As we enter the next few weeks, we enter times of uncertainty as the public and private sector navigate challenges we've never faced before. However, I'm encouraged by the collaboration demonstrated by businesses, community organizations, and our neighbors. To defeat this pandemic, we must work together.
To better aid you, below are resources my campaign as put together that you might find helpful over the coming weeks. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns.
- The City of Gainesville has declared a state of emergency; the following limits are in place:
- No public gatherings of 50 people or more including, "worship, entertainment, eating, drinking, amusement, awaiting transportation or similar uses."
- "Any business entity or establishment that fails to comply will be granted one warning & an opportunity to reduce the number of persons to comply with the order or they will be subject to closure."
- "The local state of emergency is for the next seven days and can be extended as needed. The declaration will help reduce the vulnerability of our neighbors to COVID-19 and unlock federal funds to help the city as it works to fight the spread of COVID-19."
- As of March 17th at 5 p.m., all bars and nightclubs throughout the state are closed for the next 30 days.
- Restaurants will be restricted to half capacity to limit the spread of coronavirus.
- Restaurants will be forced to keep patrons spread out, and to screen employees for potential health issues.
- Gov. DeSantis declared that no more than ten people would be allowed on all public beaches.
- Gov. DeSantis has closed all public schools until April 15th, 2020.
- State-mandated testing has been postponed for this academic year.
- The Board of Governors has instructed all Universities and State Colleges to complete the remainder of the semester online.
- All University and State College graduations have been postponed this semester. Each school is responsible for making its arrangments - UF or SF has not released its plans as of yet.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and close quarters.
Read more about to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by clicking here, https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
Florida Disaster Loan Program
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance
For more information visit, https://floridadisasterloan.org/
Reemployment Assistance – COVID-19
If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance.
For more information check out this FAQ sheet, http://www.floridajobs.org/docs/default-source/ra-dua-documentation/dua-faqs-3-17-20-updates.pdf?sfvrsn=805543b0_4
Individual County Information
Visit the link below to see information on cases for individual counties - https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429
In support of guidance on slowing the spread of #COVID19, #2020Census field operations are suspended for 2 weeks until Apr 1 to help protect the health & safety of the public, our employees, & everyone in the hiring process for temp census taker positions. Instead we encourage you to take part in the Census online by clicking here.
Federal Assistance for COVID-19
The Senate voted to approve a second coronavirus aid bill Wednesday, paving the way for lawmakers to turn their attention to a third proposal that could include direct payments to Americans.
The legislation, dubbed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, passed in a 90-8 vote, and President Donald Trump is expected to sign it into law.
The bill provides free coronavirus testing and ensures paid emergency leave for those who are infected or caring for a family member with the illness. The bill also provides additional Medicaid funding, food assistance and unemployment benefits. Read the full story here, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/senate-plans-vote-house-coronavirus-bill-wednesday-n1162851
Price Gauging Hotline
Following Executive Order 20-52, Attorney General Ashley Moody today activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline for all consumers in the state. The opening of the hotline comes as Governor Ron DeSantis declares a state of emergency in response to positive test results of 20 coronavirus-infected patients in Florida.
Hotline: (866) 9NO SCAM
Meals for Students:
Under federal regulations, school districts are not allowed to provide meals to students during Spring Break, so the district is working with local non-profit organizations and businesses to keep children fed during Spring Break and beyond.
Campus USA Credit Union has stepped forward and generously volunteered to cover the cost of the majority of the student meals for the week of spring break. Gator’s Dockside, MiApa Latin Café and Gator BTW have also stepped forward to donate the remainder of the meals as well as providing delivery for the free grab and go lunches each day of Spring Break for the children of Alachua County.
The restaurant lunches will be distributed at sites throughout the county from March 23-27. We’ll post times and locations on this site as they become available.
A list of other food resources for families is available here.
Dixie District Schools will be providing meals during the week of March 23–27 at the locations listed below. Meals provided will be lunch and the next day’s breakfast. This schedule is only for March 23-27. We apologize at this time for not being able to provide meals to all communities. However, we are applying for a waiver from the state to allow us to deliver to the entire county for the following week. Please follow the Dixie District Schools Facebook page and website for updates on times and locations.
Anderson Elementary School – 815 SE 351 Hwy., Cross City
Old Town Elementary School – 221 SE 136 Ave., Old Town
Rock Sink Baptist Church – 471 NE 816 Ave., Old Town
Northwest Park – 334 NE 221 St., Cross City
Cross City Park – 428 NE 214 Ave., Cross City
GCSD will be providing (2) days of meals (lunch and breakfast) to children 18 years and younger every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while schools are closed, beginning on Monday, March 23. Meals may be picked up between the hours of 10:30am - 1:00pm at the following locations:
Bell Elementary Cafeteria
2771 East Bell Avenue, Bell, Florida
Trenton Elementary Cafeteria
1350 SW SR 26, Trenton, Florida
County Road 138 Fire Station (North of Bell)
460 NW CR 138, Bell, Florida
County Road 337 Voting Precinct (Waccasassa)
6980 SE 70th Avenue, Trenton, Florida
Community Center of Fanning Springs
9929 Florida Street, Fanning Springs, FL
In order to be compliant with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, we ask that you not try to get out of your vehicle. School staff will be at the site directing vehicles to form a line, much like drop-off and pick-up during regular school times. Meals will be brought directly to you so you can receive your meals in a drive-thru fashion.
As a reminder, per USDA (federal) guidelines, meals may be provided to any child in our community 18 years or younger, and they must be present in order to receive the meals. This opportunity is not limited to GCSD students.
Please call the District Office at (352) 463-3200 with any questions or concerns, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay Informed. Stay Engaged.
As of March 17, all public schools will remain closed until April 15, 2020. At this time, state-mandated testing has been canceled for this academic school year.
The Florida Board of Governors has instructed all higher education institutions in Florida to complete the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester via virtual learning.
All Flordia college and university graduations have are canceled for Spring 2020.
Use the links and documents below to understand more about general prevention techniques, how to test yourself at home, general symptoms and tips for making sure your child is protected.
Paid by Chuck Clemons, Republican, for State Representative, District 21.