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Coronavirus update March 26, 2020

Current Situation:

At this moment there are a total of 68,440 cases of coronavirus in the USA. A total of 994 death were registered as of March 25, 2020, and all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands reported cases of coronavirus. Therefore, the importance of following directions to stay safe and healthy during those challenging times.

It is important to understand that the source of exposure of many of those cases is still under investigation (66,730), 636 are travel-related, and 1,074 cases are close contact related.

You can get a test in the following locations:

HARD ROCK STADIUM – At this time, the Hard Rock testing site is a drive-up testing site for first responders, such as firefighters, law enforcement/corrections and medical staff with a valid agency ID. (Drive-thru Testing) East Parking Lot - 347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens, FL 33056 Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

SOUTH MIAMI-DADE – Doris Ison Health Center. Patients should call first to 305-252-4820

MIAMI – Marlins Park, located at 501 Marlins Way, has been set up as a drive-thru testing site. Those who want to get tested must be 65 or older and experiencing certain symptoms. Appointments are necessary. Those who want to get tested can be pre-screened by calling 305-499-8767. The call center opens at 9 a.m. daily and will remain open until the appointment slots for the following day are filled.

CITY OF MIAMI IN-HOME TESTING — The City of Miami Fire Rescue Department will offer free in-home testing for seniors who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms and do not have access to transportation.

For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you may have COVID-19.

2 trillion Stimulus Package:

For Families: One-time direct payout to Americans — $1,200 per adult making up to $75,000 a year, and $2,400 to a married couple making up to $150,000, with $500 payments per child.

There will be a phase out in payments at a rate of $5 per every additional $100 in income over $75,000 in adjusted gross income for singles, $112,500 for heads of household, and $150,000 for married couples filing jointly.

Unemployment insurance help: The package includes unemployment insurance benefits, which will be bolstered for four months by increasing the maximum unemployment benefit that a state gives to a person by $600 per week.

Small Businesses: The package includes:

  1. A $350 billion forgivable loan program designed to ensure that small businesses do not lay off employees.
  2. A 50% refundable payroll tax credit on worker wages will further incentivize businesses, including ones with fewer than 500 employees, to retain workers.
  3. Looser net operating loss-reduction rules that will allow businesses to offset more.
  4. A delay in employer-side payroll taxes for Social Security until 2021 and 2022.
  5. Sole proprietors and other self-employed workers could be eligible for the expanded unemployment-insurance benefits the bill provides.
  6. A portion of the $425 billion in funds appropriated for the Federal Reserve’s credit facilities will target small businesses.

How to stay safe:

The state of Florida enabled a Call Center to assist Florida residents. The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7, and you can contact them at 1 (866) 779-6121 or by sending an email to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Please, call your health care provider or County Health Department if you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath and returned from international travel or a cruise in the last 14 days.

Wash hands often with soap and water – 20 seconds or longer (or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).

Use the CDC’s self-checker to help make decisions and seek appropriate medical care regarding COVID-19.

If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and close quarters.

Please, stay safe and know that I am here for you and your family during these difficult times.  If you have any questions or concerns, you can email me directly at FPolo@FrankPolo.org.

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