City of Fort Lauderdale - Coronavirus Updates

Following is an update from the City of Fort Lauderdale on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Business and Employee Assistance Programs
The City of Fort Lauderdale is sensitive to the stress and financial impact businesses and employees are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. Following is a list of programs and resources designed to assist businesses, employees, and the general public during this challenging time. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/2U2qwfw.
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 the coronavirus (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, visit http://bit.ly/2U3rdVT.
Florida Emergency Bridge Loan
-Governor DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program that provides short-term, interest free loans of up to $50,000 to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Business owners in Florida with two to 100 employees are eligible. The application period ends May 8, 2020. For more information, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org or call the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232.
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, visit http://bit.ly/2wcFnuP.
Business Damage Assessment Survey
Businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to complete the Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey online at www.floridadisaster.biz. 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.
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.
Federal Taxes
The IRS has extended the income tax payment deadline. The filing deadline for tax returns remains April 15, 2020. Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. The extended payment deadline applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. Please visit the IRS website at http://bit.ly/2U2yOUr for additional details and specific qualifications.
Employee Assistance Programs From Community Partners
FPL
For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, FPL is suspending disconnections at least through the end of March. For additional assistance, please visit www.FPL.com/Help.
Comcast
-Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For details, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi
-Comcast is offering a low-income Internet Essentials package that includes two months of free internet. For details, visit www.internetessentials.com
-Comcast is also pausing customer data plans for 60 days, giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge
-Comcast will not disconnect internet service or assess late fees if customers contact the company and let it know they can’t pay their bills during the 60-day period.
-For updates from Comcast related to coronavirus, visit www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19
AT&T
All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through its Access from AT&T program. The company is also  offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service. For details, visit https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html.
Broward County Evictions Activities Suspended
The Broward Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the 17th Judicial Circuit, is suspending all eviction activities until further notice due to the current public health crisis. http://bit.ly/2WsHhSs
Reemployment Assistance Program
Governor DeSantis and the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) encourage any Floridian whose employment has been negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19 to visit www.Floridajobs.org and click on the Reemployment Assistance Program (unemployment compensation) link for details on qualifications and how to apply for benefits.
IRS Extends Deadline for Payments
The IRS has extended the income tax payment deadline. The filing deadline for tax returns remains April 15, 2020. Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. Please visit the IRS website at http://bit.ly/2U2yOUr for additional details and specific qualifications.
Department of Health Information
-According to the Florida Department of Health, as of March 19, 2020 in Broward County, 682 people have been tested with 300 negative results, 96 positive results, and 286 results pending. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit http://bit.ly/2wb29D2.
-Individuals with questions related to the coronavirus should call the Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or email [email protected]. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites
Broward Health
-Testing is available by appointment only. To schedule a time to be tested, individuals must be prescreened and meet CDC and DOH testing guidelines, have a prescription, and be preregistered through the Broward Health call center at 954-320-5730. To be tested individuals must bring a photo ID, prescription for testing, and the confirmation number provided by the call center. For details, visit https://bit.ly/395dT7q.
Cleveland Clinic
-For information about testing through the Cleveland Clinic, please call 954-659-5951.
Memorial Healthcare
-Memorial Healthcare opened a drive thru testing site at C.B. Smith Park, located at 900 N. Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines. There is no pre-screening for this site.
City Commission Special Meeting on March 20
The Fort Lauderdale City Commission will hold a Special Meeting on Friday, March 20, 2020 at noon in the City Commission Chambers, located at 100 N. Andrews Avenue. The current emergency regulations regarding public gatherings will remain in effect for the meeting. To view the agenda, please visit https://bit.ly/2wmJX9K.
City Sanitation, Yard Waste, Recycling and Bulk Trash Services
All City sanitation collection services, including residential trash collection, yard waste, recycling, and bulk trash, will continue to operate on their regular collection schedules.
Online City Services
Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more.
Broward County Schools
-Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will continue to provide regular updates on operational, academic, and other issues of concern related to the closing of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. To view an update on academics during the coronavirus closure, please visit https://bit.ly/2UgSsuY.
-Broward County Public Schools has also announced that Comcast has launched program enhancements to help students access the internet during the coronavirus crisis by offering two months of internet free. For information about the offer, please visit bit.ly/2TUp9zd. To learn more about Internet Essentials, please visit www.internetessentials.com or call toll-free 1-855-846-8376. For the latest information from Broward County Public Schools, please visit www.browardschools.com/coronavirus.
For Additional Information
For additional information about measures the City is taking to combat the coronavirus, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus. For additional information about the coronavirus, please visit www.coronavirus.gov or www.floridahealth.gov.
Ways to Stay in Touch
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways for neighbors to receive important information and updates:

For Additional Information
For additional information about measures the City is taking to combat the coronavirus, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus.
For additional information about the coronavirus,  please visit www.coronavirus.gov or www.floridahealth.gov.

Ways to Stay in Touch
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways for neighbors to receive important information and updates:

How To Prevent The Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19
How does coronavirus spread?
Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract coronavirus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.Symptoms of coronavirus
Symptoms of coronavirus may appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.Prevention – The CDC recommends taking everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for  health workers  and  people who are taking care of someone in close settings  (at home or in a health care facility).

Should I be tested for coronavirus?
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

COVID-19 Testing