Coronavirus - (COVID-19)

Lake County Citizen Information Line:  352-253-9999
Available:  Weekdays  9:00am - 5:00pm

Lake County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline:  352-742-4830


Florida Department of Health Coronavirus COVID-19 website


Florida Department of Health Hotline: 1-866-779-6121                       
Available:   24 hours day/7 days per week  


CDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Website

CDC Coronavirus COVID-19 Call Center:  1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
Available:  24 hours day/7 days per week


Lake County Website COVID Information

Lake County 'Reopen Lake' webpage

Lake County Emergency Management Facebook page   
 
Lake County Emergency Management Twitter page 

Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Orders 
Click on this link to review all 2020 Executive Orders issued by Governor Ron DeSantis



NEWS RELEASES & UPDATES:

 Sept. 22, 2020 
Lake CARES Business Assistance Program deadline extended   

    Tavares – The Lake CARES Business Assistance Grant Program - a $16 million grant program assisting Lake County businesses - will continue accepting applications until Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. The program has updated qualifying criteria and increased award amounts. Applications received before the deadline will be considered for the new award levels, as well as any additional awards that could be retroactively made if the initial funding is not immediately expended. The federal funding is being made available to Lake County through the State of Florida.      Awards to qualified businesses and organizations will range from $4,000 to $30,000 as follows:   

  • Self-employed/sole proprietor: $4,000   
  • Businesses with 2-9 employees: $10,000   
  • Businesses with 10-25 employees: $15,000   
  • Businesses with 26-50 employees: $20,000   
  • Businesses with more than 50 employees $30,000 
  • Non-profits and Chambers of Commerce (no employee requirement): $10,000   
     The new award amounts will be retroactive to all applicants previously approved and included in the first round of payments, as well as all new applicants. 

     The new qualification criteria now include businesses that were legally in operation prior to February 15, 2020. Previously the date to prove operations was January 1, 2020. 
     

     For additional information on how to apply for the Lake CARES Business Assistance Grant Program, visit
http://www.reopenlake.com#cares
. Additionally, the CARES Act program helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (352) 268-9299.   


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August 14, 2020  
Lake CARES Small Businesses Assistance Grant Program to launch Monday at noon

     Tavares –The Lake CARES Small Business Assistance Grant Program will launch Monday, August 17 and the application portal will be open at noon. At that time, eligible small businesses and non-profit organizations can visit https://www.elevatelake.com/reopen#cares, click on the 'Start Here' tab under the Businesses program to start the application process, or to review eligibility criteria and required documentation.

     If a business has 'pre-registered', they can sign into their Submittable account at https://elevatelake-lakecares.submittable.com/login and choose the appropriate For-Profit or Non-Profit application. If not, they can follow the directions below:  

  1. Create an account visit, https://elevatelake-lakecares.submittable.com/submit

  2. Complete the appropriate Lake CARES Small Business Assistance Grant Program Application. 

     Step-by-step instructions and eligibility criteria will be available at http://www.ReopenLake.com to help guide applicants through the process. The Lake CARES Act Helpline is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (352) 268-9299 to answer questions applicants may have. Applicants may also email grant@elevatelake.com with questions about the program and someone from the Grant Administrative Team will respond to all inquiries.

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August 12, 2020
CARES Act Funding to Assist Lake County Businesses and Families   

   
 
August 8, 2020 
Lake County to begin accepting applications for CARES Act assistance

   
 
August 5, 2020 
Lake County Board of County Commissioners to hold special meeting  

July 31, 2020

Lake County to distribute CARES act housing assistance grants to eligible families  

July 29, 2020
Lake County Board of County Commissioners to hold special meeting  
     

June 26, 2020
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation announced today via Twitter that - effective immediately - it has suspended on premises consumption of alcohol at bars state wide.
Click to view the emergency order




June 26, 2020
Leesburg provides funding for utility payment assistance
 

           
June 2, 2020
City of Leesburg offers coronavirus payment plan for utility customers 

     
May 29, 2020
Leesburg will begin reopening facilities in June



May 13, 2020
Lake County launches 'Re-open Lake' webpage 
Click on this link to review Lake County's plan to guide residents, businesses & stakeholders through the COVID-19 recovery process


May 1, 2020

Lake County issues additional COVID-19 protocol guidance 
Click on this link to view the most recent information for Lake County residents from Chairman Leslie Campion




May 1, 2020
City of Leesburg Facility Closings Update - May 1st

    

04-21-2020

Lake County Partners to Expand COVID-19 Testing 
Click on this link for information from Lake County regarding local testing sites


04-13-2020
COVID-19 SCAM ALERT

  • There are no cure, remedies, and no free at-home testing kits for COVID-19.  Currently there is no cure or approved vaccine for COVID-19 or FDA-approved home
  • The CDC, WHO or any other government agencies will not email or call you with medical advice or ask for a payment.  CDC, WHO will never contact you.  Beware of individuals selling medical advice
  • Your stimulus check will not get to you faster through an expediting service from any individual or organization. 
  • You do not need to complete the 2020 Census questionnaire to receive your stimulus check
  • Beware of online payment requests from fake agencies for violating shelter-in-place orders.  Local law enforcement will issue any penalties, if at all, if you are violating any orders
  • Do not Pay for COVID-19 Maps.  Covid-19 maps are free through John Hopkins University and Florida Department of Health

Be vigilant when reading email.  You will see an increase of email and phishing scams from people pretending to be your employer, from a government agency or local medical office.  Never give out your personal or financial information to anyone.  The government will not call you on the phone to request payment in gift cards or ask you for your information.  Also, there is no COVID-19 Tax Refund.  

  • Ignore unknown numbers
  • Do not following links emailed to you - type in the website you would like to visit manually in your browser
  • If you get a request from your employer that looks odd, contact them via phone to verify
  • Assume every unsolicited request for information is suspect

For the latest information and updates from the City on COVID-19, please visit the city website at www.leesburgflorida.gov.  

Additional CREDIBLE SOURCE of information on COVID-19


04-09-2020
Leesburg City Commission to hold virtual meetings 

     04-06-2020 
Leesburg Electric provides rate relief to all utility customers 


04-02-2020

Measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to public works and utility workers 

     04-01-2020 5:30pm 
City facilities will close in response to Governor's order   


04-01-2020 8:00am

City of Leesburg COVID-19 Updates 

03-30-2020

Lake County issues two emergency orders to ensure health and safety of community amid COVID-19


03-26-2020
Message from Lake County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Leslie Campione
Click on this link to view the most recent message for Lake County residents from Chairman Campione


03-25-2020
Message from Lake County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Leslie Campione
Click on this link to view an important message for Lake County residents from Chairman Campione 


03-20-2020
Governor DeSantis Executive Order

Earlier today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71 requiring all restaurants to operate through take-out and delivery only, along with some other actions.  We have included the link to the full text of the Executive Order.  https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-71.pdf 


03-19-2020
Resources available to local businesses to mitigate the impact from COVID-19 
Click on this link to view information from Lake County Government on programs to assist small businesses

03-19-2020
Video: MAYOR'S MONTHLY UPDATE: COVID -19 INFORMATION
Click on this link to view the Mayor's update for March with information on COVID-19


03-18-2020

Leesburg Declares State of Emergency - Updated closings and cancellations

   
Leesburg Historical Museum (03-18-2020)

 The Leesburg Historical Museum will be closed from March 17th through April 8th. 


03-17-2020
Leesburg modifies customer service operations

      
DOWNTOWN EVENT UPDATE (03-16-2020) 

The Leesburg Partnership has advised that Leesburg Bikefest and all other Leesburg Partnership events scheduled through May have been cancelled. 

The Downtown Leesburg Business Association’s BBQ and Blues event scheduled for March 21 has been postponed.  

The Leesburg Partnership annual Spring Fish Fry set for April 2 has also been postponed.


03-16-2020
Code Enforcement & Planning Commission Meetings Postponed

03-15-2020
Library Program Update

03-13-2020
Leesburg closings related to COVID-19


CITY MANAGER MESSAGE (03-12-2020)

The City is working with the State of Florida and the Lake County Health Department to share information and updates regarding the potential impact of the coronavirus COVID-19 in our region.   The City has activated preparedness plans and will keep you up to date as more information becomes available.

Below is a statement from City Manager Al Minner regarding COVID-19 as well as information on State and Federal resources.

 

City Manager Statement on Corona virus  Page_1
City Manager Statement on Corona virus Page_2


For a PDF Copy of the form, please use the link provided:  PDF Copy of City Manager's Statement



City of Leesburg COVID-19 updates

 

               LEESBURG, FL - In accordance with CDC guidelines and Lake County directives, the City of Leesburg continues to take precautionary measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Following are the latest updates and actions taken by the city in this effort: 

 

·         Effective until May 1, all meetings, activities and public gatherings at the following city facilities will be suspended: Venetian Center, Resource Center, gymnasium, Rogers Park pavilion and splash pad. This includes all City sponsored programs and use of meeting rooms by outside organizations and individuals. 

 

·         Recreation athletic programs including baseball, softball, pickleball and field rentals are also suspended during this period. 

 

·         City staff will be directly contacting those affected by these closings

 

·         City Commission meetings will be held virtually starting April 13. Details on how the public can view and participate in the meeting will be provided later this week.

 

·         The Customer Service Department is closed to walk-in traffic. Utility customers may pay their bill utilizing the drive-through window or the payment drop box located near the drive through lane at City Hall. Payments can also be made using a credit card, debit card or e-check by using on-line services at www.leesburgflorida.gov or by telephone at 352-728-9810. For assistance opening a new utility account or to make changes to an existing utility account, customers should call 352-728 9800.

 

·         The city has suspended utility cut-offs and late fees until further notice. This applies to all residential and commercial accounts. Customers are encouraged to stay as current as possible with their payments to help avoid building up a large balance for later.

 

·         Essential city services including police, fire, solid waste collection and all utilities continue operations at this time.

 

The Leesburg Public Library is open for drive through service only. Check the library website for details at www.leesburgflorida.gov/library