Covid-19 Resources

Miami-Dade County’s sense of community is second to none. I have seen our community come together during difficult times in the past, and the Coronavirus pandemic will be no different. Things may seem uncertain and scary at the moment, but taking precautions such as social distancing, keeping good hygiene, and following directions from our talented health professionals will make us all safer in the long run.

We want to ensure that you and your family feel that you have the resources needed to get through this time. Please review additional information on local resources below. We will be updating this information regularly, as more resources become available.

I will always stand with our community and do everything I can to keep us safe for the brighter tomorrow Miami-Dade deserves.


Miami-Dade County’s sense of community is second to none. I have seen our community come together during difficult times in the past, and the Coronavirus pandemic will be no different. Things may seem uncertain and scary at the moment, but taking precautions such as social distancing, keeping good hygiene, and following directions from our talented health professionals will make us all safer in the long run.

We want to ensure that you and your family feel that you have the resources needed to get through this time. Please review additional information on local resources below. We will be updating this information regularly, as more resources become available.

I will always stand with our community and do everything I can to keep us safe for the brighter tomorrow Miami-Dade deserves.

 

COVID-19 Resources

Testing Sites Miami-Dade County

  • HIALEAH- Testing site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E 65th St. Please enter at Palm Avenue and 65th Street. This location is accepting those who are 65 years of age and older and only those who are showing symptoms will be tested. This location is by appointment only. Please call 305-268-4319 to make an appointment.
  • LIBERTY CITY- Testing site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles Hadley Park, 1300 NW 50th St. This location is accepting those who are 45 years of age and older. This location is by appointment only. Please call 305-960-5050 to make an appointment.
  • MIAMI GARDENS – The parking lot at Hard Rock Stadium is providing drive-thru testing for first responders, health care workers, and people that are 65 years of age or older from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
  • SOUTH MIAMI-DADE – Doris Ison Health Center. Patients should call 305-252-4820 first.
  • MIAMI - Marlins Park – This drive-thru testing center is designed for residents 65 years of age and older experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Please call 305-499-8767 to make an appointment as is required for this testing site.
  • The City of Miami, through the Department of Fire-Rescue community paramedicine program, will be providing at home testing for residents 65 years of age and older. Please call 305-960-5050 for assistance.


General Resources


Resources for Small Businesses


Emergency Orders (Including Closures of: Parks, Beaches, Recreation Facilities)


Lane Closures


Meal Services


Hotlines

  • Domestic Violence Hotline — 800-962-2873
  • Rape Hotline — 305-585-7273
  • Suicide Prevention / SAFENET — 305-358-HELP (4357)
  • Department of Children and Families — 305-377-5773
  • Elder Help Line (8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.) — 305-670-4357

Details on the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package
or CARES Act


SMALL BUSINESSES

7(a) Loans

The CARES Act stablishes a new Paycheck Protection Program to let small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals seek loans through the Small Business Administration's 7(a) loan program. It authorizes $349 billion in total 7(a) lending from February 15 through June 30, instead of the current $30 billion authorization for fiscal 2020.

Loans would be available during the covered period for:

  • Any business, nonprofit, veterans group, or tribal business with 500 or fewer employees, or a number set by the SBA for the relevant industry.
  • Sole proprietors, independent contractors, and eligible self-employed workers.
  • Hotel and food service chains with 500 or fewer employees per location.

Eligible recipients could receive loans for as much as $10 million or 250% of their average monthly payroll costs, instead of $5 million. Interest rates during the covered period would be capped at 4%.

Recipients could use the loans to cover eligible payroll costs -- including salaries, commissions, regular paid leave, and health-care benefits -- as well as mortgage interest and utility payments. They'd have to make a "good faith certification" that they'll use the funds to retain workers, maintain payroll, and pay for rent and similar expenses.

The act waives rules requiring recipients to pay certain fees, provide collateral, or be unable to obtain credit elsewhere. SBA rules on company affiliates used to determine small business size would be waived for franchises, food or lodging companies with 500 or fewer employees, and businesses that get financial assistance from a small business investment company.

Approved 7(a) lenders could issue covered loans if they determine a business was operating with salaried employees or paid contractors as of February 15. The act provides $25 million for the Treasury Department to set criteria to allow additional insured banks and credit unions to participate.

The SBA would have to assume that eligible loan applicants in operation as of February 15 were adversely affected by Covid-19, and require lenders to let them defer payments for at least six months and as long as one year.

Loans would receive a risk weight of 0% under banking capital rules, meaning banks and credit unions wouldn't have to set aside additional capital to cover them. Lenders that modify covered loans due to Covid-19 would be temporarily exempt from having to make certain disclosures related to troubled debt restructurings.

Loan Forgiveness

Recipients of SBA-guaranteed loans under the Paycheck Protection Program could apply for loan forgiveness over eight weeks for eligible payroll costs and for mortgage interest, rent, and utility payments.

The SBA would pay lenders for any canceled debt plus accrued interest. Lenders generally wouldn't be subject to enforcement actions under the Small Business Act related to loan forgiveness.

Loan forgiveness would be reduced for businesses that fire employees or cut their pay. Businesses could receive additional forgiveness for wages paid to tipped employees. Covered loans would have a maximum maturity of 10 years following a borrower's application for forgiveness. The SBA would continue to guarantee remaining balances.

Canceled debt would be excluded from borrowers' gross income for tax purposes. The act also would authorize and provide $17 billion for the SBA to pay the principal, interest, and associated fees for loans under the 7(a), 504, and microloan programs for six months.

Disaster Loans

The act provides $10 billion to expand the SBA's disaster loan program from January 31 through December 31 to cover businesses, cooperatives, employee stock ownership plans, and tribal businesses with 500 or fewer employees, as well as sole proprietors and independent contractors.

The SBA would have to waive certain eligibility rules during the covered period for disaster loans made in response to Covid-19. The act also authorizes the SBA to advance as much as $10,000 to existing and newly eligible disaster loan recipients within three days of receiving their applications. Recipients could use the advance funds to pay sick leave to employees affected by Covid-19, retain employees, address interrupted supply chains, make rent or mortgage payments, and repay debt. They wouldn't have to repay the advance funds.

Bankruptcy

The act allows businesses with as much as $7.5 million in debt to qualify for a streamlined Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, increasing the current debt limit of $2.73 million for eligible small businesses.

For one year following the bill's enactment, the act temporarily excludes federal payments related to the coronavirus from income calculations under Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. It would also allow debtors experiencing hardship because of Covid-19 to modify existing bankruptcy reorganization plans.

Other Small Business Provisions

The act also provides:

  • $675 million for SBA salaries and expenses.
  • $240 million for Small Business Development Centers and Women's Business Development Centers to assist small businesses affected by Covid-19, and $25 million to establish an online platform with related resources.
  • $25 million for the SBA inspector general.
  • $10 million for the Commerce Department's Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

In addition, it authorizes:

  • $25 million for the SBA to provide resources and services in the 10 most commonly spoken languages in the U.S. other than English.
  • $10 million for the MBDA to provide nonmatching grants to minority business centers and chambers of commerce to advise minority-owned businesses how to respond to Covid-19.

A limit on SBA 7(a) express loans, which have a 36-hour turnaround, will be increased to $1 million, from $350,000, through the end of 2020.

The SBA couldn't guarantee more than $100 billion in principal payments for its trust certificates from the date of the bill's enactment through September 30, 2021. It would have to reimburse small businesses receiving funds under the State Trade Expansion Program for financial losses related to foreign trade missions or trade show exhibitions that were canceled due to Covid-19.

The act also waives nonfederal fund matching requirements for three months for certain women and minority business centers.