March 20, 2020 1:55 PM
COVID-19 Vaccine, Testing, Financial Resources
COVID-19 VACCINE INFO
The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is based on state and federal eligibility guidelines. The following individuals are eligible to receive a vaccine:
- Persons 18 years of age and older;
- Individuals 16-17 Years of Age with Parent/Guardian Consent; and
- Individuals 12 years of age and older for the Pfizer vaccine only with Parent/Guardian consent. Copy and paste this url for more information about receiving the Pfizer vaccine at FDOH-Broward locations: https://www.wiltonmanors.com/DocumentCenter/View/6413/DOH_Broward_PressRelease_COVID19_
Copy and paste this link for more information on vaccine distribution: https://myvaccine.fl.gov
No Appointment Required at DOH-Broward Vaccine Sites
The Florida Department of Health-Broward (DOH) has announced that appointments are no longer required for DOH-Broward affiliated COVID-19 vaccination sites.
Copy and paste this link to view a list of DOH-Broward vaccination sites: https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/Vaccination-Sites.aspx
Numerous hospitals in Broward County are also administering the vaccine to those who are eligible. Copy and paste this link to view a list of hospitals administering the vaccine in Broward County: https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/Vaccination-Hospitals.aspx
Vaccination appointments may also be available through Walmart, Sam's Club, Winn-Dixie, Walgreens, Publix pharmacies, and CVS pharmacies.
Homebound residents may request a vaccination at their residence by sending an email to email@example.com.
COVID-19 TESTING INFO
To view the full list of COVID-19 testing sites and requirements in Broward County, copy and paste this url into your web browser https://bit.ly/WMCountyTestingSites. For a list of state-supported testing sites in Broward County copy and paste this url into your web browser https://bit.ly/WMStateTestingSitesBroward.
Mobile and In-Home COVID-19 Testing
Broward County, the FDOH in Broward, American Medical Response, and Century Ambulance Services offer an in-home testing program for homebound elderly or disabled individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to visit a testing site. To learn more, copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://bit.ly/WMCountyMobileTesting
REOPENING STATUS AND INFO
On May 4, 2021, Governor DeSantis issued two Emergency Orders related to COVID-19 protocols. Emergency Order 21-101 invalidates all remaining local Emergency Orders based on the COVID-19 emergency. Emergency Order 21-102 suspends all remaining local government mandates and restrictions based on the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
Copy and paste this link into your browser to view Emergency Order 21-101 in its entirety: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2021/EO_21-101.pdf
Copy and paste this link into your browser to view Emergency Order 21-102 in its entirety: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2021/EO_21-102.pdf
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM (PPP) UPDATES
President Biden announced changes to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)'s PPP guidelines to increase equitable access to funds for small businesses.
The updates include:
- Establishing a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees, beginning February 24, 2021, at 9 a.m.;
- Allowing sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals to receive more financial support by revising the PPP’s funding formula for these categories of applicants;
- Eliminating an exclusionary restriction on PPP access for small business owners with prior non-fraud felony convictions, consistent with a bipartisan congressional proposal;
- Eliminating PPP access restrictions on small business owners who have struggled to make student loan payments by eliminating student loan debt delinquency as a disqualifier to participating in the PPP; and
- Ensuring access for non-citizen small business owners who are lawful U.S. residents by clarifying that they may use an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to apply for the PPP.
Copy and paste this link for more information and to apply for PPP funding: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources?mc_cid=79573b732e&mc_eid=029b7c883f#section-header-3
BROWARD COUNTY COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Eligible residents who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for funding from Broward County's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help pay for up to 12 months in past due rent and utilities. Additionally, eligible households may receive up to three months of future payments if needed to ensure housing stability and if funds are available. Tenants and landlords must work together to participate in the program, and funds will be paid directly to landlords or rental management companies and utility providers. For more information, call (888) 692-7203 or follow the link below.
To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://www.broward.org/RentAssistance/Pages/default.aspx
BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOLS INFORMATION
To view the BCPS Coronavirus dashboard, copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://www.browardschools.com/CORONAVIRUS
To review the latest data for the State of Florida, copy and paste this url into your web browser https://bit.ly/WMFDOHDashboard.
Governments, corporations, health care professionals, public health organizations and other groups can use FDOH materials (available in several languages) in their community outreach about COVID-19 prevention and protection. To view the materials, copy and paste this url into your web browser https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/#toolkitJump
Convalescent Plasma Donors Needed
Be a hero in our community! Residents who tested positive for COVID-19 and fully recovered are urged to donate convalescent plasma. The Broward County Medical Reserve Corps (BCMRC) reported a critical shortage of plasma in our community. Donating plasma is safe, easy, and can save the life of someone else suffering from COVID-19 symptoms. For more information and to register for plasma donation, copy and paste this url into your web browser http://browardmru.com/
Mental and Behavioral Health Resources
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering free information, materials, and resources focusing on ways individuals and families can cope with the stress and challenges of COVID-19. SAMHSA has also created the 24-hour Disaster Distress Helpline, (800) 985-5990, or copy and paste this url into your web browser https://bit.ly/WMSAMHSAResources
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) CARES Funding
The SFRPC recently established the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) CARES Act Program to assist small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19.
The RLF CARES Act Program loans may be combined with EIDL, PPP, and FL State Bridge Loan Program funds. Small businesses may be eligible for loan amounts ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 with a fixed interest rate of three to four percent for up to 10 years.
Copy and paste the following URL into your browser for more information: https://files.constantcontact.com/376cec80401/6851608b-3821-4e27-a5d1-2d1c36a91fd9.pdf
Business Damage Assessment Survey
Businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to complete the Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey online, copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments
Information submitted by businesses will help the State of Florida determine the type and level of resources needed to continue to help impacted businesses. The survey does NOT serve as an application for resources. After filling out the survey, federal, state or local agencies may reach out to your business through the contact information provided if you indicate your interest.
SBA Economic Injury Loan
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is working directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program offers 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.
For details, copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Florida Short Time Compensation Program
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) offers the Short Time Compensation Program, designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. For information on qualifications and how to apply, copy and paste this url into your web browser: http://floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employees
Florida Business Taxes
Governor DeSantis has directed the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on the deadlines of taxes due such as corporate income tax and sales tax to assist businesses that are adversely impacted by COVID-19. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides more than $2 trillion in economic relief to American businesses and families to help fight the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. To learn more about the CARES Act, copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/guide-to-the-cares-act
Be on the Lookout for CARES Act Scams
Please be on the lookout for scam e-mails claiming to come from the "CARES Act Provider Relief Fund." The scam emails state you have an important update to your claim, and ask you to log-in to a "secure Message Center" to view an encrypted message. Please do not open these emails or click on any links in the body of these emails, as you could risk giving scammers important information. We encourage you to verify all CARES Act related notifications with official lenders.
Employee Retention Tax Credit
The 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. For more information regarding this tax credit and to learn about eligibility requirements copy and paste this url into your web browser: http://bit.ly/WMEmployeeRetentionTaxCredit
U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Offering Business Assistance
The USCM Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force is now offering individual business assistance at no cost to small business owners. Small business owners may call (855) 876-5561 for one-on-one assistance. Owners will be connected with experts who can assist them in developing strategies for their businesses, including personnel management, operations, and liquidity. Specialists will also help owners navigate funding options at the federal, state, and local levels. For more information on the USCM business assistance for small business owners, copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://bit.ly/WMUSCMSmallBizAssist
Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) Resources
The FSMSDC has created a list of resources and information for small businesses struggling with the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. The resources include quick links to loans, assistance with loan packaging, technical assistance, webinars, advice on business continuity, and strategies for managing remote work forces. To view the FSMSDC list of resources, copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://fsmsdc.org/covid19/
SBA Small Business Recovery Webinar Series
The SBA South Florida District Office has hosted a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Find a full list of upcoming webinars copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://bit.ly/WMSmallBizRecoveryWebinars
The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) partnered with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to provide $5.9 million of additional funding for small businesses suffering from COVID-19 related economic hardships. The new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Business Revolving Loan Fund program will provide aid for small businesses in four South Florida counties, including Broward County. Business owners may apply for small business loans ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 with a fixed interest rate of three to four percent, and a loan term of up to 10 years. For more on the CARES Act Business Revolving Loan Fund Program, copy and paste this url into your web browser: http://sfregionalcouncil.org/portfolio-items/cares-act-rlf/
RESOURCES FOR REEMPLOYMENT
Reemployment Assistance benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online - copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://connect.myflorida.com/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX. For regular unemployment questions call 1-800-204-2418. For special cases such as legal issues, computer literacy, language barriers or disabilities call 1-800-681-8102.
Florida Unemployment Applications Dispenser
In an effort to assist our community, a dispenser with Florida unemployment applications has been placed outside the Wilton Manors' Commission Chambers (located near the back door of City Hall). The forms are available in English, Spanish, and Creole. Individuals seeking unemployment assistance should complete the form and mail it to the address on the form. A number of participating FedEx locations will also accept the completed forms and will mail them to the State’s Unemployment Office at no charge.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENTS
The final food distribution event at Mills Pond Park (2201 NW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311) will be held on May 27, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m. To access the event, enter Mills Pond Park from southbound Powerline Road (NW 9th Avenue).
Thank you to all the volunteers and city staff who have made our weekly food distribution events such a success for several months.
Copy and paste this url for more information on other food distribution locations: https://files.constantcontact.com/376cec80401/12f6a23c-1c1b-49e2-80f5-4f9f1b68eebd.pdf
Do You Qualify for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)?
Do you qualify for the free and reduced-price school meals program? If so, The Florida Department of Children and Families urges you to double-check that you have received your P-EBT benefits earlier this summer. The P-EBT benefit 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. The benefits were issued automatically starting in June of 2020. If you qualify for this benefit and didn't receive it call (833) 311-0321.
RESOURCES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Food Assistance Programs
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County is offering frozen meal delivery to seniors over the age of 60. For assistance, please call (954) 745-9779. Learn more, copy and paste this url into your web browser: https://www.adrcbroward.org/foodassistance.php.
Florida Power & Light (FPL)
Customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact FPL directly at 800-226-3545. For additional assistance, copy and paste this url into your web browser: www.FPL.com/Help