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Posted on: March 9, 2020

Florida Department of Health COVID-9 Information

Florida Department of Health


As Florida continues to work to fight the spread of COVID-19, the Department of Health recently launched a new public website, StrongerThanC-19. The website is a community action survey designed for Florida residents to anonymously answer a brief series of questions which the Department will use to help inform and improve the state’s response to COVID-19.

Each Floridian is being called upon to do their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Florida by spending two minutes answering the community action survey questions. Once completed, users will receive guidance on prevention practices, testing, and vulnerable populations.

Take the survey now, then ask your family, friends, colleagues, and constituents to take the survey too

Thank you for your support of this initiative. Everyone has a role to play in helping us flatten the curve in Florida. If we all work together, we can slow the spread.

Preston Bowlin, Marion County Director of Emergency Management,

has advised that all questions or concerns should be directed to the Florida Department of Health at 1-866-779-6121 or email

Supplemental Information:  Johns Hopkins University Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering 

A malicious website pretending to be the live map for Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins University is circulating on the internet. Visiting the website infects the user with a virus that is an information stealing program which can obtain sensitive data. It is likely being spread via infected email attachments, malicious online advertisements, and social engineering. Furthermore, anyone searching the internet for a Coronavirus map could unwittingly navigate to this malicious website. Please see the attached to shows the site link you should avoid.

Unemployment Links and Information

If a Floridian’s employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts in Florida to stop the spread of COVID-19, they may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance.

Individuals who may be eligible for Reemployment Assistance may include:
• Those who are quarantined by a medical professional or a government agency,
• Those who are laid off or sent home without pay for an extended period by their employer due to COVID-19 concerns, or
• Those who are caring for an immediate family member who is diagnosed with COVID-19.

Individuals whose employment has been impacted, but are still receiving wages through paid leave are not eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance.

At this time, individuals who apply for Reemployment Assistance whose employment was negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19 will follow the same application, review and payment process as all applicants for Reemployment Assistance in Florida.

We encourage any Floridian whose employment has been negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19 to visit and click on Reemployment Assistance Service Center to learn more about the program and watch a short video on how to apply. Click here for a direct link to instructions on how to apply for Reemployment Assistance. Click here for a direct link for a FAQ on Reemployment Assistance for individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19.

Preston Bowlin
Director of Emergency Management
Marion County Sheriff’s Office

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