Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service is Here For You

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become a global pandemic that poses a threat to public health and is having an effect on the safety and well-being of our family, friends, and neighbors.

The dynamic, ever-evolving situation means that we’re facing some unique challenges on how we do what we do best: helping people in our community. We are confronting this ever-changing situation by taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of our clients, visitors, staff, volunteers, and colleagues. This means following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for gatherings and social distance, as well as utilizing technology to bring people together.

We have enhanced our cleaning protocols throughout all our facilities and evaluated all of our internal and external activities. We made the decision to postpone or cancel some activities on our community calendar (all parties have been notified directly), and appreciate your patience and understanding as we experience this unprecedented emergency. We will continue to communicate with you about changes to scheduled programs and activities.

Alpert JFS has been here for the community in times of challenge for the last 46 years, and we’re here for you during the current health crisis. You can continue to turn to us for support with behavioral health, caregiver support, senior services, and long-term care.  If you’re experiencing additional challenges with our “new normal,” please know that you aren’t alone in your feelings of worry or experience of tense moments. We are all in this together.

We are actively monitoring the latest news available on COVID-19 in real-time, and encourage you to look for updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the FL Dept of Health.

If you or a neighbor need assistance, please call our main office at 561-684-1991.

Please stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.



Click HERE to read Dr. Elaine Rotenberg’s article Living Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic



Here is a list of local, national, federal and international resources and links to keep you informed as we go through this health crisis:


Palm Beach County Department of Health

For all your questions about the coronavirus also known as COVID-19, you can email the Florida Health Department at [email protected] or call the COVID-19 call center that’s available 24/7:  1 (866) 779-6121

Palm Beach County Government

Palm Beach County offices and departments will be open Monday. County-operated libraries, parks, beaches, sports fields and courts, pools, golf courses, nature centers, and other recreation facilities remain open. Some county events have been canceled, please check our website, www.pbcgov.com, for the latest information.
Timeline of Actions by Palm Beach County http://discover.pbcgov.org/Pages/COVID19.aspx

Division of Emergency Management

The Emergency Operations Center is currently at level II – Partial Activation. The partial activation means that selected county staff and partners will work from the EOC to support county operations dealing with COVID-19.

School District


For School Food Service Information:

School Food Services will be offering nutritionally-balanced ‘Grab and Go’ meals Monday through Friday at 30 school locations* around the District. The meals will be distributed from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and are FREE to anyone under 18 years of age (22 ESE), regardless of financial need. Students must be present in order to receive a meal.
For a list of the meal pick-up sites click here:
561-969-5840 – hotline open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office

General non-emergency number call: 561-688-3000
Emergency call: 911


Martin County Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. If you’ve returned from ANY international travel or a cruise within the last 14 days and you’re sick, call your health care provider or Martin County Health Department at 772-221-4000. A COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 at 1 (866) 779-62121 or [email protected].

Martin County Government

Partnering with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Martin County is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19.

Martin County’s Community Information Center is staffed to answer questions regarding county business, general information from elected officials and constitutional officers, and community partners, including the Martin County School District, as it relates to COVID-19.  You can reach the Community Information Center at 772-287-1652 daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You can find a COVID-19 Resource Toolkit with outreach materials on the county’s web site. http://martin.floridahealth.gov/


Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is now performing drive-through testing at Martin North Hospital for influenza and COVID-19 by appointment only. Testing will only be performed for individuals who meet FDOH criteria for COVIID-19. Individuals who may have symptoms must call 772-419-3360 between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For additional information, visit http:/martinhealth.org.

Actions Taken by Martin County


Martin County Public Transit Service

MARTY, Martin County’s public transit service, will continue to provide service for riders performing essential activities. Increased cleaning and disinfecting will continue to be performed on all vehicles and at bus stops with seating.

Individuals utilizing public transit shall adhere to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with regards to social distancing. Passengers should make every effort to sit or stand at least six feet from any other passenger and the bus operator. Individuals that are sick are asked NOT to board MARTY vehicles.

To minimize interaction between patrons and bus operators, MARTY is suspending the sale of on-board bus passes and fare box collection through Friday, April 3.

Martin County Utilities

In-person services will be temporarily suspended, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Ways to make a utilities payment:

School District

The Martin County School District is coordinating with the Florida Department of Health in Martin County to monitor the spread of the disease. All schools operated by the Martin County School District will remain closed through April 15, 2020.  For the latest information and updates, please visit https://www.martinschools.org/coronavirusinfo

School Food Service Information:

Please contact the Food Service Central Office at 772-223-2655 if you have any questions.


Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County

A COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7. Phone 1-866-779-6121 or email [email protected]

Find your COVID-19 Toolkit at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/#toolkitJump

Log onto https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/ to learn what you need to know about COVID-19 in Florida, and see the latest outbreak data.

You can contact the department at 772-462-3800 or http://stlucie.floridahealth.gov/

St. Lucie Public Schools

Spring break will be extended one week. For St. Lucie students, spring break will begin on March 16 and students will return on March 30.  Effective March 16 all extracurricular activities, including athletics, are canceled. Twelve-month employees will continue to report to work; all other employees will be notified as to when to report to work.

St. Lucie Public Schools Child Nutrition Services

Will be serving meals for students in the community from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, March through Friday, at:

  • Chester A. Moore Elementary – 827 N. 29th, Fort Pierce, FL 34947;
  • Northport K8 – 250 NW Floresta Dr., Port St. Lucie, FL 34983;
  • Treasure Coast High School – 1000 SW Darwin Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34953.

Meals will be prepped, bagged and brought to the bus loop area, allowing parents to drive through and pick up meals for their children. Meals will be provided to children in the car up to 18 years of age. Children must be present in the car to receive meals. Child Nutrition Services staff will be handing out the meals; families are to remain in the car.

For more information, phone 772-429-3600 or visit https://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/

St. Lucie County Parks & Recreation/Environmental Resources

All scheduled events and activities are canceled through March 30, including Regional parks and stadiums.

Public parks and preserves are open until further notice. Fairwinds Golf Course operations remain the same until further notice.


Bars & Nightclubs

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will be enforcing Governor DeSantis’ directive that all bars and nightclubs throughout Florida close for the next 30 days, as well as providing further guidance.


The Governor is directing parties accessing public beaches in the State of Florida to follow CDC guidelines and limit gatherings to no more than 10 people.


Support your local restaurant businesses who remain open with pick-up or delivery services.

Help for Small Businesses

Governor DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), it will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period is open through May 8, 2020.

The DEO is currently surveying businesses throughout the state who have been impacted by COVID-19. Businesses and non-profits can access the Business Damage Assessment survey at FloridaDisaster.BIZ. Select “COVID-19” from the drop-down menu on the survey page. Response to the survey is not an application for assistance; businesses interested in the bridge loan program must fill out a bridge loan application.

Florida Department of Health

Number and types of COVID-19 cases in Florida

Grocery Delivery Services

Many stores allow for grocery pick up or even deliver to your doorstep. Check out the links below:
Costco: https://www.costco.com/grocery-household.html
Walmart Grocery: https://grocery.walmart.com/
AmazonFresh: https://www.amazon.com/alm/storefront?
Hungryroot: https://www.hungryroot.com/
FreshDirect: https://www.freshdirect.com/index.jsp?serviceType=HOME
Instacart: https://www.instacart.com/
Brandless: https://brandless.com/
Shipt: https://www.shipt.com/?noredirect
Peopod: https://www.peapod.com/
Boxed: https://www.boxed.com/

Center for Disease Control – CDC


En Español: Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades

Encuentre aquí toda la información sobre el Coronavirus



The World Health Organization

Tracks cases worldwide.