Coronavirus Updates & Resources

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 Constrained, 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.  
 
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 information 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
• Keep up to date with 211's Coronavirus updates and resources for IRC 
• 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
 
IRS Economic Impact Payments
• FAQ about receiving your stimulus check
 
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
• Available items: perishable & non-perishable food, clothing, etc.
• Date: TBD
 
School District of Indian River County Mobile Cafe 
• View the Mobile Cafe Schedule here
 
Pet Food Assistance
For the Love of Paws*
• Currently provides over 10,000 lbs of pet food monthly through home delivery and food pantries
• Learn more at PawsMealsOnWheels.org
 
Resources for Seniors
Senior Resource Association*
• Meals on Wheels Delivery service
• For more information call, (772) 569-0760
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
 
Healthy Families Florida
• Information Flyer
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 COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Here
• FPL has resources available for customers experiencing financial hardship. FPL.com/Help
 
Economic Opportunities Council*
• Assistance with rent, water & sewer bills
• Apply Online - Here
• (772) 562-4177
• For more information, please visit their website at EOCofIRC.net 
 
Indian River County Utilities
• As of March 12, 2020, the Indian River County Department of Utility Services (IRCDUS) suspended the practice of disconnecting potable water service if a customer's account is past due. 
• To provide financial relief to those utility customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Utilities has temporarily suspended changing any new delinquency charges for water and sewer customers effective Monday, March 30, 2020, through Thursday, April 30, 2020.
• For more information, call (772) 770-5300
• For more information, please visit their website at IRCUtilities.com
 
IRS - Economic Impact Payments
• What you need to know IRS.gov
 
United Against Poverty*
• For more information, visit their website at UPIRC.org
 
Veteran Support
 
The Veterans Council of Indian River County*
• (772) 410-5820
• For more information, please visit their website at VeteransCouncilIRC.club
 
Business
 
Sebastian Chamber of Commerce
• Call (772) 589-5969
 
Indian River County Chamber of Commerce
• Call (772) 567-3491
• Small Business Recovery Information here
 
U.S. County Chamber of Commerce
Save Small Business
• $5,000 - one-time, short-term relief grant to employers with up to 20 employees and must operate in an economically vulnerable community.
• Applications open Monday, April 20th | 3:00 PM 
 
Florida Disaster
• 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
 
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
 
Banking
 
These banks are offering Coronavirus financial aid
• Read the article and see the full list here.
HEALTH
Visiting Nurse Association
• Mobile Health Clinic
• Walmart Vero Beach - 5555 20th Street (NW corner parking lot)
• Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
• 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
 
 
Hygiene Product Assisance 
 
CareBag
• Visit their website, CareBagFL.org
• Call (772) 222-7399 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 Governor 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
 
United States Census 2020
• Start the questionnaire here, My2020Census.gov
 
Alert Indian River
• Sign up for alert notifications by text, email, or phone.
Sign up here, IRCES.com/em

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