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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.

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May 21, 2020 5:43 PM

COVID-19 Update #18
City of Fort Pierce
May 21, 2020, 5:30 PM
772-465-3170
Website: www.cityoffortpierce.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

SOUTH CAUSEWAY AND JAYCEE PARKS CLOSED THIS WEEKEND
In an effort to promote proper social distancing and reduce mass gathering, Jaycee Park and South Causeway Park will be closed to the public beginning Friday, May 22 at 7am until Tuesday, May 26 at 12pm. The decision was made at the May 18th Fort Pierce City Commission meeting to best comply with the Governor’s orders and CDC guidelines. With the holiday weekend ahead, the City of Fort Pierce anticipates large crowds on the waterfront and is taking precautions to protect our community. The boat ramp at Jaycee Park will remain open during the park closure. All other City of Fort Pierce parks remain open.

POP-UP MOBILE PANTRY
The City of Fort Pierce and the Treasure Coast Food Bank will be hosting a drive-thru Pop-Up Mobile Pantry Friday, 5/22 at 10AM in Fort Pierce at the Percy Peek Gym (2902 Avenue D). If you need a little extra help with groceries, stop by the drive-thru pantry.

PEDESTRIANIZING SECOND STREET
The City is launching a pilot street closure this weekend. Second Street between Marina Way and Orange Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, May 22 until Monday, May 25. The intent of this closure is to create additional pedestrian space and to help businesses expand capacity, not to create a gathering or social space. Future zones will be considered based on this pilot.

PARKLET PROGRAM
The City’s parklet program begins next week where businesses will be allowed to utilize the on-street parking spaces in front of their establishment for additional seating or shopping space. There is no fee for this program. Businesses in participating should email shelms@cityoffortpierce.com for more information.

COMMITTEE MEETINGS
City of Fort Pierce Board and Committee meetings shall resume as necessary. All meetings will take place in the Commission Chambers for proper social distancing and teleconferencing capabilities. For a list of Board and Committee meetings, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/223/Agendas-Minutes

GRANTS
COVID-19 Household and Business grant applications are currently being reviewed. Representatives from the Grants Administration Division are following up with applicants to ensure all required documentation is provided and applications are complete. Applicants will be contacted via email with their next steps.

CITY FACILITY PUBLIC ACCESS
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Open.
• Parks - Open, except for South Causeway and Jaycee Park (5/22-5/26).
• Boat Ramps – Open.

HELPFUL CONTACTS
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

COMMUNICATIONS
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

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May 14, 2020 5:54 PM

𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐈𝐃-𝟏𝟗 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞 #𝟏𝟕
City of Fort Pierce
May 14, 2020, 5:45 PM
Website: https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ftpierce

𝐓𝐄𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆
The City of Fort Pierce, in partnership with Dynix Diagnostix, the Department of Health St. Lucie, Indian River State College and Allegany Franciscan Ministries offered free COVID-19 testing this week at Ilous Ellis Park. Due to such strong participation throughout the week, only pre-scheduled appointments for antibody testing will be conducted tomorrow. No additional swab tests are available.

𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐈𝐒𝐒𝐈𝐎𝐍 𝐌𝐄𝐄𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆
The City Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting Monday, May 18 at 6:30 PM. The public may attend the meeting in person or submit comments in writing, including your name and address, to: cityclerk@cityoffortpierce.com no later than noon on Monday. All meetings are broadcast live on TV Channel 27 and streamed online at: www.cityoffortpierce.com. Public hearings are currently not taking place.

𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐈𝐓𝐓𝐄𝐄 𝐌𝐄𝐄𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆𝐒
City of Fort Pierce Board and Committee meetings may resume as necessary. All meetings will take place in the Commission Chambers for proper social distancing and video conferencing capabilities. For a list of Board and Committee meetings, visit: http://www.cityoffortpierce.com/223/Agendas-Minutes

𝐆𝐑𝐀𝐍𝐓𝐒
COVID-19 Household and Business grant applications are being reviewed as quickly as possible. Representatives from the Grants Administration Division are currently following up with applicants to ensure all required documentation is provided and applications are complete. Applicants will be contacted via email with their next steps.

𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐈𝐋𝐈𝐓𝐘 𝐏𝐔𝐁𝐋𝐈𝐂 𝐀𝐂𝐂𝐄𝐒𝐒
The City of Fort Pierce is developing a phased reopening plan of city facilities over the next 2 months.
• City Hall – Closed to the public with appointment only access for Building Department.
• Sunrise Theatre – Closed to the public.
• Police Department Main Station and Substation – Closed to the public.
• City Marina – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Indian Hills Golf Course – Open to the public and practicing social distancing.
• Beaches – Open.
• Parks - Open, including South Causeway and Jaycee Park.
• Boat Ramps – Open.

𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐏𝐅𝐔𝐋 𝐂𝐎𝐍𝐓𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒
St. Lucie County Public Information:
772-460-HELP (4357)
Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
https://www.stlucieco.gov/

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:
866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov

St. Lucie Public Schools
772-462-3800
www.stlucie.k12.fl.us

211 Community Helpline
211 is a community helpline and crisis hotline that provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, information, assessment, and referral to community services for people of all ages.

State of Florida Emergency Coordinating Officers
https://www.floridadisaster.org/state-eoc/eco/

Florida Community Health Centers / Fort Pierce
Drive-Thru Testing
772-461-1402
https://www.fchcinc.org/

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
Tent Testing
772-419-3360
https://www.martinhealth.org/

𝐂𝐎𝐌𝐌𝐔𝐍𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐒
Citizens may subscribe to receive email and text messaged updates through the “COVID-19 Information” alert center on the city’s website. Visit https://www.cityoffortpierce.com/856/COVID-19-Information for updated information and community resources regarding COVID-19.

May 12, 2020 2:10 PM

City of Fort Pierce Offers Free COVID-19 Testing with No Appointment Necessary

In an effort to expand testing and increase availability for the community, the City of Fort Pierce is offering free COVID-19 testing without the need for an appointment. Dynix Diagnostix will provide PCR swab testing to the general public on Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15 from 9AM-5PM and antibody testing to the general public on Friday, May 15 from 12PM-4PM on a first-come, first-served basis until all of the tests have been given.

The testing site is located at Ilous Ellis Park, 1211 Avenue M, Fort Pierce, FL 34950. When arriving for testing, patients should travel U.S. Highway 1 to access Avenue O. Drive approximately .3 miles west and the site will be on the left. If the individual is getting an antibody test, which involves drawing blood, they will be instructed to enter lane “A.” and for individuals undergoing the nasal swab, the will enter lane “S.” Patients getting nasal swabs must remain in their vehicles. Patients getting the antibody must get out of their vehicle to have their blood drawn by a phlebotomist.

The City of Fort Pierce is proud to be able to provide this service in partnership with Dynix Diagnostix, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, the Florida Department of Health, Indian River State College and other community partners through CARES Act Funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For additional information about testing, please call 888-519-9192.

COVID-19 Information