COVID-19 Help in Hernando County

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Updated: Wednesday, June 30th, 3:15 PM

The health and safety of our community is a priority of United Way of Hernando County. Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, now more than ever it is important that the information we share is correct, accurate, and appropriate. Please feel confident relying on and referencing the on-going information updated on this local resource page.

Please remember that decisions about community measures will be made by local and state officials based on the scope of the outbreak and the severity of illness.
 

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GET VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19

As of May 16, 2021 the CDC states that individuals who are fully vaccinated can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. For more information, visit CDC.gov. For information on where to find vaccines, click here.

WEAR A MASK

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people who are not vaccinated continue to wear cloth face coverings in public settings when around people outside of their household. The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when cloth face coverings are used along with other preventive measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

"Flattening the Curve" = coming together as a community by staying apart. This will help slow the spread of the virus as well as prevent overwhelming our medical system and protect the elderly and the most vulnerable.

*19* COVID-19 QUARANTINE BOREDOM-BUSTERS!


GIVE

With global attention on the COVID-19 outbreak, each day brings more uncertainty for individuals, families, and businesses within our Hernando community. Please consider contributing to United Way of Hernando County's Disaster Relief Fund during this difficult time.

 

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All financial support directed to this fund will be used to provide relief for individuals and families' basic needs and ALICE households in Hernando County through United Way of Hernando County and Partner Agencies & programs. Funds will help provide flexible resources to identified unmet needs (immediate, mid-term, and long-term) for those impacted and most vulnerable.


HEALTH

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

All vaccinations are by appointment only. To make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the links below.

As of 4/12/21, everyone 12 years of age and older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. A guardian MUST fill out the COVID-19 Vaccine Screening & Consent form for minors receiving the vaccine.

-Florida Department of Health: To book the first dose of the vaccine at a FL Department of Health location, please call 352-540-6800 and choose option 7. Appointments can be requested on Mondays and Tuesdays for an appointment that week.

-Select Publix pharmacies: www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida

-Winn Dixie Pharmacy

-Walmart Pharmacy / Sams Club Pharmacy

-CVS Pharmacy

-Walgreens Pharmacy

-Pinebrook Pharmacy in Brooksville

-For more information on the vaccine, visit Hernando Department of Health's website.

Health Information

Mental Health Services


EDUCATION

Hernando County School Info and Resources

Childcare

Activities for Children

  • ABC Mouse
  • Scholastic.com offers free "Learn at Home" Programs for children affected by school closures
  • PBSKids.org/Games for fun, educational games that are colorful and interactive for children at home.
  • Visiting YouTube.com and searching for books read aloud by teachers, parents, authors, celebrities and more!
  • Do you receive United Way Dolly Parton Imagination Library books? Record your own storytime with your children and their favorite book(s) to share with friends and family! Tag UWHC on Facebook.

FINANCIAL STABILITY

Employment/Unemployment

Financial Resources

  • COVID-19 rental and utility relief funds are available through DCF. See if you qualify at www.OURFlorida.com
  • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Economic Impact Payment: What You Need to Know (courtesy of the IRS)
    -Third round of $1,400 EIC (Economic Impact Payments) have been dispersed. Please click here for more information. (3/30/2021)
    -If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness and expecting to receive the Economic Impact Payment, read this flyer for more information on how to ensure you receive the funds in a timely manner.
  • Federal Eviction Moratorium: The CARES Act provides a temporary moratorium on evictions for most residents of federally subsidized apartments, including those supported by HUD, USDA or Treasury (Low Income Housing Tax Credit developments) as well a moratorium on filings for evictions for renters in homes covered by federally-backed (FHA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac) mortgages for 120 days after enactment. See a searchable database of qualified apartment homes here. nlihc.org/federal-moratoriums
    -NOTE: List is not comprehensive and does not include data on single family rental homes of one to four units that are also protected under the CARES Act, and they do not include all Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily mortgages.
    -www.floridahousingsearch.org- A free, state resource for renters and property managers in Florida. Search options can help you find available rental housing to fit needs and income, as well as additional resources.
    -Community Legal Services of Mid Florida: assisting residents with navigating renter rights. Call Help Line at 1-800-405-1417 for more information.
  • Hernando County Health & Human Services
  • -Access Florida Enrollment 352-540-4338 or 866-762-2237.
    -Work requirements for SNAP and TANF are currently waived. Visit AccessFlorida for more information.
    -Florida is participating in the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program. Find out more here.
  • Florida Master Money Mentor's BLOG: budgeting advice for this "new normal"
  • Housing Education Alliance: Home Buyer Education Classes now online

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FOOD & BASIC NEEDS

  • United Way of Hernando County:
    "COMMUNITY PARTNER COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY"
    -Responses from organizations, agencies, churches, programs, and health & human service groups will help us on a county-wide level to identify local unmet needs, gaps in services, potential solutions, room for improvement, and hopefully action items for us and our community leaders.
  • Find available food pantries on UnitedWayHernando.org/211
    -NOTE: COVID-19 may affect hours of operation. Please call beforehand for availability and required documents.
  • List of available food pantries HERE. (3/22/21)
  • Feeding Tampa Bay Mobile Food Pantry biweekly Wednesday distribution at Community Center of Ridge Manor through middle of June. Dates and times here.

OTHER RESOURCES


PARTNER AGENCY* AND PROGRAM UPDATES

  • 211 Hernando*
  • American Red Cross:
    -Still assisting victims of natural disasters (fires, etc).
    -NOT going door-to-door asking for donations. If a person claiming they represent Red Cross come to your door, contact the local authorities.
  • The Arc Nature Coast*:
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    All Life Skills Development day programs have been closed as of March 20th 2020 until further notice.
  • Boys and Girl's Club Hernando*:
    -School programs now open. Visit www.bgchernando.org for more information.
         -Preschools will be opening at Westside, J.D. Floyd and Brooksville. Contact Unit Directors for information here.
  • Catholic Charities* (Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center)
    -Call the office at 352-686-9897 ext. 506 or text 727-401-1326 anytime for additional information.
    -Pregnancy testing is available and appropriate referrals will be provided. Limited Ultrasound referred to Tampa office.
    -Donations still accepted, NEED FOR DIAPERS, WIPES, and new or gently used clothing (size newborn to 3T).
  • Dawn Center of Hernando*:
    -24/7 Hotline: (352) 686-8430 call OR text available 24/7. Web chat available 24/7 at www.DawnCenter.org
    -DONATIONS of cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, non-perishable food items, diapers, and disinfecting spray currently accepted.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services*:
    -Offices open M-Th 10am-2pm. Call either 727-853-1010, 352-398-4711 or 727-359-0548 for assistance or appointment.
    -Call 727-853-1010 to leave a message for assistance. 
  • Early Learning Coalition*:
    -Visit their Facebook page for tips and tricks to handwashing, age-appropriate ways to talk to children about the virus, activities for young children, and many more resources.
    -To apply for services, click here.
  • Jericho Road Ministries*:
    -Food Barn open, donations accepted Tuesday from 9am-2pm, food pick-up Friday from 9am-12pm as a drive-thru service.
    -Thrift stores open.
    -Shelter now open. Men's shelter intake from 4-6pm. Women's shelter intake from 3-4pm.
    -Call (352) 799-2912 for more information.
  • Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind*
    -Many classes, services, & groups are being modified to continue serving by phone & online.
    -Call (352) 754-1132 for services.
  • Mid-Florida Community Services*:
    -Meals on Wheels still in operation for ages 60+. Visit this site for qualifications and how to get on the waitlist. (4/27)
    -Head Start/Early Head Start: Enrolling for 2020-2021 school year. Visit website for more information.
    -Children's Advocacy Center: Still accepting and seeing clients as needed
  • Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition*:
    -Serving Citrus, Hernando, Lake, and Sumter counties.
    -As of (4/27/20), Outreach currently operational and reaching out to homeless population.
    -Call (352) 860-2308 for assistance or an assessment by phone.
  • NAMI Hernando*:
    -Offices currently holding certain classes in person. (9/25)
    -Offering support over the phone at (352) 684-0004. Can also sign up for Wellness Care Call Checks by emailing namihernando@tampabay.rr.com.
    -Online support groups available using Zoom. Visit NAMI's Facebook for days and times.
  • People Helping People in Hernando County*:
    -Weekend Blessing location and times: Thursdays 10am-1pm at Parent Academy in Brooksville; Thursdays 11am-1pm at Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville; and Fridays 10am-1pm at PHP HELP center.
    -Tuesdays & Fridays, the shower facilities at the Help Center are open from 9am-2pm. Please call 352-686-4466 for an appointment.
    -Sunday Blessings will be seating in the Help Center at a limited capacity. Every Sunday at 3:30pm at the Help Center.
  • Salvation Army:
    -Social Services still open, 9am-1pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
    -Food pantry open Tuesday from 9am-12pm as a drive-thru service.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society*:
    -Thrift stores open.
    -Food pantry will reopen as a drive-thru service.
  • Obria (formerly A New Generation):
    -All parenting classes are now offered online.
    -Offices open Monday-Thursday 10am-4pm. 
         -Call (352) 544-0911 to coordinate an appointment for pick-up of diapers, wipes, or formula if you are in need. Walk-ins are NOT accepted.
         - DONATIONS of diapers and wipes are also accepted.
  • Youth and Family Alternatives New Beginnings Youth Shelter*
    -Shelter is still in operation while diligently practicing social distancing and proper sanitization.