COVID-19 Help in Hernando County

Updated: Wednesday, July 1st, 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 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 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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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.

Many retail establishments that carry grocery items have implemented "Senior" hours to accomodate older adults and reduce risk of exposure to this vulnerable population.  Contact your preferred store or look on their Facebook or website to view hours. See Publix, Target, Walmart, etc.

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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.

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

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Hernando County Department of Health
  • Hernando County Health & Human Services
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    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. (6/3)
    -Beginning 3/27, under Gov. De Santis, 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. (4/6)
  • HCA, Oak Hill Hospital
  • Bayfront Health Brooksville
  • Bayfront Health Spring Hill
  • COVID-19 Call Center 24/7: 1-866-779-6121 COVID-19@flhealth.gov
  • COVID-19 testing:
    -The Florida Department of Health are administering tests to anyone who wishes to be tested. (5/18)
    -For appointments, locations, and information, call 352-540-6800, and choose option 1.
    -(408) individuals confirmed positive cases in Hernando. (7/1)
    -For twice-daily updated numbers, visit Florida DoH COVID-19 Dashboard.
  • FamilyWize Discount Prescription Card
  • Free Prescription Delivery:
    -Walgreens is offering free RX delivery on select prescriptions. 
  • Telehealth options:
    -Teladoc
    -MDLive
    -Amwell
  • Bayfront Health Medical Group also provides TeleHealth with our providers
  • Check with your with your PCP/pediatrician and insurance if Telehealth or Teladoc services are offered or covered
  • Premier Community Health Care:
    -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. (6/2)
    -To schedule an appointment or request a Telehealth appointment, call 352-518-2000 or request an appointment online here.
    -Beginning the week of 5/11, dental services will resume at all locations. (5/4)
    -COVID-19-related updates can be found at PremierHC.org/services/covid19/
    -A
    ssisting clients with Medicaid, Food Stamps, Health Insurance Marketplace, Florida Kid Care, Unemployment and Census applications. Also provide information about resources in the community as well. For more information 352-518 2000 ext 9710
  • LifeSouth Community Blood Centers: still accepting blood donations. (4/3) Please visit lifesouth.org or call 888-795-2707 to make an appointment.
  • Department of Elder Affairs: Tips for Caregivers of Loved Ones with Dementia
  • Mental Health Services:
    -Hernando Cares: a guide for residents in need of mental health and substance abuse services, as well as additional support services.
    -NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI or TEXT "NAMI" to 741741
    -NAMI Hernando: Individual support available by phone at (352) 684-0004, from 9am-3pm M-F. After-hours assistance/support call (352) 316-7783.
          -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.
    -Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):
          -Virtual Recovery Resources
          -COVID-19 Specific Resources
    -Crescent Community Clinic: reopening on June 1st. (5/20)
    -Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or TEXT "TalkWithUs" to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor.
    -LifeStream Behavioral Health Center
    -Baycare Health Brooksville Behavioral Health 
    -Dawn Center Outreach Services
    for Domestic Violence virtual support group: call 352-592-1288
  • Hernando County Sheriff's Office
  •      -Established a "CARE LINE" program for the security and well-being of those people living alone who would like daily contact with someone who cares. Call 352-754-6830, ext. 53660 for more information.
  • Tobacco Free Florida: Virtual support group information here.

EDUCATION

  • Hernando County Schools
    -*Update* 4/18: Govenor Ron DeSantis announced Florida schools will continue distance learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
    -Distance/virtual learning began Monday, March 30th for all Hernando County schools. Please contcat your child's teacher with any questions. www.hernandoschools.org/Page/5992
    -Beginning Friday, March 27th, schools will begin distributing laptops to families in need. Due to demand, one laptop per family. Please visit the Hernando County Schools website for more information.
    -All Hernando children age 18 and under are eligible to receive free meals during these school closures. Child must be present to receive food. Visit HCSB website for schedule/drop off flyer.
  • Pasco Hernando State College: campus closed and using distance learning.
  • Students and Families in Transition (McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act): 
    -List of services provided for students experiencing homelessness.
    -Contact Shanika Figueroa Rodriguez at 352-797-7070 x 132 or by email at figueroa_s@hcsb.k12.fl.us.
  • As of (3/20), childcare facilities have not been ordered to close.
    -Check with your local daycare or childcare agency to ensure they are still in operation.
  • Early Learning Coalition of Pasco/Hernando (ELC): offering reduced childcare rates to qualified first responders and health care workers (as of 4/20). Click here for instructions.
    -Boys & Girls Club Hernando:
         -Summer Camps will be opening on June 29th at Westside, J.D. Floyd and Moton. Summer Camp will run from June 29th through August 7th (closed Friday, July 3rd). Registration Fee: $15.00 per child; weekly rate: $95.00 per week. Registration and information available online at www.bgchernando.org (6/2)
         -Preschools will be opening at Westside, J.D. Floyd and Brooksville. Contact Unit Directors for information here.
         -Beginning April 1st, join "Hernando County Cyber Clubhouse" on Facebook for activity prompts for young children and virtual mentoring options.
    -Mid Florida Community Services 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.
    -YMCA Hernando County Branch: Childcare for essential workers is still in operation. Call 352-688-9622 for more information. For registration, visit www.ymcasuncoast.org/relief-care.
             -Camps are enrolling for the summer. More information here.
  • Updates on COVID-19 impact on Florida Schools
  • US Department of Education, COVID-19 Guidance
  • UF-IFAS Hernando Extension: Classes suspended until further notice. All faculty working remotely. 4-H still active, but not meeting in person.
  • 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 your 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

  • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program is available to all eligible Floridians. Floridians can visit floridajobs.org and select “File a Claim” to apply for federal or state benefits. Individuals may also call 1-833-FL-Apply (1-833-352-7759) for any questions they may have. (4/29)
  • 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.
  • JOBS:
    -EmployFlorida.com
    -National Retail Federation: list of retailers who are hiring workers displaced during the COVID-19 outbreak.
    -Spherion Staffing Services: Visit www.spherion.com, text "JOBS" to 352-796-6000 OR "WAREHOUSE to 352-796-6465 
    -Home Instead Senior Care is hiring caregivers. Visit www.HomeInstead.com/774 or call (352) 340-5900 to apply.
  • Tax Day has been extended until July 15th via the US Treasury Department and www.IRS.gov
  • VITA & AARP tax preparation sites are closed. Visit www.MyFreeTaxes.com to file a basic tax return for free.
  • IRS Extension Form 4868
  • Filing for unemployment ("Reemployment Assistance Benefits")
    -Unemployment COVID-19 related FAQ

    -Apply for Reemployment Assistance Benefits here.
    -
    Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide- COVID-19
  • Florida Master Money Mentor's BLOG: budgeting advice for this "new normal"
  • CareerSource Pasco Hernando: Offices are open for limited hours on an appointment basis only. Call 352-200-3020 ext 3023 to make an appointment. (5/26)
  • Housing Education Alliance: Home Buyer Education Classes now online
  • Regions Bank:
    -Visit regions.com/coronavirus for latest branch updates and other important banking information.
    -Drive-thru or lobby appointment only until further notice.
    -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.
    -Beginning March 23rd, Regions will offer consumer mortgage payment relief for 90 days. Call 1-800-748-9498 for mortgage payment assistance, or visit regions.com/loanhelp. Regions will not begin new efforts to repossess vehicles or start property foreclosures on consumer real estate loans for 30 days.
  • Wells Fargo:
    -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.

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.
  • 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.
    -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)
  • Mid Florida Community Services:
    -Congregate meal sites are closed until further notice. (3/20)
    -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:
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    The Kass Circle Thrift Store is open as of 5/15.
    -Beginning Monday, April 27, food pantry will reopen as a drive-thru service.
    -Feeding Tampa Bay coordinating a food pick-up service, date and time TBD.
    -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.
  • Duke Energy: has suspended power shut-offs due to non-payment. Individuals are still encouraged to pay bills on time. Fees will be waived for late-payments and returned checks, and for credit or debit card payments, for residential accounts. (as of 3/21)
  • 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. (4/6)
  • Hernando County Utilities Department: Offices reopen June 1st. (5/22)
  • TheBus- Hernando Transportation: Bus fare is suspended until May 31 (as of 4/21). More information.
  • Community Legal Services of Mid Florida: assisting residents whith navigating renter rights following Governor DeSantis's Executive Order 20-94 on 4/2/2020, prohibiting evictions and foreclosures until 8/1/2020. Call Help Line at 1-800-405-1417 for more information.

OTHER RESOURCES


PARTNER AGENCY* AND PROGRAM UPDATES

  • 211 Hernando*: All staff working remotely, still taking calls. (3/30)
  • Ability Tree Florida:
    -All programming suspended until end of school year (following Hernando Schools schedule). (4/27)
    -Collecting "Quarantine Care Packages" for clients. Also posting activities on their Facebook.
  • American Red Cross:
    -Still assisting victims of natural disasters (fires, etc).
    -Offices are closed to the public. Congregate shelters are closed. (3/30)
    -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 Developement day programs have been closed as of (3/20) 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*:
    -Summer Camps will be opening on June 29th at Westside, J.D. Floyd and Moton. Summer Camp will run from June 29th through August 7th (closed Friday, July 3rd). Registration Fee: $15.00 per child; weekly rate: $95.00 per week. Registration and information available online at www.bgchernando.org (6/2)
         -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*:
    -Vagina Monologues fundraiser postponed until further notice.
    -Shelter services still open.
    -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*:
    -Summer Breakspot Locator activated to find free meals for children under 18. Enter zipcode 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 closed to the public.
    -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*:
    -All events postponed until further notice.
    -Tuesdays & Thursdays, the shower facilities at the Help Center are open from 10am-1pm. Please call 352-686-4466 for an appointment. (6/15)
    -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. 
    -All church services are being streamed online.
    -Feeding Tampa Bay coordinating a food pick-up service, date and time TBD.
    -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.
  • Vincent House:
    -Currently closed.
    -Virtual Clubhouse via Facebook Group.
  • 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.