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

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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 5,473 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 7,755 tests performed on March 29, there were 1,018 positive results, or 13 percent.
Three people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in DeSoto, Okaloosa and Palm Beach counties.
New Florida cases include:
• 523 additional positive COVID-19 cases (508 Florida residents and 15 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.
• There are currently 5,276 positive cases in Florida residents and 197 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 here.

Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection

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UNITED WAY of Martin County COVID-19 Resource Update

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The federal government is allowing states to change their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
• Each state’s rules may be different. Contact your state’s unemployment insurance program to learn about and apply for unemployment insurance.https://www.usa.gov/unemployment#item-214601
• Visit http://www.floridajobs.org/job-seekers-community-services or view the FAQ

The United Way of Martin County is committed to providing resources for residents of Martin County. Below are some education, health and financial stability resources that may help you, a family member or neighbor. Please feel free to share. If you have resources for the next update, please email us.

Remember, The 211 Helpline is available 24/7 to connect you with resources for food, mental health, legal support and more. Those in need of help can dial 2-1-1, (561) 383-1112, or text their zip code to TXT211 (898211). 2-1-1 service is free, confidential and 24/7.

Martin County Public Parks & Beaches Closed

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To protect the health and well-being of residents and visitors, Martin County will be closing all county-owned beaches to public access until further notice. This does not apply to property owners, residents and visitors at beachfront properties, who may access the beach via private access. The closure includes Sand Dune Cafe at Jensen Beach.

Martin County, in partnership with our local law enforcement agencies, made every effort to keep beaches open for residents and visitors to enjoy, requesting that beachgoers continue exercising good hygiene practices as recommended by the CDC and Florida Department of Health, park in designated parking areas and adhere to social distancing guidelines. However, on Sunday, March 22, county beaches were crowded, creating health hazards, and vehicles were parked outside of designated spaces, creating hazardous conditions for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Due to the public's refusal to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the county has made the decision to close public access to county-owned beaches for everyone's safety.

We are working closely with federal, state and local officials to monitor the coronavirus and mitigate its spread in our community. Governor DeSantis and local officials made the following announcements:

  • State Of Florida: All state parks are closed.
  • Martin County: All county beaches are closed to the public.
  • St. Lucie County: All county beaches on North and South Hutchinson Island are closed.
  • Palm Beach County: All boat ramps and marinas are closed to all recreational boating activities, including boat launching, storage activities and rentals. The previous order closing beaches also remains in effect.

All of these closures are effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice. Please be on the lookout for additional information as it becomes available.

In the meantime, we must continue to be vigilant as a community:

  • Frequently wash hands and surfaces
  • Refrain from touching your face
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick
  • Limit close contact with others

More information on COVID-19 can be found at coronavirus.gov. You can also find more resources on the coronavirus here: For direct questions or guidance in reference to COVID-19, you can call the 24-hour Florida Department of Health Call Center at 866-779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov or the Department of Health in Martin County at 772-221- 4000, extension 9.

Martin County Informational Resources

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Informational 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.
Hotline: 866-779-6121
Email: covid-19@flhealth.gov
• Martin County Community Information Center (CIC)
Martin County's Community Information Center is staffed to answer questions regarding county business, closures, services and general information from our elected and constitutional officers and community partners. Staff is available to answer questions from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
CIC: 772-287-1652
• AlertMartin
Residents are encouraged to sign up to receive emergency alerts, including information about COVID-19, by phone, text and/or email. To sign up, simply text ALERTMARTIN to 888777 or register online.
Financial Stability Resources
• Basic Needs-If you are unable to meet basic needs like housing, food and healthcare: House of Hope: 772-286-4673, Salvation Army of Martin County: 772-288-1471
• COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Info-The federal government is allowing states to change their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits related to COVID-19.
Learn more

• Food for Children Out of School-The Martin County School District's Food and Nutrition Services Department will provide free meals to children from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27. Meals will be served to children aged 18 and under at the following locations:
o Hobe Sound Elem. School-11555 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound
o J.D. Parker Elem. School-1010 E. 10th St., Stuart
o Port Salerno Elem. School-3260 SE Lionel Terr., Stuart
o Warfield Elem. School-15260 SW 150th St., Indiantown
• House of Hope Food Distribution-House of Hope is distributing prepackaged food directly into client's vehicles. Clients on foot and bicycle will also be served. Those new to the House of Hope will need to bring the following information to access the service:
o Picture ID
o Proof of Martin County residency (current lease or utility bill)
o Questions...Call 772-286-4673

• 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 at https://stophunger.org/findhelp/. For further assistance, contact the Treasure Coast Food Bank Partner Relations Department at 772-489-3034 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You will be directed to the nearest emergency food provider in your area.
Business Resources
Businesses affected by COVID-19 are asked to complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey at https://floridadisaster.biz/. In addition, the Governor has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program. Information can be found at https://floridadisasterloan.org/.
• FP&L-For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, FPL has resources available to help, and to the extent they are available, it will continue to connect customers with resources from federal, state and local authorities. For now, FPL is suspending disconnections at least through the end of March. A good place to learn more is www.FPL.com/Help.
• Comcast-Xfinity WiFi Free for Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free - including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the "xfinitywifi" network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
• AT&T
All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, we'll continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. We've expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html.

Visit www.martin.fl.us/coronavirus, Martin County's online resource for information related to COVID-19. Follow us on Facebook at @MartinCountyBoardofCountyCommissioners, Twitter @MartinCountygov and Instagram @martincountyflorida.

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Martin County continues to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Protecting the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors remains our primary concern and we continue to make decisions based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida Department of Health recommendations, as well as direction from the state and federal level.

Martin County's website is updated throughout the day and is the first place to look for comprehensive information related to county business, along with links to community partner websites so residents can stay abreast of current information.
County Operations
Effective today, Friday, March 20, all Martin County Government facilities will be closed to the public for the health and safety of county residents and county employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

While County offices will be closed to the general public, essential county service will continue with limited staffing in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19.
• Utilities and Solid Waste Department
In-person services have been suspended as of Thursday, March 19.
Ways to make a utilities payment:
o Pay online
o Call us at 772-221-1434
o Leave payment in a secure envelope in the blue drop box located in the parking lot at 3473 SE Willoughby Boulevard
• Health and Human Services/Veterans Services-No walk-in customers are being accepted for services with the exception of drug testing. Please call our office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 772-288-5785 for assistance. In addition, no cash will be accepted, and payments must be made online or with credit cards.
• County Administration Building-The County Administration Building is closed to walk-in traffic. For assistance, please call 772-288-5400, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
• Building Department-The Building Department is closed to walk-in traffic. For assistance, please call 772-288-5916, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
All branches of the Martin County Library System are closed. In addition, all events, programs, and classes have been cancelled. No materials will be due, and no fines will accrue during the closure. Residents are encouraged to utilize the following services during this time:
• Hold pick-up at each location (during normal library hours)
• Email and telephone reference (during normal library hours)
• Downloadable eBooks and eAudio (24 hours a day/7 days a week)
• Online classes through Lynda.com (24 hours a day/7 days a week)
Parks and Beaches
Sailfish Splash Waterpark and lap pool, as well as the Martin County Golf Course, are closed to the public. In addition, all organized programs and special events hosted at Martin County Parks and Recreation Department facilities are cancelled until further notice. All other parks and beaches (with the exception of Bathtub Beach) remain open at this time. We are in regular conversations with the Governor's Office and the Martin County Sheriff's Office about the status of our beaches. We will continue to monitor beaches and address them on a case by case basis.

Trash and Recycling
At this time, the collection of garbage, yard waste, bulk trash and recycling will continue without interruption based on regular schedules for Waste Management customers. For the latest information, visit

Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County

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Despite closing Clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County will still provide free meals for any community children in need

With precautions around COVID-19 prompting the temporary closure of its four Clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County is unfortunately currently unable to provide its signature safe havens and positive mentorships for its nearly 2,000 club members. But that hasn’t stopped it from providing its Club members—as well as youth across the county—with free meals.

Starting immediately, the nonprofit organization is launching a food relief effort to minimize the stress and uncertainly further afflicting the vulnerable populations that comprise the bulk of its membership.

“Right now, there’s a shared sense of anxiousness about how the coronavirus impacts and response will continue interrupting daily life,” says Keith “Fletch” Fletcher, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County. “But when you live with hunger and uncertainly about where your next meal is coming from, the anxiousness never goes away. Sadly, that’s a reality for many of our members. They depend on the Clubs for meals, and we’re not going to let them down—even and especially during this difficult situation.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County will provide free meals to children under age 18—whether they are club members or not—now through Sunday, March 22. Meals are available for pick up at the four club locations:

• Cloe-Clark Club, 11500 SE Lares Ave., Hobe Sound
• Bill & Barbara Whitman Club, 17375 SW Palm Beach St., Indiantown
• H. Wayne Huizenga Club, 1150 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City
• John & Marge Bolton Club, 4731 SE Flounder Ave., Stuart

Meals provided include dinner and a snack. Provisions can be picked up drive-through style outside the clubs from 4 to 7 p.m. through Sunday. Those receiving can accept the meals regardless if they arrive on foot, by bike or by car.

While 11 percent of Martin County residents reportedly qualify as food insecure, such numbers are particularly concentrated among the members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County. More than 85 percent of the Clubs membership qualifies for the Martin County School District’s free/reduced meals program—nearly twice the average districtwide. Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County serves more than 100,000 free meals to members every year. Membership in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County is free.

Additional support
Starting March 23 through March 27, the Martin County School District’s Food & Nutrition Services Department with open its Summer Meals Program, serving breakfast and lunch to children under age 18 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Locations include:
• J.D. Parker Rockets, 1010 E. 10th St., Stuart
• Port Salerno Elementary School, 3260 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart
• Warfield Elementary School, 15260 SW 150th Street, Indiantown

For individuals needing additional assistance, Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County recommends contacting any of its nonprofit partners—House of Hope, The Salvation Army, Love and Hope in Action (LAHIA), Meals on Wheels, the Treasure Coast Food Bank or by dialing 211.


Mar StuartAir Show

Stuart - The Audi Stuart Air Show is thrilled to announce that on March 6th, at our “Salute to Stuart” fundraiser, we raised over $66,000 in support of our non-profit organization. We would like to extend a special thank you to the over 200 people who attended the event, our generous sponsors, and our incredible volunteers, for making this evening one to remember.
“CenterState Bank is honored to have been able to present this fundraising event in support of the Audi Stuart Air Show,” says Amy Bottegal, Stuart Air Show Board President and CenterState Bank Representative. “This event allowed us to pay homage to the wonderful community that the Stuart Air Show has called home for 30 years. Salute to Stuart brought our community together to rally support for our air show.”
The funds raised last Friday, will not only allow the Audi Stuart Air Show to replenish our financial reserves, which were nearly depleted following the tragic events causing our 2019 show to be cancelled, but also allow our 2020 show to be top-notch.
“It means so much to be a part of a community where we are so warmly supported by our residents,” says Skylar Gorman, Executive Director of the Audi Stuart Air Show. “The Audi Stuart Air Show has been a staple of Martin County for as long as I can remember and thanks to the success of Salute to Stuart, I have no doubt that the show will be around for many years to come.”
SkyBlue Jet Aviation provided their hangar in Witham Field for the event. Cheree Ramirez, SkyBlue Jet Aviation's Marketing Manager and longtime Audi Stuart Air Show volunteer, says, “I am proud to work with a company that believes in such an impactful event that sparks the love of aviation in so many of our young attendees.”
We would like to extend a special thank you to the following organizations for their generous support of the “Salute to Stuart” event: CenterState Bank, SkyBlue Jet Aviation, ADT Commercial, Treasure Coast Urgent Care, FPL Connect, Sailfish Marina of Stuart, Reel Graphics and Embroidery, Aerodyne Corporation, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, Audi Stuart, Eventmakers, and JJ Taylor Distributing.
Since last November, the international air show community has rallied around the Audi Stuart Air Show, calling the event “second-to-none.” And this year will be no exception. On November 6th through 8th, we will make our return to Witham Field to put on this community tradition for the 31st year. The three-day event will feature thrilling performances by nationally recognized military and civilian performers as well as captivating static displays. Festivities will kick off on Friday, November 6th, with the highly anticipated twilight air show featuring spectacular aerobatic performances at sunset, fireworks display, and our popular Dirty Flight Suit Party. On Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th, our gates will be open from 9am – 5pm, with as much to see on the ground as in the sky!
Tickets are available now at a pre-sale price of just $15. Pre-sale tickets will help continue to support our non-profit organization and our planning efforts for November. Purchase tickets online at www.stuartairshow.com/tickets or by calling 877-577-9463. Special pricing is offered to Veterans / Military and their spouses as well as for youth. Children under age 5 are admitted free.
For 2019 ticket holders who exchanged their tickets through our voucher program November 22, 2019 – December 22, 2019, click “buy tickets” on our website, or visit: https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/SAS/Online/default.asp. Once there, log into your account at the top right corner of the web page, where you should see your order for 2020 tickets. If you have any questions about 2019 tickets, please email info@stuartairshow.com.

WHAT: Audi Stuart Air Show
WHERE: 1895 Flying Fortress Lane, Stuart, Florida, Witham Field
WHEN: Friday, November 6, through Sunday, November 8, 2020
TICKETS: $15 - Purchase tickets online at www.stuartairshow.com/tickets or by calling 877-577-9463

The Future is P.A.L


Jensen Beach - On March 12, 2020 the Martin County PAL held their gala for the PAL program at Frances Langford Pavilion in Jensen Beach. Special Guest for the evening was two time Heavyweight Champion John Ruiz. Sponsors for the evening were: Colorado Pawn & Jewelry, Simpson Chiropratic, Martin County Sheriff's Office, Philip DeBerard, ESI, Eventmakers, TCIROOD, O'Donnell Windows, Lesser & Lesser, D-DEY, Islamorada, Stuart Boatworks, Tony & Laura Cardinale.

The program was developed more than seventy years ago to provide an alternative to drugs and violence. The program was formed throughout the country as a potent vehicle to foster construct relationships between law enforcement and it's community that they serve everyday. The men and women of the Martin County Sheriff's office formed a local chapter and are going strong.

The Martin County Sheriff's office love to encourage all participants and hope with their help realize their full potential and become productive members of their communities. This is a safe environment where they can come and not worry about the other side issues for just a little while that they maybe experiencing.

With start up cost Martin County PAL ask for your donations to help with their needs and programs such as boxing ring, gloves, wraps and membership expenses. The MCPAL is a charitable 501(c)3 non-profit and your donations are tax deductible.

For more information: Call them at: 772.919.2441. They are located at 688 SE Monterey Road in Stuart.

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Kiwanis Club of Stuart "Pancakes & Reading in the Park"


Stuart - On March 7, 2020 at 11:00 am at Kiwanis Park in downtown Stuart the Kiwanis Club of Stuart hosted its annual "Pancakes & Reading in the Park”.
They celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with story time readings, games, prizes, rock art and yummy pancakes and green eggs and ham.

Cher Fisher is the President of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart this year and she invited everyone to come out and have a fun-filled morning at the park. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat breakfast were $5.00. Children 5 and under ate for free. Sponsors for the event: Little Free Library Sponsor - Cher Fisher, Reading in the Park Sponsor - Colorado Pawn & Jewelry - Steve & Evie Klaassen, Kiwanis ROCKS Treasure Hunt Sponsor - Ciferri Family Foundation and Art in the Park Sponsor - LP&G, LLC.

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund Kiwanis community service projects and school leadership programs within Martin County.

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and solicits funds from the public to allow it to provide service to the community.

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9th Annual National Walk to End Brain Tumors and Silent Auction – Indian River Side Park Jensen Beach

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Jensen Beach - The Course will start at the mansion and head south in a clockwise circle for two big loops Staying to the left at the fork in the front of the park. On the third loop runners will turn right at the fork and make a small clockwise loop to the finish.

As part of the National Walk to End Brain Tumors, Team “Go Joey Go” of Jensen Beach has been formed. All walker runners are welcome to join them Saturday, May 2, 2020, 7:00 am at Indian Riverside Park, 1707 NE Indian River Drive in Jensen Beach. Registration begins at 7:00 am, Run/Walk at 8:00 am, Fun Run at 9:00 am. Silent Auction to be conducted immediately after.

Team “Go Joey Go” has had firsthand experience with the challenges of a brain tumor when in 2011; 4-year old Joey Swanson of Jensen Beach was diagnosed with pilomyxoid astrocytoma, an extremely rare and lethal form of cancer. He had surgery on September 9, 2011 and during a 10-hour surgery, doctors removed part of the tumor on Joey’s brain, however, an inoperable tumor remains on his brainstem. Doctors implanted chemotherapy wafers in Joey’s brain. Joey has had several procedures and after his January, 2014 MRI it seems to be in remission.

Joey and his family live in a Jensen Beach neighborhood with both sets of grandparents, three aunts and two uncles. Their strong family ties are important as the family fights for Joey and all those affected by brain tumors. Everyone is encouraged to join them for this very important cause.

You can register online at JensenBeachRace.com and sign up to join Team “Go Joey Go.” A free T-shirt for each runner/walker is included with registrations paid at least 10 days in advance. Adults: $30.00, Children 8-17 yrs: $15.00

Children 7 and under do not need to register unless they want a t-shirt.

Fun Run is $40.00 for the whole Family (T-Shirt Sold Separately)

For more information on Team “Go Joey Go” contact Nancy Swanson 772-530-1504 or Susan Parisi 772-215-8662.

To See Auction Items: Visit JensenBeachRace.com & Click Auction Items

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