Coronavirus Info

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR TRAVELERS 

The State Department is announcing a level 4 travel advisory, meaning Americans are instructed NOT to travel abroad. If currently abroad, Americans should make immediate plans to return or shelter in place. If you are a resident of the 4th Congressional District and require assistance getting home from international travel, please contact my office. Phone numbers for my district and D.C. offices and other contact info can be found here: https://rutherford.house.gov/contact.


SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Florida small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 18, 2020.

Questions about how recent legislation will affect small businesses? Please click here for details. 

If you would like guidance on paid leave requirements, please click here. 


POSITIVE CASES AND RESOURCES

To find the latest, up-to-date information on best practices and the number of positive coronavirus cases in the U.S., please visit the CDC website here. 

As local, state, and federal governments coordinate to stop the spread of the coronavirus, it’s important that you know what to do if you’re experiencing symptoms of the virus. Please follow the recommendations of the CDC and Florida Department of Health, which are to contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. If you do not have a healthcare provider or have additional questions, you may reach the 24/7 Florida Department of Health Call Center at 1 (866) 779-6121.


FEDERAL ACTION

President Trump has signed into law legislation to designate emergency funding to combat the spread of the coronavirus. This funding includes more than $4 billion for diagnostic tests, vaccine developments, and treatments; $2 billion for CDC response efforts; and over $1 billion for the State Department and USAID to protect Americans abroad and prevent the spread of the virus worldwide.

The president has also signed additional legislation which includes free coronavirus testing, paid sick leave, enhanced unemployment insurance, and food security for seniors, children, and low-income families. For more on this legislation, please click here.

President Trump has now made a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Florida. This will give local governments and individual Floridians access to more emergency resources as we work together to defeat this virus and revive our economy.

Congress has passed the CARES Act, sending it to President Trump for signature. To see what was included in this landmark, bipartisan legislation, please click here. 


DUVAL TESTING SITES

The testing sites at Prime Osborn Convention Center and TIAA Bank Field are operational. The Emergency Operations Center continues to coordinate logistical supply orders for COVID-19 response throughout the County. 

The federally-sponsored drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at TIAA Bank Field in parking lot J will expand testing criteria, effective immediately. All ages will now be accepted, although patients must still meet certain guidelines.
These include:

  • On-site temperature of 99.6 or higher
  • Patient MUST ALSO have respiratory symptoms
  • First responders and healthcare workers who have direct contact with patients will also be tested, regardless of symptoms. Please bring work ID.

This site will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for as long as supplies last. While a doctor’s order and appointment are not required at this location, clients will be evaluated by a medical professional on site. Patients who do not meet the criteria will not receive a test and will be sent home.

Those attempting to be tested should:

  • Bring their own pen
  • Photo Identification
  • Refrain from taking any fever-reducing medicine four to six hours before testing
  • Remain inside of vehicle at all times

A maximum of four people per car will be screened and tested; each person must be sitting at a functioning window. Additional passengers will be asked to move to the back of the line or return the following day.

As long lines are expected, please follow the directions of Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office traffic officers.
 

  • Drivers coming from the West side of town should use Bay Street.
  • Drivers coming from the East side should use Gator Bowl Boulevard.

 
Public restrooms will not be available. American Sign Language and Spanish-language interpreters will be on-site to assist.


STAYING HEALHTY 

Here is some additional helpful information to keep in mind: