COVID-19 Information and Resources
COVID-19 Variants, Vaccine, Testing, and Financial Resources
Delta Variant Information and Updated Guidelines from the CDC
The Delta variant is the most contagious strain yet, and cases are rising.
On July 27, 2021, the CDC released "Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People," which may be viewed at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
The recommendations include:
- CDC recommends fully vaccinated people to wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
- Added information that fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease, or not fully vaccinated.
- CDC recommends fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status
The best way to protect yourself from becoming severely ill is to get vaccinated. FREE COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone ages 12+. Proof of insurance and immigration status are NOT required.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is based on state and federal eligibility guidelines. On May 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adopted a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) endorsing the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in individuals 12 years of age and older. On May 13, 2021, all Department of Health (DOH) - Broward vaccination sites began providing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to individuals ages 12 and older.
Eligible homebound residents may register for a vaccine in their residence by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (833) 930-3672.
COVID-19 Testing Info
Mobile and In-Home COVID-19 Testing
Broward County, the FDOH in Broward, American Medical Response, and Century Ambulance Services offer an in-home testing program for homebound elderly or disabled individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to visit a testing site. Click here to learn more.
Reopening Status and Info
On May 4, 2021, Governor DeSantis issued two Emergency Orders related to COVID-19 protocols. Emergency Order 21-101 invalidates all remaining local Emergency Orders based on the COVID-19 emergency. Emergency Order 21-102 suspends all remaining local government mandates and restrictions based on the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
Click here to view Emergency Order 21-101 in its entirety.
Click here to view Emergency Order 21-102 in its entirety.
Relief Funding and Programming Information
BROADBAND SUBSIDIES ARE AVAILABLE TO ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND COMPANIES
The federal $3.2 billion Broadband Subsidy Program commenced last week. Consumers of broadband services (through cable, phone or wireless companies) who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for up to a $50 per month subsidy plus funds for broadband devices. Persons receiving state or federal assistance or who lost their job as a result of COVID-19 are likely eligible and most companies are participating. To apply and get more info, copy and paste this link into your web browser www.getemergencybroadband.org.
BROWARD COUNTY COVID-19 EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Eligible residents who have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for funding from Broward County's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help pay for up to 12 months in past due rent and utilities. Additionally, eligible households may receive up to three months of future payments if needed to ensure housing stability and if funds are available. Tenants and landlords must work together to participate in the program, and funds will be paid directly to landlords or rental management companies and utility providers. For more information, call (888) 692-7203 or follow the link below.
Click here to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements.
FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT (FPL)
Customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact FPL directly at 800-226-3545. For additional assistance, copy and paste this url into your web browser: www.FPL.com/Help
City Hall is open to the public. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Additional safety measures such as plexiglass dividers, hand sanitizing stations, informational signage, and social distance markings on the floor, have been implemented to help ensure everyone's safety.
In an effort to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, we still encourage you to continue to use our electronic payment and dropbox options when possible. Utility billing, leisure services payments, and building permitting and licensing may all be completed online.
Click here to pay your utility bill online.
Click here to apply for permits and Business Tax Receipt Licenses.