TreasureCoast Update Covid 19 May 1 2020
The latest numbers from the Department of Health show 33-thousand-690 coronavirus cases in Florida. 12-hundred-68 people have died.
Here is what happened. We are waiting for official transcript and will update.
Here is an important update for Indian River
COVID-19 RECOVERY GRANT PROGRAM
On Tuesday, April 28, the Fort Pierce City Commission approved the COVID-19 Recovery Assistance Plan which includes a series of grants supporting residents, businesses, and community-based efforts. The grants are aimed to provide immediate funds to residents and businesses directly impacted by COVID-19. The City’s goal is to help offset the loss of income or revenue during this pandemic.
For residents, the City of Fort Pierce is offering Mortgage and Lease Assistance Grants of 2 months’ rent not to exceed $3,000. Applicants must be able to evidence loss of income due to COVID-19 and meet income guidelines.
For businesses, the City is offering two Small Business Relief Grants. Businesses with 25 employees or less who experienced a loss of revenue due to COVID-19 may apply for a one-time grant of $3,000. Businesses with 26 to 100 employees may be eligible for $7,500.
Pre-screening and applications will be available beginning on Monday, May 4. For a complete list of eligibility requirements and permitted uses, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/858/6715/COVID-19-Disaster-Recovery-Grant-Program. If you do not have access to the internet, please call (772) 467-3161 for further assistance.
All special events are canceled including shows at the Sunrise Theatre and private events at city facilities through May 31, 2020.
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 – Open for physical recreation including walking, jogging, fishing, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, collecting seashells, kayaking, paddle boarding or other activity provided that social distancing requirements are maintained.
- Parks – Open, including South Causeway and Jaycee Park.
- Boat Ramps – Open.
CITY COMMISSION MEETING
The City Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 4 at 6:30 PM. The public may attend the meeting in person or submit comments in writing, including your name and address, to: email@example.com no later than noon on Monday. All meetings are broadcast live on TV Channel 27 and streamed online at:www.cityoffortpierce.com.
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.
St Lucie County Update
Among those most vulnerable to the coronavirus: TSA workers.
Orlando Congresswoman Val Demings is sponsoring a bill supporting workers compenstion claims for TSA agents who contract the disease. Nationally, more than 400 TSA workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least one in Florida died from the illness.
Two federal programs that help poverty-stricken families will continue their expansion in Florida.
The Department of Labor said Thursday that 3.8 million Americans filed for unemployment in the last week, bringing the six-week total to about 30 million.
Those figures are slightly down from last week, when the Department of Labor reported that 4.4 million Americans filed initial claims for unemployment.
Florida saw the largest increase in unemployment claims last week, as claims jumped by 326,000. The jump comes after the state’s unemployment offices shut down over the weekend in order to deal with a back log of applications.
Connecticut, West Virginia, Louisiana and Texas also saw a significant increase in claims.
The past month-and-a-half have seen unprecedented numbers of new unemployment claims amid the coronavirus pandemic. From 2007 to early 2020, the Department of Labor reports that the highest number of new unemployment claims filed was about 665,000. But since local governments began enforcing shutdowns of non-essential businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Labor Department reports that an average of about 5 million Americans has filed claims a week.
Unemployment claims are usually a good indicator as to how many Americans lost their jobs in the past week. But a recent survey from the Economic Policy Institute indicates that millions of Americans gave up filing for assistance or haven’t even tried because they knew systems would be overloaded.
The new figures come a day after the Commerce Department released grim estimates, indication that the U.S. economy had shrunk nearly 5 percent in the last quarter
Health officials say a Fort Pierce Assisted Living Facility for memory care patients has the largest outbreak of COVID-19 on the Treasure Coast.
The Broadmoor ALF in Fort Pierce has 22 confirmed cases, according to the Florida Department of Health. That includes 5 staff members.
Clint Sperber, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County, said his team conducted COVID-19 tests for about 50 people at the facility this week, including residents and staff members.
Sperber says someone from the health department is keeping in touch with the facility daily.
He said, “We go there. We speak to them. We provide different types of questionnaires we would ask them. We go over their infection control policies as we would with any facility. We find out their staffing capacities, we found out any ailment needs and we work with them,”
On the front door of the facility, a sign says that Broadmoor is taking all reasonable measures to protect the safety or residents, families, and employees. It also says visitations are only for emergencies. All visitors are required to wear masks, have their temperature taken, and have their hands sanitized.
Staff members and residents at hundreds of long-term living facilities across the state are being given testing by the health department to get a better idea of the spread of COVID-19 in those facilities, Sperber said.
Martin County public schools will hold traditional high school graduation ceremonies in late July, officials announced on Thursday. “The Martin County School District is committed to doing everything possible to celebrate the most significant senior milestone, graduation, in a way that honors your individual and collective accomplishments,” Superintendent Laurie Gaylord said in a YouTube video.
Gaylord said that while there are many public health guidelines to take into consideration due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Martin County School District has tentatively set dates toward the end of July for graduation ceremonies.
“We are committed to providing you with the traditional ceremonies you have overwhelmingly asked for, earned, and deserve,” said Gaylord.
Gaylord added that school district officials will seek input from public health experts about how to safely hold the ceremonies.
No other details including exact dates, the location of the ceremonies, and whether there will be attendance restrictions, have been announced.
Public schools in Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties are planning to hold virtual graduations, while high school graduation ceremonies in Indian River County will likely be postponed until July, officials said.
Disney is now selling cloth face masks with its characters on them. The company announced Thursday that it will donate up to $1 million of the profits from the sales of the masks in the U.S. The donation will go to MedShare, a nonprofit that recovers surplus supplies in the U.S. and redistributed them to needy hospitals in developing countries.
Disney says it’s also donating 1 million masks for children and families in vulnerable communities across the U.S. They’ll be distributed by MedShare.
The face masks are available for $19.99 for a four-pack. They feature a range of characters, including: Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Anna and Elsa, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, The Avengers, Baby Yoda, and more.
You can pre-order the masks – available in small, medium, and large sizes – now on shopDisney.com in the U.S., for estimated shipping in June.
Disney says the products align with the FDA’s latest recommendations on non-surgical, non-industrial grade face masks.