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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 on the rise 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:
FACILITIES: The shelter will return to opening seven days a week beginning Thursday, May 14. Hours of operation will return to Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The HSTC will remain closed to foot traffic and entry will only be permitted for those with a confirmed appointment. This includes adoptions, owner-surrender intake, and owner-requested euthanasia. Night drop offs will continue to be closed until further notice.
ADOPTIONS: The adoption center will operate via appointments only. Visit the online pet database to view animals currently available first and then call 772-223-8822 to make a meet and greet appointment between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
WELLNESS CLINIC: The animal wellness clinic has returned to normal operations, starting with resuming TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return) surgeries. E-mail email@example.com to coordinate TNVR efforts, which is a program to effectively control the feral cat population. The public spay/neuter program has resumed but is limited to the availability of appointments and surgical supplies. Call 772-223-8822 to make an appointment or to reschedule an appointment that was canceled due to the pandemic.
RECEIVING: The receiving center will continue to operate via appointments only. Please call 772-223-8822 to schedule an appointment for owner surrenders.
THRIFT STORES: Hours of operation will be Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting May 14. Stores will be closed on Sundays and Mondays. Mobile adoptions at the thrift stores will remain closed at this time. The shops will adhere to a maximum occupancy of 25, including staff and volunteers. Parents of small children may only bring one child in the store per parent. Customers will need masks to enter the stores. Masks will be available for purchase for those without a mask. Dressing rooms and the public restroom will remain closed.
VOLUNTEERS: Volunteer Program Manager Sarah Fisher will reach out directly to HSTC volunteers about reintroducing volunteers to the facilities.
HUMANE EDUCATION: Pet Therapy and other Humane Education programs are suspended through the rest of May. The HSTC annual summer camp is tentatively planned as originally scheduled.
The HSTC shelter and both thrift stores will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.
The shelter management team will continue monitoring any developments and plan accordingly in partnership with local, state, and federal authorities. Our ability to provide care for our most vulnerable population is dependent on your continued support; we need you now more than ever as we hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Thank you for helping us keep the pets and people of Martin County safe and healthy!
We have sent our volunteers home during this pandemic, but we are still in need of virtual volunteers! Our Volunteer Manager, Sarah Fisher, shares several DIY projects for creating enrichment activities for our shelter dogs in a video here. For DIY enrichment activities for our shelter cats and critters, please click here! If you would like to participate or have questions, please e-mail Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
Feeling crafty and looking for a way to support the staff at the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast in helping pets in need? We are currently seeking fabric face masks for our shelter staff to use. Watch this do-it-yourself (DIY) video for some easy instructions to make face masks. Please click here to watch.
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