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COVID-19 Resources

The Governors’ of Emergency Management and the Department of Elder Affairs have issues order related to CoVID 19. The DOEA related directly to the duties of guardians. Please continue to monitor this page for developments.

DEM ORDER NO. 20-006- EMERGENCY ORDER

DOEA DO 20-01 OPPG REVISED

DOEA DO 20-01 OPPG GUIDANCE REVISED

AARP FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE RECCOMENDATIONS COVID19

DEM ORDER 20-009 EMERGENCY ORDER – VISITATION

The National Guardianship Association, along with the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging and the National Center for State Courts, recognizes that guardians have many questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting their responsibilities. They have developed an FAQ providing suggestions and resources to help Guardians navigate through this pandemic.

ADDITIONAL RESOURSES

SCAMS COVID 19

New fraud schemes exploiting the coronavirus public health emergency are causing authorities to issue warnings. Scammers are creating websites, using phone and email, and posting disinformation on social media platforms. Here are the top 6 categories now.

Testing & Treatment Scams: Fake at-home testing kits, door-to-door testing for money or ID theft, phony product cures, vaccines, and unproven treatments for COVID-19. Supply scams: Using websites, social media accounts, and email scammers offer to sell medical supplies like surgical masks. Crooks keep the cash and don’t deliver the goods. Provider scams: Pretending to be doctors and hospitals that have treated a friend or relative for COVID-19, crooks call or email demanding payment for that treatment. Phishing scams: Posing as national and global health authorities including the CDC, WHO, and local agencies, scammers are sending emails and texts that trick recipients into downloading malware or providing personal identifying and financial information. App scams: Creating and manipulating mobile apps to track the spread of COVID-19 and insert malware that will compromise users’ devices and steal personal information. Investment scams: Online promotions, including social media, claiming products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19.

To learn more about COVID-19 scams and tips to avoid them visit the Federal Trade Commission, FBI, and US Attorney. To report COVID-19 scams visit US Department of Justice website for links. *Sources FTC, Oregon US.A., FBI

CORONA VIRUS GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

The Federal Government recently passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that provides financial assistance to individuals, families, and businesses affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 (FAQ US Dept Labor). Knowing how to apply for and obtain government assistance can be confusing and that’s where scammers step in. Using fake websites, social media accounts, phishing emails, texts, and more, these criminals target victims, especially seniors, into giving up their cash or personal info with promises of free money. Fake Government Grant scams have been around for years, and they’re now being modified to exploit the COVID-19 crisis. The U.S. Federal Government doesn’t offer grants (free money) to individuals period. Anyone claiming they do is a scammer.

How to get real help now. USA.gov offers federal benefit programs designed to assist individuals and families in need to become self-sufficient or lower their expenses. There are also loans for businesses and individuals, including expanded COVID-19 assistance programs available through the Small Business Administration.

Florida is offering assistance to individuals who’ve lost employment, income, or suffered reduced hours due to COVID-19 by applying for assistance from the Florida DOE. They’ve also published a FAQ document to better explain available assistance. Business assistance is also available through FloridaDisasterLoan.org.

SMALL BUSINESS HELP- PAYBACK PROTECTION PROGRAM

NFP RESOURCES

Beware of any unsolicited assistance offers and always do your research before giving anyone your money or personal information

CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID RESOURCES

CMS’s COVID-19 web page includes a variety of resources for the networks:

National Institute of Health

Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) – Emergency Preparedness for Health Centers

U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Response to COVID-19