The scheme involves contact by individuals misrepresenting themselves as government employees
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Representative Tyler Sirois offered the following update related to the COVID-19 pandemic for Brevard County residents and businesses.
All Florida residents, Medicare recipients and seniors, in particular, should be aware of fraud and attempted identity theft related to COVID-19.
The scheme involves contact by individuals misrepresenting themselves as government employees asking for personal information and offering COVID-19 testing.
Individuals who believe they have been targeted are urged to call the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 1-866-720-5721 or email email@example.com.
Additionally, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated the Price Gouging Hotline to protect consumers during the present state of emergency.
The hotline can be reached toll-free by calling 1-866-966-7226 or visiting myfloridalegal.com.
On Sunday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m., Representative Sirois participated in a briefing offered to members of the Florida Legislature hosted by Jared Moskowitz, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management; Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, Surgeon General of Florida; and Secretary Mary C. Mayhew of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
The briefing included an update on testing sites being setup throughout the State of Florida and a review of Executive Orders issued to date by Governor Ron DeSantis, which include: cancellation of non-urgent medical procedures; waiving certain requirements related to meetings of local government; and closures of bars, restaurants, and other places of public gathering. A list of the Governor’s Executive Orders can be viewed at flgov.com.
All residents are urged to continue to practice social distancing and guidance offered by the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The CDC’s recommendations can be found HERE. Individuals who believe they have COVID-19 or have been exposed should contact their health care provider or the Brevard County Health Department at 321-454-7111 or brevard.floridahealth.gov.
The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 by phone at 1-866-779-6121 or by email at COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org to answer any questions.
Representative Sirois will continue to offer constituent services to connect individuals with support and assistance offered by state government, including: applications for the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, reemployment assistance, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offered by the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Brevard County residents with questions or those in need of assistance may contact 321-449-5111 or email
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