Updated on July 6, 2020 @ 7 a.m.

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

FACE MASK ORDINANCE FOR BUSINESSES  

St. Lucie County Commissioners approved in a 4 to 1 vote an emergency ordinance requiring the mandatory wearing of face coverings for employees working for businesses open to the public in places where social distancing is difficult to do.

The order applies to the entire county and states that all persons working in restaurants, grocery stores, food service, salons, gyms, any retail establishments, or businesses open to the public or any other locations visited by the public, where social distancing is not possible, shall wear face coverings. Facial covers are not required, but strongly encourage for customers, unless a business chooses to implement that requirement.

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. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ORDER

There are still a growing number 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. 

• 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

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: 

COVID-19 Testing 

Florida Department of Health Pop up Testing Publix at Verano 
9335 SW, Commerce Centre Dr, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986 

Days of Operation: Monday - Friday
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (unless they hit their cap amount of tests before that)
Criteria: Need to be at least 18 years old, need government issued ID, no symptoms necessary, free of charge, no insurance needed, no appointment needed. 

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health /Tradition Hospital, 10000 SW Innovation Way, Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987 | Phone: 772-419-3360,
 
Walmart Neighborhood Markets located at:

• 3045 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Fla. 34953
• 902 SW St. Lucie West Blvd., Port St. Lucie, Fla. 34986

  • The sites are open Tuesdays and Thursdays weekly from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., weather permitting.
  • Testing is for adults who meet CDC and state and local guidelines on who should be tested, including first responders, health care providers and others with symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Individuals must be 18 years and older.
  • The testing sites will require an appointment through Quest’s MyQuestTM online portal and app, www.MyQuestCOVIDTest.com, which will screen and schedule appointments for those individuals that meet medical eligibility for the testing sites. 
  • Once on site, those being tested will need to wear a mask and stay in their cars for verification of eligibility criteria, ID check and self-administered test. For the safety of all those on-site, the test site is not available to those who walk up.  
  • The sites will use a self-administered nasal swab test that will allow those being tested to swab their own nose onsite while in their vehicles, observed by a trained medical volunteer to ensure the sample is taken correctly, and drop the sealed sample into a container on their way out of the drive-thru site. 
  • Quest Diagnostics will handle processing test samples and communicating results to those tested and applicable departments of health. 
  • Any questions regarding testing and appointments, please call Quest’s dedicated COVID-19 line at 866-448-7719, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • The sites will be staffed by Walmart pharmacists and associates.   
  • While individuals who are tested are awaiting results, please follow CDC guidelines and take steps to help prevent the virus from spreading to people in your home and community.

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 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 Tax Collector's Office
Effective Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the St. Lucie County Tax Collector’s Office will require appointments for in-person service at all three office locations. Appointments are reserved for St. Lucie County residents (those establishing residency in St. Lucie County are considered a resident) and can be made online at https://go.nemoqappointment.com/Booking/Booking/Index/8fg74ero876

 Customers needing to renew their vehicle registration can do so online without an appointment at www.tcslc.com. The yellow replacement sticker can either be mailed to them, or customers can choose the “Express Lane” option to pick up their sticker at one of our offices the same or next business day without an appointment and without waiting in line. 

Requiring appointments for all other services is the latest preventative measure added in response to the increased number of COVID-19 cases, both in our area and across the state of Florida. Additionally, masks are now required for anyone entering a county maintained facility (click here to view the executive order), plexiglass shields have been installed on counters, social distancing is being enforced at each of the three locations (2300 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, 1664 SE Walton Road and 10264 SW Village Parkway, Port St. Lucie) and common areas are being disinfected throughout the day.

Also, all office locations have extended hours from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. each Monday through Thursday to allow for more transactions per day in an effort to better serve our neighbors. Offices are closed on Fridays

For updated St. Lucie County Tax Collector office procedures due to COVID-19, visit www.tcslc.com.

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.

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