Experts predict that full economic recovery will likely not occur until at least 2021, though Florida is expected to start seeing some improvement as early as Q3 of this year. Analysis of the effects of the crisis on small businesses continues.
Economic Relief Programs
New information about federal lending programs has become available. Tampa will open an additional round of relief so that more local businesses can receive benefits. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a fourth stimulus relief package, the HEROES Act.
Local Business Updates
Businesses continue to work towards reopening safely around the state.
A selection of helpful strategic resources from the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Inc. on how to safely transition employees during this reopening phase.
Numbers as of End-of-Day 5/19/20
There have now been 46,944 cases throughout the state of Florida and 2,052 deaths.
Totals by county:
Duval: 1,318 cases and 36 deaths
Hillsborough: 1,670 cases and 60 deaths
Orange: 1,699 cases and 38 deaths
Pasco: 327 cases and 12 deaths
Pinellas: 1,062 cases and 71 deaths
Polk: 766 cases and 45 deaths
For updated data, visit: https://fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86.
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/