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COVID-19 resources

The following resources are available in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you require additional assistance or have any questions not answered here, please contact us using the form below the resource links.

START HERE –> Business damage assessment survey Please complete the survey if your business has been impacted by the coronavirus.

Business guidance and loans
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion assistance for businesses or workers recently laid off
To file an unemployment claim
CARES Act guide and checklist:

Florida Disaster Bridge Loan or Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund
IRS tax relief for paid leave
Payroll Protection Plan overview:PPP -- Overview

PPP Borrower Information Fact Sheet: PPP Borrower Information Fact Sheet

PPP Loan Application:
PPP Loan Application FILLABLE

SBA PPP supplemental form:
SBA Form 413 SBA PFS (7a-504-SBG) (1)

SBA Business Assistance Webinar: how to apply for assistance

Levy County Emergency Management (cases, closures, disaster relief, orders and more).
Latest tracking of coronavirus cases (Florida)
Executive Orders from Gov.  Ron DeSantis

COVID-19 Tool Kit: Department of Health’s guide on valuable tips for dealing with the pandemic at home or the office

The Florida League of Cities offers the following advice for those working remotely/at home:

You’re providing Services:

  • Which jobs are critical? Can those jobs be done remotely?
  • Can the public use the telephone, online portals, or even video communications rather than in person service?
  • If in-person communication is needed, can you set appointments to prevent person-to-person contact while waiting? Can you maintain a 6 foot+ distance while providing services?
  • Can you install handwashing/disinfection stations and signage at your front door and around your facility?
  • Can you cross train other employees to do the critical jobs in case there are extended absences of key employees?
  • Working at Home Safely:

·         Things to check:

  • There is a working smoke detector in the area
  •  Floors are clear and free from hazards
  •  Cords are secured under a desk or along wall
  •  Walkways and doorways are unobstructed
  •  All electrical plugs, cords, and outlets in good condition. (No exposed/damaged wiring)
  •  When sitting:
  • Your back is adequately supported by a backrest
  • Your feet are on the floor or adequately supported by a footrest
  • The top of the screen is at eye level
  • Schedule short breaks away from screens. Short breaks can significantly improve productivity levels and allow you to focus

Preventing Infection:

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • When soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

Protective Equipment:

  • Gloves. Wear clean, non-sterile (i.e. Nitrile) gloves whenever touching potentially contaminated surfaces or people. Change the gloves if they become torn or heavily contaminated.
  • Respiratory Protection
  • When possible, provide surgical masks to potentially infected individuals to control the source.
  • Use respiratory protection (i.e., a respirator) that is at least as protective as a NIOSH-certified disposable N95 filtering facepiece respirator when working in a potentially contaminated area or near a potentially infected individual.
  • Ideally, the use of respirators should be in the context of a complete respiratory protection program. This includes medical qualification, fit-testing, and user training to ensure the proper use, removal and disposal.
  • If reusable respirators are used, they must be cleaned and disinfected prior to re-use.
  • If disposable respirators are used, they should be discarded after leaving the potentially contaminated area and must not be reused after removal

Surface Contamination and Cleaning:

  •  Because the transmissibility of COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces is not fully understood, you should carefully evaluate whether work areas need to be decontaminated.
  • When someone touches a contaminated surface, and then touches their own eyes, nose, or mouth, they may expose themselves to the virus.
  • Use protective gloves for cleaning activities.
  • Detergent (Soap) and water is adequate for cleaning most surfaces.
  • Follow the manufacturers’ instructions for proper use including dilution, compatibility, storage, shelf-life, safe use and disposal.
  • Prepare cleaning solutions as needed and replace frequently (i.e., replace floor mopping solution at 60-minute intervals).
  • Decontaminate mops and cleaning cloths regularly to prevent contamination (i.e., launder and dry at least daily).

Note: If sodium hypochlorite (bleach) solutions are used, maintain a 1:100 dilution ratio. (i.e., 1:100 dilution of a 5.25-6.15% sodium hypochlorite provides 525-615 ppm available chlorine)