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Corona Virus - Information & Resources

Up-to-date Information about COVID-19

  • April 30, 2020 - View the presentation Governor DeSantis gave regarding the plan for Florida's Recovery from COVID-19.

  • April 30, 2020 - This document provides frequently asked questions regarding Florida's Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan for Florida's recovery post COVID-19 Emergency. Questions include general, medical, travel, business, activities, and local governance and enforcement.

  • Florida residents are encouraged to do their part in helping Florida flatten the curve by anonymously answering questions that range from age and residency to recent travel, to potential COVID-19 contact. The StrongerThanC-19 community action survey is designed to gather information to help the Department track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida; it is not a symptom checker designed to dispense medical advice. Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said, “We are asking residents to take two minutes out of their day to take the StrongerThanC-19 community action survey and answer the brief series of questions provided. The responses will be used to help the Department improve the distribution of resources to support healthcare and other initiatives across the state.”

  • View cases for the state and by county. This information is updated daily.

  • What you need to know about the coronavirus and educational materials for the community. The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7, 1 (866) 779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov

  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share information about what you need to know, resources for the community, COVID-19 cases in the US, latest updates, and information for healthcare professionals.

  • Read the latest updates about Economic Self-Sufficiency (ACCESS), child care, mental health treatment facilities, substance abuse, child welfare, and mental health services.

  • The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) has organized a guide to share information and activities underway to help federal and state agencies, healthcare facilities, and other organizations respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Resource for LORHN Service Areas

  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO) shares this COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions for individuals whose employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  • View frequently asked questions and responses from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. More information can be found on their website under 'Claimant FAQs.'

  • 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 (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. More information in the PDF linked above, with links to MyACCESS and the Florida Department of Health's press release regarding this update.

  • The Department of Children and Families (DCF) is issuing emergency SNAP (food assistance or food stamp) supplements to many SNAP households to help buy food during the pandemic crisis. Read this handout for information about the extra SNAP benefits based on household size and more information about SNAP benefits as well as other helpful COVID-19 resources.

  • April 21, 2020 - Florida Department of Children and Families has made it possible to order groceries online for curbside pick-up or delivery using EBT cards. The first two participating retailers are Walmart and Amazon, check this link for updates. Please keep in mind, EBT cards can only be used to purchase eligible grocery items and cannot be used for delivery services.

  • The FL Department of Emergency Management created this one-page flyer to share who is eligible for the government stimulus payment ($1,200 per person) as well as how to change your address and complete a form with the IRS if taxes have not been filed in 2018/2019.

  • The FL Housing Coalition hosts weekly webinars that are recorded and posted on this site with a list of resources to help individuals and families. Weekly updates are provided on the COVID-19 response for housing and homelessness in Florida.

  • Use this search tool provided by Feeding Florida. If you cannot locate food near you, please email tparrish@hcsef.org and we will do our best to connect you with local resources around Lake Okeechobee.

  • Comcast is offering free Xfinity WiFi, pausing data plans, no disconnect or late fees, internet essentials free to new customers, news and educational content on X1 and Flex.

  • If you, or someone in your household, have lost their job or health insurance (or meet other qualifying criteria) you may be eligible to enroll in Health Insurance via the Marketplace as a "Special Enrollment." LORHN staff is trained to help individuals and families apply for health insurance via the Marketplace, Florida KidCare, or Medicaid. Due to COVID-19, we are currently assisting clients via the telephone. Contact tparrish@hcsef.org to schedule an appointment.

  • CATCH Global Foundation has set up a Google Classroom to provide free and easy access to several of CATCH's evidence-based health, nutrition, and physical education materials. These activities require limited space and supervision and are organized into three sections: Physical Activities, Activity Breaks, and Family Health and Nutrition.

  • A free smartphone app that is scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement. This mobile app was designed by the Addiction Policy Forum and CHESS Health. Individuals can use the app to track your sobriety, access e-therapy to learn new recovery skills, connect with trained counselors and peers through messaging, track your treatment plan and set reminders, journal daily about your journey, and discover helpful videos, testimonials and more through the unique resource library.

  • Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, is offering a free bilingual emotional support helpline for all Floridians experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, trauma, and grief due to the COVID-19 health crisis. The 24-hour toll-free helpline is 833-848-1762.

  • Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a supplemental benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. Read this FAQ sheet for information about eligibility, delivery of benefits, and more.

Hendry & Glades Counties

  • 8/3/2020 - Hendry County residents and businesses that have been directly affected by COVID-19 can apply for financial assistance through HendryCARES. Visit www,HendryCARES,com for information about eligibility, applications, and FAQs.

  • June 22, 2020 - Health Department to provide COVID-19 testing in Clewiston & Moore Haven via drive-thru services. Click the link above for more details. Appointments are required and can be made by calling each office: Clewiston (863) 983-1408, LaBelle (863) 674-4041, or Moore Haven (863) 946-0707.

  • March 23, 2020 - all co-pays are waived until further notice. Residents in need of transportation (within the limits of Transportation Disadvantaged) for doctor's appointments, grocery, and pharmacy trips should contact MV Transport.

  • Hendry County residents are asked to dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-887-9234 for any assistance or needs that they may have regarding COVID-19. Current hours for the hotline are 8 am - 6 pm, Monday - Friday.

  • Important information from Hendry County Emergency Management on slowing the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

  • April 15, 2020 - View press release from Hendry Regional Medical Center sharing the launch of telehealth virtual visits with primary care providers in their clinics in LaBelle and Clewiston. To schedule an appointment in Clewiston call (863) 983-3434 and for LaBelle call (863) 675-2356.

  • Glades County residents can continue to check out books and resources from the library using curbside pick-up. This new service is available Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Holds can be placed online (www.myhlc.org ) or by calling 863-946-0744. Free books are also available at the front of the library, as well as puzzles and coloring books for children. Click the link below for more information and instructions to use this service.

Palm Beach, Martin & Okeechobee Counties

  • April 13, 2020 - Read the press release to learn how Your Aging & Disability Resource Center Palm Beach/Treasure Coast is contacting 1,825 seniors on their waiting list for home-delivered meals as a result of new stimulus funding.

  • April 9, 2020 - Both agencies are collaborating to address the public's increasing needs due to COVID-19 in Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, and Indian River counties. Seniors (60+) are encouraged to call the ADRC Helpline at 1-866-684-5885 Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. 2-1-1 is available 24/7, 365 days a year to receive crisis counseling, suicide intervention, information, assessment and referral to community services. You can also connect with 2-1-1 online or by texting your zip code to 898-211.

  • Treasure Coast NA continues to offer daily support by moving many meetings to an online format using Zoom. Help is also available 24/7 on the TCNA Helpline, (772) 232-8676.

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