Florida Department of Health has opened a 24-hour COVID-19 call center to answer questions you may have. Call 866-779-6121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on COVID-19, please visit The Florida Department of Health Website at www.floridahealth.gov.
IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
Palm Beach County Testing Line:
Telephone registration and appointment scheduling for COVID-19 testing will begin on Monday, March 30th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Individuals requesting testing must be approved and scheduled through telephone screening by the testing line.
On-site testing (swab sample collection) will begin on Tuesday, March 31st at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches (5444 Haverhill Rd).
211 Palm Beach
The caring staff will listen to each individual’s situation to provide information on available social services, community services and resources that include food assistance, medical clinics, foreclosure prevention, parenting info & special needs, senior services that include free “Sunshine” daily calls, services for teens and more.
You can contact them www.211palmbeach.org or dial 211.
Palm Beach County Schools
The School District of Palm Beach County continues its commitment to feeding students while schools are closed. Starting March 30, 35 sites across Palm Beach County will be distributing ‘Grab and Go’ bags filled with breakfast, lunch, supper, and a snack. Boxes of food from Feeding South Florida will also be available on specific dates per location. Meals are FREE to anyone under 18 years of age (under 22 for ESE students), regardless of financial need.
For more information about site locations, go to: https://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com/.
Or call Palm Beach County Schools hotline at: 561-969-5840.
FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
Two public-funded small business disaster loans are currently available to local businesses impacted by the coronavirus.
1. Federal – SBA Economic Injury Business Disaster Loan a long-term loan (up to $2 million and terms up to 30 years)
Deadline is May 8, 2020
2. State – Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan a short term loan (up to $100K for one year)
Deadline is Dec. 18, 2020
AVAILABLE GRANT FOR NON-PROFITS:
Community Foundation –
COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Grant
Open to nonprofits that provide services to Palm Beach County
Specific to Palm Beach County
COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Grant
United Way and many other funders in Palm Beach County have joined together to establish a coordinated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief and Recovery application process. This funding process will provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County and Martin County whose staff, services and clients have been impacted by this disaster. Funding priorities include emergency food, shelter, access to healthcare and other basic needs.
Visit https://unitedwaypbc.org/coronavirus/ for more information
Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity is home to the Reemployment Assistance Service Center. It is here that people can apply for benefits. The service is set up to provide “temporary wage replacement” to those who meet the eligibility requirements, according to its website. Here is who is eligible to receive state assistance:
1. Those who are quarantined by a medical professional or government agency.
2. Those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer due to COVID-19 concerns.
3. Those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19.
To find out if you’re eligible, visit the Florida Jobs website: http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants/apply-for-benefits.
All seniors can access Meals on Wheels by calling the elderly helpline at 866.684.5885.
Palm Beach County
Town of Palm Beach 561-227-7070
Wellington: Village Hall 561-791-4000
Senior Assistance 561-791-4796
Boca Raton 561-243-7777