Indian River County in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Indian River County COVID-19 Case Count
AS OF APRIL 3 6:00 PM
COVID-19 General Information Guide & County Response
Indian River County Press Conference - April 3, 2020.
Indian River County has declared a local state of emergency as an administrative measure to allow for additional purchasing capability as needed and to allow for certain orders going forward if deemed necessary. More information regarding this action.
County Government Services & Facilities
- HOTLINE OPEN (772) 226-4000 - The Indian River County Emergency Information Center Hotline is activated to take calls regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Lines are open from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week. Call (772) 226-4000.
- Florida Department of HealthCOVID-19 Call Center Open 24/7 (866) 779-6121 COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
- County Department offices under the Board of County Commissioners - As of Friday, March 20th, 2020, all offices at the County Administration building will be closed to the public and customer service transactions will be suspended in the following departments:
- Community Development Department
- Public Works Department
- Utilities Department
These departments are still open and able to assist your needs on-line or over the phone. More information can be found below:
- Community Development Department - As of Friday, March 20, 2020, the Department will only accept departmental permits and will conduct all departmental processes by phone, electronically, and/or by using one of our convenient Dropoff and Pick-up boxes in the Lobby of the County Administration Building. While the Community Development Department's physical offices will be closed to the public, our employees will all be available via phone and via email and we will ensure that all residents and businesses may access the functions and information they need without person-to-person contact at the department offices. This includes obtaining information about, applying for, filing, and receiving building permits, temporary use permits, administrative approval permits, file or follow up on a code enforcement action, apply for housing assistance, and all other departmental functions. While all electronic formats are preferred at this time, paper applications will still be accepted in the lobby to minimize hardship for our applicants. Instructions for Electronic Permit Filing
- Public Works Department - As of Friday, March 20, 2020, the Public Works Department will only accept departmental permits and conduct departmental business by phone, email, and/or by using one of our convenient Dropoff and Pick-up bins located in the Lobby of the County Administration Building. Departmental permits consist of Right-of-Way Permits, Residential Lot Drainage Permit submittals or resubmittals, Land Development Permit applications and resubmittals, Stormwater permit applications or resubmittals, Project inspection submittals, and all other types of submittals or applications normally processed by the Public Works Department under normal circumstances. While the Public Works Department's normal interaction with the public at the front counter will not be available, Public Works staff will continue to be available via phone and/or email and we will ensure that all operational functions and informational needs are available without person-to-person contact at the Public Works main office. Instructions for Submitting Paper Documents to Public Works. Indian River County Public Works Engineering Division has been begun an E-Permitting process (electronic permitting). Please review the appropriate policy and process at this link for submittals of the following:
- Single Family Residential Right-of-Way Permit Applications
- Right-of-Way Permit Applications Commercial and Utilities
- Land Development, Stormwater and associated Right-of-Way Permit Applications
- Utilities Department - As of Friday, March 20, 2020, the Department will only accept utility payments online, by phone, drop box, or drive thru at the County Administration offices. While the Utility Department's physical offices will be closed to the public, our employees will continue to be available via phone and via email and will ensure that all residents may access the functions and information they need without person-to-person contact at the County Administration offices. On March 12, 2020, the Indian River County Department of Utility Services (IRCDUS) suspended the practice of disconnecting potable water service if a customer's account is past due. To provide financial relief to those utility customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Utilities has temporarily suspended charging any new delinquency charges for water and sewer customers effective Monday, March 30, 2020, through Thursday, April 30, 2020. Instructions for Utilities payment and applications
- County Recreation Facilities and Libraries - The following Indian River County recreation facilities are closed until further notice: Intergenerational Center, Fairgrounds, North County Aquatic Center,Gifford Aquatic Center, Shooting Range, Sandridge Golf Course, and County Libraries (All E-Books and digital items are still available). Check out what's happening at IRC REC digitally!
- Beaches and Parks -
- COUNTY PLAYGROUND UPDATE: All County operated playgrounds, along with those operated by the cities of Vero Beach, Sebastian, and Fellsmere, will be closed effective 8:00am Monday morning. However, all Parks and Conservation areas will remain open, as well as restroom facilities located at those Parks and Conservation areas.
- Effective March 22nd, 2020 , all City of Vero Beach and Indian River County Beach Access Points are closed to the public until further notice. This closure only applies to those public beach access points which are operated by the City of Vero Beach and Indian River County and does not apply to private beach access points within the County. At this time, all other County parks, conservation areas and boat ramps remain open until further notice. DEP has closed all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23 until further notice.
- Courthouse - The Indian River County Courthouse is closed to the public as of Thursday March 19, 2020 at 5:00pm until further notice. We will continue to process cases and have electronic services to assist customers. Detailed Information on all court closures and services can be found at clerk.indian-river.org/en/covid-19-updates/.
- Property Appraiser - As of March 18, 2020, direct to the public in person services by Property Appraiser personnel are temporarily suspended in all three locations, Main Office at the County Complex, Beachside, and Sebastian will be closed to public access. Visit ircpa.org for online services. More Information
- Supervisor of Elections - Office closed until further notice. Request to vote-by-mail in upcoming elections. Visit www.voteindianriver.com
- Tax Collector - As of Friday, March 20th, the Tax Collector is limiting physical contact with the public to drive-thru services only. Full Press Release | Online services can be found at irctax.com
- Schools - The State Board of Education ordered the closure of all schools unitil May 1, 2020. The SDIRC Mobile Cafes will be providing students breakfast & lunch during school closure Visit indianriverschools.org for details.
State and Federal Resources and Information
Florida Governor DeSantis Executive Orders
- Governor DeSantis has issued a statewide Safer-at-Home order 20-91. Persons in Florida are to limit their movements and personal interactions to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. The Order is effective at 12:01 a.m. Friday and expires in 30 days.
- Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-87, suspending certain Florida vacation rentals of less than 30 days.
Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the next 14-day period. This directive includes rental of homes, condominiums, cooperative, or dwelling units that are considered transient public lodging establishments. It excludes hotels, motels, inns, resorts, and non-transient public lodging establishments and time-share properties. Violations of EO 20-87 is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment, or a fine of up to $500.
- Governor DeSantis has directed the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to all persons over 65 years of age urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, Governor DeSantis has directed the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to individuals with a serious underlying medical condition that places them at a high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Vew all State of Florida Executive orders regarding COVID-19
Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71, directing all restaurants and food establishments within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption for customers. The listed establishments may, however, operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services. Additionally, the Executive Order requires the closures of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida.Vew all State of Florida Executive orders regarding COVID-19
- Governor Ron DeSantis Issues an Executive Order Regarding Bars, Beaches and Restaurants
- Governor Ron DeSantis Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
Other State and Federal Information
Local Resources and Information
- Restaurant Update (COVID-19) March 31, 2020 - Under an executive order by Governor Ron DeSantis, all restaurants are closed to public seating until further notice. Many of our local restaurants adjusted and are offering curbside pickup or take-out ordering. https://www.indianriverchamber.com/restaurant-update-covid-19
- United Way of Indian River County announces an Indian River County COVID-19 Community Response Fund. United Way of Indian River County has launched the COVID-19 Community Response Fund, an emergency fund to aid in recovery efforts to support those in Indian River County who have been affected by this crisis. We are working diligently with our partner agencies across the county to best anticipate the needs and hardships of individuals and businesses. Below we have listed resources for food distribution, financial stability, well-being, and ways for you to get involved.
COVID-19 Coronavirus Health Resources and Contacts
Myths vs. Facts
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization and public health entities across the globe are addressing misinformation about the COVID-19. Here are some myths and correlating facts about the virus: