Coronavirus - (COVID-19)

Lake County Citizen Information Line:  352-253-9999
Available:  Weekdays  9:00am - 5:00pm

Lake County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline:  352-742-4830


Florida Department of Health Coronavirus COVID-19 website


Florida Department of Health Hotline: 1-866-779-6121                       
Available:   24 hours day/7 days per week


CDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Website

CDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Call Center:  1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
Available:  24 hours day/7 days per week


Lake County Website COVID Information

Lake County 'Reopen Lake' webpage

Lake County Emergency Management Facebook page   
 
Lake County Emergency Management Twitter page 


Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Orders
 
Click on this link to review all 2020 Exective Orders issued by Governor Ron DeSantis



NEWS RELEASES & UPDATES:


August 14, 2020  
Lake CARES Small Businesses Assistance Grant Program to launch Monday at noon

     Tavares –The Lake CARES Small Business Assistance Grant Program will launch Monday, August 17 and the application portal will be open at noon. At that time, eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations can visit https://www.elevatelake.com/reopen#cares, click on the 'Start Here' tab under the Businesses program to start the application process, or to review eligibility criteria and required documentation.

     If a business has 'pre-registered', they can sign into their Submittable account at https://elevatelake-lakecares.submittable.com/login and choose the appropriate For-Profit or Non-Profit application. If not, they can follow the directions below:  

  1. Create an account visit, https://elevatelake-lakecares.submittable.com/submit

  2. Complete the appropriate Lake CARES Small Business Assistance Grant Program Application. 

     Step-by-step instructions and eligibility criteria will be available at http://www.ReopenLake.com to help guide applicants through the process. The Lake CARES Act Helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (352) 268-9299 to answer questions applicants may have. Applicants may also email grant@elevatelake.com with questions about the program and someone from the Grant Administrative Team will respond to all inquiries.

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August 12, 2020
CARES Act Funding to Assist Lake County Businesses and Families   

     Tavares – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners on Aug. 11 discussed strategies for the most effective and impactful distribution of additional Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to be received to assist more businesses and residents in Lake County.

      Lake County has already received $16 million in CARES funding that will be deployed directly to impacted small businesses, while an additional $2 million in state and federal dollars are to be deployed to assist residents with rental, mortgage and utility needs. Another $48 million in CARES funding is to be allocated to Lake County in the coming months.

      Through the Lake CARES Small Business Assistance Grant Program, the County will begin accepting applications the week of Aug. 17 from for-profit and non-profit small businesses in Lake County for the $16 million in CARES funding received. Applicants can pre-register at https://elevatelake-lakecares.submittable.com/submit.

      The Coronavirus Relief Fund Housing Assistance Program began accepting applications on Aug. 10 for the $2 million to be allocated for individuals and families with past due rental, mortgage, and utility bills, with funding of up to $3,000 per household to be provided. Applications can be submitted at https://lakecountyfl.submittable.com/submit.

     The County is preparing the plan on how to most effectively allocate the additional $48 million in CARES Act funding to reach as many segments of the community as possible within the Federal and State parameters. The focus is on assisting more businesses and residents, while also potentially providing workforce and education assistance, enhancing EMS communications infrastructure and assisting local governments. The Board will discuss the spending plan at its Aug. 25 meeting in anticipation of accessing the additional $48 million in the fall.

     “We are all spending significant time evaluating how we might leverage the State and Federal dollars to the greatest extent possible to support Lake County businesses and residents,” said District 3 Commissioner Wendy Breeden. “The impacts for some have been so significant, and we want the funding to help get our businesses and families back on their feet.”

     Step-by-step instructions, frequently asked questions, and eligibility criteria, are available at http://www.ReopenLake.com to help guide applicants through the process. Additionally, the CARES Act program helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (352) 268-9299.

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August 8, 2020
Lake County to begin accepting applications for CARES Act assistance

     Tavares – Beginning Monday, August 10 at noon, Lake County will begin accepting applications for the Coronavirus Relief Fund Housing Assistance Program. The program, funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will provide assistance for past due rent, mortgage and utilities.

     Applicants are strongly urged to do the following prior to completing the application:

  • Preregister at https://lakecountyfl.submittable.com/submit.
  • Read the Coronavirus Relief Fund Housing Assistance Program’s Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Review the eligibility requirements.
  • Prepare, sign (where applicable) and scan required forms and documentation.

     Step-by-step instructions are available at http://www.ReopenLake.com to help guide applicants through the process. Additionally, the CARES Act program helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (352) 268-9299.

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August 5, 2020 
Lake County Board of County Commissioners to hold special meeting 
 to discuss Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funding. 


July 31, 2020
Lake County to distribute CARES act housing assistance grants to eligible families  

July 29, 2020
Lake County Board of County Commissioners to hold special meeting  
     

June 26, 2020
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced today via Twitter that - effective immediately - it has suspended on premises consumption of alcohol at bars state wide.
Click to view the emergency order




June 26, 2020
Leesburg provides funding for utility payment assistance
 

           
June 2, 2020
City of Leesburg offers coronavirus payment plan for utility customers 

     
May 29, 2020
Leesburg will begin reopening facilities in June



May 13, 2020
Lake County launches 'Re-open Lake' webpage 
Click on this link to review Lake County's plan to guide residents, businesses & stakeholders through the COVID-19 recovery process


May 1, 2020

Lake County issues additional COVID-19 protocol guidance 
Click on this link to view the most recent information for Lake County residents from Chairman Leslie Campion




May 1, 2020
City of Leesburg Facility Closings Update - May 1st

    

04-21-2020

Lake County Partners to Expand COVID-19 Testing 
Click on this link for information from Lake County regarding local testing sites


04-13-2020
COVID-19 SCAM ALERT

  • There are no cure, remedies, and no free at-home testing kits for COVID-19.  Currently there is no cure or approved vaccine for COVID-19 or FDA-approved home
  • The CDC, WHO or any other government agencies will not email or call you with medical advice or ask for a payment.  CDC, WHO will never contact you.  Beware of individuals selling medical advice
  • Your stimulus check will not get to you faster through an expediting service from any individual or organization. 
  • You do not need to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire to receive your stimulus check
  • Beware of online payment requests from fake agencies for violating shelter-in-place orders.  Local law enforcement will issue any penalties, if at all, if you are violating any orders
  • Do not Pay for COVID-19 Maps.  Covid-19 maps are free through John Hopkins University and Florida Department of Health

Be vigilant when reading email.  You will see an increase of email and phishing scams from people pretending to be your employer, from a government agency or local medical office.  Never give out your personal or financial information to anyone.  The government will not call you on the phone to request payment in gift cards or ask you for your information.  Also, there is no COVID-19 Tax Refund.  

  • Ignore unknown numbers
  • Do not following links emailed to you - type in the website you would like to visit manually in your browser
  • If you get a request from your employer that looks odd, contact them via phone to verify
  • Assume every unsolicited request for information is suspect

For the latest information and updates from the City on COVID-19, please visit the city website at www.leesburgflorida.gov.  

Additional CREDIBLE SOURCE of information on COVID-19


04-09-2020
Leesburg City Commission to hold virtual meetings 

     04-06-2020 
Leesburg Electric provides rate relief to all utility customers 


04-02-2020

Measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to public works and utility workers 

     04-01-2020 5:30pm 
City facilities will close in response to Governor's order   


04-01-2020 8:00am

City of Leesburg COVID-19 Updates 

03-30-2020

Lake County issues two emergency orders to ensure health and safety of community amid COVID-19


03-26-2020
Message from Lake County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Leslie Campione
Click on this link to view the most recent message for Lake County residents from Chairman Campione


03-25-2020
Message from Lake County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Leslie Campione
Click on this link to view an important message for Lake County residents from Chairman Campione 


03-20-2020
Governor DeSantis Executive Order

Earlier today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71 requiring all restaurants to operate through take-out and delivery only, along with some other actions.  We have included the link to the full text of the Executive Order.  https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-71.pdf 


03-19-2020
Resources available to local businesses to mitigate the impact from COVID-19 
Click on this link to view information from Lake County Government on programs to assist small businesses

03-19-2020
Video: MAYOR'S MONTHLY UPDATE: COVID -19 INFORMATION
Click on this link to view the Mayor's update for March with information on COVID-19


03-18-2020

Leesburg Declares State of Emergency - Updated closings and cancellations

   
Leesburg Historical Museum (03-18-2020)

 The Leesburg Historical Museum will be closed from March 17th through April 8th. 


03-17-2020
Leesburg modifies customer service operations

      
DOWNTOWN EVENT UPDATE (03-16-2020) 

The Leesburg Partnership has advised that Leesburg Bikefest and all other Leesburg Partnership events scheduled through May have been cancelled. 

The Downtown Leesburg Business Association’s BBQ and Blues event scheduled for March 21 has been postponed.  

The Leesburg Partnership annual Spring Fish Fry set for April 2 has also been postponed.


03-16-2020
Code Enforcement & Planning Commission Meetings Postponed

03-15-2020
Library Program Update

03-13-2020
Leesburg closings related to COVID-19


CITY MANAGER MESSAGE (03-12-2020)

The City is working with the State of Florida and the Lake County Health Department to share information and updates regarding the potential impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 in our region.   The City has activated preparedness plans and will keep you up to date as more information becomes available.

Below is a statement from City Manager Al Minner regarding COVID-19 as well as information on State and Federal resources.

 

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City Manager Statement on Corona virus Page_2


For a PDF Copy of the form, please use the link provided:  PDF Copy of City Manager's Statement



City of Leesburg COVID-19 updates

 

               LEESBURG, FL - In accordance with CDC guidelines and Lake County directives, the City of Leesburg continues to take precautionary measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Following are the latest updates and actions taken by the city in this effort: 

 

·         Effective until May 1, all meetings, activities and public gatherings at the following city facilities will be suspended: Venetian Center, Resource Center, gymnasium, Rogers Park pavilion and splash pad. This includes all City sponsored programs and use of meeting rooms by outside organizations and individuals. 

 

·         Recreation athletic programs including baseball, softball, pickleball and field rentals are also suspended during this period. 

 

·         City staff will be directly contacting those affected by these closings

 

·         City Commission meetings will be held virtually starting April 13. Details on how the public can view and participate in the meeting will be provided later this week.

 

·         The Customer Service Department is closed to walk-in traffic. Utility customers may pay their bill utilizing the drive-through window or the payment drop box located near the drive through lane at City Hall. Payments can also be made using a credit card, debit card or e-check by using on-line services at www.leesburgflorida.gov or by telephone at 352-728-9810. For assistance opening a new utility account or to make changes to an existing utility account, customers should call 352-728 9800.

 

·         The city has suspended utility cut-offs and late fees until further notice. This applies to all residential and commercial accounts. Customers are encouraged to stay as current as possible with their payments to help avoid building up a large balance for later.

 

·         Essential city services including police, fire, solid waste collection and all utilities continue operations at this time.

 

The Leesburg Public Library is open for drive through service only. Check the library website for details at www.leesburgflorida.gov/library