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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Local Resources

COVID-19 Testing

Coronavirus symptoms include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Risk factors consist of ONE or MORE of the following:

  • Close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case
  • Travel to or from a Coronavirus affected area
  • Recent history of international travel or cruise
  • Age 65+ with chronic conditions
  • Weakened immune system

Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. (FCHC), 1505 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 | Phone: 772-461-1402

Tradition Hospital, 10000 SW Innovation Way, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987 / Testing will only be performed for individuals who meet Florida Department of Health criteria for COVID-19. If individuals do not meet criteria, testing will not be performed. To receive an appointment, individuals who believe they may have symptoms of COVID-19 must first call a nurse triage hotline at 772.419.3360, between 8 a.m. –5 p.m.                                                                                                                                                               Since mid-March, St. Lucie County has hosted weekly video updates to provide information to the public regarding information related to COVID-19. The county will continue to provide this information through press releases, social media channels and websites including www.stlucieco.gov/covid-19.

Residents interested in being tested must complete the pre-screening survey at the following link: https://portal.dynixdiagnostix.com/landing/FPCOVID. If internet access is unavailable, please call 888-519-9192 and press 1 for testing. The call center will be open Tuesday May, 5 through Friday, May 8 from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.


COVID-19 GRANT OPPORTUNITY

Funders in St. Lucie County have joined together to establish a coordinated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief and Recovery application process. This funding process will provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in St. Lucie County whose staff, services and clients have been impacted by a disaster. Link to more information here.

St. Lucie County

Emergency Operations Center is at partial Level 2 activation. The Public Information Lines are operational Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. That number is 772-460-HELP (4357). St. Lucie County Government UPDATES

St. Lucie Public Schools

School campuses will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year as recommended by Governor DeSantis.

St. Lucie Public Schools will continue Distance Learning until the school year ends on June 2nd. All state assessments have been canceled for this school year. Daily Updates

St. Lucie Public Schools will celebrate the Class of 2020 with virtual graduations in May, but is committed to holding live graduations at an outdoor site in late June if it is safe to do so based on guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Schedule of Virtual Graduations                                                        Traditional Graduations SLPS is pleased to announce the traditional graduation dates and times. The graduations will take place at Lawnwood Stadium in Ft. Pierce.

St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services Department will serve free meals to children in St. Lucie County. Free "Grab and Go" Meals are available on Tuesday and Thursday from 11 am-1 pm.  Click here

SLC Schools introduce Motivation Station TV -St. Lucie Public Schools is launching Motivation Station on WLX-TV St. Lucie County Education Channel. This appears on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Hometown channel 19, and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 (under St. Lucie County Community Channels). Motivation Station Schedule.

Digital Readiness Survey - Part of the St. Lucie Public Schools emergency preparedness plan is to provide devices to students that need one during the rare occasions when it is necessary to close schools due to weather or other emergency situations. Parents: Please click this link to complete a brief survey about your child’s access to technology in your home.

211 HelpLine 

offers a wealth of resources. If looking for assistance, please dial 2-1-1. Remember, The 211 Helpline is available 24/7 to connect you with resources for food, mental health, legal support and more.

Free Meals 

  • Mustard Seed Ministries thrift stores and social services are open, including the curbside food pantry. Their ready to serve the community during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Grace Way Village & Ft. Pierce Women’s Club providing to-go evening meals! Every night  free drive-through meals to go can be picked up at Located at Grace Way Village, 1780 Hartman Rd Fort Pierce, Florida 34947  from 5:00 - 6:00 except Monday & Friday! On Mondays & Fridays visit the Fort Pierce Women’s 2408 S 29th,Fort Pierce, FL 34981 from 4-6pm. 
  • Treasure Coast Food Bank  If you, or someone you know, is in need of groceries or other resources during this time, please call us at 772-489-3034 or visit their Agency Locator Page   Please click here to register for COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County Free meals are available Monday-Friday, 4:00-7:00 pm and Saturday & Sunday, 2:00-4:00 pm. B&GC are seeking 10 volunteers at each of the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County Clubhouse locations. No one seeking a meal will be turned away, until all meals are gone. Volunteer here!

    4 Locations:

  • Chuck Hill Unit -198 NW Marion Ave., Port St. Lucie
  • Ken Pruitt Unit- 10673 SE Lennard Rd., Port St. Lucie
  • Garden Terrace -3104 Avenue J, Fort Pierce
  • Infinity Clubhouse -1011 N. 23rd St., Fort Pierce
  • Sarah’s Kitchen is still serving hot, nutritious meals from their five soup kitchens, but, instead of coming in and sitting down for fellowship and socialization, guests drive up to receive their meals and bags of food items.

         Sarah’s Kitchen provides meals at these locations:      

M –First United Methodist Church, 260 SW Prima Vista Blvd.,PSL; 5-6:30 p.m.       

T —St. Paul AME Church,1405 N 27th St., Fort Pierce; 4:30-6 p.m.                       

W –1st Congregational Church, 2401 SE Sidonia St., Port St. Lucie; 5-6:30 p.m.     

Th –1st Bethel Baptist Church, Eleventh & Avenue D, Fort Pierce; 4:30-6 p.m. 

F -Notre Dame Catholic Mission, 217 N Highway 1, Fort Pierce; 4:30-6:00 pm

           

St. Lucie Business Needing Help? COVID-19 BUSINESS ASSISTANCE-Learn More                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Unemployment Assistance - Learn how to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other programs and services that can help if you lose your job. The federal government is allowing states to change their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Each state’s rules may be different. Contact your state’s unemployment insurance program to learn about and apply for unemployment insurance. Click here!      

Unemployment- There is a new website to file for unemployment (http://FloridaJobs.org/RAApplication). Additionally, you can now submit applications via mail. Those without access to the website, paper copies in English, Spanish and Creole will be available outside the following sites:

· Kilmer Library, 101 Melody Lane in Fort Pierce

· Lewis Library, 2950 SW Rosser Blvd, Port St. Lucie

· Morningside Library, 2410 SE Morningside Blvd, Port St. Lucie

· St. Lucie County Community Services Office, 437 N 7th St, Fort Pierce

                                                                                                     

Community Transit / Treasure Coast Connector**If you want to ride along, put a face mask on!** As of May 27, routes will continue on regular schedule.

Treasure Coast Connector and Community Transit are STRONGLY SUGGESTING that all passengers planning to use public transit use protective face masks/coverings. Whether it is a surgical mask, cloth mask or face scarf, any form will do. This is for the safety of all passengers and drivers as well.

Council On Aging-St Lucie Inc- COASL is offering assistance for the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you or someone you know that is over the age of 60 and are in need of food, need help getting groceries, or just need to speak with someone regarding hardships, contact Nelly Diaz at 772-446-4516. Nelly will be glad to assist in any way she can. EHEAP is also another program available to give Energy Assistance. Per FPL and FPUA, they have suspended cut-offs until April 30th . Thereafter, a grace period will be given which will provide enough time to process the paperwork for Home Energy Assistance help to qualifying seniors. 

SENIORS 60+ FREE GROCERY SHOPPING ASSISTANCE!!! Call (772)336-8608 For information on getting grocery delivered to your home for FREE!

St. Lucie County Department of Health: 772-462-3800 or http://stlucie.floridahealth.gov/

City of Port St. Lucie: 772-871-1775 (1PSL) or www.cityofpsl.com

City of Fort Pierce: 772-467-3000 or https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/

St. Lucie County Sheriff Phone: 772-462-7300  -Report Identity Theft & Fraud     

 Port St. Lucie Police Dept. -If something appears too good to be true is usually is-Scams & Frauds Prevention                                                                                                                

The Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County-  COVID-19 Page with list of open child care centers. Contact: 772-595-6424                                                                                                          

St. Lucie County Libraries Offer Curbside Service

While St. Lucie County Library buildings remain closed to the public, the Library will begin calling patrons to let them know they can pick up items they’ve placed on hold through a curbside pickup service, starting Tuesday, April 28. 

In order for an item to become available for pickup, a hold must be placed on it with a St. Lucie County Library card and the person the item is for must have received a call from Library staff letting them know it’s available for pickup. Holds on items can be placed through the online catalog (www.stlucieco.gov/library) or by calling the library during current service hours.

Curbside pickup will be available at the Kilmer, Lakewood Park, Lewis and Port St. Lucie branches from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

After placing an order and when the items become available, the patron will receive a phone call with instructions on when and where to pick them up.

 Please do not use the curbside library if you are feeling sick in any way.

 After receiving a call that your books are in, patrons should pull up to the front door of the branch location and call the phone number posted out front to let Library staff know they’ve arrived.

 Only items placed on hold will be available for curbside pickup.

If you’re not sure what to put on hold, or if you’d like help putting a hold on something that can become available fairly soon, Library staff are happy to help. The Library’s new BookMatch service will connect you with an expert to help you select your next book. Just fill out the brief form to indicate your preferences and a Librarian will get back to you within five-working days with a customized reading list. The Library can help with e-books and print, adult and children’s items, and anything available in the Library’s online or physical collections. To use this service visit the Library’s website at www.stlucieco.org/Library and click on the “Bookmatch” graphic in the slideshow at the top of the page.

                      

                         

State Resources

CDC Recommends Everyone Wear Masks- CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Learn More

Governor DeSantis Updates - You can also follow Governor Ron DeSantis Facebook for live press conferences and updates. For details click here.

Florida’s Step-By-Step Plan: Governor Ron DeSantis on 5/15/2020 announced the full Phase 1 re-opening for retailers and restaurants. He said gyms and fitness center may re-open on Monday, May 18. Restaurants, which had been allowed to serve people at 25 percent capacity, will be able to serve patrons at 50 percent capacity.

Government Stimulus Payment for Non-Filing Persons Today the IRS provided an online portal for those who are not required to file a return but are still eligible for a stimulus payment. At the portal, people can enter their information to enable stimulus money to be sent to them. Click here

COVID-19 Resources for Employers and Individuals.  Click here       

Florida Department of Health #COVID19 Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8AM to 8PM at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov your questions. 

Florida Department of Children and FamiliesNews and updates for child care, mental health and substance abuse around Florida.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- Call 1-800-273-8255, text MHFA to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline- 800-985-5990