Unemployment & COVID-19 Resources
Employees and Businesses
Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity is offering reemployment assistance for those people who have been forced to quarantine due to COVID-19, or were laid off due to concerns of the virus. According to the agency, reemployment assistance (also known as unemployment insurance) provides “temporary wage replacement benefits” for people who are out of work through no fault of their own. Applicants do not necessarily need to be out of work. FDEO says workers whose hours were reduced due to the virus are also eligible. Apply for benefits here.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. Learn more here.
For businesses reeling from the impacts of closing their doors, the state is offering emergency bridge loans as relief. The bridge loan program provides short-term, interest free loans for one year to small businesses that experience economic injury from COVID-19. Loans may be awarded up to $50,000 per business, or possibly $100,000 in special circumstances. Small business owners with two to 100 employees located in Florida can apply for short-term loans up to $50,000. To be eligible, a business must have been established prior to March 9, 2020, and demonstrate economic impacts as a result of COVID-19. Learn more here.
Symptoms to watch out for: If you have a fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher, cough, or have trouble breathing, contact your healthcare provider and the Florida Department of Health
As Seminole County seeks to address COVID-19, here are a number of resources to help:
Center for Disease Control
Get the facts about COVID-19 on the CDC website.
Florida Dept. of Health
Free and Reduced Lunch
The Florida Department of Agriculture will provide meals to children under eighteen or younger.
Please learn more here.