Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update


    General Information regarding COVID-19

    March 25, 2020 – The health and safety of our visitors and residents is our utmost priority. We are closely monitoring the situation and working with the Emergency Management Organization, the Indian River County Health Department, and VISIT FLORIDA, to gather and share the latest developments regarding the evolving Coronavirus situation. On Friday, March 20th, Governor DeSantis ordered all restaurants closed to seating.  There are a number of restaurants in our area providing pick up and curb-site service.  Governor DeSantis also ordered all beaches closed to the public effective March 22nd, at 5:00 p.m.

    Indian River County has announced that the Intergenerational Center, County Fairgrounds, North County Aquatic Center and Gifford Aquatic Center are closing today and will not reopen until further notice.  Indian River County public libraries are also closed however library staff wll remain on site at the Main  County Library and the North County Library for limited services.

    The Environmental Learning Center and the Vero Beach Dog Park are open. 

    For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 866-779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov. The Call Center is available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.

  • Update from Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital

    The Hospital is enforcing new guidelines for visitors in accordance with emerging practices. Visitor rules now require check-in to take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. No visitors are allowed from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. unless accompanying a newly admitted patient.

    In an abundance of caution for our community and caregivers, we have suspended all-volunteer services. We have postponed all events and suspended all caregiver participation at events for the next 30 days, including patient support group sessions. If you have any questions about your scheduled appointments or procedures, please call your physician’s office.

    If you are concerned you may have COVID-19, we recommend you seek care first from Cleveland Clinic’s virtual visit platform, Express Care Online at clevelandclinic.org/ECO or by contacting your primary care physician.  The Hospital asks that if you are feeling ill that you call your primary care physician’s office prior to visiting.

    If you meet the Florida Department of Health guidelines for testing based on symptoms, travel, and exposures, you will be advised as to how to proceed with testing.  Cleveland Clinic Indian River has established drive-through testing located along teh west side of the hospital.  This has been established for those patients that meet the Florida Department of Health criteria for testing. 

    More information on COVID-19 is available on the Cleveland Clinic’s website. Visit clevelandclinic.org/coronavirus as it is updated frequently. 



    Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nor the State Florida, declared any kind of travel advisories.   According to CDC’s site, “the CDC does not currently have a COVID-19 travel health notice for Continental US,” and therefore, the CDC “does not recommend canceling or postponing travel” within the Continental US. The CDC states that “travelers should always avoid contact with sick people and clean their hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%–95% alcohol. As a reminder, the Department of Health always recommends everyday preventive actions to help impede the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

    • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
    • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
    • Covering your cough or sneezing with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
    • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if hands are visibility dirty;
    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.