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9 more coronavirus cases for Treasure Coast
The Treasure Coast reached 100 coronavirus cases today, up by nine the day before, according to the daytime report released by the Florida Department of Health.
St. Lucie County reported 38 cases, up from 33 the day before. Indian River County reported 33 cases, up from 30 the day before. Martin County reported 29 cases. Hospitalizations in St. Lucie County because of the virus increased to 12 from 8. Martin and Indian River reported no additional hospitalizations.
So far, the Department of Health is reporting 1,347 tests for the Treasure Coast, with 610 in St. Lucie, 364 in Indian River and 373 in Martin.
The number of statewide cases reported today rose by 617 cases, to 6,955 to date.
As a service to readers and restaurants on the Treasure Coast, Indian River Magazine Inc. has created a website showing restaurants that are open for carryout and/or delivery in St. Lucie, Indian River and Martin counties. The site includes hours and days carryout is available as well as popular dishes. See the new site at treasurecoastrestaurants.com
St. Lucie County issues ‘Safer at Home’ order
St. Lucie County has ordered a “Safer-At-Home Order” for all residents within St. Lucie County, including the cities of Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, effective Saturday, April 4 at 6 a.m.
Encourages citizens to stay at home as much as possible during the continued COVID-19 crisis and allows travel outside the home to essential activities (grocery shopping, outdoor activities, doctor and pharmacy visits, and providing essential structure and utility services)
Allows non-essential activities, so long as social distancing and other Centers for Disease Control requirements are followed
Is less restrictive than total lockdowns or shelter-in-place regulations, which prohibit movement outside of the home or a particular location until further notice
Restaurant at Capt. Hiram’s offers Easter special carryout
Blackfin’s Riverfront Grill at Capt. Hiram’s Resort in Sebastian is offering an Easter Sunday family style dinner for four for $47.99 featuring honey glazed ham, green bean casserole and potatoes au gratin. The special is available for pre-orders only through noon Thursday, April 4. Call 772.581.6171 to preorder your meal.
TooJay’s rolls out ‘groceries to go’
TooJay’s Deli locations on the Treasure Coast, 555 21st St., Vero Beach, and 2504 SE Federal Highway, Stuart, began rolling out their new Groceries Too Go program on Tuesday.
Groceries Too Go offers guests the opportunity to buy high-quality chicken breasts, ground beef and salmon, as well as eggs by the dozen, toilet paper and paper towels. Guests can also stock up on sliced deli meats, cheeses, breads, salads and more.
The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce website, indianriverchamber.com, lists the status of restaurants in Indian River County, along with phone numbers and websites. Because information changes so quickly, users are asked to call the restaurants first.
Indian River Magazine details initiatives during pandemic
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For residents seeking to either give help or get help, House of Hope has been updating its website, social media channels, and newsletters to keep everyone informed as quickly as possible. With four service centers across Martin County now offering curbside prepackaged pantry distribution in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach, those newly in need are encouraged to bring their photo ID and proof of residency in Martin County in order to receive emergency food service. For those seeking financial assistance, residents should call (772) 286-4673. For updated hours and addresses the public is invited to visit hohmartin.org/locations before heading to the nearest service center.
Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of over 5,500 people per month with services that include basic needs — food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance — and long-term case management which helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. Several nutrition gardens and the newly constructed Growing Hope Farms provide a sustainable source of fresh produce for clients as well as nutrition education and vocational opportunities to the community. House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offers free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being. For more information, visit hohmartin.org or call (772) 286-4673.
TODAY’S HOMETOWN HEROES BY MARY ANN KETCHAM
Heroes bring HOPE, something there is no shortage of at the Rio home of Susanne and Jim LoPilato. Like the rest of us, Susanne, owner of La Petite Fleur Couture Bridal Salon and Jim, an employee of Martin County's Parks and Recreation Department, are feeling the effects of the coronavirus restrictions. But instead of becoming fretful, the LoPilatos are shining their lights to keep hope alive. The couple, known locally for their delightful Christmas displays, has brightened up their neighborhood on North East Martin Avenue in Jensen Beach by decorating early. "As decorators, we can help stoke the fire of hope by putting our lights back up for our neighbors to enjoy," said Susanne. "Hope is the most powerful emotion known to the human condition. It's what gets us through tough times."
Do you know somebody on the Treasure Coast who should be singled out for praise because of their actions during the coronavirus pandemic? Whether it’s a nurse at the local hospital, a volunteer at the local food bank or a grocery clerk going the extra mile, Treasure Coast Business and Indian River Magazine Inc. will help you sing their praises in our new online feature Hometown Heroes of the Treasure Coast. Visitwww.indianrivermagazine.com/hometown-heroes/
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