Coronavirus Update

We are actively monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from Indian River County and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will continue to respond based on the needs of our community. 

For more information about how we're helping the community, please read about our COVID-19 Community Response Fund by clicking the link below. 

 


STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL KINT, CEO, & Meredith Egan, COO, UNITED WAY OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

 
 
We know you are being inundated with messages in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We want you to know that United Way of Indian River County is operating as best we can to maintain business as usual. Community needs don’t disappear in times like these. Due to the impact of COVID-19, our community has an ever growing population in need that will find themselves under-resourced.
 
We know that 51 percent of Indian River County residents live below poverty or are considered ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constraied, Employed). This means that these families will be critically affected as businesses close and ALICE is forced to make difficult decisions.
 
Additionally, our funded partners capacity to serve a growing demand for services will need support. United Way and our partners are working to identify critical needs and resource gaps and the best approach to respond in appropriate ways.
 
Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our community, team members, and all who visit United Way of Indian River County.
 
At this point in time, the United Way Center will remain closed until further notice. This includes the closing of all VITA site locations (FCEP, Sebastian Chamber of Commerce, United Against Poverty, and the United Way Center). To file your taxes online, for free, or request for an extension, please visit our VITA page at UnitedWayIRC.org/Taxes.  
 
 
With the availability of virtual access to meetings, we have decided we will be instituting a completely electronic Citizens Review Process this year. All meetings will be conducted virtually or via phone conference and volunteer panelists will be required to have a computer with speakers and an internet connection. If you find yourself with some free time, we welcome your virtual involvement to help decide the investments our United Way will make!
 
In light of the national emergency brought on by the current coronavirus pandemic, as well as in response to the delay to the start of Minor League Baseball’s 2020 Championship Season, the United Way of Indian River County has elected not to host the annual Jackie Robinson Celebration Game at the Jackie Robinson Training Complex on April 15th. Since the game is part of the St. Lucie Mets’ home game schedule, the game would be played independent of the United Way at the Mets’ Clover Park in Port St. Lucie should the Minor League Baseball season resume by April 15th. 
 
We invite members of our community to reach out and call 2-1-1, if they need help. For the most up-to-date information, please visit our website, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov, or the Florida Department of Health at floridahealth.gov.
 
We know we will get through this as a more connected and caring society. This is a great time for us to be a community even though we are less communal. Help the elderly with errands, check on your friends who must go to work and need child care, simply check on your neighbors about their mental health in this time of uncertainty. Support your local businesses hit hard by loss of revenue, be patient with retail workers. We can find ways to embrace, love and help each other through this by giving what we can. Thank you for all your support and let us know how we can help you as we all navigate this uncertain moment together.
 
With Kind Regards from the United Way Leadership Team,
 
 
Michael Kint                                         
Chief Executive Officer
           
Meredith Egan
Chief Operating Officer
 
 
More infomation about the novel coronavirus and personal precautions continues below.

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses

If you develop emergency warning signs of COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

    *This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. 

How to Protect yourself
  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
Take Steps to Protect Others
  • Stay home if you're sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Immediately wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after you cough or sneeze.
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick when you are around other people.
  • Clean & disinfect frequently touched surfaces DAILY. (ex. tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks)

 

Resources & information

United Way of Indian River County is Working to Help You & Our Entire Community.
 
United Way of Indian River County has launched the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, an emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts to support those in Indian River County who have been affected by this crisis. We are working diligently with our partner agencies across the county to best anticipate the needs and hardships of individuals and businesses. Below we have listed resources for food distribution, financial stability, well-being, and ways for you to get involved. 
I Need Help
211 Helpline
• FREE resource available to you 24/7
• Call 2-1-1 or visit their website, 211PalmBeach.org 
 
Indian River County Hotline
• Operators are available to take your questions.
• (772) 226-4000
• Visit their website, IRCGov.com
 
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center
• Available 24/7
• (866) 779-6121
 
Have Symptoms? 
• Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital Nurse Triage Line
• (772) 226-4846
• 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily
• After a questionnaire and if the individual meets the criteria, they will be given an appointment to go through their drive-thru testing center. 
I Can Help
Our community is in crisis. We need your help to raise funds for our COVID-19 Community Response Fund. Effective immediately, every donation will directly help those facing hardship as a result of this crisis. Join us in our commitment to serve our neighbors that need our help, now more than ever.
 
Please consider - 
• Making a donation HERE
• Asking your friends to donate or start a Facebook fundraiser
• Visit UnitedWayIRC.org/Fundraise for step-by-step instructions 
• Help get the word out - share any of our posts on social media
• Facebook: @UnitedWayIRC
• Instagram: @UnitedWayIRC
FOOD
Treasure Coast Food Bank*
• For complete list of food assistance programs, please visit StopHunger.org/FindHelp
• Call (772) 489-3034
 
United Against Poverty*
• Member Share Grocery Program
• New Hours: Monday - Saturday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
• (772) 564-9365
• For more information, visit their website at UPIRC.org
 
The Source*
Food Delivery Program
• For details, please call (772) 564-0202
• For more information, visit their website at IAmTheSource.org
 
Salvation Army*
• Food Pantry
• Continues to serve to-go orders twice a week in Vero Beach and on Monday's at Sebastian United Methodist Church
• For additional details, call (772) 978-0265
 
Food Pantry of Indian River County*
• Pick-up food assistance
• For details, call (772) 770-2068
 
 
Gifford Youth Achievement Center Food Giveaway
• March 25 at 9:00 AM - located in the gym
• Available items: perishable & non-perishable food, clothing, etc.
• See the event on Facebook - here 
 
School District of Indian River County Mobile Cafe 
• View the Mobile Cafe Schedule here
EDUCATION & CHILDREN
Indian River County School District
• All schools have been canceled through April 15th. 
• Visit their website, IndianRiverSchools.org
 
School District of IRC
At-home Learning Helpline
• Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
• (772) 564-6085
 
• Student Services Helpline
• (student mental health & wellbeing)
• Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
• (772) 564-6199
 
The Buggy Bunch*
• Available: Wipes, Formula, Diapers & Household Necessities (Soap, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, etc.)
• If you need these necessities, please make an appointment:
• Monday - Thursday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
• Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
• Call (772) 226-0467
• For more information, visit their website TheBuggyBunch.com
 
CareNet Pregnancy Center*
• Diapers & Formula Assistance
• (772) 569-7939
 
Florida Department of Children & Families
• For complete list of services, visit MyFlorida.com
FINANCE
Utility & Rental Assistance
 
Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council*
• (772) 567-7790
• For more information, please visit their website at TCHelpSpot.org 
 
Florida Power & Light
• FPL has resources available for customers experiencing financial hardship. FPL.com/Help
 
Economic Opportunities Council*
• (772) 562-4177
• For more information, please visit their website at EOCofIRC.net 
 
Business
 
Sebastian Chamber of Commerce
• Call (772) 589-5969
 
• Indian River County Chamber of Commerce
• Call (772) 567-3491
• Small Business Recovery Information here
 
Florida Diaster
• Florida Businesses are asked to complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey online at FloridaDisaster.Biz
 
• Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program
• Governor DeSantis has activated up to $50 million in allocations to the Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program. FloridaDisasterLoan.org
 
• Small Business Administration
• U.S. Small Business Administration has guidance & loan resources available at SBA.gov
 
Small Business Development Center at IRSC
• (772) 462-7651
 
U.S. Department of Labor
 
Florida Price Gouging Hotline
• Call (866) 966-7726
 
BBB - Better Business Bureau
• How to navigate the Coronavirus Crisis
• Visit BBB.org
 
• Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
 
• Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
• Short Time Compensation Program for Employers
 
• Government Benefits
• Your path to government benefits starts here
 
Internet
 
Xfinity FREE WiFi Hotspots
• Xfinity has made their WiFi Hotspots free for everyone across the county. Subscription not required. 
• Visit Xfinity.com/WiFi for a list of available hotspots. 
 
Taxes - Tax Day is now July 15th
 
My Free Taxes
• You can file your taxes online for free at MyFreeTaxes.com 
 
IRS - Internal Revenue Service
• If you want to apply for an extension to file your taxes, you must submit to the IRS before July15th, 2020. Get the PDF at UnitedWayIRC.org/Taxes 
 
• Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15th, 2020. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this relief. 
• Learn more at IRS.gov
 
Unemployment Eligibility
 
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
• Visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for more information, Connect.MyFlorida.com
 
• Reemployment Assistance
 
• United Against Poverty Indian River County
• United Against Poverty has a computer lab opened for accessibility for those who need to apply for Unemployment or SNAP
• Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
• 1400 27th Street in Vero Beach
• Call (772) 564-9365
 
 
• These banks are offering Coronavirus financial aid
• Read the article and see the full list here
 
Banking
 
• These banks are offering Coronavirus financial aid
• Read the article and see the full list here.
 
 
HEALTH
Visiting Nurse Association
• The Mobile Health Clinic
• Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital ER parking lot
• Monday - Friday from 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM 
• (Closed for Lunch every day from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
• The VNA Mobile Health Clinic is NOT TESTING for Coronavirus (COVID-19) 
• Visit their website, VNATC.com
• Call (772) 567-5551 for additional details
 
Cleveland Clinic Telehealth Initiative
• Express Care Online
• Make an appointment and meet with a doctor via a virtual visit from your mobile device
• Download the free app on your phone
• Google Play: Cleveland Clinic Express Care Online 
• Apple App Store: Cleveland Clinic Express Care 
• For more information, visit their website at IndianRiverMedicalCenter.com
• Call (772) 567-4311
 
FREE COVID-19 Screening Tool
 
Treasure Coast Community Health
• Visit their website, TCCHInc.org
• Call (866) 779-6121 for more information
 
Mental Health
 
Mental Health Association in Indian River County
• Walk-in & Counseling Center will remain open during normal business hours for same-day mental health screenings, crisis intervention, emergency visits, and new patient evaluations
• Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
• 820 37th Place, Vero Beach, FL 32960
• (772) 569-9788
• Telehealth options are available for current patients
• Peer-run Drop-in Recovery Centers remain open during normal business hours
• For more information, please visit MHAIRC.org
 
Mental Health Collaborate of Indian River County
• For more information, please visit MHCollaborative.org
• Call (772) 217-3663
 
Drug Abuse & Treatment Association Outpatient Program
• Now providing telehealth services in lieu of face to face sessions 
• Norman C. Hayslip Center is open until further notice
• 4590 Selvitz Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981
• (855) 839-0787
 

For the most up-to-date information, please visit:

 
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention at CDC.gov
 
The Florida Department of Health at FloridaHealth.gov
 
The Florida Department of Health Indian River County at IndianRiver.FloridaHealth.gov
 
Florida State Emergency Operations Center at FloridaDisaster.org/state-eoc
 
World Health Organization at WHO.int 
 
Indian River County Emergency Management Division at IRCES.com
 
• Florida Govenor Ron DeSantis News Updates
 
U.S. Congressman Bill Posey News Updates
 
• Government Response to Coronavirus COVID-19 at USA.gov
 
 

Additional Resources:

My Florida Resource Directory
• For more information, please visit MyFlorida.com

 

* Indicates partner agencies that have recieved funding from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund