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

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 Exective Orders issued by Governor Ron DeSantis



NEWS RELEASES & UPDATES:


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
 

            LEESBURG, FL - As an additional measure to assist utility customers who are experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Leesburg has increased funding for the Citizens Utility Relief Efforts (CURE) program.  

            Established by the City Commission in 1991, the CURE program supports vouchers for customers who are unable to pay utility bills due to things such as loss of employment or an unexpected illness. The City contributes funds each year and donations are also received from the public. The program is administered by local organizations who ensure that applicants meet eligibility requirements and helps over 200 families annually. 

            In April, Leesburg Electric transferred $50,000 to supplement the existing CURE balance. These funds were originally earmarked for energy efficiency rebates through the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) Conservation and Renewable Energy Advisory Conservation Program, and have been redirected with FMPA’s permission to serve the greater needs of the community.  In addition, on June 8 the City Commission allocated $37,000 from reserves for CURE, bringing the City’s contribution for this year to $95,000 and increasing the total amount available to $100,000.  

             Leesburg utility customers who are having difficulty paying their utility bill are encouraged to contact the Customer Service Department at 352-728-9800 to set up a payment plan. The call center is open Monday – Friday from 8:00am until 4:30pm. Customers can also call this number for information on payment assistance.  

            “Finding ways to assist our citizens during the pandemic is a priority for the City,” said City Manager Al Minner.  “We have already reduced the electric Power Cost Adjustment to zero and waived late fees for our utility customers.  Providing additional CURE funding is one more step in our efforts to help our residents who are struggling the most.”  

            Anyone can donate to the CURE program to help those who are dealing with financial issues. One-time or recurring donations can be made with utility payments. One-time donations can also be made by check.  For information on the donation process, please contact the Customer Service Department.



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

     LEESBURG, FL - The City of Leesburg is offering a special payment plan for all customers following the lifting of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Safer at Home order. Customers who call to set up a payment plan will have until December 31, 2020 to pay their outstanding utility bills.

     Among other actions, Leesburg paused disconnects for non-payment and late fees in mid-March to provide financial relief to customers during the pandemic. Disconnects for non-payment will resume June 15th. Late fees will continue to be waived until further notice. Customers who set up a payment plan and continue to pay their current bill, plus payment arrangement, will not be disconnected.

     Customers wanting to set up a payment plan will need to call Customer Service at (352) 728-9800 to make a payment arrangement. The City of Leesburg call center is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customers who are still having trouble paying their utility bill should contact Customer Service to see what additional payment assistance programs may be available.  



May 29, 2020
Leesburg will begin reopening facilities in June

     LEESBURG, FL - Many city of Leesburg offices and facilities will open in June following guidelines in the plan for Florida’s recovery issued by Governor DeSantis. Officials are encouraging continued use of on-line and telephone options for doing city business when available. Social distancing standards will also be in place.

     The Leesburg Public Library is scheduled to open June 1with a maximum capacity of 50 patrons. The building will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00am-5:00pm. Curbside service will continue to be available Monday through Friday from 10:00am-4:30pm. For details visit www.leesburgflorida.gov/library.

     Some recreation activities will begin on June 15.  The gymnasium will be open for separate morning and afternoon sessions. There will also be designated hours for adults over 40.   All players will be required to provide their own balls. H.O. Dabney pool will be available for open swim daily from 11:00am-5:00pm. The splash pad will be open 10:00am-6:00pm every day. Capacity restrictions and social distancing guidelines will be enforced at both aquatic facilities. Swim lessons will be available with classes being private or limited to participants from one household. Please contact the Recreation Department at 352-728-9885 for additional information on programs and activities.

     June 15 is the target date for reopening City Hall including Customer Service and the City Clerk’s Office as well as the Municipal Services Center including the Building and Planning & Zoning departments. The city is in the process of installing protective measures with completion anticipated by June 15. Should these enhancements not be complete the opening may be delayed.  Status will be updated and monitored regularly until June 15. 

     Although customers will be welcomed to the offices, many services offered by these departments including utility payments and building permits can be completed through the city’s website at www.leesburgflorida.gov. Simply click on the red “Available Online Services” option near the middle of the home page.

     “Our staff is ready to reopen to the public,” said City Manager Al Minner. “We will be providing hand sanitizing stations and floor markings in public areas for social distancing compliance and ask for everyone’s cooperation and patience as we work through these difficult times. The city will continue to meet directives from the CDC and encourage the use of our automated systems to promote safety for the public and municipal employees.”  



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 

     LEESBURG, FL – The April 13, 2020 regular meeting of the Leesburg City Commission will be held virtually in accordance with Executive Order 20-69 issued by Governor Ron DeSantis. 

    The meeting agenda is available on the City website at https://www.leesburgflorida.gov/government/city_commission/city_agendas_minutes.phpIt is also available by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at 352-728-9732. 

     The meeting will be broadcast live on LakeFront TV (PRISM ch. 21, Xfinity ch. 22, Spectrum ch. 497), via Roku or Apple TV (download the free Cablecast App), on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeFrontTVLeesburgFL) and the LakeFront TV webpage at https://leesburgflorida.gov/living/lftv_pages/index.php

     To provide public input or submit comments, members of the public can:  

  1. Send an email to publicmeetingcomments@leesburgflorida.gov beginning four hours prior to the meeting start time and throughout the duration of the meeting. 

  2. Call 352-728-9702 during the meeting.  Calls will be answered on a first come, first served basis.

     City Commission meetings will be held virtually until further notice. All other city boards including the Planning and Zoning Commission and Code Enforcement Special Magistrate have been suspended through April 30th.

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