For questions related to Hernando County and COVID-19, call the COVID-19 Public Information Center line at:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday
18900 Cortez Boulevard
Brooksville, FL 34601
Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS)
To apply for food assistance, Medicaid, and/or cash assistance, or to manage your benefits and receive information, visit https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/ or login to your MYACCESS account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
With a MyACCESS account you can: apply for benefits, check the status of an application, report changes, receive information faster by opting-in to receive electronic notifications, and upload documents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Log into your MyACCESS account here: https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/.
United Way of Hernando County
The health and safety of our community is a priority of United Way in Hernando County. Please visit https://www.unitedwayhernando.org/COVID19 for information on how you can help or get help in Hernando County.
Behavioral Health & Wellness
As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, BayCare Behavioral Health is determined to do its part to keep the local community informed about preparation, protection and potential impact. For direct information, visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center.
Premier Community HealthCare
If you are experiencing fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath, please call prior to entering a Premier Community Clinics. Direct extensions are listed on the front doors and parking lot signage.
Premier is proud to offer Telehealth for existing Family Medicine patients. Receive care in the comfort of your home. Visit PremierHC.org or call 352-518-2000 to request your telehealth appointment.
We know social distancing, quarantine and the uncertainty of the coming days may cause stress and worry. Our Behavioral Health Services team is ready to assist you and your loved ones with coping. Call 352-518-2000 to schedule your appointment today.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the challenges posed by the current COVID-19 situation and is providing guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities, and states across the country. SAMHSA offers a 24/7 hotline at 1-877-726-4727.
NAMI Hernando is offering online peer support groups using Zoom to help you manage your mental wellness while social distancing. Individual support is also available by phone at (352) 684-0004, from 9am-3pm M-F. After-hours assistance/support call (352) 316-7783.
No Cost Breakfast & Lunch
While school are closed Hernando County Public Schools will be providing NO COST meals to ALL CHILDREN ages 18 and under. Each day children will receive lunch and breakfast for the next morning. Use this list of school sites, bus stops and other sites providing free meals. Child must be present to receive meal. Visit www.hernandoschools.org for school closure updates and more regarding COVID-19.
Free Meals for Children Under 18
For information about free meals for children under 18 when school is out, families can text the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 to find their closest participating Summer BreakSpot location, and can also call 2-1-1 to speak with a live operator 24 hours a day for additional locations. Families can also use the Summer BreakSpot children’s meal locator website at SummerBreakSpot.FreshFromFlorida.com.
Florida KidCare includes free, subsidized, and full-pay options for health and dental insurance for Florida children ages 0-18. There are four KidCare programs: Medicaid, MediKids, Children’s Medical Services, and Florida HealthyKids. For more information on these programs, please visit the FloridaKidCare website at: https://www.floridakidcare.org/.
For information regarding elder services and activities, such as food and nutrition, health and wellness, housing, legal services, long-term or home care, or other support services, please call the Florida Department of Elder Affair’s Elder Helpline: 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337).
For questions or assistance regarding adult protective services, such as the placement of seniors at assisted living facilities, nursing homes, etc. please call the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Office of Adult Protective Services: 850-488-2881.
Florida Abuse Hotline
To report any known or suspected abuse, neglect, exploitation or self-neglect of vulnerable adults (elderly or disabled), please call the Florida Department of Children and Families’ Florida Abuse Hotline which receives reports 24 hours a day: 1-800-962-2873. Reports are also accepted online at: https://reportabuse.dcf.state.fl.us/.
Free Transit Services (TheBus)
Hernando County Transit Services (TheBus) announces the suspension of fare collection on all fixed routes and demand response service for 30 days beginning March 23, 2020. Any future changes to service and service updates will be posted on all buses themselves and at www.HernandoBus.com
Contact the Hernando County Transit Service Administrative Office at (352) 754-4444 should you have any questions.
The Office of Homelessness contracts with local entities that provide a comprehensive array of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, and supportive services to address the varying needs of the persons who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. For more information about this program, including locating a local provider, please visit our web page at https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/homelessness/.
Job Search Resources
These job search resources will help you research job openings, create a great resume, apply for jobs, and research labor market trends. This includes assistance for veterans, military families, seniors and persons with disabilities.
Reemployment Assistance (RA) Benefits
Reemployment Assistance provides temporary wage replacement benefits to eligible individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the mitigation efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, you may be eligible to receive RA benefits. File your claim by accessing the CONNECT system as a claimant at https://connect.myflorida.com
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is now accepting physical applications for Reemployment Assistance. Download the form for Reemployment Assistance. Once completed, mail to: P.O. Box 5350, Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350
People who need assistance filing a claim online because of legal reasons, computer illiteracy, language barriers, or disabilities may call 1-800-204-2418 or visit FloridaJobs.org.
Resources for People with Disabilities
- ADA Southeast Center Resources on Coronavirus for those with Disabilities
- National Deaf Center – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
- ASL Videos – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
- Plain Language Guide “COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabili-ties”
- Coronavirus: A Practical Guide If You Are Disabled
- Ten COVID-19 Preparations To Do RIGHT NOW for Medically Complex Families
- Five Things To Know about Coronavirus and People with Disabilities
- People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD): Coronavirus Resources
- World Institute on Disability (WID) Recommendations for Immediate COVID-19 Action
SNAP, TANF & Medicaid Programs
At the request of Governor DeSantis, and in accordance with the federal Families First Coronavirus Act,
the Department of Children and Families (DCF) will waive work requirements for individuals participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
The DCF temporarily closed all storefronts and lobbies to safeguard the public and employees from the spread of COVID-19. While these facilities are used to serve customers, the department continues to use technology to ensure continuity of service.
Read more on DCF's COVID-19 response: www.myflfamilies.com/covid19/
Temporary Layoff Program
A Temporary Layoff occurs when the employee is separated from their job due to lack of work, and the employee has a return-to-work date within eight weeks of the separation. An employee that is temporarily laid off from work may be eligible for RA benefits. You can file your claim by accessing CONNECT through www.floridajobs.org.
People who need assistance filing a claim may call 1-800-204-2418 or visit FloridaJobs.org
Take-Out & Delivery Restaurants
Help support local restaurants with this list of Take-Out & Delivery Options.