Florida Reopening Full Plan (Task Force)

To stay abreast of the latest press releases concerning COVID-19, please check the Indian River County Emergency Operations Center webpage for local information. You may also find 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 Florida 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 7-3 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.

Testing Sites

1545 9th Street SW (Oslo Road) Vero Beach, 1.5 miles west of U.S. Highway 1
Drive Thru testing offered Wed. & Fri., 8:30-10:30

4675 28th Ct. Vero Beach, across from Gifford Middle School
Drive Thru Testing Tue. & Sat., 8:30-10:30

12196 CR 512 Fellsmere, 1.7 miles west of I-95
Inside Building testing, Tue. & Fri., 2:30-4:30

CARE SPOT URGENT CARE - Insurance taken
1820 58th Avenue, Suite 110 , Vero Beach
7 DAYS A WEEK 8 am-8 pm

All Town Hall and Public Safety Administration offices and the Postal Center are opened with limited capacity. The Community Center is also open for use with a maximum of 50 occupants per Phase 2 limitations. If possible, it is still requested that you contact staff during normal working hours by phone or email. If you do visit our facility, it would be very much appreciated if you would please wear a mask. As a reminder, much business for the Building Department may be conducted online.

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.

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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 Dept., email inspections@irshores.com or call (772) 231-4453. The Public Safety Dept. is (772) 231-2451 (NON-emergency).

The Building Dept. is open (1 at a time inside) and also 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 specific information on a particular property.

The Postal Center is open for one customer at a time for mail services.

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.

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Link to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

FEMA has established a Rumor Control section on their website at this link.

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 open to the public. 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.


  • 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 keep 6' social distancing, not gather with groups more than 50 and avoid crowded places. We will continue to follow State and Federal guidance on these matters.
  • Are Town Offices open?
    YES. You are still encouraged to conduct business from a distance if at all possible. 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.