Treasure Coast Covid 19 Update April 17 2020
After another 54 deaths yesterday, the statewide coronavirus death toll is now at 668. The Department of Health reports more than 23-thousand people are infected.
To help Florida’s overwhelmed unemployment compensation system, Governor Ron DeSantis is signed an executive order to suspend the need for people to return to the system every two weeks to recertify that they don’t have a job.
Since the coronavirus started closing businesses around the state, payments have been made to only about 4 percent of the more than 800-thousand people who have filed jobless claims.
On Thursday, President Donald Trump unveiled plans to reopen the country, outlining guidance for state governors on how to open state economies.
The phases come in three chunks, and Trump said he expects some states could begin Phase No. 1 almost immediately. He says this is possible as the spread of COVID-19 has declined.
Here is what Phase No. 1 entails:
Schools: Schools currently closed should remain closed
Business: Those who can telecommute should continue to do so; companies to reopen in phases
Senior care facilities and hospitals: Continue to ban visitors
Travel: All non-essential travel should remain at a minimum
Restaurants, bars and nightclubs: Can reopen under “strict” physical distancing guidelines
Gyms: Can reopen under “strict” physical distancing guidelines
Elective surgeries: Can resume on an outpatient basis
Trump and members of the White House coronavirus task force said while some states are currently ready to reopen their economies, some may have to wait until May 1 or even beyond to move forward.
It is also up to state governors to decide when and how to implement these guidelines set forth by Trump and the White House coronavirus task force.
But there are still many questions. One is on interstate travel, and whether those traveling from a state in a more advanced phase would be quarantined.
Another is what would happen if another flair up takes place. Trump said on Thursday that if a hotspot pops up, “we’ll be able to suppress it, whack it.” The coronavirus can take from 2 to 14 days for symptoms to begin after infection, and those who are pre-symptomatic can spread the virus.
COVID-19 Update #13
City of Fort Pierce
April 16, 2020, 5:00 PM
The City of Fort Pierce understands the significant impact the Coronavirus pandemic has caused our community. The City is responding with the same high-quality level of service that our residents expect. The City of Fort Pierce continues to conduct
business and provide all essential services to the public, including police, utilities, public works, and animal control services.
CITY COMMISSION MEETING
The City Commission will hold its regular meeting on April 20, 2020. Any interested party may attend the City Commission meeting in person or submit comments in writing to the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. All meetings are broadcast live on Comcast Cable TV Channel 27 or streamed live online at www.cityoffortpierce.com.
Comments should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org; comments must include your name and address to be read into the record. The City Clerk will read all comments on agenda items submitted by the deadline during the early portion of the meeting. General public comments will be read during the later portion of the meeting as indicated. Please note that the decorum policy applies to both written and oral comments and all comments shall be limited to 3 minutes as read by the City Clerk.
Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-103 extending his suspension of vacations rentals until April 30.https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/
CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
- City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
- Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public, including the box office.
- Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
- City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
- Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
- Beaches – Closed.
- Parks – Open, with the exception of South Causeway and Jaycee Park.
- Boat Ramps – Open.
St. Lucie County Public Information:
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
St. Lucie Public Schools
211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.
State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.