COVID-19 Information

Economic Self-Sufficiency

Currently, all Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) Economic Self-Sufficiency (ESS) storefronts and lobbies are closed to the public.

  • Apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Medicaid;
  • Make changes or check the status of your benefits through the Self-Service Portal;
  • Receive case information and answers to benefit questions by talking to DCF’s virtual assistant; and
  • Order an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card, get information about EBT transactions, or report an EBT card as lost or stolen.

If you are an individual with a disability and need help with the application process or other ESS services, please find your regional point of contact.

Maximum Monthly Allotment
Governor Ron DeSantis directed DCF to coordinate with our federal partners to temporarily increase all Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients’ benefit amounts to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size for March through December 2020 and January 2021.

Additionally, in December 2020, President Donald Trump signed the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, which increased the benefit amounts for SNAP clients each month from January 2021 through June 2021.

Households that normally receive their benefits between January 1st and 8th, will receive their maximum allotment supplement on January 8th. Households that receive their benefits after January 8th, will receive their maximum allotment supplement on their regularly staggered issuance schedule. New households approved for SNAP will have a supplement issued within 2 weeks. For the month of January, an additional 15% supplement will be issued on or around January 22nd. The maximum allotments can be viewed in the table below.

  • People in Household Maximum Benefit Amount
    Effective 10/1/2020
    Maximum Benefit Amount
    Effective 1/1/2021 includes 15% increase per the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

    1

    $204

    $234

    2

    $374

    $430

    3

    $535

    $616

    4

    $680

    $782

    5

    $807

    $929

    6

    $969

    $1,114

    7

    $1,071

    $1,232

    8

    $1,224

    $1,408

    For Each Additional Person

    +$153

    +$176

 

Recertifications
DCF waived recertifications from April through August 2020. DCF stands ready to assist Florida’s benefit clients if needed through the recertification process, which can be done virtually and through the self-service portal.

Medicaid recipients will remain eligible for the duration of the public health emergency as declared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Work Requirements Waiver
Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, DCF applied good cause and suspended work requirements for the months of March 2020 through February 2021.

  • In Florida, Able Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWDs) are individuals who received SNAP, or food assistance, and are subject to the work requirements. ABAWDs must meet monthly work requirements.
  • Recipients of TANF, or cash assistance, must participate in work activities.

Medicaid Eligibility and Applications
Due to the public health emergency, individuals applying for Medicaid may be unable to submit all the documentation required to process their application. As a result, applicants now have 120 days for the date of submission to provide all required documentation to complete their application. If the Medicaid application is approved, the individual’s Medicaid eligibility effective date will still be the first day of the month that the initial application was received.

Medicaid coverage for most individuals will not be reduced or eliminated during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

SNAP Online Purchasing
In coordination with federal, state, and local partners, the online purchasing pilot ensures Floridians can access nutritious food while also practicing social distancing and self-quarantining practices to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

SNAP recipients may purchase groceries online with the use of an EBT card. They are automatically eligible to participate in this program and do not need to apply. As of December 2020, participating retailers include Walmart, Amazon, and ALDI.

For more information on the online purchasing pilot, please refer to the Online Purchasing Pilot FAQs.

Pandemic-EBT or P-EBT
DCF worked with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to issue Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) to households with children who had temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures from March through June 2020.

Florida issued P-EBT benefits to more than 2.2 million children in the amount of $687,738,431.

County Data Chart

A description of the data being monitored can be found in the Understanding the Data Being Monitored section. County data have been flagged for not meeting the objective set for that indicator. The data chart will be updated and posted daily.

Please note: the metrics described may differ from other state-reported data due to the way each metric is calculated. For example, the case rate in this report uses the earliest date that a person was known to have a confirmed infection rather than the date it was reported to the California Department of Public Health. The testing volume and testing positivity metrics in this report have a 7-day lag in order to account for delays in reporting. Detailed descriptions of how these metrics are calculated can be found in the Understanding the Data Being Monitored section.

 

  Elevated Disease Transmission Increasing Hospitalization Limited Hospital
Capacity
County Avg # tests per day (per 100,000 population) (7 day average with a 7 day lag) Case rate per 100,000 (14 days) Testing positivity (%) (7 day average with a 7 day lag) % Change in 3-day avg COVID+ hospitalized patients % ICU beds currently available % Ventilators currently available
Threshold <150 per 100,000 >25 per 100,000 >8% >10% <20% <25%

Alameda

112.2

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Alpine

119.4

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Amador

66.4

 ✔

✔ 

✔ 

✔ 

✔ 

Butte

59.6

 ✔

✔ 

✔ 

✔ 

Calaveras

58.7

 ✔

✔ 

✔ 

✔ 

✔ 

Colusa

47.4

 ✔ 

✔  

✔  

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Contra Costa

67.6

 ✔

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✔  

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Del Norte

276.3

✔ 

✔  

✔  

✔  

 ✔ 

El Dorado

63.2

 ✔ 

✔  

✔ 

✔ 

✔  

Fresno

68.1

47.4

8.3

 ✔ 

✔  

✔  

Glenn

38.5

 ✔

✔ 

✔  

✔  

✔  

Humboldt

86.7

 ✔

✔  

✔  

✔ 

✔  

Imperial

267.4

638.7 28.1

8.3

✔  

Inyo

62.7

 ✔ 

✔  

✔  

✔  

✔  

Kern

96.8

 73.7

 8.2

24.0

✔  

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Kings

147.8

145.7 10.9 ✔   0.0

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Lake

118.9

 ✔ 

✔  

✔  

✔  

✔  

Lassen

144.9

 ✔ 

✔  

✔  

✔  

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Los Angeles

172.4

140.2

 ✔ 

✔  

✔  

✔  

Madera

89.9

 ✔ 

✔ 

✔ 

✔  

✔  

Marin

130.1

 ✔

✔  

✔ 

✔ 

Mariposa

63.7

 ✔ 

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Mendocino

77.4

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Merced

50.5

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Modoc

63.3

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Mono

176.0

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Monterey

72.6

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Napa

247.0

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Nevada

62.7

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Orange

99.6

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Placer

90.1

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Plumas

52.6

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Riverside

107.5

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Sacramento*

86.6

 ✔

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✔  

San Benito

53.5

 ✔ 

✔  

San Bernardino*

91.0

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San Diego

12.3

 ✔

San Francisco

226.6

 ✔

✔  

San Joaquin

80.5

 ✔

✔  

51.2

13.2

San Luis Obispo

89.6

 ✔

San Mateo

162.1

 ✔

Santa Barbara

106.3

Santa Clara*

129.9

 ✔

Santa Cruz

86.6

 ✔

Shasta

51.0

 ✔ 

Sierra

329.0

 ✔

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Siskiyou

138.4

 ✔

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Solano

70.5

 ✔

Sonoma

136.7

 ✔

Stanislaus

76.6

 ✔

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Sutter

60.5

 ✔

Tehama

66.8

 ✔

Trinity

70.6

 ✔

Tulare

91.1

85.5 10.0 ✔  

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✔ 

Tuolumne

58.9

 ✔

 ✔

Ventura

103.7

38.2

Yolo

77.8

 ✔

✔  

Yuba

56.0

 ✔


*Newly meeting threshold

 

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