Recent Resource Changes
- Community Health Centers, the federally qualified health center, is doing drive-up COVID-19 testing only for those that are referred ONLY by a primary care doctor. For more information, visit their CHCP website.
- Baycare has set-up a screening line for COVID-19. You can call 1-800-BayCare. You must call before going for testing. Bay Care is doing drive-up COVID-19 testing as select urgent care locations. Call for more information.
COVID-19 Illness Isolation
- If you get sick call your doctor, call your doctor and they will instruct you on the next steps.
- Practice social and physical Distancing in your home. If you are ill, self-isolate yourself in a room in your home away from others in your house. Stay isolated even for meals away from others until the quarantine period passes.
- Continue to wash your hands frequently.
- Do not hoard food.
- Help support those vulnerable folks without basic necessities.
- Emergency Food stamps are NOT available at this time.
- The Tampa Bay Hunder Network is working with federal, state, and local partners to ensure food distribution for all. For food-related information, go to the Hunger Network website.
- Summer Breakspot programs are open and available to students in need of food. Find a site by clicking here.
- Are not doing new intakes.
- Pinellas Safe Harbor is open doing intakes until they reach capacity.
- Are screening current residents for COVID-19
For more information, please visit the Homeless Leadership Alliance.
- School systems are distributing technology the weeks of March 23 and 30th to needy students. For technology sign-outs, contact your child's school directly for assistance.
- School systems will start virtual learning the week of March 30 - April 6, 2020. Attendance will be taken and work will be monitored by assigned teachers. See your child's school website for the learning tools.
Economic Stimulus Updates
Economic Impact Payments from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will start sending payments to most Americans in April 2020.
Benefits and Financial Assistance
- Complete your tax returns, if not already done so, to ensure funds during the work transition.
- Free tax assistance suspended. Visit the VITA tax website for more information.
- Reemployment insurance has been expanded to include those affected by COVID-19 layoffs, pay interruption, or illness. Learn more at the Florida Jobs website.
- Local rules and documentation requirements for prevention and financial assistance are still in effect. For more information, call 211 of text your zip code to 898211.
- There are no emergency funds available for COVID-19 related matters. There is a social media rumor about free money from the United Way that is not true. Local funders are waiting to learn more about the federal response prior to implementing local solutions.
Utility Provider Updates
- Disconnection has been suspended.
- Duke Energy has waived all fees for late-payments and returned checks, and for credit or debit card payments. Need help from Duke Energy Florida, call 888.634.4354 or check the Duke website here.
- Vendors encourage customers to stay as current as they can with their payments. This will help them avoid building a large balance later that may pose additional hardships.
- The City of St. Pete will not be actively shutting off water for delinquent accounts in order to ensure proper hygiene during COVID-19, bills are still being issued and payment is expected. During this time, it is preferred that accounts be paid online at stpete.org/payyourbill or via telephone at 727-893-7341.
- Clearwater Public Utilities is suspending termination of city utility services for non-payment for 30 days starting March 17. Utility customers can go to their nearby 7/11, Family Dollar, or CVS store to make a cash payment. Utility customers can pay their bills online at myclearwater.com/ebill.
- Pinellas County Utilities is suspending all disconnections of water and wastewater service for non-payment – effective immediately for 30 days. More information can be found on the Pinellas County website.
- Teco Electric and Gas has suspended disconnection for non-payment through April. For more information, visit the Teco website.
Physical and Behavioral Health
- Telehealth is being implemented. Check with your doctors and therapists about methods to continue medical appointments.
- Call your primary care physician first for any health-related issues you are having. Do not show up to their office without alerting them first.
- PSTA has already suspended certain transit services due to cancellations. Starting Monday, March 30th, 2020 until further notice, all transit services will be scaled back to a Saturday level of service. All services will end at 10 Pm. For more information, click here for more PSTA information.
- Ride United has suspended dispatching rides. Click here for more on Ride United.