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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that spreads mostly from person to person. It is suspected that it originally came from an animal source, however it is now a disease of people. Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe respiratory diseases. COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China in December of 2019.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
While scientists and drug companies are working to develop and test treatments and vaccines, at this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. The CDC and WHO warn people to avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
The CDC has compiled everything you need to know about COVID-19 into a single-page PDF.
With the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 persisting, worldwide, it is important for Martin County residents create their own preparedness plans. Creating a household plan can help protect the health of you and your family in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in our community.
Use this CDC checklist to help you take steps to plan and protect the health of you and your family:
Practice everyday preventive actions now.
HSTC urges you to include your pets in your household preparedness plans, in the event Martin County is impacted by the virus that causes COVID-19. In addition to preparations typically recommended for any natural disaster threat, individuals with pets should identify family members or friends to care for pets if someone in the household comes ill and is hospitalized.
Make a preparedness plan for your pets:
HSTC SHELTER UPDATES SURROUND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
FACILITIES: The shelter is open 7 days a week, for normal hours of operation: Mondays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. Face masks are
required for all employees, volunteers, and visitors while inside any of our facilities.
ADOPTIONS: Capacity in any of our adoption areas, including staff and volunteers, is 10 people per area. As always, you can search our online pet database at any time to view our adoptable pets prior to visiting our shelter or another off-site adoption facility.
WELLNESS CLINIC: Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release (TNVR) and the Public Spay/Neuter Program are both operating at full capacity. Please e-mail us to coordinate TNVR efforts for free-roaming cats in your community. To schedule an appointment for spay/neuter, please call the shelter at (772) 223-8822.
THRIFT STORES: Our stores are operating 7 days a week, from 10 am to 5 pm. Our delivery truck is available for home visits to pick up large donations. Please call Central Thrift at (772) 286-6909 to schedule your donation pick up appointment. Mobile adoptions at both thrift stores have also resumed.
RECEIVING: Our receiving center (owner surrender intake, owner requested euthanasia, etc.) is available by appointment only, which may be scheduled by calling (772)
VOLUNTEERS: Volunteer shifts have resumed back to normal. Orientations for new volunteers are available virtually. Learn more here.
HUMANE EDUCATION: Normal activities for Pet Therapy are beginning to resume, in accordance with safe & socially-distanced practices whenever possible. Obedience Classes are resuming in small class sizes. You can see our class schedule here. Summer Camp for 2021 will continue as normal. Learn more about camp or register here.
We thank you again for your continued patience and flexibility as we try to do what's best for our animals and for our community. We will continue to assess the safety of our employees, volunteers, and visitors as updates develop.
For any questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the FL DOH COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVIDemail@example.com.
Central Thrift Store:
2585 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart, FL 34994
North Thrift Store:
1099 NW 21st St., Stuart, FL 34994