Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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March 14, 2020 3:55 PM

Coronavirus Updates

The City of Fort Pierce is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our citizens and visitors. This feed will be updated when new information becomes available.

For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health's dedicated COVID-19 call center, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

FDOH COVID-19 CALL CENTER: (866) 779-6121
BY EMAIL: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

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Latest Update:

March 31, 2020 12:54 PM

Florida Department of Health Updates New COVID-19 Cases, Announces Six New Deaths Related to COVID-19, Morning Update

~6,096 positive cases in Florida residents and 242 positive cases in non-Florida residents~

TALLAHASSEE — To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, The Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that will be updated twice daily. Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 6,338 total** Florida cases.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 10 percent. Of the 7,474 tests performed on March 30, there were 1,006 positive results, or 13 percent.
Six people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Dade, Hillsborough, Palm Beach and Polk counties.
New Florida cases include:
• 634 additional positive COVID-19 cases (607 Florida residents and 27 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.
• There are currently 6,096 positive cases in Florida residents and 242 positive cases in non-Florida residents.
Florida recently partnered with private laboratories around the state to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity. This partnership will increase the number of tests conducted each day and ensure Floridians receive the critical health information they need in a timely manner.
Expansion to private laboratories changes the COVID-19 testing landscape in Florida. Private laboratories are running tests as they receive swab samples from practitioners. Testing and reporting times vary among commercial and DOH laboratories. Demographic information may be updated during investigations. These twice daily reports reflect the state’s efforts to accurately and transparently share information.
More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found at the link below:

Coronavirus: summary of persons being monitored, persons under investigation, and cases

Prior Updates

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March 30, 2020 7:07 PM

Today, March 30, 2020 the Florida Department of Education announced that all school campuses will remain closed through May 1, 2020.

St. Lucie Public Schools
March 30, 2020 4:06 PM

COVID-19 Update #8
City of Fort Pierce
Contact: 772.465.4170
March 30, 2020, 4:00 PM
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

City of Fort Pierce officials continue to urge residents and visitors to abide by social distancing guidelines and preventative measures set forth by the CDC during this critical time: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.

SLC PUBLIC INFORMATION HOTLINE
St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management staff is expanding the hours of operations for the Public Information Hotline to help residents answer general questions about local government efforts relating to COVID-19. That number is 772-460-HELP (4357). The Public Information Lines will be operational Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

VACATION RENTALS
Executive Order 20-87 orders all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of the order. If you believe any licensee is operating contrary to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-87, please report the information, here: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/eo-complaints/.

RECREATIONAL BOATING RESTRICTIONS
FWC Executive Order 20-09 has been enacted to reflect direction from Governor DeSantis, the DOH and the CDC. Effective immediately, all recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each recreational vessel must not have more than 10 people on board. Full details and additional proactive measures the FWC is implementing: https://bit.ly/2WGUKX8.

OUTDOOR RECREATION
Residents may engage in outdoor activity and recreation in wide-open areas not otherwise closed to the public, while maintaining social distancing.
• All City of Fort Pierce beaches are closed, including South Causeway Park and Jaycee Park. All other city parks remain open at this time.
• The boat ramps at Jaycee Park and Fisherman’s Wharf are open.
• The Indian Hills Golf Course is open.

CITY OPERATIONS
City Hall remains closed to the public until further notice. Essential services like police, solid waste and utilities are not impacted. City of Fort Pierce staff continue to serve the public during this closure via phone, email and online services. The building department is open to by appointment only, please call: 772-467-3199. For a full staff directory, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/Directory.aspx?DID=5.

COMMUNICATION
We are committed to keeping our residents safe and informed - all public notices will be provided on the city’s website, social media channels and Fort Pierce TV Channel 27. Residents may subscribe to receive updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Archived updates are also available on the city’s website.