15 Days to Slow the Spread
The new recommendations are simple to follow but will have a resounding impact on public health. While the President leads a nationwide response, bringing together government resources and private-sector ingenuity, every American can help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe:

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
  5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung problem—stay home and away from other people.

To Read More: CLICK HERE
IRS Extends 2020 Income Tax
Filing Deadline to July 15
  • The IRS moved the national income tax filing day ahead to July 15, three months after the normal deadline for Americans to send in their returns.

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced the move, the latest emergency measure to deal with the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • President Donald Trump ordered the extension will give “all taxpayers and businesses” more time to file returns and make tax payments “without interest or penalties,” Mnuchin said.
'Families First'
Coronavirus Aid Package 
President Trump signed a second Coronavirus emergency aid package into law Wednesday evening, after it passed with overwhelming support from the Senate.

The legislation follows a  first emergency funding bill , which allocated roughly $8 billion for coronavirus prevention, preparation and response efforts.
The latest package, named the  Families First Coronavirus Response Act , responds to the growing health and economic crises with provisions for paid sick leave, free testing and expanded unemployment benefits.
Each of the agencies getting funding must give a report on how the money has been used within the next month.

Here's a breakdown of what the act includes.
  • Free testing
  • Paid sick leave
  • Unemployment aid
  • Nutrition assistance

To Read More: CLICK HERE

To Read the Full Bill: CLICK HERE
Preparing for Digital
Remote Learning
The School District of Palm Beach County is making every effort to ensure that our students’ education continues while they're at home, as the Governor’s office and the Florida Department of Education have mandated schools remain closed through at least April 15.

Virtual instruction will launch on Tuesday, March 31 . Teachers will prepare on Monday, March 30, after Spring Break.
Congressman Ted Deutch is hosting a free telephone town hall on our national response to the coronavirus on Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m.

If you would like to participate in the telephone town hall, click SIgn Up Here below.
Community Food Pantries
Currently, our Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Indiantown, and Mobile Food Pantries are distributing food during normal hours and days of operations. The Lighthouse Pantry in Belle Glade and West Palm Beach Pantry are closed until further notice because our host sites are unavailable to us at this time. Please  click here  for pantry times of operations, locations, and updates.

The Caring Kitchen
We are handing out To Go meals from our Caring Kitchen van. One meal per person. Today's meal site is St. Matthew’s Episcopal, 404 SW 3rd St., Delray Beach. Our homebound delivery meal service to our current Delray Beach clients is unchanged. Please note: starting Monday, March 23, we will begin serving TO GO meals from one location, the Delray Beach Library parking lot. One meal per person. No beverages, bread, or sweets will be provided. There will also be no bathroom facilities available. Meals will be served at this location Monday through Friday from 12:00 to 12:50 p.m. until further notice.  

Food Sorting & Packing Pantry Bags
URGENT NEED – We need help sorting food in our warehouse. Groups of 6 people maximum (adults only please – in accordance school district guidelines)
URGENT NEED – We need help packing bags of food to give out at our six open food pantries. Groups of 2 – 4 people maximum (adults only please – in accordance school district guidelines).
Times are flexible and last a maximum of 2 hours. Location is at our Lake Worth warehouse near I-95 and 10th Ave. Contact Juanita Bryant Goode at  jgoode@crosministries.org .

Supplies Needed
Styrofoam to-go boxes, bleach, disposable gloves, cleaning product. They can be dropped off at our CROS Administrative Office in Lake Worth – 3677 23rd Ave. S, #B101. Open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday -Friday. Please call 561-233-9009 x103 before dropping off your donation.  PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF DONATIONS AT OUR FOOD PANTRIES.  They do not have the capacity to accept the donations due to a shortage of volunteers. For more information, contact Juanita Bryant Goode at  jgoode@crosministries.org .

Current Needs
Make a Donation
This crisis is unprecedented, and we anticipate the need for our services will only increase in the coming months. We have had to postpone our April fundraising event, Raise Your Glass to End Hunger. This event is one of two major fundraising events we hold annually to support our programs. Not having this event will be a major shortfall for our operating budget. Please consider making a donation to CROS to help us to continue to serve our neighbors in need of food. To make an online donation,  click here . To mail a check to our administrative office, please make the check out to CROS Ministries and send it to 3677 23rd Avenue South, #B-101, Lake Worth, FL 33461. Please call 561-233-9009 x103 before dropping off your donation.
American Red Cross:
Blood Shortage
Florida SBDC at FAU helps small businesses to access capital through both (1) the SBA Disaster Loan Assistance and (2) Bridge Loan Programs for COVID-19

In Broward and Palm Beach Counties, Florida SBDC at FAU is the front door that supports businesses to apply for (1) Federal SBA Economic Injury Business Disaster Loan and (2) State of Florida Bridge Loan Programs that currently open for the COVID-19 disaster relief.
Florida SBDC disaster recovery specialists are available to provide no-cost one-on-one confidential consulting to help you prepare disaster loan applications and assist with other post-disaster challenges you encounter. You can access that individualized assistance by contacting the Florida SBDC at FAU http://sbdc.fau.edu

To Get Started:
2. Download, complete and sign the application form .
3. Gather required support documentation.
4. Request a consultation at SBDC.FAU.edu
5. Submit your completed electronic application to your SBDC Consultant (via email or dropbox)

How Do I Submit My Documentation and Completed Application Remotely? (processes and procedures are changing daily, please visit https://floridadisasterloan.org/ f or official updates)
Submit completed and signed application and support documentation to the Florida SBDC at FAU consultants. Please sign for an electronic request for consultation at SBDC.FAU.edu

Resources for Businesses and Employers:

Business Damage Assessment Survey for COVID-19:
On March 12, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.

COVID Public Website and Call Center:
Visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 web page for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center at (866) 779-6121 . The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov .
You should continue to refer to the DOH and CDC for the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19:
Florida Department of Health (DOH)

U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC)
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