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Latest deaths are in longterm care facilities
Two 91-year-olds in longterm care facilities, one a man in Indian River County and the other a woman in St. Lucie County, are the latest victims of COVID-19.
The deaths were reported Thursday night. Of the Treasure Coast’s 419 cases of coronavirus, 64 have been confirmed at longterm care facilities. Longterm care patients account for four of the nine people who have died on the Treasure Coast from coronavirus.
Today’s report from the Florida Department of Health showed an additional 13 cases of coronavirus for St. Lucie County, bringing its total to 192, four more cases for Indian River County, bringing its total to 85, and two more cases for Martin County, bringing its total to 142. Forty-four of St. Lucie’s cases are in longterm care facilities while 11 of Martin’s cases are in longterm care facilities and nine of Indian River’s cases are in longterm care facilities.
Want to make the most out of your stay-at-home time? If you are interested in a career in the insurance industry, the Corporate and Community Institute at Indian River State College is offering pre-licensing classes online from your home. Click here to see the classes.
Road construction projects continuing
Road construction projects on the Treasure Coast are continuing throughout the stay-at-home order, the Florida Department of Transportation reported today. To see updates on Treasure Coast Construction projects visit http://www.d4fdot.com/tcfdot/index.asp
Sunrise Rotary matching Treasure Coast Food Bank donations
Sunrise Rotary in Vero Beach is matching up to $30,000 in contributions to people depositing directly into an earmarked account. Donations can be made to the COVID-19 Relief Program, C/O Marine Bank, 1450 U.S. 1, Vero Beach 32960. Credit card donations can be made by calling Bob McCabe at 248.421.7301.
The money will be used to feed the hungry on the Treasure Coast. Sunrise Rotary is using money raised from the Florida Craft Brew and Wingfest held in February to provide the match.
“I am especially proud of the outpouring of support we have received from volunteers and organizations such as yours,’’ said Food Bank CEO Judith Cruz. “Our community spirit shines bright as we go through this unprecedented event together.”
HOMETOWN HERO BY MARYANN KETCHAM
Debra Neufeld may reside on the northern end of Hutchinson Island, but she is unfazed by the long-distance drives she encounters when participating in volunteer opportunities. This retired educator works with organizations such as Take Stock in Children, Missionary Flights International, Sarah's Kitchen at the FBBC, and the Treasure Coast Food Bank.
"I was reared to believe that service is our highest calling," she said.
In fact, she joined the National Charity League when she was in the 9th grade and remains an active member today.
"My heart breaks for those in need. The little bit that I do sends goodwill locally and throughout the universe."
"It is even more important to give back to the community during times like these," she said, referring to the pandemic.
From Port St. Lucie to Sebastian, Neufeld can be found volunteering with the Treasure Coast Food Bank. Whether involved with packing and sorting, assisting at the food production site, or directing traffic at the many mobile food distributions, she welcomes those lengthy drives because "It is a vital need. So many people are food insecure, especially now."
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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