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The State of Florida Issues COVID-19 Updates

The State of Florida Issues COVID-19 Updates
~In anticipation of the 4th of July Weekend, this report is being released Thursday, July 2, next week it will be resumed on Friday~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –  The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. As of Friday, June 5, the state has moved into Phase 2 of Florida’s reopening plan. The Florida Department of Health will now issue this update once per week. However, DOH will continue to update the COVID-19 dashboard and post the state report daily.

Governor Ron DeSantis is in constant communication with Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees as the State of Florida continues to monitor and respond to the threat of COVID-19.

Recent actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:

This week, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the state budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021. The budget totals $92.2 billion, provides over $350 million in tax relief and includes more than $1 billion in vetoed spending. Details on the budget is available here, the veto list is available here.

This week, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-159, regarding the Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosure and Eviction Relief.

Additional actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:

  • This week, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) reminded all Floridians to protect the vulnerable by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places and Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public:
    • Closed Spaces. Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that could allow contagious droplets to linger in the air.
    • Crowded Places. Avoid crowded places with many people nearby; the greater the number of individuals in an area, the greater the chances of COVID-19 spreading from person-to-person.
    • Close-Contact Settings. Avoid close-range conversations and stay at least six-feet from others.
  • To date, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) has paid out $145,328,912 in CARES Act disbursements to 25 counties. More information about CARES Act funding is available here.
  • To date, the Division has sent the following PPE to support health care workers and first responders:
    • More than 43 million masks
    • More than 12.7 million gloves
    • More than 1.9 million face shields
    • More than 1.1 million shoe covers
    • More than 2.7 million gowns
    • More than 94 thousand goggles
    • More than 62 thousand coveralls
  • Governor Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to continue waiving the work search and work registration requirements for claimants through August 1, 2020. Additionally, the waiting week requirement will continue to be waived through August 1, 2020.
  • The Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) Secretary Prudom signed the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP) amendment with the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), accepting an additional $3,390,433 from CARES Act funding to provide energy assistance to low-income senior households.
  • The DOEA Restaurant Meal Initiative has served 1 million meals to date and continues to deliver more than 120,000 meals each week through the program.
  • DOEA’s Aging Network, for the ninth consecutive week, sustained a 200-percent increase in meal delivery, compared to pre-COVID-19 numbers, by delivering at or above 400,000 meals per week: this number is in addition to the Restaurant Meal Initiative.
  • EFI created a virtual trade grant program to help Florida companies do business overseas as international travel is restricted. Businesses interested in learning more about the new Virtual Business Matchmaking service should contact one of EFI’s Regional Trade Managers.  EFI recently expanded this program to engage Canada and Mexico.
  • Friday, July 3, to protect the safety of staff and guests, some Florida State Parks will be closed to visitors or have altered day-use restrictions. These closures are in line with county ordinances. See the latest park and trail information
  • Approximately 1,431 Florida National Guardsmen (FLNG) are mobilized to support Florida’s response to COVID-19.
  • FLNG has expanded its support to mobile testing teams and the community-based and walk-up test sites. To date, the FLNG has assisted in the testing of more than 592,723 individuals for the COVID-19 virus.
  • Since March 1, 2020, Floridians have conducted over 1.7 million motor vehicle and credential transactions virtually through the department’s online services webpage: com. FLHSMV encourages Floridians who can, to complete their driver license or motor vehicle transactions online, rather than in person at a driver license office.
  • FDOT continues to lead the coordination of DOH and the Florida Highway Patrol to implement Executive Order 20-86 at the I-95 checkpoint. To date, more than 43,300 traveler forms have been collected at the I-95 checkpoint.
  • The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) is administering $250 million in CARES Act funding for rental and mortgage assistance for Florida families that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.

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