To stay abreast of the latest press releases concerning COVID-19, please check the links here on the Florida Department of Health website in the upper left corner. They update their website twice daily at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm with new information pertaining to COVID-19 cases in Florida.
For latest statistics, go here, then scroll down to the 2nd orange button under TOTAL CASES OVERVIEW ("Review Case, Monitoring, & PUI Information on the latest COVID-19 Daily Report”) that says “See the Report.” A PDF file will open with the detailed report.
Indian River Cleveland Clinic has a nurse triage line 9-5 daily, 772-226-4846, which is to be called if a person has symptoms and believes they need to have an appointment for the drive-in testing center. The Florida Health COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 866-779-6121.
As of noon on Friday, March 20, all Town Hall and Public Safety Administration offices, the Postal Center and Community Center are closed to the public until further notice. On Sunday, March 22, the County closed all access to public beaches, and the Town also closed its only public beach access at Beachcomber Lane. With health and the public's safety as our first priority, this action is being done in order to protect our community from this highly contagious and potentially deadly virus. Staff is available during normal working hours by phone or email, and much business for the Building Department may be conducted online.
The Regular Town Council Meeting scheduled on Thursday, March 26th was moved up to Saturday, March 21st. No other meetings are scheduled at this time.
The Town declared a Local State of Emergency in connection with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as of 8:01 a.m. March 17, 2020. This is following the County's declaration also on March 17th.
Our phones and emails will be monitored during normal business hours, and most staff will be here. The main number for Town Hall is (772) 231-1771. Please feel free to use the Contact Us form to email general questions. For the Building Department, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (772) 231-4453. The Public Safety Department is (772) 231-2451 (NON-emergency).
The Building Department has the ability to conduct most business online such as applying for a permit, requesting a variance, etc. using one of the many forms available here. Using only an address, you can use iWorq features to look up information.
The Postal Center is closed for mailing and purchases at this time, with postal box patrons able to pick up their mail as usual. Please use the US Postal Service facilities (Cardinal Drive is closest) for mail services, or perhaps CVS or Publix to purchase a book of stamps.
Please click here for the Proclamation. This is an administrative measure to allow for additional purchasing capability as needed and to allow for certain orders if necessary.
Link to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
For other information and resources, please visit this page established by the Florida League of Cities.
Public Safety Department's Status
The Town's Public Safety Department lobby is closed to the public as of noon, Friday, March 20. They have implemented additional health and safety precautions to help protect our residents and employees from spreading the COVID-19 virus in our community. Portable deep-sanitizing equipment has been ordered for the ambulances, which should arrive soon. In the interim, officers continue to use utmost care in cleaning surfaces and equipment manually with hospital-grade products.
Effective 18 March at 8 a.m. until further notice, prioritization of calls as high or low priority calls is in effect as follows:
High Priority Emergency Calls
* Any violent crimes or crimes against persons
* Motor Vehicle crashes involving injuries or lane blockage
* A battery or domestic-related incident either in progress or where the suspect /offender is still on-scene
* Burglaries where evidentiary items need to be collected or the crime scene needs to be processed
Low Priority Calls for Service
These would involve non-emergencies, delayed calls for service, informational property crimes, or ordinance violations. Such calls will only be handled via a phone-in report process. A police officer will call you back and generate a police report over the phone after you have called our dispatch center.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS and Other Information
- What does an Official Declaration of Emergency allow?
* A local State of Emergency allows local government and emergency managers quicker access to resources to help manage a crisis, and to take extra measures to protect the public as needed so the community can return to normal.
* Local government may seek State or Federal funding and assistance for disaster response if warranted.
* It provides authority to trigger actions such as anti-price gouging laws when applicable.
- Has there been a confirmed case in Indian River County?
YES, according to the Indian River County Health Department. This is updated daily.
- Is the Indian River County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) currently activated?
Yes, partially. The EOC remains at Level 2 - Monitoring. Full activation of the EOC may occur at a later date, depending on local conditions.
- Is there a curfew or any restrictions on people moving around the Town or County?
People are encouraged to not gather with groups more than 10 and avoid crowded places. We will continue to follow State and Federal guidance on these matters.
- Are Town Offices open?
NO, as of noon on Friday, March 20, our offices are closed to the public. Staff may be reached by phone or email as usual.
- Are there any local resources to help?
YES, the United Way has offered this information on their website.