Public Health & Safety

Chief Lauraleigh Avery at Orange County’s Emergency Operations Center

New Emergency Manager Preparing Orange County to Meet All Public Safety Challenges

When Lauraleigh Avery was appointed Orange County Emergency Manager by Mayor Jerry L. Demings on June 2, 2020, it had historic overtones. She is the first woman to hold the position, as well as the first firefighter.

She is also taking over the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during unprecedented times during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EOC has been activated for over 110 days, which is a record.

With COVID-19 Scams on the Rise, Here are Some Tips on How to Avoid Them

With COVID-19 Scams on the Rise, Here are Some Tips on How to Avoid Them

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, fraud schemes to get people’s personal information are on the rise.  The Federal watchdogs...

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Orange County Offering Personal Protective Equipment to Small Businesses to Assist in Economic Recovery

PPE for Small Biz in Orange County, an Orange County Government COVID-19 initiative through the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force, will provide personal...

Governor Desantis at the podium

FAQs for Governor DeSantis’s “Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step” Executive Order, 20-112


When did the Governor’s Executive Order take effect? How long does it last?

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Telehealth Tips for COVID-19

As we continue to battle COVID-19, many Central Floridians may be considering where to go for care if they develop potential symptoms. One important...

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Stressed out and Anxious? How to Cope During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The health-threatening nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the social distancing, is creating a toxic environment for many. Add in stay-at-home mandates and...

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COVID-19: Self-Isolation Tips

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or have symptoms, contact your health care provider or the Florid Department of Health...

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at a podium

Stay At Home to Flatten The Curve: State Issues Stay-At-Home Order Effective April 3, 2020

UPDATE: On April 29, 2020 Governor DeSantis issued a new Executive Order (EO), EO 20-112, that supersedes the information on this page. Please find...

Busting Coronavirus Myths: What Orange County residents need to know.

Busting Coronavirus Myths: What Orange County Residents Need to Know

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to cause considerable international concern, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization and public health entities across...

Faulty Smoke Alarms “Spark” Fire Safety Program in Orange County

Faulty Smoke Alarms “Spark” Fire Safety Program in Orange County

The National Fire Protection Association reports almost three out of five home fire deaths happened in residences with no smoke alarms or no working...