Timely News from Trusted Voices

This series highlights Leon County’s efforts alongside the community to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Monthly Updates from Leon County

MAY:  Safe. Slow. Measured - Leon County’s Phase One Plan to Reopen Certain Programs and Services

APRIL: Message from the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator.

New Updates

  • Local food distribution for kids in need. Several local restaurants and schools are providing food to families in need. The Food Distribution Location Map can be viewed here and a detailed distribution list can be viewed here.
  • EPA Approves First Surface Disinfectant Products Tested on the SARS-CoV-2 Virus: Throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has worked to provide the American public with information about how to safely and effectively kill the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, on surfaces. On July 6, EPA approved two products, Lysol Disinfectant Spray (EPA Reg No. 777-99) and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist (EPA Reg No. 777-127), based on laboratory testing that shows the products are effective against SARS-CoV-2. “EPA is committed to identifying new tools and providing accurate and up-to-date information to help the American public protect themselves and their families from the novel coronavirus,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “EPA's review of products tested against this virus marks an important milestone in President Trump’s all of government approach to fighting the spread of COVID-19."
  • Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Extended Through August: On July 4, President Trump signed legislation (S. 4116) reauthorizing the Paycheck Protection Program through August 8, 2020. Enacted in March as part of the CARES Act, the $669 billion program has approved more than 4.8 million loans totaling more than $520 billion and supporting over 51 million jobs to date. The extension of the program through August will make available the remaining $134 billion to small businesses and qualifying entities. Learn more about the PPP here.


Previous Updates

  • Tracing an Economic Impact Payment. Taxpayers can request a trace on their Economic Impact Payment if they haven’t received it and they have received Notice 1444 telling them the date their EIP was sent, or Get My Payment shows their EIP was issued. For more information on how to request a payment trace, click here.
  • Comcast Continues to Extend Free Internet to New Internet Essentials Customers – On Thursday, June 18, Comcast announced it will continue to provide 60 days of free Internet service to new, eligible Internet Essentials customers through the end of this year. In addition, Comcast will continue to waive the requirement that customers not have a past due balance with Comcast to qualify for the offer. More information HERE.
  • Florida Department of Financial Services announces MoneyWise Florida to provide financial information to residents. MoneyWise Florida is a statewide public education initiative designed to provide practical advice to millions of Floridians on topics ranging from getting out of debt to securing a mortgage, from saving for a child's college education to planning for a secure retirement. More here. 
  • The CDC releases new information to help camps, youth sports, restaurants, schools and higher education operate during the coronavirus pandemic. More here.
  • The American Red Cross is offering a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Filing for Unemployment Benefits - Florida's Unemployment Benefits system has struggled to keep up in recent weeks and we know the State is working on the problem, adding staff, servers and more resources to keep up with demand. For more information about applying for unemployment benefits in Florida, click here or call the Claims Assistance Center at 1-800-204-2418. You can now also download a paper application to file for unemployment by clicking here. The State also just released a new website for Floridians who have not already submitted an application and who don't currently have an account in the system. This new site can be found here.
  • Big Bend 2-1-1 ready to serve community during crisis. 2-1-1 Big Bend partners with many nationally recognized mental health services and is available 24 hours a day to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention and information. Just dial 2-1-1 or visit their website for a full list of their services:  www.211bigbend.org
  • Support our local businesses. We encourage you to #SupportLocal by purchasing from restaurants that are #OpenforTakeout,  whether that be by purchasing gift cards, buying in store items online such as coffee, shirts, or more or by ordering take out. You can check out the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality Open for Takeout Map to find out where you can pick-up or order from local restaurants. https://arcg.is/1zvPTn
  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Launches Reemployment Assistance Dashboard. The Dashboard provides daily updates on efforts to address reemployment assistance challenges. More here.
  • Teaching and Learning from home with CPALMS. CPALMS is Florida's official source of education standards and vetted educational resources is now available to all teachers, parents, and students. Created by FSU, CPALMS offers more than 13,000 instructional resources, including over 920 Original Student Tutorials (interactive online lessons) and 500 videos that are perfect for learning from home. To get started, go to www.CPALMS.org.
  • Learning from home with the MagLab. The online Magnet Academy from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory features demonstrations, videos, activities and other educational content for students of all ages. To explore the wide world of electricity and magnesium, visit the Magnet Academy.
  • Legal service advice available to address community needs. The Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee (850) 222-3292; http://www.legalaidtallahassee.org/) and Legal Services of North Florida (850) 385-9007; https://www.lsnf.org/) may be contacted for legal advice during this difficult time.
  • Pet food assistance available through the Leon County Humane Society. Call LCHS at (850) 224-9193 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday to schedule a pet food pick up or delivery. Pick up will be at 413 Timberlane Rd.
  • United Partners for Human Services of Florida. UPHS has gathered information about the availability of social services during this time. To access updates about closures as well as current available services visit their website: https://uphsfl.org/covid-19/
  • Library launches “Always Open” a one-stop shop for free online resources. The list of digital services is ever-expanding as more and more companies are releasing free digital media content every day in the face of COVID-19. You can check out Always Open for a full list of resources.
  • Library begins Curbside Pickup May 4.  Reserve titles online and pick them up at a Library location convenient to you.  Click here for more information.
  • AncestryLibrary Research Database now available to Library patrons from home until May 31. Research your family history with Ancestry Library Edition, available here. Search the US Federal Census as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, the Social Security Death Index, and more. Please note that the content in the Library Edition of this resource may differ from the personal subscription edition.
  • Spiritual counseling offered by the Florida Baptist Convention. Anyone seeking spiritual counseling may call a chaplain associated with the Florida Baptist Convention at 888.829.5004. Learn more.
  • Department of Children and Families Resource Guide. The Economic Self-Sufficiency Program helps to promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by determining eligibility for food, cash and medical assistance for individuals and families on the road to economic recovery. Click here to access resources and information available during COVID-19. 
  • Spiritually Connected, Virtually Together. Many local religious organizations continue to provide online services to allow individuals to stay spiritually connected to their place of worship. Find a list of virtual services here.


More Information

  • Department of Children and Families Resource Guide. The Economic Self-Sufficiency Program helps to promote strong and economically self-sufficient communities by determining eligibility for food, cash and medical assistance for individuals and families on the road to economic recovery. Click here to access resources and information available during COVID-19.

Click here for additional resources for staying Safer at Home.