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Testing will only be available to:
▪ First responders who are or are not symptomatic. They must bring ID.
▪ People aged 65 or older with COVID-19 symptoms. They must bring ID.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest or bluish lips or face, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People 65 and older with possible coronavirus symptoms can make appointments for drive-thru testing for COVID-19. The number to call is 305-499-8767.
A new coronavirus testing site opened at the South Dade Government Center Sunday, and officials said there will be 300 tests available daily.
The site is open for anyone who is over 18 and showing COVID-19 symptoms, although you must have an an appointment in order to get tested. Appointments can be made by calling 305-499-8767.
Read The Miami New Times' story about the Buddy System to deliver supplies to sick and elderly folks. Interested in volunteering or requesting a delivery? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Find (and support) some unemployment resources. The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce put together this guide for folks that have found themselves, or expect to find themselves, without a job. This Facebook group is also collecting resources and information. And chefs like Michael Schwartz, Brad Kilgore and Michelle Bernstein have teamed up to create a GoFundMe to support restaurant workers.
Check out these small business resources. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council has compiled a resource center including information on emergency loans, the state’s short term compensation program and much more. Head here for details.
Support, or apply for, this SOBEWFF relief fund. The organizers of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, and FIU’s hospitality school, created a relief fund to support independently owned and operated SoFla restaurants that have suffered losses or had to lay off employees because of COVID-19 closures and restrictions. Head here to apply or donate to the fund.
Managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the Business Damage Assessment Survey will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy.
The information gathered allows State Government to fully assess the comprehensive impact COVID-19 is having on Florida businesses and industries, then mobilize the appropriate resources to help alleviate those pressures.
Take the Business Damage Assessment Survey online at https://floridadisaster.biz/ .
Results will be shared with state agencies and local partners, including the Small Business Administration (Coronavirus-related aid from SBA detailed below).
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Loans of up to $2 million in assistance per small business and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.-
Loans have long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower’s ability to repay.
For more information, please contact the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or email@example.com .
The Short Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees.
If an employer establishes a Short Time Compensation Plan and an employee meets the qualifications to file a re-employment assistance claim in the state of Florida, the employee will receive a partial re-employment check to supplement their reduced paycheck.
For more information, visit http://floridajobs.org/ .
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is available to small business owners located throughout Florida that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19.
These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance.
The program is not designed to be the primary source of assistance to affected small businesses, which is why eligibility is linked pursuant to other financial sources. Note: Loans made under this program are short-term debt loans made by the state of Florida using public funds – they are not grants. Loans require repayment by the approved applicant from longer term financial resources.
For more information, visit: https://floridadisasterloan.org/
Register with the FIU – Small Business Development Center.
Once registered, you will receive information about emergency loans as information becomes available.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens: Take a virtual tour of the historic home and gardens here
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