COVID-19 is a global concern that affects everyone. During this time it is important that we recognize that the best way to get through this is to do it with the help of our families, friends, neighbors, and local, national and international communities, businesses, and governments. In other words, we need to get through this together.
To help you and people you know, we have gathered resources locally and from around the world. Some are stress relievers and boredom busters, while others help with educational needs, business assistance, and social services.
Fun for families, kids, and kids at heart
Take virtual tours of breathtaking spots, out of this world places, and iconic locations that can bring some beauty and fun to your day.
- Explore the geyser basins, mud volcanoes, hot springs, and more at Yellow Stone National Park
- Go beyond our world and Access Mars
If you find yourself in need of help with food or you want to help others that are in that situation, check out our Getting Help page. You will find additional social service resources there as well.
Help for businesses and employees
Need help with your business during this time? Looking for work, or need to know how to apply for unemployment benefits? Our Business and Employment Help page has the resources you need to get assistance.
Stay fit and calm
One of the most important things you can do right now is to stay healthy in body, mind, and spirit. Exercise, mediation, yoga, and other forms of body movement and relaxation techniques can go a long way to helping lift your spirits and keeping (or getting) you fit.
- The NCCIH offers Relaxation Techniques for Health, which may help with a variety of health conditions
- The Coronavirus Sanity Guide has free meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks to help us find and keep calm
- Fitness professionals striving to cope with measures to deter spread of COVID-19 have banned together as The Coalition of Health and Fitness Leaders. The group’s goal is to help people displaced from their normal exercise routines “get some full-body movement each day.”
Resources for first responders and essential workers
Whether you are a health care professional, food and grocery delivery driver, communications government employee, or supply chain worker, you play a critical role in helping people stay safe. It's important to remember to look out for yourself too, though.
- The National Center for PTSD has advice for Managing Healthcare Workers' Stress
- The Brookings Institution has a report on How to protect essential workers during COVID-19
Donate Supplies to First Responders
Give Kits helps you to donate an essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kit to the people that need it most.
Each Pandemic Medic™ kit contains:
- (5) Protective Masks
- (5) Hand Sanitizer Packets
- (5) Nitrile Glove Pairs
Hillsborough County is putting out a plea for donations of medical supplies that can be used to help fight the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. Donations can be dropped off Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the former Sears Automotive shop at 250 Westshore Plaza in Tampa.
Medical schools, dental clinics, elective surgery centers, private vendors, residents, and others are asked to donate ONLY the following items:
- Impervious gowns
- Face shields
- Surgical masks
- N95 masks
- Tyvek suits
- Exam gloves
Hillsborough County sincerely appreciates your generosity, but we'd like to ask a favor: Please think of local charities and nonprofit organizations first. Those still wanting to donate money to Hillsborough County should follow this process:
• Send checks to:
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue
ATT: Fiscal Team
9450 E. Columbus Drive
Tampa, FL 33619
- Do not attempt to give a check in person to a County employee.
- Donations cannot be made through PayPal or any other similar method.
- Before any monetary donation is made to the County, residents should talk to a professional tax adviser about deductibility and other tax-related questions.