In this unique and tumultuous time our community, we aim to help all members of our community remain safe and financially secure. In light of this, we ask that you consider our local businesses and their employees by supporting them in any way you can – whether by shopping online, purchasing gift cards or other considerations. This helps our workers maintain a stable income during an otherwise unstable time.
1. Wash your hands frequently
2. Avoid close contact with others
3. Cover nose + mouth around others
4. Cover coughs and sneezes
5. Clean + disinfect surfaces daily
COMPANIES TO WATCH: GrowFL, Florida’s leading organization in support of second-stage growth companies, is now accepting applications for its annual Florida Companies to Watch® awards program. Honorees are selected for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and creating new industries throughout Florida. Applications are open until July 31. Apply here.
CHAMBER HAS FREE MASKS AVAILABLE: The Chamber has a limited quantity of masks available for businesses in increments of 5. Please click here to let us know if you would like any and to schedule a time to come to the office to pick them up.
MASK POSTER FOR BUSINESSES: Alachua County Commission voted earlier this week to tighten up on the mandatory face mask requirement. Businesses are required to post signage reinforcing the mandatory face mask order and providing social distancing guidelines. Please feel free to print and display thisfree poster in your establishment. The County will be driving around as well to provide copies to businesses.
CASE NUMBERS: Alachua County has reported 86 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 since Monday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,245. For more information, visit the City’s COVID-19 Dashboard.
The Alachua County Health Department is offering COVID-19 testing to Alachua County residents, regardless of symptoms. Residents who want a COVID-19 test are asked to call 352-334-8810 for an appointment. A referral from a doctor is not required. If your insurance covers this, it will be billed and no copay is required. If not, it is free. We expect an initial surge of calls. You may have to call back.
Clarification: The new expanded testing capacity of the local Department of Health is not an Antibody Test. Please do not call to inquire about that as it is tying up the phone line. We want people who wish to be tested to get through to set up an appointment.
Thursday, June 18, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.: StartGNV is hosting an AMA with Virginia Grant of Gainesville Black Professionals. The event is free with registration.
Next Wednesday at Noon is a webinar on The Digitization Age with Google’s Jaime Casap. This will explore how, in this new digital age, students need to understand the role digitalization plays and develop the critical human skills. This webinar is done in partnership with the Chamber, Spect, ACEC, New Spectrum Educational Consultants and UCA Youth Marketing.
Huntington Learning Center has now reopened and is providing much-needed academic help for all students. Huntington is also extending the grand opening special of $100 off of Academic Evaluation.
The InterMed Group found itself in a unique position to help during the Covid-19 crisis not only in the medical world, but in our own community. To give back they have adopted a small locally owned restaurant in Micanopy Florida, Antonio’s Cucina Italiana. Read more here.
Florida Food Service, Inc. has partnered with the FEED GNV program to donate food and supplies to participating Restaurants, helping to alleviate up-front financial burdens and provide much needed support. Read more here.
With supply chains strained, and customers worried and stressed, Hitchcock’s Markets donated more than 3,000 meals on a single day, March 28, 2020 to residents in their community. Read the full story here.