Public Health & Safety

Million Mask Challenge Group Provides Invaluable Service during the Pandemic

Face Masks for All: Million Mask Challenge Group Provides Invaluable Service during the Pandemic

When Andrea Ruiz-Hays started the Million Mask Challenge – WE NEED YOU! Facebook group in March 2020, it was in an attempt to connect local volunteers with community members in need of face masks. Initially the group focused on meeting the needs for PPE (personal protective equipment) to help major hospital networks, healthcare facilities and […]

Contact Tracing: An Important Tool in Fighting COVID-19 as Vaccinations Pick Up

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) is helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in the region by performing contact tracing, a...

A Dose of Truth: COVID-19 Vaccine Myths: What Orange County Residents Need to Know

As doses of the COVID-19 vaccine become more available, they bring the promise of global relief from the pandemic. Unfortunately, there has been a...

The Life Saving Convention Center: Serving Essential Public Safety Roles during Local Emergencies

The Orange County Convention Center has become ground zero in the public safety response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Six days a week, thousands of...

Orange County’s Citizens Safety Task Force Working Hard on Solutions Despite Pandemic

After seven shootings involving children under the age of 17 in the fall of 2020, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings created a Citizens...

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations in Orange County

Since December 29, 2020, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County began vaccinating individuals at the Orange County Convention Center. Residents can stay...

Department of Health in Orange County Receives First Shipment of the COVID-19 Vaccine

Orange County, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) received its first shipment of 16,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19...

Want to Visit a Loved One at a Long-Term Care Facility? Here are the Latest Recommendations.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have largely banned families and caregivers from visiting their loved ones. In an...

Orange County’s New Fire Recruits Make History For Diversity

The Orange County Fire Rescue Department’s (OCFRD) newest fire recruits have made history as the most diverse class hired by the Department. This past...

Keeping it Wheel: Orange County Honors Employees at Curbside Ceremonies during COVID-19

It’s been said that necessity is the mother of innovation—and that’s exactly what Orange County’s Human Resources has had to do to honor employees...