Coronavirus COVID-19

  • Martin Together - On the road to recovery
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June 11, 2021 at 10:14 AM

We remain steadfast in our resolve to make Martin County a safe and healthy place to call home. As we continue to navigate the different phases of this health pandemic, protecting the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors remains the county’s primary goal.

Together we'll approach new challenges with resilience and sustainability to protect that which is most precious to us. Together we can get through this and move our community forward. Martin Together.

VACCINATIONS & TESTING

Vaccinations in Martin County

Governor Ron DeSantis has established a vaccination plan for Florida including allocation, distribution and priority. The Martin County Board of County Commissioners does not control vaccine distribution.

For information on vaccine availability, contact the Florida Department of Health at (772) 221-4000.

Floridians are also encouraged to opt-in to receive state updates about the COVID-19 vaccine via text. To receive state updates, text the word FLCOVID19 to 888777.

Vaccination Information

PRIVATE PRACTITIONERS:

Many private practitioners are now receiving doses of vaccine to administer to patients. Please contact your doctor to see if he/she is providing vaccinations.


FLORIDA RESIDENCY:

Per the Public Health Advisory issued by the State on January 21, the state requires that those receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine provide proof of residency meeting criteria 1, 2 or 3:

  1. Valid Florida driver license issued by Florida State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV); OR
  2. Valid Florida identification card issued by Florida State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV); OR
  3. If a resident cannot present #1 or #2, the resident can prove satisfactory Florida residency by presenting a copy of any two of the following items if they reflect a Florida residential address (Note: A P.O. box or commercial/business address is not sufficient and the second item must be from a different category than the first item):
  • Category A: a deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, OR residential rental or lease agreement
  • Category B: a utility hookup or utility work order dated within 60 days before the date of vaccination
  • Category C: a utility bill dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category D: mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category E: mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category F: proof of a Florida residential address for the individual’s parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides in Florida, PLUS a written statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:

The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to the community. For the latest information, visit martin.floridahealth.gov.


PUBLIX PHARMACIES:

Publix is offering vaccinations at all locations in Florida with in-store pharmacies and is now administering both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, subject to availability. Check the Publix website at www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida for more information.


WALMART & SAM'S CLUB:

Walmart and Sam's Club pharmacies are administering vaccines through a federal program. Locations can be found here.


CVS:

CVS Health is administering the COVID-19 vaccine at several locations in Martin County. Monitor the CVS website at www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine for additional information.


WINN DIXIE:

Winn Dixie is administering the COVID-19 vaccine locations in Martin County. For information, visit www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine/.


DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS:

Vaccinations are being offered to veterans age 75 and older who are enrolled with the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center for care. Vaccinations are available by appointment only during certain hours at the Stuart VA Clinic, located at 3501 SE Willoughby Boulevard in Stuart. Please note that vaccine supplies are limited. For appointments, call (772) 288-0304. For more information, visit westpalmbeach.va.gov.


FLORIDA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS:

Florida Community Health Centers is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible FCHC patients at the Stuart and Indiantown locations. Appointments are available based on vaccine supply. For more information, visit fchcinc.org.

Testing Locations

CLEVELAND CLINIC MARTIN HEALTH:

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is performing testing at Martin North Hospital and St. Lucie West for COVID-19 by appointment only.

Anyone over the age of 5 who has a fever and respiratory illness (such as cough, runny nose, sneezing) or any patient with a fever and gastrointestinal illness (such as diarrhea, vomiting) is eligible for testing.

To receive an appointment, individuals who believe they may have symptoms of COVID-19 must first call the nurse triage hotline at (772) 419-3360 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Individuals who are tested will be asked to self-quarantine until the results are received.

Directions and hours for testing locations:

Martin North Hospital
200 SE Hospital Ave.
Stuart, Florida 34994

Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., then 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health at St. Lucie West
1095 NW St. Lucie West Blvd.
Port St. Lucie, Florida 34986

Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., then 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


FLORIDA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, INC:

FCHC is performing drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at their Indiantown Center location, at 15858 SW Warfield Boulevard, by appointment. Individuals are requested to call to setup an appointment for screening, evaluation, and testing at (772) 597-3596. Telehealth appointments are also available. For more information, visit fchcinc.org.

Prevention

PREVENTION GUIDANCE:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Practice social distancing and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

View additional prevention information 

FACE COVERINGS:

  • For unvaccinated people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • The CDC advises that fully vaccinated people can resume normal activities withough wearing a mask, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance. 

View additional face coverings information 

COVID-19 DATA:

The Florida Department of Health has ended their daily COVID-19 dashboard. FDOH has transitioned to a weekly report, which can be accessed via the button below or on their website at floridahealthcovid19.gov.

ACTIONS

The following section features local and state actions taken related to COVID-19 including local emergency orders, Governor DeSantis' executive orders, county news releases, as well as other county actions taken to protect employees and residents.

Declarations

LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY:

To access an archive of all local state of emergency declarations, click here.

County Orders & Ordinances

LOCAL EMERGENCY ORDERS:

EO 21-02: Termination of EO 20-06
EO 21-01: Termination of EO 20-17
EO 20-17: Strongly Encouraging Face Coverings in Public
EO 20-15: Strongly Encouraging Face Coverings in Public
EO 20-13: Termination of EO 20-11
EO 20-12: Closure of Beach Access - Fourth of July Holiday
EO 20-11: Face Coverings
EO 20-10: Termination of EO 20-04
EO 20-09: Lifts Restrictions on Beaches
EO 20-08: Restrictions on Beaches
EO 20-06: Temporary Outdoor Dining
EO 20-05: Partial Reopen of Beaches
EO 20-04: Golf Course Restrictions Update
EO 20-03: Golf Course Restrictions
EO 20-02: Continuity of Business
EO 20-01: Beach Closures

ORDINANCES:

Ordinance 1145: Repeals Ordinance No. 1140
Ordinance 1140: Face Coverings Mandate
Ordinance 1136: Face Coverings Mandate

Executive Orders

GOVERNOR'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS:

Executive orders issued by Governor Ron DeSantis related to COVID-19 and other subjects can be found here

News Releases

To access an archive of all county news releases, click here.

Community Resources

The following section features assistance resources for businesses and individuals, links and updates related to constitutional offices, links to the websites for local municipalities, Martin County School District updates and information from local service providers in response to COVID-19.

Information Resources

Florida Department of Health: For all health-related questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 call center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

24/7 State Hotline: (866) 779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov 
Website: floridahealthcovid19.gov

DOH Martin County: (772) 221-4000
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m – 5 p.m.

FEMA Rumor Control: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has created a Rumor Control page to help distinguish between rumors and facts in response to COVID-19. 

Individual Assistance

CRISIS SUPPORT

If  you are in need of crisis or mental health resources, counseling and/or emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic, view the following link for a list of available COVID-19 crisis resources.

FINANCIAL STABILITY

211: 

211 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to connect residents with resources for food, paying housing bills, mental health services and more. For assistance, dial 2-1-1, (561) 383-1112, or text your zip code to TXT211 (898211). Service is free and confidential. For more information, visit the 211 website.

BASIC NEEDS:

If you are unable to meet basic needs like housing, food and healthcare:

HOME ENERGY NEEDS:

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs. Apply online via the Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc., ALPI website.

UNITED WAY OF MARTIN COUNTY:

To assist Martin County individuals and families who are impacted by COVID-19, United Way of Martin County launched the COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund and has authorized up to $200,000 from their emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts.

United Way of Martin County is working with local direct service organizations to disseminate emergency funds with the appropriate sense of urgency. Learn more via the United Way Martin County website.

DIAPERS AND FORMULA:

Martin County Healthy Start Coalition: (772) 463-2888 | mchealthystart.org

FOOD PANTRIES: 

FOOD ASSISTANCE

SNAP, FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:

The Florida Department of Children and Families' Food Assistance Program helps people with low-income buy healthy food. To apply for the Food Assistance Program (SNAP), please visit the Florida Department of Children and Families website.

HOUSE OF HOPE:

House of Hope is the leading source of food for food insecure residents in Martin County. Eligible residents can receive a supply of nutitionally balanced groceries. For more information, visit www.hohmartin.org. 

MEALS ON WHEELS:

Are you in need of meal delivery due to COVID-19? Call Meals on Wheels at (772) 223-7826 or (772) 223-7825. The Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels program provides hot, noontime meals for those who are unable to shop or cook. 

Although Meals on Wheels primarily serves seniors, it is available to all Martin County residents who have a need for this service, whether on a permanent or temporary basis (for example, following surgery). For more information, visit the Kane Center website.

PREPARED MEALS FOR HOMELESS:

Love and Hope in Action: (772) 781-7002lahia.org

TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK:

Treasure Coast Food Bank supports a network of local emergency food assistance programs. If you are in need of food, please contact one of our agency partners listed on the Stop Hunger website.

For further assistance, contact the Treasure Coast Food Bank Partner Relations Dept. at (772) 489-3034 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

RESOURCES FOR SENIORS

The Council on Aging of Martin County has many resources for Martin County seniors in need. For more information related to home-delivered meals, the emergency food pantry, 24-hour hotline, caregiver counseling, case manager navigator and the Day Medical Center, call the Kane Center at (772) 223-7826 or visit the Kane Center website.

RESOURCES FOR VETERANS

The Florida Veterans Foundation has teamed up with the American Legion of Florida to create the COVID-19 Project Vet Relief Fund. This will help with emergency assistance for those veterans who are affected by this pandemic around the state of Florida. Learn more via the Florida Veterans Foundation website.

PRICE GOUGING

Price gouging can be reported by calling 1-866-9NO-SCAM.

Business Assistance

BUSINESSES

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BOARD:

The Martin County Business Development Board (BDB) has created a centralized online resource, Martin County BIZHub, to help meet the ever-changing needs and interests of local businesses.

It features announcements, updates, links to state and federal business loan programs, connections to small business, job and workforce development partners and more. Businesses can also call the BDB at (772) 221-1380 or email info@bdbmc.org.

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION:

If an individual needs to file a complaint about a business not complying with the Governor’s Executive Order, they can contact the Department of Business and Professional Regulation:

In addition, businesses affected by COVID-19 are asked to complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey.

TOURISM, DINING, INDUSTRY

The Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing offers resources for our local tourism industry, resources for small businesses and more at Discover Martin

Constitutional Offices

MARTIN COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR:

Full services are being offered at the Indiantown, Willoughby Blvd, Palm City and Hobe Sound Tax Collectors’ offices. Residents are encouraged to perform transactions online, by phone, by mail and curbside pick-up when possible. Please note the following safety measures are in place:

  • Clients will temporarily be limited to Martin County residents
  • Only the person conducting business will be allowed in the office
  • We ask residents to NOT pay by cash, if possible (payment can be made by check or E-check, credit or debit card, or Apple, Samsung or Google Pay

For more information, please visit the Martin County Tax Collector's website.

MARTIN COUNTY CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT:

The Martin County Clerk's Office located in the Courthouse Complex and the Hobe Sound Office are open to the public. The Indiantown Office remains closed.

The public is strongly encouraged to use the Clerk's online services, chat service, telephone assistance or the secure drop box located at the Courthouse, 100 SE Ocean Blvd. It is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the Martin County Clerk of the Court’s website

MARTIN COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER:

The Martin County Property Appraiser’s Office is open to walk-in traffic, however the Property Appraiser would like to remind property owners that many services can be done online:  

For more information, please call at (772) 288-5608, email at info@pa.martin.fl.us, or try out our “Live Chat” available on the website. Get your questions answered instantly by clicking the chat bubble icon.  A representative will happily assist you.

MARTIN COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS:

The Martin County Supervisor of Elections' Office is open to walk-in traffic. For assistance, please visit the Martin County Supervisor of Elections website, call the office at (772) 288-5637 or email elections@martinvotes.com.  Elections staff will be happy to assist you. Spanish assistance is also available.

MUNICIPALITIES

Schools

MARTIN COUNTY SCHOOLS:

Monitor the Martin County School District's website for the latest information.

REOPENING FLORIDA

The following section features information related to the measured and strategic reopening of Florida.

Phase 3: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery

On September 25, Governor DeSantis moved the state into Phase 3 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan for Florida’s Recovery.

Highlights of Phase 3 include:

  • Restaurants, bars, pubs and night clubs may operate at up to 100% capacity, with limited social distancing protocols 
  • Theme parks may operate at 100%, with limited social distancing protocols
  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity, but should maintain adequate sanitization practices
  • Retail businesses may operate at full capacity, but should continue to maintain adequate sanitization practices
  • The collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 enforced upon individuals has been suspended
  • Prior restrictions pertaining to the congregation of people in groups larger than 50 have been eliminated, however, the non-vulnerable population should consider minimizing time in crowded environments
  • Personal services such as hair salons, nail salons and barber shops may operate at full capacity with cleaning mitigation measures
  • Vacation rentals may resume normal operating procedures but should continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect between rentals
  • State parks, public beaches and large venues should fully reopen with limited social distancing protocols
  • Vulnerable persons can resume public interactions, but should practice social distancing and minimize exposure to social settings where social distancing may not be practical unless precautionary measures are observed

View Executive Order 20-244 ❯

View Task Force Report ❯

Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

On June 3, Governor DeSantis released Phase 2 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan for Florida’s Recovery.

Highlights of Phase 2 include:

  • Restaurants may allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing
  • Bars and pubs may operate at 50% capacity inside and full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing (customers may only receive service if seated) 
  • Retail establishments may operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols
  • Gyms may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitization
  • Entertainment businesses such as movie theaters, concert houses, playhouses, auditoriums, bowling alleys and arcades may operate at 50% capacity with social distancing and sanitization protocols
  • Pari-mutuel facilities may submit a request to open to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Personal services businesses such as tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons and massage establishments may operate while adhering to guidance from the Florida Department of Health

View Executive Order 20-139 ❯

View Phase 2 Infographic ❯

Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

On April 29, Governor DeSantis released Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. plan for Florida’s Recovery, which outlines a phased approach to reopening and is based on these guiding principles:

  • Focus on the health and safety of the public
  • Continued priority of protecting the vulnerable
  • Protecting residents’ civil liberties
  • Continued partnership with local communities
  • Ensuring public confidence
  • Planning for economic recovery and our healthcare system readiness

Highlights of Phase 1 include:

  • Organized youth activities, including sports leagues, clubs, programs and summer camps, may operate
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating, with increased indoor seating at 50% capacity beginning May 18
  • Retail can operate at 50% of indoor capacity beginning May 18
  • Museums and libraries may operate at 50% of indoor capacity beginning May 18
  • Hair and nail salons can operate but must follow established guidelines
  • Schools continue with distance learning
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited
  • Elective surgeries statewide can resume
  • Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside of their home

View Executive Order 20-131 ❯

View Executive Order 20-123 ❯

View Executive Order 20-120 | FAQs ❯

View Executive Order 20-112 | FAQs ❯

View Phase 1 Infographic ❯

View Guiding Principles ❯

View Task Force Report ❯

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