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Florida COVID-19 cases surpass 11,000
The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida jumped to 11,111 today, up 1,526 cases from the day before. On the Treasure Coast, the number of cases rose to 162, with 67 in St. Lucie County (up from 48), 49 in Indian River County (up from 44) and 46 in Martin County (up from 37).
Adjusted for population, Indian River County has the most cases, with one for every 3,263 people, followed by Martin with one for every 3,500 people and St. Lucie County with one for every 5,899 people. St. Lucie County is roughly double the population of both Martin and Indian River.
A total of 2,011 people have been tested on the Treasure Coast for the virus, 877 in St. Lucie, 578 in Martin and 556 in Indian River. Today’s report showed 102,108 people total have been tested in the state. The statewide death toll rose to 191, up from 163 the day before.
County numbers based on individual case data on daily person's under investigation report and may vary somewhat from what appears on the state dashboard
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
Survey launched to predict coronavirus trends
The Florida Department of Health has launched a survey, StrongerThanC-19, to help the department predict trends for the COVID-19 virus. Take the survey at https://www.strongerthanc19.com/start
Is your church offering virtual services during Holy Week?
Indian River Magazine is compiling a list of churches on the Treasure Coast providing livestreaming of services during Easter Week. The listing will be shared online and via social media throughout Easter Week. If you are a pastor or authorized representative of your church, please visit https://www.indianrivermagazine.com/treasure-coast-churches/ and complete by noon Monday, April 6.
Stuart registry starts recruiting drive for caregivers
The rising demand for caregivers by those severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted VIP America, a licensed nurse registry in Florida, to mount a major national recruiting drive to bring more qualified caregivers to Stuart and the regions served throughout southeast, central and southwestern Florida. VIP America is hopeful that many of the hard-working restaurant and hospitality industry workers who are now out of a job may have the skills to become caregivers
“We know that there may be hundreds if not thousands of unemployed who have the skills needed to care for seniors and others who wish to remain in their homes during this crisis rather than be confined in a nursing home,” said Jill Ball, president, VIP America. “We want to help keep people in their homes where they have a much improved chance of recovering from the pandemic by receiving individualized care and, in many cases, companionship from caregivers who also maintain communications with the patient’s family and loved one.’’
Those interested in being considered as a qualified caregiver should contact Michael Asche at (321) 307-1121 or apply online at www.vipamerica.com
Summer Crush adds deliveries
Summer Crush Vineyards and Winery, 4200 Johnston Road, Fort Pierce, now offers deliveries. The deliveries includethe vineyard’s traditional wines and 35 beers and ciders at discounted prices. Vineside pickup and in-state shipping is also available. Visit www.summercrushwine.com or call 772 460 0500Tuesday-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
United Way of Indian River County has awarded the second round of COVID-19 Community Response Fund grants to aid organziations helping the needy. A total of $243,000 has been distributed since the fund was established.
Contributors to the fund include individual donors and the Indian River Community Foundation, John's Island Foundation, John's Island Community Service League and Grand Harbor Outreach.
To donate, go to https://www.unitedwayirc.org/ResponseFund
TODAY’S HOMETOWN HERO BY MARYANN KETCHAM
Donna Qvarnstrom, co-owner of Cobb's Landing Restaurant and Little Jim Bait & Tackle in Fort Pierce, not only serves up great chow, she takes great pride in helping the local community.
Each year, Qvarnstrom hosts a Celebrity Bartender event for the Family Meals nonprofit and throws the kick-off and award parties for the Lenny Schelin Memorial Fishing Tournament at Cobb's Landing. She also makes sure that members of the Fort Pierce Kiwanis Club are well-cared for and well-fed at their weekly morning meetings.
Since the temporary closure of Cobb's Landing and the decision to limit Little Jim Bait & Tackle sales to bait, beer, ice, and packaged goods, Qvarnstrom has continued to pay her nearly 85 employees. Despite the out-of-pocket expense, she is intent on ensuring their well-being.
"The entire town is feeling the crunch right now. I'm trying to do everything I can to take care of my employees," she said. "They are awesome!"
Besides paying salaries, Qvarnstrom recently gave employees the go-ahead to host a car wash at Cobb's Landing to help recoup lost tip money.
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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