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Treasure Coast coronavirus cases rise to 21
The number of coronavirus cases on the Treasure Coast rose to 21 today, up from 13 reported during the Florida Department of Health’s daytime report released yesterday.
So far, Indian River County has 11 cases out of 100 people tested, St. Lucie County has six cases out of 113 people tested and Martin has 4 cases out of 81 people tested. The average age of those testing positive on the Treasure Coast is 57. Eight males tested positive while 13 females have tested positive. The youngest case is a 19-year-old woman and the oldest is an 84-year-old female. Only one of the cases, in Indian River County, has required hospitalization.
Statewide, the Department of Health reported 185 additional cases today for a total of 1,412 cases in Florida. According to state statistics, 10 percent of those people tested for coronavirus in Florida turn up positive.
State extends business license renewal period
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has suspended all official business visits, including inspections. At the same time, the department issued an emergency order to extend license renewal deadlines and renewal requirements for a period of 30 days for licenses with an existing renewal deadline occurring in the months of March or April 2020.
Coldwell Banker Paradise offers virtual home sales and service
As people spend more time at home, Coldwell Banker Paradise has developed virtual homes and services to allow home buyers to continue shopping. The service is at https://www.flcoldwellbanker.com
Suncoast Mental Health remains fully operational
Suncoast Mental Health continues serving more than 1,500 clients. The center is also providing telehealth therapy and telepsychiatry services to help clients via phone and computer. Donations can be made at https://suncoastmentalhealth.org/How-Can-I-Help
Heathcote Botanical Gardens temporarily closes
Heathcote Botanical Gardens in Fort Pierce is closed to the public effective today and remain closed through May. The 3rd Annual Tea in the Gardens has also been canceled. Take a virtual tour of the gardens at http://fpvt.net/HBG
Volunteers needed for dinners
Volunteers are needed to help provide meals through a program feeding families nightly through the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County and the Treasure Coast Food Bank.
“Whether it’s children home from school who can’t access free and reduced meals or families struggling to put food on the table due to loss of income right now,’’ said Treasure Coast Food Bank President and CEO Judy Cruz. “We are providing meals and food boxes to those in need to help them through this unprecedented situation.”
The Fort Pierce Woman's Club gathered together to organize a drive-thru take and go meal station at their Fort Pierce Clubhouse. On the heels of a successful Friday night pancake dinner offering, Monday night drew even more people with the promise of a spaghetti dinner that included a fresh salad and Italian bread. The recent feeding events were developed to feed the homeless children within the St. Lucie County School system and their families. Kylie Fuhr, SLC School District Homeless liaison and vice president of the Council of Social Agencies, helped spread the word by emailing those families. Photos by Mary Ann Ketcham
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