COVID-19 Update Edition
by Chip LaMarca

COVID-19 update in Broward County

Department of Health Update:

The Florida Department of Health is encouraging Floridians to contact their healthcare provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated for the flu. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to offer protection. Getting the flu shot each year is important, but reducing illness and hospitalization from flu is even more critical this year. Getting the flu shot can help protect our frontline workers, who continue to put themselves at risk on a daily basis.

As the holiday season begins, and residents may plan for holiday celebrations, the CDC is offering new guidelines to help protect our communities from COVID-19.

Many traditional Halloween activities can be high-risk for spreading viruses.  If you may have COVID-19 or you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should not participate in in-person Halloween festivities and should not give out candy to trick-or-treaters. Thanksgiving is usually the time when family and friends travel and get together to celebrate. If you plan to travel, make sure you check the state and local public health websites to see the requirements or restrictions for that area. Also, shopping online rather than in person on Black Friday will also help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Covid-19 Update in Broward County

Department of Economic Opportunity:

Governor Ron DeSantis has directed the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to continue waiving the work search, work registration, and waiting week requirements for unemployment claimants for an additional 90 days. These requirements will continue to be waived through December 5, 2020.

Since the drastic increase in the Florida unemployment system due to the pandemic, DEO is working diligently to have the Extended Benefits Application completed and ready for Floridians for a projected date in December. Those who have exhausted their state Reemployment Assistance and their Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits may be eligible for the benefit extension. The extension will allow applicants to apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Application. For updated information, please visit www. floridajobs.org/cares-act.

I will continue to update you on any new changes DEO is making.

The state’s unemployment rate for August 2020 was 7.4%. Broward County’s unemployment rate was 9.3%, up 6.1% from one year ago, but down from 14.5% in April of this year. The industries losing the most jobs were: leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services. Statewide, the number of private-sector jobs increased 46,000, up 0.6 percent from July 2020.

As always, it is a tremendous honor to serve you as your State Representative
in Tallahassee.