pages:

 
[updated: 3/22/2020 3:32:22 PM]

Lake County Schools

Lake County Schools will begin online learning on March 30. Classroom learning will not return until at least April 15. On March 17, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that standardized state testing this year will be canceled.

The district has expanded 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 April 15.  Addresses for the schools 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.

 
[updated: 3/22/2020 1:25:20 PM]

Clinics and Healthcare Facilities Resources

If you are a medical professional having difficulty administering a test or need assistance, please call the Florida Department of Health Hotline at (352) 742-4830.

Additionally, resources for Clinics and Healthcare Facilities are available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

 
[updated: 3/20/2020 1:38:46 PM]

Veterans

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.

 

 
[updated: 3/20/2020 1:01:59 PM]

Testing

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.

 
[updated: 3/20/2020 8:53:51 AM]

Closures

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.
 
[updated: 3/18/2020 4:36:53 PM]

Fraud and Price Gouging

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.

 
[updated: 3/18/2020 4:04:23 PM]

Information Resources

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.

 
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Travel Advisory

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.

 
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Online Services

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

 
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Event Updates & Cancellations

  • 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.

Resources: