Updated on March 27, 2020 @ 5 p.m. 

There are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Lucie County.  Due to HIPAA privacy laws, the Florida Department of Health is not releasing any information about patients other than the sex, age, county that they tested positive in/reside and if it was a travel-related case. Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard website.

St. Lucie County’s Emergency Operations Center is at partial Level 2 activation. The Public Information Lines will be operational weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  That number is 772-460-HELP (4357).

COVID-19 Testing 
Those with the associated risk factors and symptoms of COVID-19 may be screened and evaluated by FCHC staff for 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.

 

St. Lucie County Beaches Closed
In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, St. Lucie County will be closing access to all county beaches on North and South Hutchinson Island effective Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m. until further notice. St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management team has been monitoring the use of beaches and outdoor facilities since last week regarding the public’s participation in following the social distancing guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. Unfortunately, residents and visitors are not following the CDC’s recommendations of limiting unnecessary travel and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people. If residents continue to disregard these recommendations, additional closures are likely to continue. 

St. Lucie County Properties

Type of Park Location  Status
Beach Blind Creek Beach (South Entrance)
5460 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce, 34949
Closed
Beach Blue Heron Beach Park
2101 Blue Heron Blvd., Ft. Pierce, 34949
Closed
Beach Dollman Beach Park
9200 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Bch, FL 34957
Closed
Beach Frederick Douglas Beach Park
Closed
Beach Hermans Bay Park
7880 S. Ocean Dr., Jensen Bch., FL 34957
Closed
Beach John Brooks Beach
3300 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce, Fl 34949
Closed 
Beach Middle Cove Beach Park
4600 S. Ocean Dr., Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Closed 
Beach Normandy Beach Park
8550 S. Ocean Dr., Jensen Beach, 34957
Closed 
Beach North Ocean Drive Beach Accesses
North Ocean Drive, Ft. Pierce, FL
Closed 
Beach Ocean Bay Park
6851 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Closed 
Beach Pepper Park Beach Park
3302 North A1A, Ft. Pierce, FL 34949
Closed 
Beach Queens Island Cove (Beachside)
4653 SR A1A, Fort Pierce, 34949
Closed
Beach Walton Rocks Beach Park
6700 S. Ocean Dr., Jensen Beach, FL 34957
Closed 
Beach Waveland Beach Park Closed 
Boat Ramp Blind Creek Beach (North Entrance, Little Mud Creek Boat Ramp)
5460 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce, 34949
 Open
Boat Ramp North Causeway Island Park
500 N. Causeway Dr., Ft. Pierce 34949
 Open
Boat Ramp Stan Blum Boat Ramp
613 N. Causeway Dr., Ft. Pierce 34949
 Open
Boat Ramp River Park Marina
500 E. Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
 Open
Boat Ramp White City Park
2081 W. Midway Rd., Ft. Pierce, FL 34981
 Open
Golf Course  Fairwinds Golf Course
4400 Fairwinds Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34951
Closed
Park  Playground Equipment 
All county parks are open for walking; playgrounds are closed 
Closed
Park Collins Park
341 Barraclough St., Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
 Open
Park Indrio Schoolhouse Park
8850 Indrio Rd, Ft. Pierce, FL 34951
 Open
Park Lakewood Neighborhood Park 
Park is Open / Playground / Basketball Court Closed
6102 Kings Highway, Ft. Pierce, FL 34951
 Partial
Park Palm Lake Park 
5000 Seagrape Dr., Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
 Open
Park Paradise Park 
2020 Juanita Ave. Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
 Open
Park Weldon B. Lewis/Ancient Oaks
4650 Oleander Ave., Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
 Open

 
Park Park N. 25th St. 
25th Street, Ft. Pierce, Fl
Open
Parking South Bridge Ramp west grass parking
2420 Seaway Dr., Ft. Pierce, FL 34949
Open
River Park Harbor Pointe Park
350 Avenue M Ext. E, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950
Open
River Park Jane Murray Brooks (Westside)
9101 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Bch, FL 34957
 Open 
River Park Kings Island Track (Westside)
900 Jack Island Access Road, Fort Pierce, 34949
 Open
River Park L- Dock
414 Seaway Dr., Ft. Pierce, FL 34949
 Open
River Park Little Jim Park
601 N. Causeway Dr., Fort Pierce, FL 34949
 Open
River Park Museum Pointe Park
414 Seaway Dr., Ft. Pierce, FL 34949
 Open
River Park Pepper Park River Park
3375 N. SR A1A, Ft. Pierce 34949
 Open
River Park Queens Island Cove (Westside)
4653 SR A1A, Fort Pierce, 34949
 Open
River Park Summerlins Dock aka T-Dock
Fort Pierce, FL
 Open
RPS  Lincoln Park Community Center
1306 Avenue M, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950
Closed 
RPS  Lawnwood Tennis Facility
1302 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950
 Open
RPS  Skate Park
2100 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, 34950
 Open
RPS  Walton Community Center
2195 SE Airoso Blvd, Port St Lucie, FL 34984
Closed
RPS  Lakewood Park Regional Park
5990 Emerson Avenue, Ft. Pierce, FL 34951
Closed

   
RPS  South County Stadium Closed 
RPS  Lawnwood Regional Park   Open
RPS  Sheraton Plaza Recreation Area  Open
RPS  Elk's Park Closed
RPS  Met's Stadium / Clover Park  Closed
SF Aquarium
420 Seaway Dr., Ft. Pierce, FL 34949
Closed 
SF Fairgrounds 
15601 W. Midway Road, Ft. Pierce, 34945
Closed 
SF Fenn Center
2000 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Closed
SF Ious Ellis Pool (Lincoln Park Pool)
1211 Avenue M., Fort Pierce, FL 34951
Closed
SF Navy Seal Museum  
3300 N. SR A1A, Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Closed
SF Ravenswood Pool and Rec Area
200 Ravenswood Lane, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
Closed
SF Savannas Recreation Area and Campground
1400 Midway Rd., Ft. Pierce, FL 34982
Closed
SF SLC Regional History Center
414 Seaway Drive, Ft. Pierce, FL 34949
Closed 
SF Lakewood Park Regional Park 
Trails & Disc Golf Open / Athletic Fields Closed
5990 Emerson Avenue, Ft. Pierce, FL 34951
Partial
SF SLC Regional History Center
414 Seaway Drive, Ft. Pierce, FL 34949
Closed 
SF Fairwinds Golf Course 
4400 Fairwinds Drive, Ft. Pierce, FL 34946
Closed
SF County Offices 
Most offices are closed or open by appointment only / limited access
Partial

 

Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities At the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz issued an Emergency Order tightening the temporary restrictions for all individuals entering residential and long-term care facilities. For the next 30 days, all individuals will be prohibited from entering:

  • Nursing homes;
  • Assisted living facilities;
  • Group home facilities;
  • Developmental disabilities centers;
  • Homes for special services;
  • Long-term care hospitals;
  • Transitional living facilities;
  • Intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled;
  • Adult mental health and treatment facilities;
  • Adult forensic facilities;
  • Civil facilities; and
  • Adult family care homes.
    Limited exceptions will apply:
  • Family members and friends during end of life situations;
  • Hospice or palliative care workers caring for residents in end-of-life situations;
  • Any individual providing necessary health care to a resident;
  • Facility staff;
  • Facility residents;
  • Attorneys of records for residents in adult mental health facilities for court related matters if virtual or telephone means are unavailable; and
  • Representatives of the state and federal government seeking entry as part of their official duties, including, but not limited to, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, representatives of the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Health, the Department of Elderly Affairs, the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, protection and advocacy organizations under 42 U.S.C. s. 15041, the Office of the Attorney General, any law enforcement officer, and any emergency medical personnel.

St. Lucie Public Schools 

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, students will have access to on-line lessons and programs to begin learning at home.   SLPS has posted an Extended Spring Break Resource Page at https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/seasonal/extended-spring-break/,  with learning programs available now for all grade levels; Pre-K through 12.  For this initial week, students should access these resources as they transition to learning digitally. These resources include fun games and programs along with suggestions for educational activities that parents can do with their child at home. 

Indian River State College 

  • IRSC is presently closed for Spring Break and will reopen on Monday, March 23 at 8 am. Please monitor their website at www.irsc.edu for updates on our operations with relation to the cronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

St. Lucie County Library System 
Beginning Thursday, March 19, all St. Lucie County Libraries will be closed. However, limit staff will be available to answer emails and telephone reference. The library will not impose any fines for materials that might be overdue during this closure. Staff reminds residents that numerous library services are available online including: 

  • E-books (Over Drive, Cloud Library, Tumble Books)
  • Audiobooks (Over Drive, Cloud Library)
  • Music (Freegal download and stream)
  • Learn a language online
  • Digital Learn (computer and tech training)
  • Online research resources (Florida Electronic Library, Reference, business, financial, genealogy)
  • Online journals and newspapers

St. Lucie County Offices
Public access into most county buildings is being limited to essential staff only. If you have business to conduct with a government agency – please call ahead to schedule an appointment or check their website to see if there are services that can be done online.  

UF/IFAS Extension Office 
The Extension staff has canceled programs and in-person visits and has shifted to online resources. The local Extension staff has several e-learning blogs available at: http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/stlucieco/2020/03/23/uf-ifas-extension-st-lucie-county-natural-resources-webinars/

Planning & Developmental Services  
In response to the State of Local Emergency Declaration due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to better support our staff members and continue to provide outstanding public service to the needs of residents and businesses, the St. Lucie County Planning & Development Services, Building & Code Regulation Division - CLICK HERE for details. 

St. Lucie Utilities & Solid Waste
St. Lucie County’s Utilities Office will be temporarily suspending in-person office hours, starting Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m. to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus). 
If customers are experiencing a hardship related to the COVID-19 virus, please contact the St. Lucie County Utilities staff as soon possible to discuss options.

Alternative payment options include:

  • DROP BOX: Located on the side entrance, 2300 Virginia Ave., Fort Pierce, Fla. 34892; Available 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; 
  • BY PHONE: 772-462-1150; Available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; 
  • BY MAIL: PO Box 728, Fort Pierce, Fla. 34954;
  • Apply For Service/ Online Payments https://www.stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/utilities; Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Non-urgent requests can also be made by email: Utilities_Customer_Service@stlucieco.org

St. Lucie County’s Solid Waste Division continues to operate under normal hours. Residents can drop off garbage, recyclables and hazardous materials Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (Hand unloaders must be on the scale by 4:15 p.m. Pneumatic unloaders must be on the scale by 4:45 p.m.) and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  (Hand Unloaders must be on the scale by 12:15 p.m. Pneumatic unloaders must be on the scale by 12:45 p.m.) The landfill is located at 120 Glades Cut-Off Road, Fort Pierce, Fla. 34981. 

Garbage Collection for City of PSL and Unincorporated SLC
At this time all Waste Pro commercial and residential collection services remain fully operational. However, Waste Pro is experiencing a significant spike in the amount of trash and yard waste being set out. St. Lucie County is asking all residents to stop placing large piles of trash and debris including yard waste out for collection as customers may experience delays with pickup. Waste Pro is requesting that residents bag as much trash and debris as possible to lessen any potential contact with the Covid-19 virus. Please call Waste Pro at 772-595-9390 with questions or concerns.

St. Lucie Clerk of the Court

  • To help protect our customers and staff from exposure to COVID-19, only essential services will be provided at the St. Lucie Clerk’s downtown Fort Pierce office effective Monday, March 23. The changes are in coordination with the 19th Judicial Circuit and judicial partners.
  • Anyone with court actions related to domestic violence, Baker Act, and Marchman Act can receive assistance at our first floor reception desk. 
  • Drop boxes have been made available on the first floor for customers to leave documents for our Recording and Criminal departments. 
  • Marriage licenses are available by appointment only. Once the couple completes the online application, they may call 772-462-6928 to schedule an appointment.
  • Customers are encouraged to submit payments online. If they need to submit proof of insurance, registration, or valid driver license, they can use the Traffic Document Upload form. 
  • To verify the status of an upcoming court date, please view the case at www.stlucieclerk.com. Customers are also encouraged to use our website to e-record official records, e-file cases and documents, or have documents e-certified. 
  • As a way of providing greater access for the public during this crisis, we have expanded our Live Chat capabilities on our website and are working diligently to address questions and concerns about our services. The public may also call 772-462-6900 for assistance. For the most recent updates to our services, please visit www.stlucieclerk.com  

St. Lucie Tax Collector's Office

  • Due to the rising threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area, all three locations of the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on Fridays beginning the week of Mar. 30, 2020. This will remain in effect until further notice. 
    All three office locations are ONLY serving St. Lucie County residents at this time. Registration renewal transactions and tax payments can still be completed online at www.tcslc.com. A reminder that under the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued an Emergency Order granting a 30-day extension beyond the current expiration date for driver licenses and identification cards set to expire between March 16, 2020 and April 15, 2020. 
  • The Department of Revenue issued an Emergency Order today extending the property tax due date  from March 31, 2020 to April 15, 2020. In accordance with this order, the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will accept payments postmarked on or before April 15, 2020. Payments made through our website will be applied to 2019 taxes and will reflect payment of the amount due in 2019. If you have further questions, call 772-462-1650.
    For more information on the Emergency Order, visit https://floridarevenue.com/property/Pages/Home.aspx
  • As the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rise in our area, the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office is taking measures to assist those who are most vulnerable to the virus...the elderly. Effective Tuesday, Mar. 24, all three office locations will open a half hour early at 8:30 a.m. to serve St. Lucie County residents who are 62 years of age and older. 

St. Lucie Property Appraiser's Office 

  • All offices are closed to the public. Residents needing assistance from the Property Appraiser are asked to call the ofice at 772-462-1000 or visit https://www.paslc.org

Other Health-Related Information 

  • Stay informed of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates and recommendations to protect yourself and your community (www.cdc.gov)
  • Sign up for emergency notifications via Alert St. Lucie at www.stlucieco.gov/alert
  •  Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (www.cdc.gov)
  • Stay home if sick and contact your healthcare provider if you develop fever, cough, or shortness of breath
  • If sick, minimize exposure to others and delay travel to reduce the risk of spreading
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid sharing personal items
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available
Governor Ron DeSantis Issues an Executive Order Regarding Bars, Beaches and Restaurants
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order that will reduce density and crowds in restaurants, bars, nightclubs and beaches to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Bars and Nightclubs: Under the direction of Governor DeSantis, all bars and nightclubs throughout Florida will close for the next 30 days. Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will be enforcing and providing further guidance.
  • Beaches: The Governor is directing parties accessing public beaches in the state of Florida to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance by limiting their gatherings to no more than 10 persons.
  • Restaurants: Gov. DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71, directing all restaurants and food establishments within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption for customers. The listed establishments may, however, operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services.
     
    This Executive Order lifts the restriction that prohibits a specially licensed food service establishment from selling package sales of alcohol for delivery, take-out or consumption off-premises for restaurants complying with Executive Order 20-68, through the expiration of the state of emergency declared in Executive Order 20-52. Alcohol sales to go with food that is pick-up or delivered will be permitted and I.D. will be required for orders including alcohol.
     
    Additionally, the Executive Order requires the closures of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) shall utilize its authorities under Florida law to further implement and enforce the provisions of this Executive Order and shall take additional measures as necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare.

Seniors & Person with Disabilities 
Publix and Publix Pharmacies are designating Tuesday & Wednesday morning, 7-8  a.m.., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and older. This change in hours will begin Tuesday, March 24 and continue until further notice.  
Winn Dixie stores and Pharmacies are designating a special shopping hour dedicated to seniors and high-risk customers from 8-9 a.m., Monday through Friday, in all stores. This will continue until further notice. 

Help for Small Businesses Relating to COVID-19 
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period opens tomorrow, March 17, 2020 and runs through May 8, 2020.

DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state of Florida who have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at FloridaDisaster.BIZ Select “COVID-19” from the drop-down menu on the survey page. Response to the Business Damage Assessment survey is not an application for assistance. Businesses interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application.

For more information on the program, visit https://lnkd.in/e9sUKDP. For questions regarding the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232 or email Disaster@FloridaSBDC.org. The phone line will be answered during regular business hours; all voice mails and emails will be responded to within 24 hours.

Economic Development Council
In an effort to keep you informed with the most current information available to assist your business and employees during this challenging time, our organization has established a COVID-19 Business Assistance Resource Web Portal.  This tool was developed to have all federal, state and local resources at your fingertips.The web portal can be viewed on our website at https://youredc.com/grow_your_business/wr..

CareerSource

CareerSource Research Coast has temporarily closed all career centers to the public and implemented virtual services in response to coronavirus. Executive management has also activated an emergency response plan called “TELEWORK,” which outlines CSRC’s local operating procedures and work from home policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to serve the immediate needs of clients, employers and the general public, CSRC will initiate virtual services by leveraging technology to conduct and/or schedule appointments, send and receive documentation, and facilitate outreach to employers in the local workforce development area. For more details visit: www.careersourcerc.com.

Seniors vs. Crime
All Seniors vs Crime offices are closed for face to face contact however we are operational at 1-800-203-3099 and www.SeniorsvsCrime.com.

Helpful Links
Florida Department of Health #COVID19 Call Center: 866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov
St. Lucie County Department of Health: 772-462-3800 or http://stlucie.floridahealth.gov/
St. Lucie Public Schools: 772-429-3600 or www.stlucie.k12.fl.us
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/