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COVID Update – 4/30

By April 30, 2020COVID-19, Crisis, News

Federal Reserve Expands $600B Main Street Lending Program 

Earlier today, the Federal Reserve expanded its $600B Main Street Lending Program. The minimum loan amount has been reduced to $500,000 to make the program available to small businesses. Additionally, larger businesses will now also qualify for the program, as companies with up to $5B in revenue can now receive a loan. The process is similar to the SBA’s Payment Protection Program and participation in the PPP does not disqualify companies from qualifying for this program.  

Florida Officials Allegedly Requested that State Medical Examiners Withhold Information About COVID-19 Deaths From Public 

The Florida Department of Health has received national attention for preventing state medical examiners from releasing information about COVID-19 deaths in the state to the public. Allegedly, the Medical Examiners Commission was told that officials intend to “remove cause of death and case descriptions from death counts…render[ing] the information meaningless”. Investigations into these issues began when Florida reporters identified a discrepancy between the state’s reported death toll and the death toll released by medical examiners. A spokesperson for a FDOH county office reportedly claimed that some variations in the numbers being reported and the numbers being released can be explained by the inclusion or lack thereof of seasonal residents and visitors.  

Collaboration by Hospitals Throughout Florida to Share COVID-19 Data 

51 Hospitals throughout Florida are collaborating to share data relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Florida West Coast Regional Exchange will provide health care providers with real-time data that will be used to enhance patient care.  

Applications for the Jacksonville COVID-19 Relief Program Open Tomorrow 

Duval County residents facing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for the Jacksonville COVID-19 Relief Program starting tomorrow$1,000 prepaid debit cards will be available to 40,000 residents to be used for mortgage, rent, or utilities payments. To determine eligibility and apply, visit jaxrelief.coj.net call 630-CITY. 

Confused About Governor DeSantis’ “Phase 1” Reopening Plan? 

For a useful FAQ of “Phase 1” of Governor DeSantis’ Reopening Plan, visit https://newsroom.ocfl.net/2020/04/faqs-for-governor-desantiss-phase-1-safe-smart-step-by-step-executive-order-20-112/.  

Updated Numbers   

There are now 33,690 cases throughout the state of Florida and 1,268 deaths. In Duval County, there are 1,1012 cases and 20 deaths. In Hillsborough County, there are 1,124 cases and 23 deaths. In Orange County, there are 1,385 cases and 34 deaths. In Pasco County, there are 249 cases and 7 deaths. In Pinellas County, there are 729 cases and 37 deaths. In Polk County, there are 483 cases and 23 deaths. For updated data, visit: https://fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86.  

Resources    

WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public    

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html    

Florida Department of Health: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/    

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus    

Florida Chamber of Commerce: https://www.flchamber.com/follow-facts-not-fear/ 

Tampa Chamber of Commerce: https://www.tampabaychamber.com/Your-Chamber/Newsroom/coronavirus-updates.aspx 

Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce: https://jaxchamber.com/coronavirusbusinessresources/ 
Lakeland Chamber of Commerce: https://www.lakelandchamber.com/covid-19-resources/ 

St. Pete Chamber of Commerce: https://www.stpete.com/resource-guide-for-coronavirus-covid-19/ 

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