COVID-19 Updates In South Florida – Stuart Magazine

Here’s your daily roundup with what to know and what you may have missed about the COVID-19 pandemic in South Florida.

  • If you have questions, need further guidance, or have symptoms, call the Health Department at 1-866-779-6121 [Florida Department of Health] or the Communirty Information Center at 772-287-1652 [Martin County Florida]
  • There are 13,629 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. 254 people have died. [Florida Department of Health]
  • There are 85 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Martin County. No one has died. [NBC6]
  • Visit the Martin County community website for information on food distribution, unemployment assistance, and resources for seniors and veterans. 
  • Cleveland Clinic and Florida Community Health Centers will be administering COVID-19 tests by appointment only. 
    • Cleveland ClinicMartin North Hospital, 200 SE Hospital Avenue in Stuart, and Tradition Hospital, 10000 SW Innovation Way in Port St. Lucie; Call 772-419-3360
    • Florida Community Health Centers: 15858 SW Warfield Blvd., Indiantown, FL 34956; Call 772-597-3596
  • Martin County-owned boat ramps are closed until further notice. [Martin County
  • Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued a state-wide “stay-at-home” order, effective for the next 30 days. Click here for a list of essential business exceptions. [The Washington Post]
  • Support Martin County agriculture by purchasing local food from the following places:
    • Colab Farms
    • Kai-Kai Farms
    • Circle Bar C Dairy Goats
    • Pasture 714
    • 710 U-Pick
    • Palm City Farms and Produce Market
    • Shadowood Farm
    • Hani Honey Company
    • House of Hope
  • Tropical Smoothie Café has pledged to donate 100,000 smoothies to healthcare workers and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic as part of its #InItTogether campaign. The fast-casual concept has delivered about 20,000 smoothies and counting to more than 20 states and 30 markets this week. First responders and hospital workers who would like to receive a smoothie can contact their local Tropical Smoothie Café to arrange a drop off to wherever they are. (PR News Wire)
  • Martin North Hospital and Tradition Hospital for COVID-19 by appointment only for individuals who meet Florida Department of Health criteria for the virus. Individuals who believe they have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to get tested must call a nurse triage hotline at 772-419-3360, between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Testing locations directions and hours:
    • Martin North Hospital: 200 SE Hospital Ave. Stuart, Florida 34994. Testing hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
    • Tradition Hospital: 10000 SW Innovation Way Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987. Testing hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
  • Deliteful Kitchen: Pickup is available from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Adult meals are $8, and kids meals are $6. The local store is selling keto granola, microgreens, hand sanitizer, banana bread, honey, pasta, juice, tea and produce, as well as trays of vegan lasagna for $30. For pickup, call 772-634-3901
  • Martin County has officially closed all county-owned beaches, all branches of the Martin County Library System, and Martin County Government facilities to the public. All branches of the Martin County Library System are closed to the public.
  • Martin County’s Community Information Center can answer questions regarding county business, closures, services and general information from elected and constitutional officers and community partners. Call 772-287-1652 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., open daily.
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that loan deferments through Dec. 31 will be automatic, and those borrowing home and business disaster loans don’t have to contact SBA for deferment requests. (PBC Gov)
  • B Hotels & Resorts—including properties in Fort Lauderdale and Disney Springs—have extended a rate of $79 per night plus waived resort fee for healthcare professionals and first responders; National Guard members, law enforcement; state or federal government. employees; airline crew members (at B Resort & Spa); journalists and others responding to COVID-19; displaced residents, visitors or college students; and people unable to return to their home due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, including anyone who had to leave their home due to an emergency. (B Hotels & Resorts)
  • All Florida state parks have been ordered to close. (FL State Parks)
  • Employees impacted by business closures seeking help should visit nonprofit CareerSource Palm Beach County. (CareerSource PBC)

This article is being updated.