COVID-19 Help in Hernando County

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Updated: Wednesday, October 21, 3:30 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.

 

On September 25, Florida has entered Phase 3 of reopening. More information can be found HERE.

On June 5th, Florida (except for Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties) has entered Phase 2 reopening. More information can be found HERE.

On May 14, Florida entered Phase 1 of reopening.

On May 4th, select Florida parks and beaches may begin to open. More information can he found HERE.

*As of 12:01 AM on Friday, April 3, 2020 a Stay At Home order has been issued by Governor Ron DeSantis for the entire state of Florida, limiting movement to only those essential services and activities. More information can be found HERE.*

 

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WEAR A MASK

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people 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 Call Center 24/7: 1-866-779-6121 COVID-19@flhealth.gov
  • COVID-19 testing:
    -(3,484) individuals confirmed positive cases in Hernando. (10/21)
    -For daily updated numbers, visit Florida COVID-19 Dashboard.
  • Where can I get tested for COVID-19 in Hernando County? (as of 9/10)
    Call for appointment availability.
    -Florida Department of Health (342) 540-6800
    -Care One of Florida
         -Brooksville (352) 556-5216
         -Spring Hill (352) 683-1982
    -Primary Care Walk In Clinic (352) 666-5555
    -Suncoast Urgent Care (352) 251-2304
    -Bayfront Health Spring Hill (352) 688-8200
    -Bayfront Health Brooksville (352) 796-5111
    -Premier Community Health Care (352) 518-2000 Drive-thru testing appointments available at Brooksville location beginning June 4th. Testing available beginning second week of June, on Thursdays and Fridays from 8-11am. Call 352-518-2000 to schedule an appointment. Bring ID and wear a mask. 
  • COVID-19 Antibody Testing
    -LifeSouth Community Blood Center, free antibody testing with a qualified blood donation. Call (352) 596-2002 or click here to make an appointment.
    -Primary Care Walk In Clinic (352) 666-5555

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

  • Hernando County Housing Authority: Received a grant through the CARES Act to assist qualified Hernando County residents who have been affected by COVID-19 with financial assistance. To see list of qualifications, required documents, and application, visit www.hernandocounty.us/housing. (8/17)
  • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Frequently Asked Questions. (7/6) Deadline to apply is September 30th.
  • Economic Impact Payment: What You Need to Know (courtesy of the IRS)
    -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 following Governor DeSantis's Executive Order 20-94 on 4/2/2020, prohibiting evictions and foreclosures until December 2020. 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.
    -Beginning 3/27, under Gov. DeSantis, SNAP recipients are to receive the max allowable amount for their family size. See here for more information or dial 1-866-762-2237 or 850-300-4323.
    -The Health and Human Services office are now able to perform homeless assessments by phone, call 352-540-4338 for more information. NOTE phone line may be busy, please leave a detailed message to receive a callback.
  • Florida Master Money Mentor's BLOG: budgeting advice for this "new normal"
  • Housing Education Alliance: Home Buyer Education Classes now online
  • Duke Energy: As of September 1st, disconnections due to nonpayment have resumed. Make a payment arrangement here. (as of 8/25)
  • Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperation (WREC): Offices are closed to the public until further notice. Fees for those customers who usually pay in person are being waived (as of 03/17). Effective July 1st, WREC has resumed disconnections for nonpayment for those accounts without a prearranged payment plan. More information here.
  • Hernando County Utilities Department: Offices reopen June 1st.

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Banking Information

  • Regions Bank:
    -Lobbies have reopened as of 8/25 with enhanced safety measures including sanitizing stations and limited building capacity. Appointments for services are encouraged; call your local branch for more information. (8/25)
    -Visit regions.com/coronavirus for latest branch updates and other important banking information.
    -Online and mobile banking available to check balances, pay bills, and transfer funds. Also have mobile check deposit. ATM available to get cash, transfer funds, and check balances.
    -Call 1-800-748-9498 for mortgage payment assistance, or visit regions.com/loanhelp
  • Wells Fargo:
    -On a case by case basis, suspending residential property foreclosure sales, evictions and involuntary automobile repossessions. Also offering fee waivers, payment deferrals and other expanded assistance for credit card, auto, mortgage, small business and personal lending customers who contact the company.
    -Customers can check Wells Fargo’s branch locator for ATM locations and the status of branches and can use mobile and online banking tools almost anywhere 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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.
  • Fellowship Church:
    -DONATIONS of canned goods accepted.
    -Livestreaming weekly church services on Facebook.
    -Port-a-potties and hand sanitizer available at their church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive.
  • Jericho Road Ministries:
    -Thrift stores open as of May 4th, M-F 9-5pm
    -Food Barn open, food donations accepted Tuesday from 9am-2pm, food pick-up Friday from 9am-12pm as a drive-thru service.
    -Men's shelter taking in clients Monday-Friday 9am-6pm. (9/15) Shelter's quarantine period will be lifted October 1st.
    -Family shelter still not open. (9/15)
  • Mid Florida Community Services:
    -Meals on Wheels for HC seniors 60+ are still delivering, but now have a waitlist. Interested individuals would have to contact 352-796-1426 to schedule an assessment. (4/27)
    -In-person program appointments have been suspended until further notice. (3/20)
    -Apply online for Emergency Support Services here. Site is periodically closed so applications can be reviewed; continue applying if you are unable to at first. Also call 352-251-2313 for electric/rent assistance. (6/1)
  • St. Vincent de Paul:
    -Beginning Monday, April 27th, food pantry will reopen as a drive-thru service.
    -The Kass Circle Thrift Store is open as of May 15th.
    -Food DONATIONS must be unopened and in original store packaging. Go to the right side of the building for drop off instructions.
  • St. Vincent de Paul CARES: Veteran assistance available for Hernando County. Call 1-844-455-7783 for more information. (6/1)
  • Mid Florida Homeless Coalition: Additional guidance from the CDC for homeless shelters & service providers.
  • TheBus- Hernando Transportation: Bus fare is reinstated (7/6). More information.
  • Community Legal Services of Mid Florida: assisting residents with navigating renter rights following Governor DeSantis's Executive Order 20-94 on 4/2/2020, prohibiting evictions and foreclosures until 10/1/2020. Call Help Line at 1-800-405-1417 for more information.
  • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): Frequently Asked Questions. (7/6) Deadline to apply is 9/30.

OTHER RESOURCES


PARTNER AGENCY* AND PROGRAM UPDATES

  • 211 Hernando*: All staff working remotely, still taking calls. (as of March 30th)
  • Ability Tree Florida:
    -All programming suspended until end of school year (following Hernando Schools schedule). (as of April 27th)
    -Collecting "Quarantine Care Packages" for clients. Also posting activities on their Facebook.
  • 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 until further notice.
  • Boy Scouts of America:
    -All Scout Shop locations are closed until at least April 1st. As a result, field-based staff are working remotely. Offices are closed to customers or guests.
    -Council and District Scouting operations are suspended 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)
    -The office is open for services on an as needed basis M-F from 9am-4pm. Intakes are taken via phone, assessments of client needs made, and appointment and/or supply pick up time scheduled. 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*:
    -Shelter services currently on hold due to a grease fire and subsequent damage to premises. For shelter services, consider Dawn Center's sister shelter, Sunrise of Pasco County (352) 521-3120
    -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. Due to fire, donations of bottled water and food/meals also accepted. (7/28)
  • 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*:
    -Summer BreakSpot Locator activated to find free meals for children under 18. Enter zip code to find closest location to you: SummerBreakSpot.FreshFromFlorida.com.
    -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.
  • 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 and accepting donations as of May 7th.
    -Shelter now open on a restricted, case-by-case basis. 5 transient clients accepted at a time. Intake performed every Monday from 4-5:30pm. Clients must stay until Sunday to prevent transmission of COVID-19. (5/18)
    -Call (352) 799-2912 for more information.
  • Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind*
    -All office locations closed to the public until further notice. (3/23)
    -Many classes, services, & groups are being modified to continue serving by phone & online.
    -Call (352) 754-1132 for services.
  • Mid-Florida Community Services*:
    -Offices currently closed. (3/20)
    -Congregate meal sites currently closed. 
    -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: all locations will be closed the week of March 23, 2020; however, staff will be in constant contact with the families served through the program to meet their needs.
    -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), Outreach currently operational and reaching out to homeless population.
    -Call (352) 860-2308 for assistance or an assessment by phone. (4/6)
  • NAMI Hernando*:
    -Offices currently in Phase 3 reopening and 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. (7/30)
    -Beginning Sunday June 14th, Sunday Blessings will be seating in the Help Center at a limited capacity. Every Sunday at 3:30pm at the Help Center. (6/8)
    -Port-a-potty and hand sanitization station available at Help Center location. (4/27)
  • Salvation Army:
    -Social Services still open, 9am-1pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
    -Worship service is streaming only on Facebook.
    -Food pantry open Tuesday from 9am-12pm as a drive-thru service.
    -Clothing pantry currently closed.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society*:
    -Thrift stores open as of 5/15. 
    -Beginning Monday, April 27, 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. (4/27)
  • The Y:
    -Gym open by appointment only. (6/8)
    -Still providing childcare for essential workers (3/25). Call 352-688-9622 for more information. For registration, visit www.ymcasuncoast.org/relief-care.
    -Camps are enrolling for the summer. More information here.