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COVID-19 Updates In Martin County: Thursday, April 2

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


Thursday, April 2

  • 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]
  • An emergency BOCC Meeting is schedule for Friday, April 3. [Martin County Florida]
  • 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 will close 
  • There are 7,773 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida. 101 people have died. [Florida Department of Health]
  • There are 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Martin County. No one has died. [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]

Tuesday, March 31

  • 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


  • The Treasure Coast Food Bank is holding a drive-thru mobile pantry on Wednesday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Vouchers are not required. (Martin County Board of County Commissioners)


Monday, March 30

  • 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)


  • TooJay’s Deli is implementing its new “Groceries ‘Too’ Go” program throughout Florida starting Tuesday, March 31 while supplies last. This offer allows guests to call in or stop by to stock up on high-quality chicken breasts, ground beef and salmon; eggs by the dozen; sliced deli meats; cheeses; breads; salads; toilet paper and paper towels; and more. There is a limit of four rolls of toilet paper and two paper towels.  The program will be available at all TooJay’s locations except Pembroke Pines and Boca Polo Shoppes. (TooJay's Deli)

Friday, March 27

  • Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is restricting all visitors at all outpatient locations. This means that no guests or visitors are permitted to accompany adult patients with the exception of needing special assistance, in which patients are limited to only one visitor. Visitors must be 16 and older, and all will be required to wash their hands or use sanitizer upon entering and leaving clinical areas and waiting rooms. The clinic is also restricting visitors at its hospital locations as well, with no guests or visitors allowed. The only exceptions are for pediatric patients (one visitor is permitted); labor and delivery patients (one visitor is permitted); and end-of-life situations, in which the patient’s care team will discuss plans with family. (Martin Health)


  • 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.


Thursday, March 26:

  • As of today, there are no recorded deaths on the Treasure Coast due to COVID-19.


  • 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


  • Kyle G's Prime Seafood is offering a reduced price menu, alongside $6 individual meals and $25 family-style meals at the Martin County Fair Grounds. The restaurant is also working with community partners in Martin and St. Lucie counties to offer free meals to unemployed individuals and seniors with little to no income, also located at the Martin County Fairgrounds. If you are in need, please register with one of the following organizations so your needs and dietary restrictions can be met:
    • Mustard Seed Ministries, Fort Pierce; 772-465-6021

    • House of Hope - Golden Gate; 772-286-4673

    • In the image of Christ, Fort Pierce; 772-461-7788

    • GraceWay Village,  St Lucie; 772-448-4903

    • Gertrude Walden Childcare, Stuart; 772-283-6321

    • Elevate Hope, Port Salerno; 772-291-2665


Wednesday, March 25:

  • 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.


  • For all health-related questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 call center, open 24/7: 866- 779-6121, or email mail: covid-19@flhealth.gov. To content the  Martin County Department of Health, call 772-221-4000 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 5 p.m.


  • 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. 


  • Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is performing appointment-only drive-thru testing at Martin North Hospital for influenza and COVID-19. Testing is only available for individuals who meet FDOH criteria for COVID-19. Symptomatic individuals must call 772-419-3360, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to make an appointment. (MartinHealth)



Tuesday, March 24

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administrator Jovita Carranza announced changes to assist borrowers who are paying back SBA loans from previous disasters. This means that 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)


  • Restaurants are taking part in #TheGreatAmericanTakeout, a movement happening today that is encouraging guests to place at least one pick-up or delivery order today to show support of the restaurant community. Participating restaurants include Panera Bread; Metro Diner; Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill; Outback Steakhouse; Noodles & Company; Veggie Grill; El Torito; Jason's Deli; The Habit Burger Grill; Lemonade; Modern Market; and Chevys Fresh Mex.


  • Jupiter Medical Center is offering treatment to COVID-19 patients. As of Tuesday, the hospital is implementing a no-visitation rule for patients, with exceptions being for births and pediatrics. (Palm Beach Post)


  • 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)


Monday, March 23


  • Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that all bars and nightclubs throughout Florida are closed for the next 30 days. He also signed an order for restaurants and food establishments to suspend on-site food and alcohol consumption. The establishments listed can still operate kitchens to provide providing delivery or take-out services, as well as lifts the restriction that prevents a specially licensed food service establishment from selling package sales of alcohol for delivery and restaurant off-site consumption or take-out. Gymnasiums and fitness centers are also officially closed. (Martin County)


  • As of 9 a.m. March 23, Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens is the newest drive-thru coronavirus testing location. A new testing site at Marlins Park is coming soon. (NBC6)


  • Health officials have announced the first case of COVID-19 in St. Lucie County, raising the number of positive cases in Martin and St. Lucie counties to nine. (Florida Dept. of Health)


  • All Florida state parks have been ordered to close. (FL State Parks)


  • All Palm Beach County boat ramps and marinas are closed to all recreational boating activities, which include boat launching, in/out storage activities and boat rentals. Exempt from this are licensed commercial fishermen providing food for restaurants and markets, support services and commercial marine operations. (PBC Gov)



  • Jupiter Tailors is making fabric surgical masks to help front-line doctors and nurses being affected by COVID-19. The company has reached out to Florida Nurses Association to help coordinate the collection and/or distribution of masks.


  • Governor Ron DeSantis is considering implementing isolation shelters for those infected with COVID-19. Shelters would include empty hotels and convention centers.


  • “The reason why you would want to do that is if someone comes in, tests positive ... if you send them back home, they’re likely to infect the people that they come into close contact with in their home,” DeSantis said. (Miami Herald)



This article is being updated.