COVID-19 Information

We invite you to visit this website daily for the latest information that FAME has to share about COVID-19. As concerns arise with the emerging coronavirus, officially named COVID-19, we are

COVID-19 RESOURCES: (as of 03/25/2020)


State of Florida

  • Follow Governor Ron DeSantis Facebook for live press conferences and updates

Florida Department of Health

  • What to know about COVID-19 in Florida

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Latest news and updates from the Center for Disease Control.

World Health Organization

  • Live international updates, advice and news.



Mental Health

  • Florida Department of Children and Families
    • News and updates for child care, mental health and substance abuse around Florida.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    • Call 1-800-273-8255
    • Text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline
    • Call 800-985-5990
  • Veterans Crisis Line
    • Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or visit
  • Connections by CHESS Health App
    • A free, evidence-based mobile app proven to provide ongoing support and relapse prevention to people recovering from substance-use-disorders.
  • 211 Helpline Florida
    • The United Way is aiding those who affected by the coronavirus pandemic. If you or somebody you know needs help, please reach out through calling, texting, chatting, or emailing. Call 2-1-1 or (352) 332-4636. Calling is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text your zip code to 898-211.
  • National Council for Behavioral Health
    • Information and guidance for providers
  • Crisis Centers
    • Provide 24/7 free, confidential emotional support
    • Dial 211
  • Mental Health First Aid
    • Advice on helping others, as well as ourselves, with depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders.

Mental Health Facilities and Providers


Elderly Assistance

  • Elder Helpline Information and Assistance Service
    • Information regarding elder services and activities is available through the Elder Helpline Information and Assistance service within each Florida County.
    • All Elder Helplines can be accessed at 1-800-96-ELDER (800-963-5337)
  • Florida Department of Elder Affairs
    • News, programs and resources for Florida’s elderly population, the most affected by the virus.
  • Senior Shopping Hours
    • Grocery stores around Florida have designated a special “Senior Hour” outside of their normal business hours to give those most vulnerable to the virus first access to food and necessities
      • Publix – Open for shoppers 65+ on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
      • Whole Foods – Open to shoppers 60+ one hour before opening to the general public
      • Target – Will reserve the first hour of shopping each Wednesday for vulnerable guests
      • Walmart – Will open one hour early every Tuesday for shoppers 60+
      • Dollar General – Will dedicated the first hour of each day to seniors
      • Fresh Market – Will dedicate 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. on Monday through Friday for seniors
  • Florida Health Care Association
    • Long term care providers

Food Relief

  • Meals for Kids
    • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partnered with 2-1-1 to create the resources.
    • Floridians can text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 to find the closest participating Summer Break Spot location with meals available.
    • Residents can also call 2-1-1 to speak with a live operator for additional information
  • Feeding Florida
    • Local food pantries may begin facing shortages as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Feeding Florida features a way to donate to nonprofits and community-based organizations that provide food and other resources to our most vulnerable populations. Feeding Florida also allows those in need of food to search for their nearest food pantry.
  • SNAP
    • Food assistance

Housing & Utilities

  • Mortgage flexibility
    • Federal regulators, through the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are ordering lenders to offer homeowners flexibility.
  • Power companies around Florida, including Duke Energy, will not disconnect any customer’s service for non-payment, in order to give customers experiencing financial hardship extra time to make payments.
    • Power companies will continue to read meters and send bills. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later.
  • If you are unable to pay your mortgage due to the COVID-19 pandemic, talk to your mortgage lender about Home Loans Special Payment Forbearance and loan extensions to assist with suspending payments.

K-12 Education

National Security

Pet Care

  • Humane Society
    • Humane Societies around Florida are providing dog and cat food to the public through their food assistance programs listed on their website

Price Gouging

Public Assistance & Employment

Small Businesses

Tax Relief

  • Tax day has been extended to July 15


White House

  • Visit the website
  • President Donald Trump’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

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FL Governor’s Executive Orders: (as of 03/25/2020)

2020-83 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Protective Measures for Vulnerable Populations, Gatherings of Private Citizens and Density of the Workforce 03/24/2020

2020-82 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Florida 03/24/2020

2020-72 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures 03/20/2020

2020-71 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms 03/20/2020

2020-70 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Broward and Palm Beach County Closures 03/20/2020

2020-69 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Local Government Public Meetings 03/20/2020

2020-68 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 regarding bars, beaches, and restaurants 03/17/2020

2020-52 Executive Order re: Emergency Management – COVID-19 Public Health Emergency 03/9/2020

2020-51 Executive Order re: Establishes Coronavirus Response Protocol and Directs Public Health Emergency 03/1/2020

Dept. of Health Policies & Procedures:(as of 03/25/2020)

Dept. of Children & Families Policies & Procedures:
(as of 03/25/2020)


DCF 20-055 EO Emergency Order Covid-19 (3-22-20)

DCF Memorandum – Suspension of Visitation SMHTF (3-16-2020)

DCF Memorandum – Visitation at SMHTF (3-17-2020)

DCF Memorandum Law Enforcement Transportation COVID-19 (03-15-2020)

DCF Response How To Prevent COVID-19