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Coronavirus Information and Updates

For the latest information from the City of Tamarac, visit our dedicated information page.

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Latest Update:

April 8, 2020 7:18 PM

Tamarac City Manager Michael C. Cernech issued an emergency order that all citizens and residents of Tamarac, as well as all visitors to the City, are strongly urged to use cloth face coverings while utilizing essential services or engaging in essential activities, in addition to other recommended social distancing measures, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission, including, but not limited to grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies. This order is effective immediately and available at https://www.tamarac.org/DocumentCenter/View/8200/Tamarac-EO-2020-02.

City Updates

City flags are currently flying at half-staff in honor of BSO Deputy Shannon Bennett who passed away due to the pandemic.

All City of Tamarac magistrate hearings, red light camera hearings, planning board meetings, development review committee meetings and public art committee meetings in May are canceled.

Wellness Resources

As we adapt to a new normal of staying at home, the uncertainty and stress caused by the pandemic can take a toll mentally and physically. Here are some resources that can help you take care of yourself.

Online Fitness Classes:

The City has introduced additional online fitness classes and a creative writing class that allow you to move your body, exercise your mind and engage with others safely. Visit www.Tamarac.org/Parks for an updated list.

Crisis Intervention, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources:

Broward County’s 2-1-1 Broward is a live, 24-hour comprehensive helpline, providing all people with crisis support and health and human services. Call 2-1-1 or visit http://211-broward.org/service/.

Those suffering with mental health or substance abuse issues can call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at (800) 662-HELP or visit www.Samhsa.gov.
The Broward Addiction Recovery Center, or BARC, provides addiction recovery services for the residents of Broward County. Call (954) 357-4880 or visit https://www.broward.org/AddictionRecovery/Pages/Default.aspx.

There are concerns that a combination of pandemic-related stress, people staying at home and economic impacts from the situation will lead to an increase in domestic violence. Any victims or witnesses to domestic violence are encouraged to call law enforcement or Florida’s Abuse Hotline, available 24 hours a day at (800) 962-2873.

Prior Updates

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April 7, 2020 7:01 PM

While staying home is vitally important to stop the spread of COVID-19, doing so may have financial repercussions for many. If you find that you may be in that category, we have compiled a list of programs and resources that are available for individuals and small businesses. Here are some suggestions to get started!

Personal Financial Resources and Assistance:

Reemployment Assistance:
• Unemployment Insurance Relief (CARES Act) Information: https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus/unemployment-insurance
• Reemployment (Unemployment) Assistance, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: www.FloridaJobs.org
• CareerSource Broward: www.CareerSourceBroward.com/
Tax Stimulus Checks:
• Economic Impact Payments/Tax Credit Checks: www.IRS.gov/Coronavirus
Bill Deferment:
• Mortgage Relief/Federal Finance Housing Agency: https://www.fhfa.gov/Homeownersbuyer/MortgageAssistance/Pages/Coronavirus-Assistance-Information.aspx
• IRS – Deadline to file and pay taxes extended to July 15: www.IRS.gov/Coronavirus https://www.fpl.com/coronavirus.html
• FPL – Suspended disconnects, providing assistance for those experiencing COVID-19 hardships:
• Comcast – Not charging for disconnects or late fees for those who contact them because they can’t pay during this period: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19
• AT&T – Waiving late fees incurred between March 13 – May 13 due to economic hardships related to COVID-19 for postpaid wireless, home phone or broadband residential, U-verse TV or DIRECTV customers. https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html#consumers
• Florida Pre-Paid – Pre-Paid Plan payments are deferred until July: www.MyFloridaPrePaid.com,
Avoiding Scams:
• www.BBB.org/Council/Coronavirus
• https://www.cdc.gov/media/phishing.html

Small Business Resources and Assistance

Webinars This Week:
• “How to Navigate Small Business Resources” webinar on Thursday, April 9 at 10 am by the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development. It will be live streamed on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BrowardCountyOESBD and Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/404673176
• Small Business webinars by the SBA South Florida District Office are limited to the first 1,000 callers. Dial-in information for meetings below is (888) 251-2949 or (215) 861-0694.
o Wednesday, April 8, 9 – 11 am. Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824072. Code: 1671546
o Wednesday, April 8, 1 – 3 pm. Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823970. Code: 5550236
• Free Broward Small Business - Virtual Webinars/Consultation (April 6-17): Through a partnership with Microsoft, Citi and Axis South Florida, gener8tor is hosting emergency one-week virtual programs for Broward small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Register at www.axishelps.org/generator.

Small Business Financial Resources and Assistance
• U.S. Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/
Paycheck Protection Program: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp
• U.S. Chamber of Commerce-PPP Guide and Checklist:
https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final.pdf
• Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance
• Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at FAU: http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/consulting/
• Florida Department of Economic Opportunity:
o Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: https://FloridaDisasterLoan.org/
o Business Damage Assessment Survey: https://floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments
o Reemployment Assistance Service Center: http://floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services

April 6, 2020 6:46 PM

This week we remain under a statewide order to stay home as the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 continues. Additional information explaining the order is available at https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/covid19/Exec%20Order%2020-91%20FAQs.pdf.

The pandemic requires us all to make changes to our daily routines and has created financial hardships for some. Even though we are social distancing, there are resources available that will help our community get through this challenging time, together.

Those experiencing food insecurity can contact Tamarac’s Social Services division at (954) 597-3620 for information and referrals, or reach out to the following organizations:

• Aging and Disability Resource Center: www.ADRCBroward.org or (954) 745-9779
• Feeding South Florida: www.FeedingSouthFlorida.org or (954) 518-1818
• Meals on Wheels South Florida: www.mowsoflo.org or (954) 731-8770
• Broward County Public Schools Food and Nutritional Services: www.Browardschools.com/Coronavirus
• Together4Broward*: www.Together4Broward.org

The following food pantries are offering food on a first-come, first-served basis:

• St. Malachy Catholic Church (Tamarac residents only): 6200 N. University Dr., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 - 11 am
• Korean United Methodist Church (6501 W Commercial Blvd.), Saturdays, 9 -11 am
• Calvary Chapel (2401 W. Cypress Creek Rd.), Saturdays, 3 -5 pm

*Together4Broward is a taskforce of Broward service organizations supporting and sustaining our community during extraordinary times. To join the taskforce, visit https://tinyurl.com/browardfoodsites.