Indian River County declares local state of emergency amid COVID-19

Indian River County State of Emergency
Indian River County State of Emergency

Effective March 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., Indian River County has declared a local state of emergency.

There are no reported or confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sebastian or Indian River County at this time. There is 1 coronavirus case in Brevard County.

The state of emergency in Indian River County is only an administrative measure to allow for additional purchasing capability as needed and to allow for certain orders going forward if deemed necessary.

County offices and facilities are open and observing regularly scheduled hours.

The local state of emergency does not impact voting in today’s election and polling places are observing their usual hours. The Supervisor of Elections is taking extraordinary steps to keep polling places clean to prevent transmission of viruses.

Local Declaration of Emergency Additional Information and FAQ’s

What does an official declaration allow?

  • A local State of Emergency allows local government and emergency managers quicker access to resources help manage a crisis and return the community to normal.
  • This enables government officials to take extra measures to protect the public as needed.
  • Local government may seek State of Federal funding and assistance for disaster response if warranted.
  • It provides authority to trigger actions such as anti-price gouging laws when applicable.

Has there been a confirmed case in Indian River County?

  • No. There has not been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Indian River County at this time

Is the EOC currently activated?

  • No. The EOC remains at Level 3 – monitoring. Activation of the EOC may occur at a later date, depending on local conditions.

Does this mean that there is a curfew or any restrictions on people moving around the County?

  • No. There are no restrictions in Indian River County based on the Local State of Emergency. At this time, the County does not plan to implement any restrictions of this type. We will continue to follow State and Federal guidance on these matters.

Can I still vote in the Republican and Democratic Primaries today?

  • Yes. Today’s primaries are continuing as scheduled.
  • If you have questions about voting, please call the Supervisor of Elections Office at 772-226-3440 or visit the website at www.voteindianriver.com for more information.
  • Polling location change for all voters who previously voted on Election Day at Indian River Estates Precincts 1, 4, and 333 will now vote at Central Assembly of God at 6767 20th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32966

Are County Offices still open?

  • Yes. County facilities remain open at their regularly scheduled hours. Officials have implemented enhanced cleaning of County facilities in an effort to reduce the potential for transmission of COVID-
    19. They are also encouraging the public to conduct business with the County through online services, telephone, and drive through, rather than conducting business in person. We continue to monitor the changing conditions, and will make adjustments as needed going forward.

Sebastian Daily will continue to report any updates on a regular basis. While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sebastian or Indian River County, please take preventative steps to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

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