Public Health & Safety

Keeping Mentally Ill Offenders Out of Jail Critical in Improving Health System of Care

It’s a reality that most jails across the country house more mentally ill people than do hospitals. More than 40 percent of inmates have a mental health diagnosis at the Orange County jail, making the jail Central Florida’s largest mental health care provider. This startling statistic is just one example of the need to fix […]

Orange County Public Works Pitches in after Tragic Crash

It was a horrific accident in March of 2021, as FHP troopers determined a speeding SUV struck the side of a car, killing two...

Mayor Demings: We Must Improve Mental and Behavioral Health Care

The mental health and behavioral system of care have been overburdened for years, and recent research suggests the situation has been exacerbated by the...

Transportation Choices: Ranking the Cleanest Ways to Travel

Human beings are good at comparing things in order to make informed choices. Recently, a transportation information technology group (TNMT) ranked vehicles to compare...

Orange County Receives Statewide Honor for #IGotMyShot Campaign

The Florida Association of Counties has recognized the Orange County Government Communications team for its innovative COVID-19 vaccine campaign, #IGotMyShot. The coronavirus vaccine campaign...

CERT Program Trains Orange County Residents to Respond to Disasters

When Mark Demyanovich and his wife, Karen, moved to Hunter’s Creek a few years ago, they were thrilled to learn their new community had...

Monitoring COVID: Wastewater Surveillance is an Effective Method

Orange County continues to remain diligent as it monitors for upticks and downswings in COVID-19 rates, including any of the virus’s new variants. Since...

Orange County Pediatricians Agree: COVID-19 Shots for Younger Children Safe and Effective

With younger children now eligible to get at COVID-19 vaccination, Orange County Government is making sure the experience is safe and comfortable for the...

Division of Building Safety Training Program Helps Homebuilders Pass More Inspections

Thanks to a program called “Project Superintendent,” Orange County’s Division of Building Safety is offering training opportunities for those who want to learn more...

Orange County Health Services: Ground Zero in Coronavirus Response

Since the COVID-19 pandemic first impacted Central Florida 18 months ago, Orange County Health Services has led the way in providing personal protective equipment...