The coronavirus has been dominating the news and social media for weeks. It’s good to stay informed, but not all the information is accurate or very helpful. The Florida Department of Health provides information on services for Floridians and the current status of the virus in our area. It is updated daily at 11 am and 6 pm. http://www.floridahealth.gov/
The CDC website provides information at a federal level. The CDC has information about testing and even has a simple self-checker to see if you should be tested. Spoiler alert, if you are not feeling ill or haven’t come into contact with someone who is ill, there is no need to be tested at this time. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
You will likely be asked the following questions if you are feeling ill or visiting a medical professional for any reason.
- Have you traveled by plane, train, or cruise ship in the last 14 days? If yes, where?
- Have you had contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days? Contact means meeting with them in person, being in close proximity of less than 6 feet, even if you did not touch the person.
- Have you had any of these symptoms in the last 14 days?
- Fever above 100 degrees F
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- A lingering cough
- Are you currently experiencing fever, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, or coughing?
If you answered Yes to questions 1 or 2, contact the local triage center at the hospital at 772-419-3360 for further screening and to determine if a test is necessary. Call the Clinic at 772-463-4128 to let us know your status so that we can provide further support.
If you answered No to questions 1 or 2, but Yes to 3 or 4, call the Clinic at 772-463-4128 to speak with Alan or Vickie to determine what you should do next. Do not go to the emergency department unless you are having severe symptoms.
Fear and anxiety are natural during this time. Our psychotherapist, M. Sean Todd LCSW, is available for appointments with our patients by phone. If you need an experienced professional or just someone to talk with that can help you develop healthy coping strategies, please call the Clinic at 772-463-4128 to schedule a phone appointment with Sean.
Tykes and Teens is now offering telehealth services for young people and families. Call 772-220-3439 to learn more or visit their website at http://www.tykesandteens.org/.
The Centre for Interactive Health Solutions is a non-profit in Canada that offers a free 8 session program to help with depression. https://cimhs.com/
Catholic Charities Counseling help with fear & anxiety from COVID-19 Video Therapy Sessions Available. Toll Free Hotline 1-844-848-6777 firstname.lastname@example.org
7 Cups offers free online chats with volunteers to provide emotional support. https://www.7cups.com/
Mindfulness and meditation are useful tools when combatting difficult feelings. Here are two free classes to learn more about these techniques.
Free mindfulness course https://mindfulnessexercises.com/free-online-mindfulness-courses/
Free Meditation course https://phuket-meditation.com/free-online-meditation-course/
VIM Clinic is still assisting patients with no-cost and low-cost access to their medications. VIM Clinic partners with GoodRx and drug companies to find the best prices and sources for medications. Please be sure to check your supply of medications and ensure you have a least a month supply on hand.Contact the Clinic at 772-463-4128 to obtain refills.
Elevate Hope is working with local restaurants to provide prepared meals to be distributed at their location in Port Salerno. Contact them at 772-291-2665 or sign up on their website https://elev8hope.org/.
25 United, with Stephen Leighton and Kyle G., have established a community food service operation at the Martin County Fairgrounds. Several donations have allowed the opportunity to provide reduced cost and free meals to unemployed individuals and seniors with little to no income. They are currently serving meals from 2 – 6 pm at the fairgrounds on Dixie Highway in Stuart.
The House of Hope has several locations throughout the county with food pantries. Visit https://www.hohmartin.org/pantry for more information or call 772-286-4673 to make an appointment for services.
Booths Cafe soup kitchen at the Salvation Army, 821 SE Martin Luther King Blvd, Stuart, is open Fridays 4:45 – 6 pm for a free hot meal to anyone. https://salvationarmyflorida.org/martincounty/#tab-id-4
Martin County Schools will be providing meals for children 18 and under at the following elementary schools at least through March 27th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.
- Hobe Sound Elementary School: 11555 SE Gomez Avenue, Hobe Sound
- J.D. Parker Elementary School: 1010 E. 10th Street, Stuart
- Port Salerno Elementary School: 3260 SE Lionel Terrace, Stuart
- Warfield Elementary School: 15260 SW 150th Street, Indiantown
Boys & Girls Clubs will be providing family meals from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at each of their locations throughout the county.
Cole-Clark Club, 11500 SE Lares Ave., Hobe Sound
Bill & Barbara Whitman Club, 17375 SW Palm Beach St., Indiantown
H. Wayne Huizenga Club, 1150 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City
John & Marge Bolton Club, 4731 SE Flounder Ave., Stuart
Florida Community Health Center, 3441 SE Willoughby Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994 Phone: (772) 403-5650 https://www.fchcinc.org/our-locations/113-stuart-center
Christian Community Care Center is a Christian based ministry providing complete dental care with compassion and respect to low income and Medicaid patients. 433 SE Ocean Blvd. Stuart, Phone: (772) 288-2345
Email: email@example.com website christiancommunitycarecenter.org
Keeping up your physical health is especially important. If you are able to exercise, check out some of these free programs available.
Free 4-week body weight program sent via email https://www.donsaladino.com/bodyweight-program
Exercises designed specifically for seniors https://www.seniorexercisesonline.com/
Cross fit workouts for home that even utilize real people showing the moves https://www.crossfit.com/at-home/workouts
Strong by Zumba offers 30 minute aerobic workout videos in several languages https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQkaczRlyBjl3UKBH59W3XQ/videos
Get your dance on with 305 Fitness that even has a Disney songs dance mix so the kids can exercise along https://www.youtube.com/user/305Fitness/videos
211 can provide a link to many services and is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week by simply calling 211. You can also text your zip code to TXT211 (898211) or visit their website at https://211palmbeach.org/.
The House of Hope provides financial assistance for things like rent and utilities. Contact them at 772-286-4673 or visit their website https://www.hohmartin.org/financial-assistance.
Salvation Army also provides limited financial assistance. Contact them at 772-288-1471 or visit their website at https://salvationarmyflorida.org/martincounty/#tab-id-1.
Unemployment assistance is available by calling 800-204-2418. You can also get the process started online at http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants/apply-for-benefits.
The United Way of Martin County is also providing a list of resources and organizations who are hiring at this time on their website https://www.unitedwaymartin.org/COVID-19.
Amazon in Fort Pierce will have available job openings soon! Please find the hiring links below. Set up your profile and job alerts and as soon as the positions are posted you will receive alerts to apply https://www.amazondelivers.jobs/?cmpid=PRPRLC0780H6
FEMA hires local residents, who are themselves disaster survivors, to help their fellow citizens in the recovery process to add to disaster operational staffing. They allow disaster survivors to get back to work while adding to the long-term recovery of the local community and bring a special understanding of the problems faced by their fellow disaster survivors. https://careers.fema.gov/temporary-local-hires?fbclid=IwAR2z-5yjxDK1On5jlYk4i0hh4czsD1AChN9zxp5xe78xK3XgwsfO3vpB24M
Utilities & Internet:
AT&T offers discounted services through their Access program. To apply click here. https://m.att.com/shopmobile/internet/access/.
Comcast and Xfinity have opened their WiFi hotspots to the public. For a map of available hotspots visit https://wifi.xfinity.com/.
FPL is offering assistance to customers affected by the crisis. Visit https://www.fpl.com/help.html?cid=aliashelp to learn more about the help.
To help pass the time while we are all practicing our social distancing, here are some links to interesting things to do or visit online.
Free books to download:
New titles & over 50,000 new books available at Many Books https://manybooks.net/
Classic Titles & over 50,000 classic and obscure titles at The Gutenberg Project https://www.gutenberg.org/
Museums with Virtual Tours:
The Louvre in Paris https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs
The Guggenheim in New York https://www.guggenheim.org/collection-online
The National Gallery of Art in Washington https://www.nga.gov/
The Smithsonian Natural History Museum https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour
The Salvador Dali Museum in Catalonia, Spain https://www.salvador-dali.org/en/museums/dali-theatre-museum-in-figueres/visita-virtual/
The Sistine Chapel in Rome http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/cappella-sistina/tour-virtuale.html
Live Opera from the Met in NYC https://www.metopera.org/user-information/nightly-met-opera-streams/
Free seven day trial of Broadway Shows live stream https://www.broadwayhd.com/
Marquee TV is a new streaming service they are calling the Netflix for theater. See ballet, theater, and operas by some of the worlds greatest performers. The first month is free https://www.marquee.tv/
Online Games and Trivia:
Trivia quizzes of every sort and all free https://www.funtrivia.com/
Sudoko (also has solitaire and Mahjong) https://sudoku.game/
Thousands of online games like chess, scrabble, and gin at Pogo https://earlyaccess.pogo.com/benefits
Learn to play chess at https://www.chess.com/
Jigsaw puzzles (use your mouse or finger to move around the pieces) https://thejigsawpuzzles.com/
Games for the brain https://www.gamesforthebrain.com/
Zoos and Aquariums with Live Feeds:
If you enjoy watching animals, check out some of the live feed cameras from zoos and aquariums.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach https://marinelife.org/seaturtles/rehab/turtlecam/
San Diego Zoo https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams
Smithsonian National Zoo https://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams
Watch the Meerkats at Miami Zoo https://www.earthcam.com/usa/florida/miami/meerkat/?cam=meerkat
See hundreds of live camera feeds at Earth Cam https://www.earthcam.com/
Kansas City Zoo https://www.kansascityzoo.org/animal-cams/
Monterey Bay Aquarium https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams
Georgia Aquarium https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/ocean-voyager/
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