Congressman Vern Buchanan

Representing the 16th District of Florida

Coronavirus Resources

If you have lost your job due to the coronavirus pandemic, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits in Florida.

In order to file a claim, click here or call 1-800-204-2418.

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, you must have the following information available:

  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license or State ID number
  • Your employment for the last 18 months including for each employer:
  • Name, address, and phone number
  • First and last day of work
  • Gross earnings (before taxes are taken out) during the listed dates
  • The reason for separation
  • FEIN (this is found on any W2 or 1099 tax forms you have received)
  • If you don’t have the FEIN, you can use employer details off of a recent paystub  
  • Claims filed without correctly reporting employers may experience delays. It is important to list the correct employment information when filing your claim. If you fail to do so, your benefits may be delayed while the missing employment information is obtained

Once you complete your application, you will be required to complete the following:

  • Register for work through Employ Florida
  • Review your monetary determination
  • Keep a record of your weekly job contacts and request benefits biweekly
  • Review your Home page in CONNECT to complete any open fact-findings and review any important messages on your account

Governor DeSantis has ordered a partial reopening of Florida’s economy, allowing retail stores and restaurants to operate at 25 percent capacity, but keeping schools, bars, gyms, hair salons, nursing homes and long-term care facilities closed.

Phase 1 of the governor’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” plan includes:

  • Restaurants can reopen with 25% capacity indoors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, and outdoor seating will be allowed, all with social-distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Retail can operate at 25% of indoor capacity.
  • Both outpatient and inpatient elective surgeries will restart statewide.
  • Museums and libraries can open at 25% of capacity if their local government allows it.

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many people have lost their jobs and are struggling to pay their bills. To apply for Florida’s unemployment benefits, you can download the application here.

Florida Department of Health:

For any questions on coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health’s 24/7 State Hotline: 1 (866) 779-6121.

Current Coronavirus Cases in Florida

The Florida Department of Health is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the current outbreak of COVID-19 and is actively working to ensure that the most up-to-date CDC guidance is quickly and accurately disseminated to local partners.

Florida Attorney General’s Office:

With the growing danger of coronavirus, Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated the price gouging hotline for Floridians. To report coronavirus-related price gouging, you can call the hotline at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226) or visit

Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention:

An Overview of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Situation Summary of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What You Should Know About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

National Institutes of Health:

National Institutes of Health Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

U.S. Department of State:

Coronavirus Travel Warnings

World Health Organization:

World Health Organization Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)