Press Releases

Orange CARES Portal for Individuals Re-Opens November 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Orange County, Fla. (November 19, 2020) – Orange County will reopen the application portal for the Individual and Family Assistance Program on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 8 a.m. Adult members of the same household, including roommates and other family members, who’ve been impacted by COVID-19, are eligible to apply.

Residents can access the portal directly at ocfl.net/CaresForResidents. Information on the webpage ocfl.net/OrangeCARES is updated to reflect the latest information.

Orange County Government’s Health Services Expands Free COVID-19 Testing at Barnett Park to Seven Days a Week

Orange County, Fla. – As the demand for testing increases and with a rise in the number of cases being reported, Orange County Health Services recently announced that both rapid and PCR/molecular COVID-19 testing will now be available seven days per week at Barnett Park. Daily operating hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 30, 2020.

The Barnett Park testing site is a  free drive-thru COVID-19 site for all county residents – and no appointments are needed.

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Media Alerts

Mayor Jerry L. Demings to Host ‘Shop, Drop and Make a Difference’ Contact-free Toy Drop Event on Monday, November 23

WHAT: With many Orange County families facing greater financial hardships than ever before due to COVID-19, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has launched the 2020 Orange County Mayor’s Toy Drive. This year there are unique opportunities to ensure safety during the 10th annual holiday drive.

One of them will be a contact-free drive-thru event to donate toys on Monday, November 23, 2020.

Orange County Animal Services Suggests Including Pets in Preparedness Plan Amid COVID-19 Concerns

With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 on the rise worldwide, it is important for Orange County residents to include their pets in preparedness plans.

Orange County Animal Services joins the Humane Society of the United States and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement in suggesting community members create a preparedness plan that includes their pets in the event Orange 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.

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