Updated on June 4, 2020 @ 6 p.m. 

Residents seeking assistance relating to COVID-19 are encouraged to visit www.recoverstlucie.org.

St. Lucie County will be suspending its weekly video updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Operations Center remains at a partial activation and continues to monitor and respond to this ongoing incident.

St. Lucie County’s Public Safety staff encourages residents and visitors to continue to follow state and regional guidelines to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19 including wearing a mask in public, avoiding large crowds and keeping a six-foot distance from others.

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.

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 are operational Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  That number is 772-460-HELP (4357).

• Business Owners Only – Please contact Emergency Service Function 18 at 850-815-4925 or esf18@em.myflorida.com or visit www.floridajobs.org/covid-19

• Business Owners and Residents –
Please contact the Covid-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121 or visit the Division of Emergency Management website at www.floridadisaster.org / www.flhealth.gov / www.floridajobs.org/covid-19

Businesses that are unable to maintain the required physical distancing (6 feet) to keep employees and customers safe, should close.  Businesses who have questions about how the order impacts them can call the Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County at 772-336-6258 or visit  https://youredc.com/ or click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions page

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

COVID-19 Testing 

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.

Cover Park (Mets Stadium) June 8-10 
Rain from Tropical Storm Cristobal has forced officials to reschedule COVID-19 testing at Clover Park for the rest of this week. This free drive-thru testing event will resume Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., weather permitting. More than 600 people were tested for Coronavirus / COVID-19 during the first two days of the weeklong testing event at Clover Park earlier this week. Click here for details.


Fort Pierce COVID-19 & Antibody Testing June 6
The City of Fort Pierce is offering FREE drive-thru swab and antibody testing Saturday, June 6. The drive-thru testing is by appointment only. To make a reservation, please call 888-519-9192.

St. Lucie County Housing Assistance
Emergency assistance is being offered by St. Lucie County Community Services to income eligible households residing in unincorporated St. Lucie County. Applicants must have experienced a loss or reduction in employment income due to COVID-19 and have no other available resources. Proof of COVID-19 hardship is required. Income eligibility is based on household size and income. A household is defined as all individuals residing at the same address. 
Eligible households can receive financial assistance for rent and mortgage payments. For more information on rental assistance visit www.SLCHumanServices.org. For more information on mortgage assistance visit www.slchousing.org. Information can also be obtained from the Public Information Line Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. That number is 772-460-HELP (4357). 

St. Lucie County Arcades Reopen
Effective May 19, St. Lucie County has lifted the Executive Order closing arcades. While these establishments are allowed to resume operations; owners should follow the CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and cleaning practices. 

St. Lucie County Parks & Special Facilities Open with Restrictions
St. Lucie County’s Parks & Recreation Department will begin to reopen parks and special facilities with limitations following state and federal recommendations regarding COVID-19, starting Thursday, May 7.  For details CLICK HERE.

Beach Restrictions Lifted May 7
St. Lucie County has lifted restrictions for its 21 miles of public beaches including allowing coolers, sunbathing and chairs. However, beachgoers are advised to continue practicing social distancing, limiting groups to less than 10 people and maintaining a six-foot distance between others outside their immediate family. For updated daily beach conditions, please call the St. Lucie County Beach Conditions Hotline at 772-462-1421 after 10:30 a.m..

 

St. Lucie County’s Marine Safety Division encourages all residents and visitors to swim at lifeguarded beaches. Pepper Park Beach, 3302 North A1A, North Hutchinson Island, and Waveland Beach, 10350 South Ocean Drive, South Hutchinson Island, have lifeguards on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. St. Lucie County’s Marine Safety provides coverage at South Beach Park, 800 South Ocean Drive, on Saturdays and Sundays. 

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.

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 Medical Reserve Corps Seeks Volunteers   

St. Lucie County is looking to build a reserve of qualified medical professionals to deal with an increase in COVID-19 cases if the need arises. The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County operates a Medical Reserve Corp that can be activated in emergencies such as the pandemic that is impacting Florida and the rest of the world. Any licensed healthcare professional who is willing to volunteer in the event there is a need for additional doctors, nurses, EMTs and other healthcare experts are encouraged to register at https://www.flhealthresponse.com/mrcvolunteer. Under Florida Statue 110 law, sovereign immunity is provided to volunteers. State Statue 768.28 is the Sovereign Immunity Law and 768.1355 is the Volunteer Protection Act which allows licensed professionals to volunteer, and have their licenses  protected. Every medical professional that registers will be vetted by the Florida Department of Health before being activated.

St. Lucie County Public Schools 
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida schools will continue with distance learning for the remainder of the school year. Staff reminds residents that numerous library services are available online including:  

Graduations: St. Lucie Public Schools will hold virtual graduations to celebrate and recognize the Class of 2020.  
Schedule of Virtual Graduations

May 26, 2020 
St. Lucie West Centennial, 9 A.M.
Ft. Pierce Westwood Academy, 11 A.M.
Treasure Coast High School, 1 P.M.  

May 27, 2020
Lincoln Park Academy, 9 A.M.
Ft. Pierce Central High School, 11 A.M.
Port St. Lucie High School, 1 P.M. 

May 28, 2020
Mosaic Digital Academy, 9 A.M.
Performance Based Preparatory Academy, 11 A.M.

The graduation ceremonies will air on WLX-TV, the St. Lucie Education Channel, appearing on Comcast channel 13 (Ft. Pierce), Comcast channel 19 (Port St. Lucie), Blue Stream channel 19, and ATT TV channel 99. Furthermore, a link to the broadcasts will be located on the St. Lucie Public Schools School District webpage.  Once aired, the ceremonies will be available on-demand on YouTube.

Traditional Graduations
SLPS is pleased to announce the traditional graduation dates and times. The graduations will take place at Lawnwood Stadium in Ft. Pierce.

June 30, 2020 
Lincoln Park Academy @ 8 a.m.. 
St. Lucie West Centennial High School @ noon

July 1, 2020
Fort Pierce Westwood Academy @ 8 a.m.
Treasure Coast High School @ noon

July 2, 2020 
Port St. Lucie High School @ 8 a.m. 
Fort Pierce Central High School @ noon. 

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/. For additional resources visit: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_covid19

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 please consider limiting large piles of trash and debris including yard waste placed out for collection and please be patient 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 March 30, 2020. This will remain in effect until further notice. 
  • Effective June 1, the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will be extending office hours from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, with offices remaining closed on Fridays. Current hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., which will continue through the month of May.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

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 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, it is 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/
UF/IFAS Extension: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_covid19
Selected Disaster Assistance Programs Benefiting Florida Small Businesses including Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fisheries (COVID-19):  https://www.flseagrant.org/disaster-assistance/
Local Businesses that are Open: www.OurStLucie.com