COVID-19 Information
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What You Need to Know About COVID-19


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is caused by a new virus called a "coronavirus." It is also referred to as "novel coronavirus." It has become a national public health emergency and a global pandemic. The number of cases continues to increase in the United States and around the world. 

Symptoms of COVID-19

Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. They may appear  2-14 days after exposure.

To learn more about the symptoms of COVID-19, please visit the CDC website

covid symptoms

How to Protect Yourself and Your Community

We all play an important role in protecting our communities and families from COVID-19. Take these steps to help slow the spread of the virus:

  • Practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet between you and other people. Avoid hugs, handshakes and large groups.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze by coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

To learn more about preventing COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.

If You Think You Are Sick

Call your primary care doctor. If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, or think you have been exposed to COVID-19, it is important to be pre-screened prior to seeking testing or treatment. When you call, you will be asked a series of questions about your symptoms, travel history and exposure to COVID-19 to determine if you should be tested for the virus.

The Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Call Center is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-779-6121 or email your questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Florida Department of Health Information on COVID-19.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency. Tell the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19. This will help the responders take additional steps to protect themselves and others. 

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County-by-County Resources



Resources for All Counties

Resources for Families

Reemployment Assistance

  • Formerly known as Unemployment Compensation, provides temporary wage replacement benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own.
  • Career EDGE - A new web-based resource from Career Source Capital Region containing an online resume builder, a free e-portfolio, and infromation on topics such as time management, budgeting, career planning, and finding success on the job. This resource is free through June 30.
  • Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Career Source Gulf Coast
  • Employ Florida
  • CareerOneStop - Career exploration, training & jobs
  • Benefits.gov - an online resource to help you find federal benefits you may be eligible for in the United States

Bay

County Health Department Website (includes information on testing centers, food pantries, open childcare centers): https://www.baycountyfl.gov/587/COVID-19-INFORMATION

Bay County, Florida Emergency Services Facebook page

County Health Department Phone: 850-872-4455

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.
  • Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida - In Panama City, the organization offers a food pantry Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Matthew's Nursery offers baby supplies including diapers and wipes. Learn more here or call 850-763-0475
  • Bay District Schools - Summer meal deliveries will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer for children under age 18. Tuesday's buses will bring bagged meals for Tuesday and Wednesdays. Thursday's buses will bring a large box (one per child) that contains meals for Thursday-Monday. Meals can also be picked up daily at the summer meal sites listed below which are open from 10 a.m. until noon five days a week. Click here for more information including locations.

Reemployment Assistance

  • CareerSource Gulf Coast - Paper applications available at 15 different locations throughout Bay, Gulf & Franklin Counties for individuals interested in applying for Reemployment Assistance benefits via paper application.

Utilities Assistance

  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Calhoun

County Health Department Website: http://calhoun.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-674-5645

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Calhoun County - LOCAL COVID-19 UPDATES

COVID-19 Testing in Calhoun County

Free drive through COVID-19 testing site with no appointment required. At the Florida Department of Health in Calhoun County, 19611 State Road 20 W, Blountstown, FL on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 - 10:30 a.m. (CST)

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.

Rent & Utilities Assistance

  • Capital Area Community Action Agency (CACAA) - CACAA offers a number of financial assistance programs, including rent and utility assistance, deposits, and eviction prevention. CACAA operates in Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.  For more information please call 850-222-2043.
  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Escambia

County COVID-19 Website: www.myescambia.com/covid-19-information-for-escambia-county

COVID-19 Information Line: 850-595-6500, option 6

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Escambia County

Community Resources

Food Distribution

Childcare

Utilities Assistance

  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.
  • ECUA - The suspension of cutting water service due to non-payment and delinquent accounts ended on June 15, 2020.

Franklin

County Health Department Website: http://franklin.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-653-2111

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Franklin County

  • FREE COVID-19 Testing: Monday – Thursday at Franklin County Health Department, 139 12th Street, Apalachicola, FL, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.

Reemployment Assistance

  • CareerSource Gulf Coast - Paper applications available at 15 different locations throughout Bay, Gulf & Franklin Counties for individuals interested in applying for Reemployment Assistance benefits via paper application.

Rent & Utilities Assistance

  • The Big Bend Homeless Coalition - focused on preventing evictions and rehousing individuals in the area. Everything from shelter to subsidies for paying rent are available from the non-profit agency. Services are available across the counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. For more information please call 850-576-5566.
  • Capital Area Community Action Agency (CACAA) - CACAA offers a number of financial assistance programs, including rent and utility assistance, deposits, and eviction prevention. CACAA operates in Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.  For more information please call 850-222-2043.
  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Gadsden

County Health Department Website: http://gadsden.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-875-7200

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Gadsden County

Leadership Gadsden partnering with Gadsden Community Health Council and The Florida Department of Health Gadsden to conduct FREE COVID-19 testing to the community.

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.

Rent & Utilities Assistance

  • The Big Bend Homeless Coalition - focused on preventing evictions and rehousing individuals in the area. Everything from shelter to subsidies for paying rent are available from the non-profit agency. Services are available across the counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. For more information please call 850-576-5566.
  • Capital Area Community Action Agency (CACAA) - CACAA offers a number of financial assistance programs, including rent and utility assistance, deposits, and eviction prevention. CACAA operates in Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.  For more information please call 850-222-2043.
  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Reemployment Assistance


Gulf

County Health Department Website: http://gulf.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-227-1276

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

For daily Gulf County COVID-19 updates text GULFCOVID to 888777. For questions on how to subscribe call the Flroida Department of Health at 850-227-1276.

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.
  • Gulf County School District - The school feeding program will begin Monday, March 23. Meals will be ready at both elementary schools (Wewahitchka Elementary School and Port St. Joe Elementary) between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. local time. Meals will be delivered to each established bus stop approximately 5 hours later than scheduled morning pick up (for example, if a student is regularly picked up at 7:30 a.m., lunch will be delivered at 12:30 p.m.).

Reemployment Assistance

  • CareerSource Gulf Coast - Paper applications available at 15 different locations throughout Bay, Gulf & Franklin Counties for individuals interested in applying for Reemployment Assistance benefits via paper application.

Rent & Utilities Assistance

  • Capital Area Community Action Agency (CACAA) - CACAA offers a number of financial assistance programs, including rent and utility assistance, deposits, and eviction prevention. CACAA operates in Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.  For more information please call 850-222-2043.
  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Holmes

County Health Department Website: http://holmes.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-547-8500

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Holmes County

Free testing drive-thru located at Florida Department of Health in Holmes County–ANNEX, 1177 East US Hwy 90, Bonifay, FL 32425. Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.
  • Holmes County School Board - Breakfast and lunch meals are being provided throughout the summer at the four feeding program sites: Bethlehem, Bonifay K-8, Ponce de Leon Elementary, and Poplar Springs. Meal distributions take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Food is available for all children 18 and under, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the particular school. To learn more click here.

Utilities Assistance

  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Jackson

County Health Department Website: http://jackson.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-526-2412

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.

Utilities Assistance

  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Jefferson

County Health Department Website: http://jefferson.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-342-0170

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Jefferson County

  • Call the Jefferson County Health Department at 850-342-0170 for times and dates for testing. Health Department is located at 1255 W Washington Street, Monticello, FL 32344

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.

Rent & Utilities Assistance

  • The Big Bend Homeless Coalition - focused on preventing evictions and rehousing individuals in the area. Everything from shelter to subsidies for paying rent are available from the non-profit agency. Services are available across the counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. For more information please call 850-576-5566.
  • Capital Area Community Action Agency (CACAA) - CACAA offers a number of financial assistance programs, including rent and utility assistance, deposits, and eviction prevention. CACAA operates in Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.  For more information please call 850-222-2043.
  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Leon

County Health Department Website: http://leon.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-404-6300

City of Tallahassee COVID-19 Updates

Leon County COVID-19 Community Updates

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Leon County

  • FAMU Bragg Stadium Testing Site, Bragg Memorial Stadium, 1500 Wahnish Way, Tallahassee. Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This site accepts any patient who would like to be tested. No physician order (lab slip) required. You may call the Leon County Health Department to make an appointment for testing at 850-404-6399, but you can also simply walk up. The site can process up to 400 tests per day and will be operational until further notice.

Community Resources

Food Distribution

Rent & Utilities Assistance

  • The Big Bend Homeless Coalition - focused on preventing evictions and rehousing individuals in the area. Everything from shelter to subsidies for paying rent are available from the non-profit agency. Services are available across the counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. For more information please call 850-576-5566.
  • Capital Area Community Action Agency (CACAA) - CACAA offers a number of financial assistance programs, including rent and utility assistance, deposits, and eviction prevention. CACAA operates in Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.  For more information please call 850-222-2043.
  • City of Tallahassee Utilities - One-time cash grants and financial assistance payments are provided for eligible customers from a program known as Project Share. Call 850-222-2043 or 850-891-4968.
  • The Direct Emergency Assistance Program (DEAP) is designed to meet the emergency needs of residents of Leon County by providing financial assistance with rent/mortgage and utilities to avoid disruption in a household living circumstance. Contact the Leon County Human Services and Community Partnerships at 850-606-1900 for more information.
  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Reemployment Assistance


Liberty

County Health Department Website: http://liberty.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-643-2415 

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Liberty County

Drive-through COVID-19 testing will be available for Liberty County residents ages 18 and up beginning Tuesday, May 5. This service is provided at no cost. Those who come for testing must remain in their vehicles. No appointment necessary.

  • Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. (EDT) at Florida Department of Health in Liberty County, 10971 NW Spring St., Bristol, FL 32321

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.
  • Liberty County School District - A box of essential food items for the week will be distributed at W. R. Tolar and Hosford Elementary & Junior High. (Highschool students can pick up food from Tolar or Hosford). Parents will drive through the student pick up area and remain in their cars. Items will be provided for each school age student in the family under the age of 18. No distribution is available the week of Spring Break, due to federal guidelines. After Spring Break, food for the entire week will be distributed each Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This will include both breakfast and lunch items.

Rent & Utilities Assistance

  • The Big Bend Homeless Coalition - focused on preventing evictions and rehousing individuals in the area. Everything from shelter to subsidies for paying rent are available from the non-profit agency. Services are available across the counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. For more information please call 850-576-5566.
  • Capital Area Community Action Agency (CACAA) - CACAA offers a number of financial assistance programs, including rent and utility assistance, deposits, and eviction prevention. CACAA operates in Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.  For more information please call 850-222-2043.
  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Madison

County Health Department Website: http://madison.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-973-5000

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Madison County

Call the Florida Department of Health in Madison County at 850-973-5000, press option 2 for information about testing sites in the county.

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.
  • Fellowship Baptist Church – 1997 NE Colin Kelly Hwy, Madison, 32340, 850-673-9764, every Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Emergency Drive Through Food Pantry, families can pick up 2 times a month. Call to confirm continued distribution.
  • Greenville United Methodist Church – 174 SW Church Ave, Greenville, 32331, 850-445-6044, 850-673-1538, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m.
  • Senior Citizens Council – 1161 SW Harvey Greene Dr, Madison, 32340, 850-973-4241, 2nd Friday, 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Rent & Utilities Assistance

  • The Big Bend Homeless Coalition - focused on preventing evictions and rehousing individuals in the area. Everything from shelter to subsidies for paying rent are available from the non-profit agency. Services are available across the counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. For more information please call 850-576-5566.
  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.
  • Suwannee River Economic Council of Madison County - provides utility payment assistance for Madison county. For more information please call 850-973-6709.

Okaloosa

County COVID-19 Updates: http://myokaloosa.com/bcc/covid-19

County Health Department Website: http://okaloosa.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-833-9240

County Public Information Line: 850-344-0566 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Okaloosa County

  • COVID-19 testing is available at the Department of Health-Okaloosa for people with symptoms only. Please call 850-344-0566 for an appointment. Appointments are available Monday – Friday.
  • Other Providers Providing COVID-19 Testing PDF - (This list is not all inclusive) Testing may not be available due to demand and the availability of testing materials. Please call before going to a provider listed.
  • More information about testing sites in the county can be found here.

Community Resources

Food Distribution

Homelessness & Housing Resources

Utilities Assistance

  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Santa Rosa

County COVID-19 Updates: www.santarosa.fl.gov/781/COVID-19-Updates

County Health Department Website: http://santarosa.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-983-5200

County Public Information Line: 850-564-2307 24-hours a day

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Santa Rosa County

Drive-through COVID-19 testing sites are being set up throughout the county, no pre-screening required. Tests may include either nasal and oral swabs. Contact the County Department of Health 850-564-2307 for the closest site.

Community Resources

Food Distribution

Childcare

Utilities Assistance

  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Taylor

County Health Department Website: http://taylor.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-584-5087

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Taylor County

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.
  • Feeding Florida - Find food in Wakulla County.
  • Taylor County Locations - A number of organizations in Taylor County are assisting citizens who may be financially unable to attain food. Click here for a list of locations.
  • Community Church of Perry - Call to confirm pantry hours of 3rd Thursday each months, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 2317 Dennis Howell Rd, Perry, call 850-597-4626.
  • First United Methodist Church in Perry - 302 N Jefferson Street, Perry - Drive through food Distribution on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. until the food is gone. Call to confirm continued distribution at 850-843-4834.
  • St James Episcopal Church, Food Pantry open the second Thursday of each month. Call 850-584-7636 to confirm continued distribution.

Rent & Utilities Assistance

  • The Big Bend Homeless Coalition - focused on preventing evictions and rehousing individuals in the area. Everything from shelter to subsidies for paying rent are available from the non-profit agency. Services are available across the counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. For more information please call 850-576-5566.
  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Wakulla

County Health Department Website: http://wakulla.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-926-0400

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Community Resources

Food Distribution

Rent & Utilities Assistance

  • The Big Bend Homeless Coalition - focused on preventing evictions and rehousing individuals in the area. Everything from shelter to subsidies for paying rent are available from the non-profit agency. Services are available across the counties of Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla. For more information please call 850-576-5566.
  • Capital Area Community Action Agency (CACAA) - CACAA offers a number of financial assistance programs, including rent and utility assistance, deposits, and eviction prevention. CACAA operates in Calhoun, Gadsden, Gulf, Franklin, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.  For more information please call 850-222-2043.
  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Reemployment Assistance


Walton

County COVID-19 Updates:  https://www.co.walton.fl.us/1278/COVID-19

County Health Department Website: http://walton.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-892-8015

County Public Information Line: 850-401-6453 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Walton County

Walton County Department of Health has announced that they will be offering multiple drive-through COVID-19 testing opportunities throughout the county beginning Thursday, May 14. This COVID-19 testing is available to all members of the public at no charge. No appointment or preregistration is needed. If you have questions, please contact Walton County Department of Health at 850-401-6453 or visit walton.floridahealth.gov

Community Resources

Food Distribution

  • Summer BreakSpot - Meals for children up to 18 years old. To find a location near you, visit the website, call 211, or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211.
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast - Assists families and individuals along the Central Gulf Coast to provide groceries and meals to those struggling to afford food. Use their website's Find Pantry feature to locate help.
  • Walton County School District - To minimize exposure to COVID-19 beginning, Tuesday, April 7th, meal distribution will happen on Tuesdays each week. On Tuesdays, parents will be provided with 10 meals per child (five breakfasts and five lunches). The five food distribution sites will remain the same and stay open longer — from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — to accommodate the larger amounts of food being disbursed. Transportation routes will adjust slightly due to the larger distributions. To learn more including distribution sites, click here.

Homelessness & Housing Resources

Utilities Assistance

  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Washington

County COVID-19 Updates:  https://www.washingtonfl.com/news/covid/covid-19-resources/

County Health Department Website: http://washington.floridahealth.gov/

County Health Department Phone: 850-638-6240

24/7 COVID-19 Call Center - Phone: 1-866-779-6121, Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

COVID-19 Testing in Washington County

Free testing is available at Florida Department of Health in Washington County located at 1338 South Blvd., Chipley, FL 32428. Call 850-638-6240 for more information.

Free drive-thru testing:

  • Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Florida Department of Health in Washington County - PARKING LOT, 1338 South Blvd., Chipley, FL, FL 32428

Community Resources

Food Distribution

Utilities Assistance

  • Gulf Power - Programs and resources offered by Gulf Power including updates on bill pay assistance and more.

Resources for Kids


BrainPOP

BrainPOP makes learning experiences accessible and engaging for everyone. While schools remain closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19, BrainPOP is offering FREE access to help curious learners stay informed and on-track. To request free access to BrainPOP, click here.

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The Florida Department of Education

The Florida Department of Education has compiled a list of free resources, offered by state and federal agencies, private companies, and non-profit organizations to help school districts, colleges, educators and families ensure continuity of learning during this time. For free resources for families, click here.

Scholastic Learn at Home

Free Resources for kids aged Pre-K through 9th grade. Scholastic Learn at Home is provides 20 days worth of active learning journeys designed to reinforce and sustain educational opportunities for those students who are unable to attend school. Click here for day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing from Scholastic Learn at Home.

Amazing Educational Resources

Many educational companies are offering free subscriptions. Check out the ever-growing list of resources here.

Google Arts & Culture

Tour museums, parks and national icons from the comfort of your couch. Thanks to Google Arts & Culture, you can check out virtual tours of the largest temple complex on Earth, Yellowstone National Park, Champs-Élysées, the gardens of Versailles and more. Check out the ever-growing list of resources here.

Cincinnati Zoo

Enjoy learning about animals and exploring the zoo from home! Every weekday at 3:00 p.m. EST, the Cincinnati Zoo hosts a Home Safari Facebook Live that features a different animal each day. If you don't have Facebook, the zoo posts the safaris on their website along activities you can do at home.

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