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 Information on the webpage 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.

Free PPE Giveaway December 1-3: Orange County Continues to Assist Small Businesses

Orange County, Fla. (November 20, 2020) – Orange County is standing ready once again to give away free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to small businesses located in Orange County to help them adhere to CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 50,000 small businesses have already received free packets of face masks and hand sanitizer during prior distributions. The County anticipates serving an additional 5,000 to 7,500 small businesses through this giveaway.

PPE kit distribution will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 1, Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at three pick-up sites – Downey Park, Cypress Grove Park and West Orange Park. Businesses must pre-register at

Curbside Collection WILL NOT Occur on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020

Orange County, Fla. – The Orange County Utilities Solid Waste Division reminds unincorporated Orange County residential customers that garbage, recycling, yard waste and large items will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2020.

If Thursday is a normal collection day, customers should set out their roll carts, yard waste and large items by 6 a.m. on Friday, November 27.

Orange County Utilities Honored with Multiple Water Conservation and Reuse Awards

Orange County, Fla. – Orange County Utilities’ water conservation and reuse programs were recently recognized by a distinguished environmental agency and a global educational organization.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named Orange County Utilities as a 2020 WaterSense Partner of the Year for demonstrating its commitment to water conservation by providing and promoting WaterSense-labeled products and fixtures independently certified to use less water and perform efficiently.