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COVID-19: Martin County Updates, Thursday, May 28

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 53,285 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. 2,341 people have died. There are 557 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Martin County, nine people have died; 424 confirmed COVID-19 cases in St. Lucie County, 29 people have died. [NBC6]
  • Follow Martin County's phase one reopening plans here
  • Publix has implemented reserved shopping hours for first responders and began a buying program to help support farmers and food banks. Read more here.
  • Amazon will deliver more than 6 million meals between now and the end of June to underserved and vulnerable populations across the U.S. In South Florida, the company will partner with Feeding South Florida to provide and prepare all shelf-stable groceries and pre-packaged foods, while a network of Amazon Flex will make contactless, doorstep deliveries.
  • Sun Bum is working to give back to independent surf shops across Florida. The company is:
    • Providing Visa gift cards to shops to give to their staff to buy groceries or whatever the employees might need.
    • Purchasing $1,000 worth of gift cards from stores to give away to customers in the area to encourage foot traffic and purchases when the shops open back up.
    • Continuing to support the surf community, encouraging customers to purchase the brand’s cult-favorite sun, lip, and hair products from local shops' online stores instead of their own website.
    • Donating hand sanitizers, moisturizers, and personal care products to first responders, hospitals, and those that are on the front lines of the pandemic. 
  • TBC Corporation has donated a 24,000-square-foot facility in Pembroke Park to Feeding South Florida to use for overflow of dry food for the next three months. The company is also expressing appreciation for fellow members of essential business via exclusive discounts at more than 600 Tire Kingdom and NTB locations while also offering customers curbside and stay-in-car service for air pressure check, battery check and installation, fluid check and top-off, and wiper blade replacement.
  • The Dan Marino Foundation will be offering free virtual workshops for current students, alumni, and individuals with developmental disabilities. The workshops will be conducted by Marino Campus instructors and each topic will have three different sessions on the scheduled day (10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.):
    • Networking 101, June 19: Sometimes, it’s not what you know, but who you know that gets you access to what you want. Let us help you navigate what will be the most effective networking strategies for you.
  • World-renowned marine artist and conservationist Guy Harvey is sharing his expeditions, insights of the sea, and art techniques for families confined to their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic through free online art sessions, discussions and educational videos on Facebook Live every Saturday and Tuesday in May. Viewers who miss the live sessions can catch up on Guy Harvey’s Facebook Page.
  • Hilton and American Express will donate one million hotel room nights across the United States to medical professionals (doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, and other medical personnel). Rooms in Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton, and more will be available across Florida. [WPTV
  • The CDC recommends that all people leaving their homes wear a cloth face mask. Click here to learn how you can make one with what you have at home. 
  • The UpCycle Project, a Miami-based sustainable fashion platform, is using resources donated to the UpCycle Foundation to create homemade cloth masks. The organization is repurposing a donation of 7,000 cotton t-shirts for the project, which is enough material for 12,000 masks. The foundation is also employing a team of seamstresses who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.
  • 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 Clinic: Martin 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
  • 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.

This article is being updated.