COVID Health Information And COVID Business Resources
For information on Florida’s Phase 2 Reopening, click here.
COVID-19 Health Information
From The Center For Disease Control
From The Joint Information Center On COVID-19 For The State of Florida
From the Florida Department of Health
Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard
Information and Resources
The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 | 1 (866) 779-6121 | [email protected]
Drive Thru Testing Sites
Find a free testing site in Lee County! Click here for a list or refer to the graphic below.
From Lee County
Stronger Than C19
Florida residents are encouraged to do their part in helping Florida combat COVID-19 by anonymously answering questions that range from age and residency, to recent travel, to potential COVID-19 contact. The StrongerThanC-19 community action survey is designed to gather information to help the Department track and slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida; it is not a symptom checker designed to dispense medical advice. The StrongerThanC-19 community action survey is free to use and can be accessed by visiting: www.StrongerThanC19.com.
The free StrongerThanC19 app is available to both iOS and Android users and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores.
Southwest Florida Emergency Relief Fund
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, in partnership with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee, has created the SWFL Emergency Relief Fund to receive donations to help meet needs in our community related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This relief fund will provide flexible resources to 501(c)3 organizations in our area working with those who are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here to donate.
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CONTENTS FOR COVID BUSINESS RESOURCES
NEWS AND UPDATES
Business Assistance Resource Center
Lee County has opened our Business Assistance Resource Call Center. We will have representatives available Mon-Fri, 8:00-5:00pm to answer questions on loan programs and assist the businesses in connecting them to the right resources. Please share this information with your members and let me know if you have any questions.
From Governor Ron DeSantis
From The Florida Department of Revenue
GRANTS LOANS AND OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
If you need guidance for applying for financial assistance please reach out to Duane Hoverstein at the Small Business Development Center at FGCU. P. (320) 282-1677, email: [email protected]. You can also view online guidance here.
Businesses have an opportunity to apply for help through the LeeCARES Business Rehire grant program beginning at noon Monday, July 6.
Assistance is available to eligible businesses and some nonprofits that are rehiring employees laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants of $5,000 are available for each full-time employee (or FTE equivalent) rehired. Funds can only be used for operating expenses not covered by other resources. Businesses receiving the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) may be eligible if their covered loan period has expired.
Businesses must have 250 or fewer employees, and the business owner must be a Lee County resident. Learn more.
Reemployment Assistance From The DEO
For information on Reemployment Assistance from the DEO including downloadable paper applications, click here.
Bridge Loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans
For information on bridge loans click here.
For information on coronavirus economic injury disaster loans and other relief from the SBA click here.
On The Paycheck Protection Program
Visit the SBA website to find:
- Paycheck Protection Program Loan Information
- Who Can Apply
- Loan Details and Forgiveness
- Lender Forms and Guidance
- Additional Program Information
- Other Assistance
Want loan forgiveness for your PPP loan? Click here.
OTHER HELPFUL LINKS
From The FMB Chamber
From The Lee VCB
From the US Chamber of Commerce
From The Better Business Bureau
CDC Guidelines For Businesses And Employers
From The Small Business Development Center
To request a consultation with an SBDC consultant, click here.
From SCORE Mentors Southwest Florida
To connect with a SCORE Mentor click here.
From the Florida Chamber of Commerce
From the Fort Myers Chamber