Through Dec. 11, businesses and nonprofit agencies may apply for a variety of grants of up to $25,000 each at BayCountyCares.com, an online grant application portal. The program aims to administer some $5 million in federal CARES Act funding by the end of the year. Grant applications are first qualified, first-served, and the application portal closes on Dec. 11.  

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Bay County will open a second COVID-19 testing site at the Panama City Beach Sports Park at 50 Chip Seal Parkway, Panama City Beach beginning Monday, Nov. 23. The site will offer free, by-appointment, rapid result coronavirus tests to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Lynn Haven Sports Park site, at 2201 Recreation Dr., Lynn Haven, remains available for by-appointment testing. 

Each site can test up to 500 people per day for the novel coronavirus and results are available within 20 minutes. 

“We are beginning to see an uptick in the number of cases in Bay County, and we want to make sure we’re doing all that we can to help curb the spread of this disease, especially when we’re so close to having an approved vaccine,” Bay County Commission Chairman Robert Carroll said. 

Bay County has provided, with assistance from the state of Florida and federal government, free testing since July via a third-party provider.


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