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Coronavirus Updates

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For resources and information on the Coronavirus, visit www.ocfl.net/Coronavirus.

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Update: News Conference | September 18, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 9/18/2020

“Masks are the most important and powerful Public Health tool we have. And we have clear scientific evidence they work and they are our best defense right now.”

– Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Since March, Orange County has a total of 38,623 positive COVID-19 cases, an increase of 204 cases since yesterday. According to the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, majority of new cases are between the ages of 15-24 years old.

Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Residents lost to coronavirus: 431
  • Orange County 14-day positivity rate (September 4-17): 4 percent

TESTING RETURNS TO BARNETT PARK

Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park next week from Wednesday through Saturday. Residents that would like to book an appointment may visit ocfl.net/BarnettPark, although walk-up and bike-up testing is available.

  • September 23-25, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • September 26, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (during the 17th Annual Caribbean Health Summit)

Testing is available for those 12 years old and up and insurance is not required. Residents who are tested will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer.

For other testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19.

ORANGE COUNTY PLAYGROUNDS

Orange County Parks and Recreations thanks families for their patience while staff has been reviewing park locations.

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, September 19, 2020, all 118 playgrounds will be open. However, Orange County is limiting playground occupancy to 10 children in order to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.

More information at ocfl.net/Parks.

ORANGE COUNTY UTILITIES

Orange County Utilities Department is experiencing s steady demand for services.

In order to continue to provide vital water, wastewater, solid waste and customer services, 45 Convention Center employees will be temporarily assigned to the Utilities Department.

In addition to temporary assignment, the Convention Center has 70 employees dedicated to CARES Act related duties. Because of their unique business and customer-service roles, positions were compatible and salaries will remain the same.

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Update: News Conference | September 15, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 9/15/2020

GOALS FOR THE WEEK

Mayor Demings’ goals for the week include:

  • Provide free testing to Orange County residents
  • Work with businesses and bar owners as they work to safely reopen
  • Offer programs designed to keep residents from being evicted

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Since Monday, there have been 138 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Orange County, bringing the cumulative total since March to 38,147. The median age of those testing positive in Orange County is declining, as more young people contract the virus. We have now lost 412 residents to COVID-19.

Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Orange County 14-Day Positivity Rate (August 25 to September 7): 4.0 percent
  • Orange County Rolling Positively Rate (cumulative since March 2020): 11.4 percent

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing at Barber Park, Sept. 16-18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments can be made at ocfl.net/BarberPark. For more testing options, visit www.ocfl.net/testing.

Residents that would like to book an appointment at other locations can do so at ocfl.net/covid19.

ORANGE COUNTY PARKS REOPENING

Orange County Parks & Recreations’ 118 playgrounds will open Saturday, September 19.  The parks department will follow CDC guidelines, and asks that no more than 10 children be on a playground at a time.

All families should wash or sanitize hands before and after each playground visit. The playgrounds will NOT be sanitized daily due to the impracticality of the chemicals on the equipment.  However, they will be pressure washed and cleaned monthly. For more information, visit ocfl.net/PARKS.

EVICTION DIVERSION

Orange County’s COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program is still accepting applications from landlords and tenants to help with overdue rent.

Orange County has approximately $20 million dollars in CARES Act funding for the program. For more information or program details, applicants may call 311, or visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.

ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

OCPS has its new COVID-19 dashboard that is updated daily at 11 p.m. Visit www.ocps.net for details.

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Update: News Conference | September 11, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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COVID-19 NUMBERS

Since yesterday, there have been 215 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Orange County, bringing the cumulative total since March to 37,701 cases. We have now lost 405 residents to COVID-19.

Additional COVID-19 data:

  • Orange County 14-Day Positivity Rate (August 25 to September 7): 4.6 percent
  • Orange County Rolling Positivity Rate (cumulative since March 2020): 11+ percent

Percent of Cases by Age for August 28 thru September 10, 2020

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 in Bithlo, at the Transformational Village on 11th Avenue. This site is a partnership with United Global Outreach. Testing will be available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and appointments can be made at ocfl.net/Bithlo. Testing is available for those 12 years old and up and insurance is not required.

Orange County Health Services will also offer free COVID-19 testing at Barber Park, Sept. 16-18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments can be made at ocfl.net/BarberPark. For more testing options, visit www.ocfl.net/testing.

ORANGE COUNTY UTILITIES FEES RESUME

Starting Monday, September 28, Orange County Utilities will resume service disconnections for nonpayment and late fees. Those who need assistance making their account current are encouraged to call their customer service line at 407-836-5515, which is available between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Customers can also view their account balance and make secure payments 24/7 at www.ocfl.net/PayUtilities.

BARS OPENING AGAIN IN FLORIDA

Governor Ron DeSantis’ recent Executive Order allows bars to reopen statewide at 50% capacity on Sept. 14, 2020. The Orange County Strike Teams will work closely with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and state Alcohol and Beverage officials, to confirm that all businesses are operating in accordance with CDC guidelines.

CARES ACT

The Childcare Supplement Fund Program, a partnership between the County and the Early Learning Coalition in Orange County, is now available to eligible Childcare providers and provides up to $12,000 to cover the cost of expenses related to preventing the spread of COVID-19 at their facilities.

For full eligibility criteria, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

HEAD START

Earlier this week, Orange County Head Start began the school year at each of its 22 locations. Head Start is offering both a face-to-face and a virtual option. Currently, there are over 1,500 children enrolled in the program, and almost half of the students are signed up for the face-to-face option.

The program received $1.3 million dollars from CARES funding, allowing Head Start to purchase equipment to ensure safe environments. The funds were spent on items such as sanitizing machines, spraying/cleaning machines, disinfecting kits, and mask and face shields for both students and teachers.

VIRTUAL LEGAL MATTERS FORUM

The Orange County Clerk of Courts will host a free, virtual edition of their Legal Matters Forum – Child Support and Family Law on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at 6 p.m. For more information, and to register at. www.myorangeclerk.com.

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Update: News Conference | September 8, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 9/08/2020

GOALS FOR THE WEEK

Mayor Demings’ goals for the week include:

  • Providing free testing to any resident who needs it
  • Offering financial relief to our landlords and tenants
  • Inspecting and re-inspecting Orange County businesses to make sure they are operating in the safest manner possible

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Since Monday, there have been 94 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Orange County, bringing the cumulative total since March to 37,247. We have now lost 387 residents to COVID-19.

Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Orange County 14-Day Positivity Rate (August 25 to September 7): 4.8 percent
  • Orange County Rolling Positively Rate (cumulative since March 2020): 11.5 percent

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services will be in west Orange County at George Bailey Park this week from September 9 through 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location will serve as a centralized testing location for residents in Winter Garden, Oakland, Windermere and Ocoee.

All Orange County Health Services sites are pedestrian-friendly and residents ages 12 and up can be tested with a parent or guardian. Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary.

Residents that would like to book an appointment here or at other locations, visit ocfl.net/covid19.

CENSUS DEADLINE APPROACHING

The County’s current self-response rate for the 2020 Census is still below the rate of the 2010 Census – approximately 62 percent to 72 percent respectively.

Orange County and the U.S. Census Bureau have installed kiosks at Neighborhood Center for Families to assist anyone looking to complete Census. The Centers are open Monday through Friday; from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kiosks will be cleaned after each use.

If you have not completed the Census, please take the survey now at 2020Census.gov. September 30 is the deadline.

EVICTION DIVERSION

Orange County urges all landlord and tenants to apply and learn if they may qualify for the COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program.

Currently, the average arrears payment is $2,900.

Orange County has approximately $20 million dollars in CARES Act funding for the program. For more information or program details, applicants may call 311, or visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.

ROOF REPAIR

Orange County Government has awarded a Community Development Block Grant of more than $570,000 dollars to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando & Osceola County.

The grant funding will provide free roof repairs to residents in Unincorporated Orange County, and select municipalities such as Apopka and Winter Park.

There are still a few application slots open for the program. Visit HabitatOrlandoOsceola.org/Repair-My-Roof to learn more.

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Update: News Conference | September 3, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 9/03/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County’s two-week positivity average is now at 4.9 percent.  However, the County had an increase of 174 positive COVID-19 cases since yesterday, bringing the cumulative total of positive cases to 36,668.

Since Monday, there have been nine additional resident deaths in the County related to COVID-19. We have now lost 386 residents to the Coronavirus.

NEW TESTING SITE

Orange County Health Services will be at South Orange Youth Sports Complex tomorrow, Friday, September 4, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide free COVID-19 testing. Residents that would like to book an appointment may visit ocfl.net/SouthOrange.

Next week, from Tuesday, September 8 through 11, Orange County Health Services will be in west Orange County at George Bailey Park from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location will serve as a centralized testing location for residents in Winter Garden, Oakland, Windermere and Ocoee.

Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary. Residents that would like to book an appointment may visit ocfl.net/BaileyPark.

All Orange County Health Services sites are pedestrian-friendly and residents 12 and up can be tested with a parent or guardian.

FEDERAL ORDER: TEMPORARY HALT IN EVICTIONS

Today, September 3, 2020, a federal order will go into effect, placing a temporary ban on residential evictions. That will last until the end of the year. However, this does not mean tenants may stop paying rent if they are able to – that is a misconception.

The federal rent protection order is not automatic. Renters must submit a special document provided by the CDC, among other documents to qualify.

ORANGE COUNTY’S EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM

Orange County urges all landlord and tenants apply to our COVID-19 Eviction Diversion program to help those who are rent-stressed, or have already been served documents for a potential eviction.

Since the program opened, more than 1,800 landlords and roughly 1,800 tenants have submitted applications. Pre-screening applications are being processed.

We have approximately $20 million dollars in CARES Act funding for the program. For more information or program details, applicants may call 311, or visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX REVENUE

Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced that the Tourist development tax (TDT) collections (resort tax) received by Orange County for the July 2020 TDT collection month were $5,158,000. That is a 77.2% decrease from July 2019.  However, the July collection is nearly double from June 2020’s TDT when $2,629,400 was collected.

Looking to August’s collections, there are some positive developments. Mainly, there has been a significant decrease in the positivity rate and in the number of new statewide and Central Florida COVID-19 cases. Also, due to the safety measures adopted by the County and the tourism industry, there have been no reported instances of the virus outbreak at the theme parks.

COUNTY WINS FACIAL COVERING LAWSUIT

Circuit Court Judge Lisa Munyon has rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of our Orange County Executive Order requiring residents to wear face coverings in public.

The ruling means the mask mandate is legal.

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Update: News Conference | August 31, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/31/2020

MAYOR DEMINGS’ GOALS FOR THE WEEK:

  • Continue to encourage and offer free testing
  • Continue to offer relief to Orange County residents who have an immediate threat of being evicted
  • Continue to educate the public on the importance of wearing a mask

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County is seeing a reduced number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases. Last week, the County had 799 new cases. This is the first time the County’s weekly case count has been below 1,000 in nearly three months. The County’s two-week positivity rate is at 5.2%, which has also been continuing to decline steadily.

143 new cases were confirmed yesterday, and 377 County residents have lost their lives due to the virus.

Even though the County’s numbers are improving, the wearing of masks and social distancing must continue to be a priority for everyone, as this remains the only way to slow the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately contain the virus.

Percent positivity graph showing a decline over the past 14 days

TESTING

Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing this Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 4 at the South Orange Youth Sports Complex from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Testing is available for minors ages 12 and up with a parent or guardian present. Appointments are available online at ocfl.net/SouthOrange. For information on other testing sites available in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19.

COVID-19 EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM

Orange County’s $20 million COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program opened last week, and is generating widespread support from the community. Over 1,300 landlords have submitted applications and nearly 1,500 tenants have also applied. Some qualifications and criteria of the program include:

  • Tenants must be in imminent danger of being evicted or served an eviction notice
  • This program does NOT apply to those with mortgages
  • Landlords and tenants must both agree to participate in the program

For more information, or to apply, visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.

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Update: News Conference | August 27, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/27/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS

There has been an increase of 162 positive COVID-19 cases in Orange County since yesterday, Wednesday, August 26, 2020, bringing the County’s cumulative total to 35,038 positive cases. Additionally, the County has lost 369 residents to the virus.

Graph showing covid-19 cases and fatalities trends

Below is the latest information from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County regarding cases and positivity rates in Orange County:

  • Orange County 14-Day Positivity Rate (August 13-26, 2020): 5.6 percent
  • Orange County Single Day New Cases (August 26, 2020 only): 5.2 percent

Even though single-day positivity rates are lowering, Orange County urges everyone to continue to abide by the face covering Executive Order, as the Florida Department of Health in Orange County and Orange County Public Schools continue to monitor the community’s overall health, as well as the back-to-school schedule for K-12, colleges and universities.

TESTING

Testing has always been a top priority for Orange County. It is important to remember that individuals may be a carrier of COVID-19 and show no symptoms, unknowingly spreading the virus.

Orange County Health Services will be at Barnett Park tomorrow, Friday, August 28, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide free testing for residents 5 years old with a guardian and older.

Residents that would like to book an appointment may visit ocfl.net/BarnettPark, although walk-up and bike-up testing is available. Orange County Health Services will be at South Orange Youth Complex next Wednesday through Friday. Information on appointments will be posted soon.

To provide increase access to testing, three WalMart Neighborhood Market Pharmacies in Orange County are offering drive through testing. These tests are in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Quest Diagnostics. For these locations, and other testing locations across the County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19.

EVICTION DIVERSION

Since opening earlier this week, Orange County’s Eviction Diversion Program has received more than 1,500 pre-screen applications. Important information to keep in mind when applying:

  • The tenant and landlord are urged to speak with each other BEFORE applying for the program
  • BOTH the landlord and tenant must agree to participate and meet all eligibility requirements
  • Tenants must be in imminent danger of being served an eviction or potentially served an eviction notice

This program is NOT a rental assistance program, or a resource for mortgage relief. Homeowners with Federal or Government Sponsored Enterprise (GSE) backed mortgages can learn about forbearance or mortgage relief by visiting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

For more information about Orange County’s Eviction Diversion Program, call 3-1-1 or visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.

COMPLETE THE CENSUS

The County’s current self-response rate for the 2020 Census is approximately 61 percent – 12 percentage points below the response rate in 2010. Residents who have not taken the Census have until Wednesday, September 30, 2020, to complete the nine-question survey.

Results from the Census will determine future legislative representation, as well as funding for community, health, social and emergency services in Orange Country.

Visit 2020Census.gov to take the survey now.

LYNX

LYNX will begin collecting bus fares for all routes starting on Tuesday, September 1, 2020. For more information, visit GoLYNX.com.

VISIT ORLANDO MAGICAL DINING

Visit Orlando’s annual Magical Dining Month begins tomorrow, August 28, 2020 and runs through Sunday, October 4, 2020.  Guests will enjoy three-course, prix-fixe dinners at some of Orange County’s best restaurants for just $35 per person.

Visit Orlando will provide $1 from each meal to benefit Feed the Need Florida, which works to help feed people who have struggled with getting access to healthy food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are new safety measures with this year’s program. Many restaurants will have open-air seating options, as well as takeout and delivery service.

For more information or a list of participating restaurants, visit OrlandoMagicalDining.com.

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Update: News Conference | August 24, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/24/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has had an increase of 109 positive COVID-19 cases since Sunday, totaling 34,781 since March. 361 residents have died of COVID-19. See updated dashboard for Orange County at ocfl.net/covid19.

Orange County’s daily positivity rates continue to remain below 5 percent for the third day in a row. The daily positivity rate from yesterday (August 23, 2020) was 4.29 percent. Health Administrator Dr. Raul Pino at the Department of Health in Orange County called the number “one of the best days ever.”

COVID-19 EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM

Orange County’s COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program will be available to residents starting tomorrow, August 25, 2020. The online application portal will open at 9 a.m. and can be accessed at ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.

The income-based program will assist Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are in imminent danger of eviction due to Coronavirus and provides the property owner with an alternative to eviction. This is not a rental assistance program. Some important information about the program includes:

  • Residents MUST be at least two months past due on rent.
  • BOTH the landlord and tenant must agree to participate and meet the eligibility requirements
  • Applicants MUST have proof of COVID-19 impact
  • Funds are limited
  • Application process is “First Come, First Ready.” So make sure to have ALL your documents in order.

Tenants will need to supply the following documents to be eligible:

  • Orange County resident proof of ID; such as a driver’s license, passport, state ID or work ID
  • Copy of lease
  • Two bank statements or a card transaction or payroll pay card
  • Proof of COVID-19 hardship documentation

Residents who are interested in applying for the Eviction Diversion program are encouraged to gather all required documents needed to apply and talk to their landlord, in preparation for the portal opening. For more information, visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion or call 3-1-1.

TESTING

Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing this week at Barnett Park, beginning Wednesday, August 26 through Friday, August 28. The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Appointments are required and can be secured at ocfl.net/BarnettPark. For a list of other testing sites, visit www.ocfl.net/covid19.

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Update: News Conference | August 20, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/20/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Since yesterday, Orange County has had an increase of 197 coronavirus cases. 359 residents have died of COVID-19 since March of this year.

Orange County’s overall positivity rate is 11.6 percent. However, the positivity rate for yesterday only, August 19, 2020, was 5.23 percent, which is the lowest daily rate in nearly two months.

TESTING

Orange County Health Services Department will be at Barnett Park next week, August 25 through 28, to provide free COVID-19 testing to the surrounding community. The test site will be open from 8 a.m. to           1 p.m. Residents who register will receive free face masks and hand sanitizer.

To schedule an appointment, visit ocfl.net/BarnettPark.

For more information on this site and other testing sites in Orange County, visit www.ocfl.net/COVID19.

COVID-19 EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM

Information about Orange County’s COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program is now available online at ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.

The application portal will open on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 9 a.m. The program has a capacity of $20 million, which will assist in approximately 5,000 to 8,000 evictions in Orange County.

To qualify for the program, both the landlord and tenant must agree to participate in the program and meet eligibility criteria. Any party interested in the program is urged to review and prepare all program documents, as well as speak to your landlord, or your tenant prior to applying.

For more information and a full list of eligibility criteria, please visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.

WEATHER IN THE TROPICS

Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor weather in the Tropics, as Tropical Depression 13 is expected to develop into Tropical Storm Laura later today.

Forecasters are predicting that the storm will develop into a category one hurricane by the time it reaches the Bahamas late Sunday or early Monday.

Orange County urges all residents and guests to be Hurricane Ready. Helpful tips, County resources and videos on storm preparedness and recovery can be found at ocfl.net/Storm, or Ready.gov.

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Update: News Conference | August 17, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/17/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS
Since the pandemic began, Orange County has had a total of 33,486 COVID-19 cases, which is an increase of 107 cases since yesterday. 351 residents have died since March of this year. The county’s two-week positivity rate is 7% which is encouraging.

COVID-19 Cases graph for July 11 thru August 16 2020

Incidence rate of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 population for week 11 through 33

TESTING
Orange County Health Services will continue to offer COVID-19 testing at Econ Soccer Complex beginning tomorrow, Tuesday Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 21. Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and can be made online at ocfl.net/EconSoccer. Testing is available to those 12 years of age and older with a parent or guardian’s consent at this location.

Orange County Health Services will offer additional testing next week. More details will be shared soon on our social media channels about that location.

COVID-19 EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM
Details about our upcoming COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program will be online later this week at ocfl.net/OrangeCares and posted to Orange County’s social media channels. The program, which will launch on August 25, 2020, is expected to help 5,000 – 8,000 tenants who are in imminent danger of being evicted.

HELPING THE COMMUNITY
As part of the County’s CARES Act programs, $36.5 million has been allocated for assistance to social-service agencies; specifically helping residents seeking assistance with homelessness, mental health and substance abuse, food pantries, job retention and child care. One of the County’s social-service agency contracts is through One Orlando Alliance, which helps individuals and families from avoiding homelessness. To date, they have already prevented two individuals from being homeless.

CARES ACT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
The County is still accepting applicants for the Orange CARES for Small Biz program. To date, $44.4 million in grant money has been distributed to Orange County small businesses. Those who are interested in applying for the $10,000 grant can apply at ocfl.net/OrangeCares.

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Update: News Conference | August 13, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/13/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has 32,575 COVID-19 cases, which is an increase of 243 cases since yesterday. 330 residents have died since March of this year.

Orange County’s overall positivity rate is 11.7% while the state‘s overall rate is nearly 13.5%. The county’s two-week positivity rate is 7.3%.Number of COVID19 Cases in Orange County from July 6 to August 11

Percent positivity in Orange County from July 29 to August 11

TESTING

Orange County continues to offer free testing.

Orange County Health Services will be at Econ Soccer Complex on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The site will reopen on Tuesday Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 21.

Testing is available to those 12 years of age and older with a parent or guardian consent.

Results are typically back in 3 to 5 days.

You can make an appointment online at ocfl.net/EconSoccer.

The state-run mobile testing site is available for drive-through or walk-ups on  Friday, August 14, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at John Bridges Community Center, 445 W. 13th Street, Apopka

Para información en español (or any other languages), por favor llame al 407-836-3111

Please visit ocfl.net/COVID19 for other testing sites across the County.

COVID-19 EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM

On Tuesday, the Board of County Commissioners designated $20 million dollars in CARES Act monies to fund a “COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program.”

The program will launch on Tuesday August 25th, and is designed to help both renters and landlords.

More information on this program will be available on ocfl.net/OrangeCares by early next week.

CARES ACT FOR HOME-BASED BUSINESSES

On Monday, Orange County Government began accepting applications for our “Micro-Grant Program for Home-Based Businesses.”

The county has received 1200 submitted applications so far, and the average grant the county is distributing is approximately $2,500 dollars.

The portal for applying for the micro-grant program will close at 6 pm tonight.

If you have started an application and are working to finish it, the web portal will not remove you from the system.

The County is still accepting applications for CARES small business grants of $10,000 dollars. Program details are still available on, ocfl.net/OrangeCARES

STRIKE TEAMS

Our Strike teams have been very busy. At the close of business today, the team will have visited close to 1,000 businesses. The compliance rate has risen to 82 percent.

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Update: News Conference | August 10, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/10/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS AND GOALS FOR THE WEEK

Orange County Government is now in day 151 of emergency activation. Priorities for the County continue to be to providing testing and relief resources for residents.

Since the pandemic began, Orange County has a total of 31,851 COVID-19 cases. We increased by 133 confirmed positive cases since yesterday – which is one of the lowest numbers the County has had in months.

Positivity rate numbers in Orange County for the past two weeks are in the single digits. This is an optimistic sign that our community is following CDC guidelines and slowing the spread of the virus. However, health leaders urge everyone to follow guidelines and practice good hygiene to sustain this current trend.

Positivity Rates:

  • Orange County Overall (since March 2020): 11.6%
  • State of Florida Overall (since March 2020): 13.3%
  • Orange County 14-Day (July 27 to August 9, 2020): 7.6%
  • Orange County Single Day (August 9 only): 6.8%

Incidence rate of COVID-19 case per 100,000 population. This graph shows a steady rate that rose sharply on week 23 and has decreased this week, week 34.

TESTING, FACE MASKS AND HAND SANITIZER

Orange County Health Services continues to offer free COVID-19 testing at Econ Soccer Complex. Residents who are tested will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer. Online appointments are now available for August 11 through 14.

Additionally, the Florida Division of Emergency Management will open a new mobile, drive-through testing site in Orange County. The new site will have the capacity to complete 500 tests each day. The County is working aggressively with the state to identify a location and dates for when this site will be accessible to our residents.  The location of the new site will be determined on a later date.

Please visit ocfl.net/COVID19 for other testing sites across the County.

To date, the County has given away more than 7.5 million face masks and one million hand sanitizers. For more information, visit www.ocfl.net/PPE.

COVID-19 EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM

Tomorrow, August 11, 2020, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners will vote to approve the use of $20 million in CARES Act funding to assist residents who are in danger of facing eviction. The program’s objective is to provide a mutual solution for both landlords and residents.

More details will be shared during the Board meeting tomorrow morning. Residents can watch live at ocfl.net/OTVLive.

CARES ACT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Orange County’s Micro-Grant Program for Home-Based Businesses launched on ocfl.net/OrangeCARES. This morning, 553 micro-grant applications were successfully submitted.

To date, the Orange CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses Program has approved the distribution of more than $42 million to small businesses.

Small businesses that are interested in applying for either the  Small Business Grant Program, or the Micro-Grant Program for Home-based Businesses are urged to review all eligibility criteria and required documents before applying. More info on ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

CARES ACT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES 

The Orange CARES Program for Individual and Families continues to send out status emails to applicants. Those who applied on July 13 should receive their status email later this week. To date, a total of 28,748 households have been approved for funding, representing approximately $18 million for residents in need during this pandemic.

Residents are asked to be patient as the program team and Comptroller are working as quickly as possible to review applications and get funds to residents.

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Update: News Conference | August 6, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/06/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has an increase of 345 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported since yesterday. This brings the County’s total confirmed positive cases to 5,491 in the past two weeks.

Since Monday, 38 Orange County residents have unfortunately died from the virus bringing the death toll to a total of 275 residents. Average positivity rate for the past 14 days is at 8 percent. More information at ocfl.net/COVID19Snapshot.

COVID-19 Cases in Orange County from June 30 thru August 5 2020

COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services continues its free testing tomorrow at Econ Soccer Complex.

Free testing will continue at Econ Soccer Complex next week from Tuesday, August 11 through Friday, August 14.

The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can make an online appointment directly at ocfl.net/EconSoccer.

While registration is closed for tomorrow, if you need a test, the site still has availability. You can stop by the Econ Soccer Complex between 8 a.m. and noon, and register on site. It may take a few minutes, but you will get tested.

Please visit ocfl.net/COVID19 for additional testing sites to visit.

ORANGE CARES

On Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8 a.m. the application process for Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program will reopen for applications for CARES Act monies for small businesses. Home-based businesses with three or less employees can now apply for micro-grants.

The grants will range from $1,000 to $3,000 dollars.

Small businesses with less than 100 employees can still qualify for $10,000 grants.

The Orange CARES Program for Individual and Families continues to send out status emails to applicants. Those who applied on June 22 should receive their status email later this week. Email approvals for July 13 applications will begin to go out August 10. To date, more than $14 million has been provided to residents in need during this pandemic.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

EVICTION MORATORIUM

On Tuesday August 11, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners will be asked to designate $20 million dollars in CARES Act monies for a COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program.

The program is designed to assist individuals impacted by the coronavirus who are in imminent danger of being evicted.  It is also designed to assist landlords.

The tenant must be at least two months behind in rent. Tenants and property owners must both agree to participate.

Online applications will be accepted starting August 25, 2020.

More details will be shared with the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday. The meeting will be available live on Orange TV at ocfl.net/OrangeTV.

For answers to some frequently asked questions on housing issues, visit ocfl.net/HousingFAQs.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS

Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced today that tourist development tax collections (resort tax) received by Orange County for the June 2020 TDT collection month were $2,629,400. That is an 89.2% decrease from June 2019.

On the bright side, while TDT collections remain at historically low levels, TDT collections increased compared to May 2020 collections. That increase is at least partially attributable to the re-openings of Universal, SeaWorld, and other attractions in June—although at limited capacities.

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Update: News Conference | August 3, 2020 | 4 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/03/2020

MAYOR DEMINGS’ GOALS FOR THE WEEK

  • Make sure our residents know where testing is available
  • Continue to gain compliance from residents and businesses with Orange County’s Face Coverings Executive Order
  • Retool our efforts to distribute more crisis assistance funds and personal protective equipment (PPE) in our community

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has an increase of 224 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported since yesterday, bringing the County’s total confirmed cases the past two weeks at 6,298. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have tested nearly 260,000 individuals and our overall positivity rate according to the state is 11.6 percent – in comparison to the statewide positivity rate of 13 percent.

Below is information from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County on cases and positivity rates for the past two weeks.

Percent positivity chart demonstrating a decline in the positivity rate over the past two weeks

COVID-19 TESTING

Testing at both the Orange County Convention Center and the Econ Soccer Complex will resume on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. More information on ocfl.net/COVID19.

Other organizations in the community also offer testing, including Walmart Mobile Testing, CVS, CareSpot Urgent Care, GuideWell Emergency Doctors, Passport Health, and AdventHealth Centra Care. Residents will have to check with each location to find out the specifics protocols they follow in order to get a test.

ORANGE CARES

As a reminder, the application process for Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program is temporarily closed until August 10, for the program team to update its eligibility criteria for the new micro-grants program for home-based businesses. More information will be updated late this week at ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

The Orange CARES Program for Individual and Families continues to send out status emails to applicants. Those who applied on June 22 should receive their status email later this week. Email approvals for July 13 applications will begin to go out August 10. To date, more than $14 million has been provided to residents in need during this pandemic.

EVICTION MORATORIUM

The State of Florida Governor’s Executive Order 20-180 relating to Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosures and Eviction Relief issued on Thursday, July 30, 2020, will allow landlords to move forward with the eviction filing process for non-payment of rent for evictions that are not COVID-19 related.  

However, the Executive Order does not allow the Writ of Possession (i.e., a law enforcement court order to remove a tenant from property). Writ of Possession can only occur after 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2020. If you have received a 3-day or 30-day eviction notice, we encourage you to contact your landlord regarding the non-payment of rent.

For answers to some frequently asked questions, visit www.ocfl.net/HousingFAQs.

If you need immediate assistance, please contact:

  • Orange County Legal Aid Society, 407-841-8310
  • Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, 407-650-0533

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Update: News Conference | July 30, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/30/20

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has an increase of 408 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported since yesterday, bringing the County’s total to 7,259 cases over the past two weeks. The County’s has an overall positively rate is 11.5 percent, and a recovery rate at 74 percent. There have been a total of 212 resident deaths in Orange County, with 22 of those deaths from residents who were younger than 55 years old.

Below is information from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County on cases and positivity rates for the past two weeks.

View Orange County’s dashboard snapshot that is updated daily at ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.

Chart of percent positive cases from July 16 thru july 29

Chart of COVID Cases from June 23 thru July 29 2020

MORATORIUM ON EVICTION EXTENDED

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has extended the state’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium until September 1, 2020. In order to help residents navigate tenant rights, evictions and other housing assistance information for COVID-19, Orange County Government put together some answers to frequently asked question on these topics.

Visit ocfl.net/housingFAQs for more information.

SEVERE WEATHER

Orange County Government continues to monitor the progress of Topical Strom Isaias and stands ready for response if needed. Even as the storm continues to track east, residents should be aware that severe weather may be in the forecast for this weekend. Inland counties may experience 35-55 mph winds, and 1-2 inches of rain.

For more information about severe weather, continue to follow local news media and Orange County Government on Facebook, Twitter and its online newsroom.

FREE SANDBAG PROGRAM EXTENDED

The County has extended its self-serve sandbag giveaways until Saturday, August 1, 2020, pending the severe weather. All sandbag supplies will be provided. However, residents must bring their own shovels and wear mask while on site. Participants will also receive free masks and hand sanitizer at each location. To date, Orange County Government has provided nearly 40,000 sandbags to residents. Anyone with an Orange County address – including those living in the municipalities (cities) – can obtain free sandbags.

For locations, hours of operation, and more hurricane preparedness information, visit ocfl.net/Storm.

TESTING

Due to the potential of severe weather caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, COVID-19 testing at the Econ Soccer Complex, as well as the state-run testing facility at the Orange County Convention Center will be closed on Friday, July 31, 2020. Stay tuned to social channels regarding re-opening dates.

For future details on testing availability, visit ocfl.net/COVID19.

EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR CARES ACT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

More Orange County small businesses can still qualify for funding to help them overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Orange County’s Small Business Grant Program recently expanded eligibility of its program to allow more businesses to qualify. Companies that have received $75,000 or less in Federal Pay Check Protection (PPP) loans will now be eligible.

Additionally, the program has “micro-grants” to serve more home-based businesses in the community. Select home-based businesses will be eligible for up to a $3,000 micro-grant, of no more than 10 percent of their 2019 revenue. More information to come on ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

To implement these changes in the application, the portal will temporarily close on Friday, July 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. Any application that is not complete by that time will be disabled, and businesses will have to reapply when the portal reopens again on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8 a.m.

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Update: News Conference | July 27, 2020 | 4 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/27/20

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has seen an increase of 409 confirmed positive cases since yesterday. Our overall positive rate is 11.4 percent. The County’s positivity rate is lower than the statewide rate of 12.59%.

Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Cases in the past 14 days: 8,405
  • Median age in the past 14 days: 39
  • Current number of hospital beds occupied: 1,445

For more data, view Orange County’s dashboard snapshot, updated daily at ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.

COVID-19 Cases graph

FREE TESTING

Free COVID-19 testing continues through Friday, July 31, 2020 at the Econ Soccer Complex. Appointments are required and are available between 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Residents can book appointments online at ocfl.net/EconSoccer.

The City of Orlando will also offer free COVID-19 testing at Lake Nona Middle School on Wednesday, July 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are required and can be secured here.

Common symptoms of COVID-19 include:

COVID-19 Symptoms chart

STRIKE TEAMS

In less than a week, Orange County’s Strike Teams have visited 138 locations, 82% of which were complying with the County’s mask mandate. Of the businesses not in compliance with the executive order, many were not using proper signage or floor markings in their establishments, which are needed to help patrons properly social distance. For information on Strike Teams, visit ocfl.net/BusinessResources.

ORANGE CARES

The Orange CARES Individual and Family Assistance Program has approved 27,500 applications and processed $13.6 million dollars in direct payments to Orange County residents. Residents who applied for assistance on June 15 are encouraged to call 311 if they have not yet heard from a CARES team member on the status of their application. CARES is continuing to review applications from June 22 and July 13 and will be contacting those applicants soon.

CENSUS 2020

July 28 is #TrueForYou Census Day of Action. Tomorrow is the last chance to self-respond to the 2020 Census before census takers start going door-to-door to interview homes that have not yet responded. The census is important because it affects the Government’s ability to provide adequate healthcare, meal assistance and crisis relief to residents in the community. The questionnaire can be complete online at my2020census.gov.

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Update: News Conference | July 23, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/23/20

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has seen an increase of 547 confirmed positive cases reported yesterday, bringing the County’s cumulative total to 25,254 cases, and an overall positively rate of 11.2 percent. In total, 162 Orange County residents have died because of the Coronavirus, an increase of 43 since Monday. Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Cases in the past 14 days: 9,580
  • Median age in the past 14 days: 35
  • Current number of hospital beds occupied: 1,011

View Orange County’s new dashboard snapshot that is updated daily at www.ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.

ECON SOCCER COMPLEX TESTING SITE

COVID-19 testing continues to be critical. Orange County Health Services will open a free, drive-through testing location at Econ Soccer Complex, located at 8035 Yates Road, Orlando, FL 32817.

The site will operate from Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and have the capacity to provide approximately 750 tests a day. Residents who are tested will receive free face masks and hand sanitizers. Online appointments are now open.

For more testing sites across the County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19.

URGENT NEED FOR CONVALESCENT PLASMA

Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 are eligible to donate convalescent plasma for others who are infected with the virus. Convalescent plasma donations may be made every 28 days.

Eligible donors can visit OneBlood.org for registration or more information.

STRIKE TEAMS

Strike Teams, made up of representatives from Orange County Code Enforcement, the Orange County Fire Marshal’s Office and Florida Department of Health, began visiting businesses throughout the County to provide assistance with health and safety compliance.

So far, the Strike Teams have visited 75 businesses. The teams found there was compliance rate of approximately 88 percent of the businesses. Of the businesses that were not in compliance, it was because they failed to meet one of the following safety protocols:

  • Practicing social distancing
  • Following the mandatory facial covering Executive Order
  • Maintaining check points and floor markings to assist patrons in staying six feet apart
  • Posting signage reminding patrons and employees to wear masks, social distance, and to follow safety protocols

For more information, visit www.ocfl.net/BusinessResources.

CONTACT TRACERS

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County will hire COVID-19 contact tracers to assist with providing information to residents who have tested positive for COVID-19, establishing case history, obtaining contact information and maintaining records of cases.

Residents interested in applying can visit the Department of Health’s recruitment webpage for more information.

SANDBAGS AND HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

Orange County Government is providing 10 sandbags per household during multiple self-serve sandbag giveaways at several park sites across the County. Residents will have until Thursday, July 30, 2020 to fill their sandbags. To date, Orange County Government has provided more than 22,600 sandbags to residents.

All sandbag supplies will be provided. However, residents must bring their own shovels and wear mask while on site. The program is free and open to all Orange County households. Participants will also receive free masks and hand sanitizer at each location.

For locations, hours of operation, and more hurricane preparedness information, visit ocfl.net/Storm.

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Update: News Conference | July 20, 2020 | 4 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/20/20

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has 119 residents that have died from the coronavirus.

Orange County has 23,584 COVID cases. That is an increase of 340 cases over yesterday’s numbers. While the number for today’s cases is lower than prior days, keep in mind the numbers are varying from day to day.

For example, on Sunday we had an increase of 739 cases, Saturday an increase of 470 cases and on Friday an increase of 740 cases.

We have tested over 211,000 individuals (211,478) and our overall positivity rate according to the state is an even 11.0%.

Orange County Government continues to have a mask/facial covering order in place and encourages all individuals to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and handwashing.

MAYOR DEMINGS’ GOALS FOR THE WEEK

Mayor Demings top goal every week is to slow the spread of the coronavirus by urging everyone to follow CDC guidelines.

  • Continue community testing
  • Continue to distribute crisis assistance funds (as well as PPE) to individuals, families and small businesses
  • Closely monitor COVID-19 numbers and hospitalizations
  • Continue to gain compliance of the Executive Orders, especially the Orange County facial covering Executive Order

ECONOMIC RECOVERY TASK FORCE

The Business Compliance and Consumer Confidence Working Group

The Business Compliance and Consumer Confidence Working Group to review Orange County’s public policy as it pertains to the pandemic

The Working Group offered their support of the Orange County strike teams. The teams will be visiting businesses to educate them on compliance. The strike team discussion will continue when the full Economic Recovery Task Force meets on July 21, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be carried live on Orange TV.

The Working Group affirmed that when these teams visit a business they will be looking for four areas of compliance:

  • How a business practices social distancing
  • How a business follows the mandatory facial covering Executive Order
  • How a business maintains check points and marks floors to assist patrons in staying six feet apart
  • How a business posts signage reminding patrons and employees to wear masks, social distance and follow safety protocols.

The strike team will only be visiting establishments to educate business owners about compliance, and provide PPE such as masks and hand sanitizer, if necessary.

TESTING

Barnett Park has the capacity now to provide 1,000 coronavirus tests a day.

The Health Services team will also be at the site next week, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Online appointments are still available for Wednesday through Friday of this week.

For the next several weeks and the near future, Orange County Health Services will be at Barnett Park. For testing information for this site and others, visit www.ocfl.net/coronavirus.

CARES Act program – INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

The CARES ACT program for Individuals and Families has to date has processed 25,300 application approvals. So far, the Orange County Comptroller has processed for payment directly to residents for approximately $10.6 M.

Mayor Demings has not ruled out reopening the portal to take more applications in the future.

CARES ACT PROGRAM – SMALL BUSINESS

For the County’s CARES Act funding for Small Business, the program has sent 2,820 applications to the Orange County Comptroller for processing.

That represents nearly $28 million dollars paid to small businesses in our community.

The monies have gone to a diverse set of business owners.

71% of the approved small businesses are either minority or women-owned.

Small businesses that would like to apply can visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares for details.

ADDITIONAL CARES ACT FUNDING

Governor Ron DeSantis gave $7.23 million dollars in CARES Act funding to Orange County last Friday. These funds will be vital in continuing our efforts to assist our residents affected by the pandemic. This funding will complement our existing family assistance programs.

This includes short-term rental assistance and social services for families affected by the pandemic.

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Update: News Conference | July 16, 2020 | 5 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/16/20

COVID-19 NUMBERS  

In the past two weeks in Orange County, there have been:

  • 9,726 confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • 12.5% average positivity rate

There have been 102 Orange County resident deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The total number of deaths nearly doubled in the last two weeks. There was an increase of 1,393 positive cases in the County. There is currently a 66% recovery rate. In addition, according to the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, about 50% of those who are admitted to an ICU because of COVID-19 will die from the virus.

It is of paramount importance that all residents and businesses follow the Face Covering Executive Order. For questions, visit www.ocfl.net/MaskFAQs.

Orange County Mayor Demings announced County “strike teams” that will visit businesses without notifications to look into compliance with CDC guidelines and the Orange County Mask Executive Order.

TESTING

Orange County Health Services free COVID testing continues at Barnett Park until Friday. The team will also be at the site next week Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Online appointments are now open for next week.

In addition, the City of Orlando will offer a free mobile testing site at Camping World Stadium Wednesday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For testing information for this site and others, visit ocfl.net/Covid19 

CONVALESCENT PLASMA NEEDED

OneBlood is in urgent need of “convalescent plasma” – hospital orders for it have increased by 500%.  Convalescent plasma comes from people who have recovered from COVID-19 and who have developed antibodies. For more information, visit www.OneBlood.org. You can learn more and fill out a pre-registration form and the OneBlood team will schedule your appointment.  Appointments are required.

CARES FOR RESIDENTS

Our total applications processed for CARES for Residents is 38,180. We have a total 23,600 approvals with 86 percent of all applications approved so far. Most of the denials pertain with inadequate documentation regarding loss of income due to COVID.

For online applications submitted on June 15, all residents should hear back from the team for those applications no later than Monday, July 20. If you are a resident awaiting an email update, please be patient. Know that many applications have been approved, but the team is working to contact everyone.

So far, the total of money processed by the Comptroller’s Office through Orange CARES for Residents program is $9,492,000.

UPCOMING ECONOMIC TASK FORCE MEETINGS

  • Business Compliance & Consumer Confidence Working Group: Monday, July 20 at 10: 30 a.m.
  • Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force group meeting: Tuesday, July 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Watch on Orange County Government’s social media streams or directly on Orange TV at www.ocfl.net/OrangeTV. Visit www.ocfl.net/EconomicRecovery for more information.

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Update: News Conference | July 13, 2020 | 4 p.m.

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/13/20

COVID-19 NUMBERS  

Orange County has reported 18,937 cases, which is an increase of 936 cases over yesterday. As of today, 83 individuals have died because of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, we had a record-breaking 1371 new cases reported.  Over 185,000 individuals have been tested, and our overall positivity rate has now increased to 10.2%.

Orange County Government continues to have a mask/facial covering Executive Order in place and encourages all individuals to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and handwashing.

MAYOR DEMINGS’ GOALS FOR THE WEEK

  • Increase community testing
  • Continue to distribute crisis assistance funds to individuals, families and small businesses
  • Increase PPE Distribution
  • Closely monitor COVID-19 numbers and hospitalizations.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY TASK FORCE

The Business Compliance and Consumer Confidence Working Group will convene to discuss solutions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and get more businesses to comply with the facial covering Executive Order.

The virtual meeting will take place July 14, 2020 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.. It will be broadcast live on Orange TV.  Go to www.ocfl.net/OrangeTV  to view the meeting.

SELF SERVE SANDBAGS & PPE

To prepare for the peak of hurricane season, Orange County Government is hosting a free self-serve sandbag program for residents at five Orange County Park locations starting July 16 through July 30, 2020.

The program is free and open to all Orange County residents. Households will receive free PPE at each location.  Complete details are available, www.ocfl.net/Storm.

MARTIN LUTHER KING INITIATIVE

“Candid Conversations with Our Community,” The Generation Z Edition

The Generation Z community is the focus of a virtual town hall meeting to discuss solutions and alternatives to the civil unrest that many communities are currently experiencing. Youth leaders within the community will host the meeting. This is a call to action is for teens and young adults to voice concerns on race relations, diversity and inclusion.

July 15, 2020, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

To view the meeting, visit www.ocfl.net/CandidConversations

LYNX – FREE MASKS

LYNX workers are distributing free masks at select transfer locations throughout the region. On Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. the team will be in Apopka.

You can also visit the LYNX customer service window to pick up a free mask. For more information, visit www.GoLynx.com/CoronaVirusInfo.

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Update: News Conference | July 9, 2020 | 4 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/9/20

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has had 8,672 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days. The positivity rate for yesterday, July 8, 2020, was at 15.1%. Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Median age in last two weeks for positivity: age 33
  • Orange County resident deaths: 69
  • Over 163,000 individuals have been tested in Orange County

Health experts say some Orange County gyms are not following CDC guidelines and have been attributed to creating hot spots for cases. Orange County Government will work with the Department of Health in Orange County to ensure compliance.

UPCOMING TESTING SITE

Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park, beginning next week. Appointments will be required and can be made online at ocfl.net/BarnettPark.

Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (online appointments now open)

Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (online appointments will open next week)

For more information about testing locations, visit www.ocfl.net/coronavirus.

ORANGES CARES

The Orange CARES for Residents assistance program will reopen on Monday, July 13 for individuals and families. The portal will open at 8 a.m. and will accept 10,000 applicants.  Please note that this might be one of the last times the portal will be open, depending on the number of applications approved and money available.

Applications submitted last month are still being reviewed. To date, there have been 19,000 reviewed and approved applications, which represents nearly $20 million in financial help during this unprecedented time to families across Orange County.

For more information on Orange CARES, visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares.

FREE SANDBAGS

With the peak of hurricane season quickly approaching, Orange County Government will host multiple self-serve sandbag giveaways for residents, starting Thursday, July 16 through Thursday, July 30, at five Orange County parks including:

  • Barnett Park: 4801 W. Colonial Dr.
  • Bithlo Community Park: 18501 Washington Ave.
  • Downey Park: 10107 Flowers Ave.
  • Meadow Woods Park: 1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir.
  • West Orange Recreational Complex: 309 S. West Crown Point Rd.

All sandbag supplies will be provided, however Orange County residents must bring their own shovels to fill the sandbags. Residents must also wear masks. The program is free and open to all Orange County households. Participants will also receive free masks and hand sanitizer at each location.

For more information and hours for the sites, visit www.ocfl.net/Storm.

CANDID CONVERSATIONS TOWN HALL

On Wednesday, July 15, Orange County will host a virtual town hall titled, “Candid Conversations with our Community:  The Generation Z Edition,” which is aimed at local teens and young adults. The goal of the town hall is to engage with the younger generation and get their thoughts on race relations, social unrest and inclusion, and ask the question: “What’s Next?” It is sponsored by the Orange County MLK Initiative

Viewers can watch live from 6-7:30 p.m. at www.ocfl.net/CandidConversations. More information at www.ocfl.net/MLK.

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Update: News Conference | July 6, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/6/20

GOALS FOR THE WEEK

Mayor Demings’ goals for the week are:

  • Stop the spread of the virus through driving adherence to the CDC guidelines
  • Continue working with the state to increase testing
  • Continue crisis assistance for families, individuals and small businesses
  • Work toward safely improving commerce

COVID NUMBERS

Over the weekend, Florida’s total COVID-19 cases topped 200,000. In the past 14 days, there have been 9,186 positive cases in the County. Over the past five days, Orange County’s COVID-19 cases have increased by 3,533. The County’s overall positivity rate is now 9.2%, which isthe same as the state of Florida’s rate. Our recovery rate is about 60% – which has increased.

61 Orange County residents have died from COVOID-19.As of July 1, the state is now also counting antigen tests with its COVID positive testing numbers. Antigen testing is a new category of diagnostic testing. A positive antigen case is considered a positive case and is counted.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY

With the surge in cases, the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force’s Business Compliance and Consumer Confidence Working Group will meet next week. The date and time are still to be determined.

If the COVID-19 cases still appear to be increasing at a high rate, the working group will look at recommending to the Task Force on whether penalties and fines should be imposed on businesses that violate the face-covering mandate.

TESTING

The State’s regional temporary drive-through testing site at the Orange County Convention Center tests more people than anywhere else in the state.

Orange County Health Services will offer free testing at Barnett Park next week. More information will be available later this week at www.ocfl.net/covid19

ORANGE CARES

The next application opening for the Orange CARES for Residents Program will be the week of July 13, 2020. Visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES for more information. Orange CARES for Small Business Program’s application is still open.

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Update: News Conference | July 1, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/1/20

WORK TO FLATTEN THE CURVE

On Monday, Orange County broke the 10,000 mark for COVID-19 cases. Just in the last 14 days, there have been 7,223 positive cases.  Yesterday, there was an increase of 540 cases. Orange County’s average positivity rate is 7.9%.

“Although we have had more than 1,000 positive cases per day, it is still too early to tell if the pandemic is deescalating in our County,” said Dr. Raul Pino, Health Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. “We thank the community for wearing face masks and taking this pandemic seriously. Using face masks is the best tool we have in our toolbox right now.”

Please make sure to remember the Three Ws:

  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Wear a mask or covering over your nose and mouth
  • Watch your distance— stay six feet apart, avoid close contact and large crowds

Wherever you go, practice the 3 W's to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, including: wash hands, wear mask, and watch distance

TESTING

The State’s regional temporary drive-through testing site at the Orange County Convention Center tests more people than anywhere else in the state.

Orange County Health Services will offer free testing at Barnett Park beginning mid next week. Online appointments will open early next week at www.ocfl.net/covid19.

EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDED

Governor DeSantis has extended the moratorium of evictions and foreclosures until August 1, 2020.

The Executive Order does state that an individual is still obligated to make mortgage or rent payments.

Orange County’s webpage has frequently asked questions regarding housing and tenant rights. Visit www.ocfl.net/housingFAQs.

ORANGE CARES

The next application opening for the Orange CARES for Residents Program will be the week of July 13, 2020. Visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES for more information. Orange CARES for Small Business Program’s application is still open.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS

Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced today that tourist development tax (TDT) collections (resort tax) received by Orange County for the May 2020 TDT collection month were $1,144,300. That is a 95% decrease from May 2019. June collection numbers will be released in early August.

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Update: News Conference | June 29, 2020 | 4 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/29/20

COVID-19 NUMBERS  

Orange County has broken the 10,000 mark where it comes to coronavirus cases.  The Florida Department of Health reported today that Orange County has 10,014 COVID-19 cases, which is an increase of 343 cases over yesterday.  While this is a decrease in cases over the last few days, we must remain vigilant fighting this pandemic.

Orange County has had 6,208 new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days with a positivity rate of 15.3%. So far, 56 Orange County residents have died in the pandemic.

Orange County Government continues to have a mask/facial covering order in place and encourages all individuals to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and handwashing.

MAYOR DEMINGS’ GOALS FOR THE WEEK

  • Stop the spread of the virus.
  • Continue to work with Dr. Pino and the Department of Health to increase contact tracing.
  • Increase the number of people wearing masks/facial covering.
  • Continue providing CARES Act/ Crisis Assistance to Orange County individuals and families.

HOUSING EDUCATION SERIES

Community of Legal Services, Mid-Florida is hosting a Landlord and Tenant education series. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 2:00 P.M.  This virtual meeting series is available by following this link, https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/FairHousingCOVID19

The event is in partnership with Orange County Government, and the U.S. Fair Housing and Urban Development.

Information on the webinar has been shared on Orange County’s social media channels and is on our web page with more information at ocfl.net/HousingFAQs

SAFER. STRONGER. TOGETHER. CAMPAIGN

At the annual State of the County address, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings launched a new regional communications campaign to further encourage business and resident participation in COVID-19 safety guidelines, and inviting consumers to positively support businesses that adhere to strong, visible safe measures. For more information, visit https://www.doyourpartorl.com/

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Update: News Conference | June 24, 2020 | 5 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/24/20

CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO CLIMB

As testing continues, Orange County has seen another increase in positive COVID-19 cases, with 561 confirmed positive cases reported yesterday. In total, the County has tested more than 114,000 individuals, with a positivity rate is 5.3 percent. On June 1, 2020, the positivity rate was 2.8 percent. Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Median age in last two weeks for positivity: age 29
  • Deaths: 56
  • Hospitalizations today: 168 (Non-ICU:133/ICU:35)

According to Dr. Pino, Health Officer for the Department of Health in Orange County, 58 percent of all cases in Orange County have been diagnosed since June 11, 2020 — approximately 3,764 cases. There is a correlation to the increase in cases with social activity since Memorial Day weekend.

TESTING

Testing continues to be in high demand. The regional state-run free testing site at the Orange County Convention Center had a record-day in testing yesterday, with 1,426 tests administered.

Next week, Orange County Health Services will provide free testing at Downey Park from Monday, June 29, 2020 through Thursday, July 3, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details and additional testing sites will be available at ocfl.net/COVID19.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND FACE COVERINGS

The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force met earlier today, June 24, 2020 to discuss the rising number of COVID-19 cases, as well as the continued education for businesses and residents to voluntarily comply with wearing face coverings. The Task Force will meet again on a future date, yet to be announced.

Orange County has made additional clarifications to the existing Executive Order-2020-23 “Requiring Face Coverings.” Edits include more exceptions and directions to this Order. The updated Order can be viewed by visiting the “Executive Orders” Tab on ocfl.net/COVID19.

It is imperative that residents wear a mask when unable to properly social distance to decrease the possibility of spreading the virus. Residents and business owners are urged to think of the safety of others.

CARES ACT FUNDING FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES

Yesterday, June 23, 2020, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners approved changes to the Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program in order to allow more local businesses to qualify for funding. A small business is now eligible for the program under the following criteria:

  • Received $50,000 or less in Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans, with proof of funding, and/or
  • 100 employees or less

The County has approved more than 1,000 Small Business Grant applications, which translates into approximately $10 million for small business owners.

The Individual and Family Assistance Program continues to process applications for eligibility. There are more than 30,000 applications to be reviewed, with 11,200 submitted on Monday, June 22, 2020 alone. The program anticipates processing 5,000 applications every week. As of Friday, June 19, 2020, 3,500 applications have been processed and submitted to the Comptroller for direct payment to residents. Orange County will announce the next opening date for applications soon.

For more information about both programs, including eligibility criteria, required documents, and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

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Update: News Conference | June 22, 2020 | 11 a.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/22/20

CONTINUED INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES

Over the past 14 days, Orange County has had 2,561 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. Forty-three percent of these cases are in residents ages 20-29. In addition, 782 new cases were diagnosed over the weekend, with 437 positive cases alone were announced on Saturday, June 20, 2020. This was a single-day record for new cases, which included a positivity rate of 16.7%.

Since March 2020, Orange County has had 5,157 cases, including 408 hospitalizations. In total, there have been 49 resident deaths due to COVID-19.

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County reported that the current positivity rate for the County is 4.5% and the recovery rate is 55%, which has dropped significantly from previous weeks when it was in the high 80s.

Due to climbing numbers this week, Florida surpassed a total of 100,000 COVID-19 cases. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings stressed the importance of the face covering mandate and for residents to abide by it in order to help slow the spread of the virus.

TESTING SITES

Orange County Health Services will be providing free COVID-19 testing to residents in the Apopka and Zellwood areas this week. All residents who are tested will receive free hand sanitizers and masks. Appointments are still available on June 25 and June 26 at the Neighborhood Center for Families/Zellwood. Appointments must be booked online at www.ocfl.net/Zellwood.

True Health, an Orange County Primary Care Access Network (PCAN) partner, is also offering testing in the Lake Underhill area, South Orlando and Alafaya Trail areas. More information on these locations can be found at www.ocfl.net/coronavirus.

ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Orange County is continuing to provide support for local businesses. As of this morning, more than $9 million was approved to be distributed to establishments through the Orange Cares Small Business Grants. Those small businesses that are in need of assistance can still apply. The application is open at www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares.

Orange County will also distribute free personal protective equipment (PPE) to small businesses on Wednesday, June 24 through Friday, Friday June 26. The PPE kits will include 200 disposable facemasks, 15 cloth masks and 20 bottles of hand sanitizers. Online appointments are required. Visit www.ocfl.net/PPE to register. Businesses can choose from three locations throughout Orange County, including South Orange Youth Complex, West Orange Park and Downey Park.

ASSISTANCE FOR RESIDENTS

More than 30,000 residents have applied for assistance from the Orange CARES for Residents Program. Orange County’s staff will process these applications as quickly as possible. The next application date is still being determined based on the number of applications that are approved. A future announcement will be made on Orange County’s website and on Orange County’s social media channels.

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Update: News Conference | June 18, 2020 | 5 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/18/20

COVID-19 NUMBERS CLIMBING

Over the past 14 days, Orange County has had 1,586 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. In addition, 316 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday, June 17, 2020. Since March 2020, Orange County has had 383 hospitalizations, accounting for 10% of all cases. In total, there have been 48 resident deaths.

More than 100,000 individuals have been tested and the County’s positivity rate continues to climb – it is now at 3.8 percent.

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) reported that they had a 10 percent positivity rate for yesterday. The day prior to that, it was 11.8 percent. For recent positive cases in the last two weeks, the median age is now 29. DOH-Orange is tracking various businesses, including bars and restaurants as well as areas near UCF that have a high number of COVID-19 cases.

An updated heat map can be viewed at www.ocfl.net/COVID19HeatMap.

FACE COVERING MANDATE

After 10 days of triple digit increases of COVID-19 cases, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings signed an Executive Order requiring every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Orange County to wear a facial covering consistent with CDC guidelines while in any public place. Mayor Demings consulted with other local municipal leaders as well as health care experts before making this decision.

Orange County is requesting voluntary compliance to help keep all of the community safe.

The Executive Order takes effect on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at midnight and will stay in effect indefinitely. Visit Orange County’s web page to read the full Order.

PPE FOR SMALL BIZ CONTINUES

Next Wednesday, June 24; Thursday, June 25; and Friday, June 26; Orange County Government will again offer small businesses the chance to pick up a packet of free personal protective equipment (PPE).

This PPE kit will include 200 disposable facemasks, 15 cloth masks and 20 bottles of hand sanitizers. The County expects to serve 10,000 small businesses by supplying two million facemasks and 200,000 bottles of hand sanitizers. Online appointments are required. Visit www.ocfl.net/PPE to register. You can choose from three locations throughout Orange County, including South Orange Youth Complex, West Orange Park and Downey Park.

Testing

Orange County Health Services will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing in the Apopka and Zellwood areas during the week of June 22. In addition. Legacy Middle School in the 32825 zip code will be a test site from June 22 through June 25. Receive a free packet of facemasks and hand sanitizer after you complete an appointment.

June 22 

Farmworker Association of Florida

Book an appointment at www.ocfl.net/FarmworkerAssociation

June 23

John Bridges Community Center

Book an appointment at www.ocfl.net/JohnBridges

June 24 & 25

Neighborhood Center for Families/Zellwood

Book an appointment at www.ocfl.net/Zellwood

For more information on these and other testing sites in Orange County, visit www.ocfl.net/covid19.

ORANGE CARES

Orange County’s team has streamlined the Orange CARES for Residents Program application process to require fewer documents. In addition, residents who have approved applications will receive direct payment.

The next application opening will open Monday, June 22 at 8 a.m. and it will accept 20,000 applications. Residents who applied for the grant on June 8 & 9, 2020 will receive email updates by Friday, June 19 regarding their status. Visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES for more information.

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Update: News Conference | June 15, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/15/20

COVID-19 NUMBERS CLIMBING

Orange County has a total of 3,282 positive cases and there have been 47 resident deaths. In just the past two weeks, the County has had 1,197 positive cases.

Some alarming statistics:

  • Yesterday, 186 confirmed positive cases were reported. That is the highest one-day increase of cases since the pandemic began in March.
  • The Florida Department of Health in Orange County received 2,951 test results yesterday and that positive rate equated to 5.9%. Two weeks ago, the positive rate was 2.8%.
  • The average age of COVID positive cases in Orange County is now 35 to 38 years old. So, while the case numbers are increasing, the age demographic is dropping.
  • In the past five days, Orange County has seen triple digits in positive COVID-19 cases each day.

Responding to this upward trend in COVID cases, Orange County Mayor Demings spoke with health care leaders today to discuss a possible plan of action. The County will continue to stress the importance of face masks and social distancing to residents. The County may explore the possibility of mandating masks for all people at certain types of businesses.

ORANGE CARES

Orange County’s team has streamlined the Orange CARES for Residents Program application process to require fewer documents. In addition, residents who have approved applications will receive direct payment.

More than 15,000 applications were submitted this morning.

The next application will open Monday, June 22 at 8 a.m. and there will be a 10,000 user capacity. Visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES for more information.

TESTING

COVID-19 testing continues to be critical. Orange County Health Services is offering free testing this week at Barnett Park. Appointments can be made directly at www.ocfl.net/BarnettPark. Residents will receive free face masks and hand sanitizers after an appointment. For a list of various testing options, visit www.ocfl.net/covid19

 

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Update: News Conference | June 11, 2020 | 5 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/11/20

Orange County has had a total 730 positive COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days. Yesterday, June 10, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County reported 123 new confirmed cases. Testing has been increasing and the County’s positivity rate is slightly up at 3 percent. Statewide, the positivity rate is 5.3 percent. For an updated COVID-19 heat map, visit www.ocfl.net/covid19HeatMap.

TESTING

Orange County Health Services will expand to offer free COVID-19 testing  from June 15 through 18 at Barnett Park, located at 4801 W. Colonial Drive. Residents who participate will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer at the time of their appointment.

To schedule an appointment, visit, www.ocfl.net/BarnettPark. For more information on this site and other testing sites in Orange County, visit www.ocfl.net/COVID19.

SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM

CARES Act funding for the County’s Small Business Grant Program helps eligible businesses in Orange County with  a $10,000 grant. Applications are still open for small business grants. Business owners can visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares for more information.

There are currently 3,177 submitted applications, and more than $2 million in payments have already been processed. However, many small businesses have been denied because of incomplete or missing documents. BUsiness owners are urged to ensure that all documents are submitted in order to process applications efficiently.

RESIDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Orange CARES Program for Individuals and Families has received 3,501 completed applications. The County is in the process of approvals, as well as streamlining the process to better serve residents. The next opportunity for residents to complete an application will be on Monday, June 15, 2020, at 8 a.m. More information will be posted to www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

Orange County has provided facemasks, gloves and hand sanitizers to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and its many food partners. To serve the growing demand, Second Harvest has doubled its daily distribution from 150,000 to 300,000 meals per day since the end of March. However, demand continues to outpace long-term capacity, and needs the community’s help.

Lockheed Martin recently provided a $425,000 grant to Second Harvest that will be used to provide critical help to struggling Central Floridians. To donate, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

PULSE REMEMBRANCE

The OnePULSE Foundation will host its annual Pulse Remembrance Ceremony on June 12, 2020, virtually on its Facebook Page and YouTube, beginning at 7 p.m. Visit www.OnePulseFoundation.org for more information.

 

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Update: News Conference | June 8, 2020 | 5 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/8/20

In the past two weeks, there have been a total of 527 positive COVID-19 cases in Orange County. Half of all cases in the past 14 days have been younger residents between the ages of 25 and 40. We have tested more than 83,000 individuals in the County with a positivity rate slightly increasing to 2.9%. Statewide, the positivity rate is 5.3%

CURFEW

Effective immediately, the 10 p.m. curfew for Orange County has been lifted. It was put into place on May 31, 2020.

ORANGE CARES

Applications for grants for both small businesses and residents opened this morning on www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares.

Individual and Family Assistance Grants

The cap for 2,000 applications to submit through the application portal quickly closed this morning.

Due to the demand, individuals will be able to apply again tomorrow on Tuesday, June 9. The portal will open at 8 a.m. for up to 20,000 applications.

Please be patient with application processing as staff is working to streamline the system to process as many applications as efficiently as possible.

For program information visit, the CARES Act page online.

Small Business Grant Program

The program has had more than 4,700 Orange County business owners access the application portal.

Nearly 1,500 businesses have successfully submitted all of their documents to qualify. The

TESTING

Ventura Elementary School in the 32822 zip code is offering free COVID-19 testing through Thursday of this week. It is by online appointment only at www.ocfl.net/VenturaElementary.

Visit www.ocfl.net/coronavirus for more information.

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Update: News Conference | June 5, 2020 | 11 a.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/5/20

 In the past two weeks, Orange County has had 451 positive COVID-19 cases with a recovery rate of 85%. Orange County has tested more than 76,000 individuals in the County with a positivity rate remaining at 2.8%.

CANDID CONVERSATIONS

The Orange County MLK Initiative Virtual Town Hall will occur today, June 5, 2020, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This session – called “Candid Conversations with Our Community” – will serve as a forum for local leaders to engage the community regarding the recent occurrences surrounding the death of George Floyd and police-related issues.

To register, visit ocfl.net/mlk. You can also watch live on Orange TV and on its YouTube Channel.

TESTING SITES

Next week, starting June 8 through June 11, Orange County Health Services will provide free COVID-19 testing at Ventura Elementary School, located in the 32822 zip code. To make an online appointment, visit ocfl.net/VenturaElementary.

Orange County continues to have a multitude of testing locations. The Regional Orange County Convention drive-through testing site now offers free anti-body tests to the public. For details, visit ocfl.net/coronavirus.

ORANGE CARES

Applications for the Orange CARES programs for small businesses as well as for residents will open by 8 a.m. on Monday, June 8, 2020.  For information, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Nearly 5,000 businesses received free personal protective equipment (PPE) this week in preparation for the Governor’s Phase II reopening. Orange County distributed nearly 200,000 reusable, cloth masks to small businesses this week.

Visit ocfl.net/PPE to learn about future PPE distribution events.

ORANGE COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION

With the Governor announcing Phase II reopening, Orange County’s Parks & Recreation Division plans to lift some restrictions at the parks.

The Parks Division will open athletic fields for youth sports and tennis centers on Tuesday, June 9.

Many residents have expressed questions and frustrations about playgrounds along with basketball courts, pools and splash pads. Please know that Parks & Recreation is working to present a reopening plan for these amenities soon.

Visit ocfl.net/Parks for more information.

NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT UPDATE

Judges and court staff have been working diligently during Phase 1 to hold proceedings remotely whenever possible. In preparation for Phase 2, the Circuit has adopted an operational plan that meets the benchmark criteria for improving conditions, the absence of active cases in the courts, and cooperative efforts with our justice system partners.   For details, visit ninthcircuit.org                      

OCPS UPDATE

Beginning June 11, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) will implement a 4-day, 10-hour per day, work week for the summer months. All district offices and schools will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and closed on Fridays beginning June 12 through July 24.All visitors must have an appointment.

Please contact the department or school to schedule. Information regarding health advisories, school reopening, summer distance learning, and the summer meal distribution program is available at ocps.net.

 

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Update: News Conference | June 3, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/3/2020

During the past two weeks, Orange County has had 411 positive COVID-19 cases.

The County has tested nearly 75,000 individuals with a positivity rate remaining at 2.8 percent. Statewide, the COVID-19 positivity rate remains at 5.4 percent.

UPCOMING COMMUNITY FORUM

Mayor Demings’ MLK Initiative will host a virtual town hall on Friday, June 5, 2020, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The town hall is titled, “Candid Conversations with Our Community.”  

The forum is for local leaders to engage the community regarding the recent occurrences – both national and local – surrounding the death of George Floyd and police-related issues. The discussion will seek solutions to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. For more information, visit ocfl.net/MLK.

CURFEW

As demonstrations continue today, the City of Orlando’s Police Department is committed to protecting all residents and demonstrators. To do so, the City of Orlando has enacted a new curfew for downtown Orlando that will take effect tonight at 8 p.m. For the rest of the City of Orlando and Orange County, the curfew remains at 10 p.m.

PPE FOR BUSINESES EXTENDED TO JUNE 5

With the exception of three South Florida counties, the Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced plans for the Phase 2 re-opening of Florida on Friday, June 5, 2020.

With the expanded re-opening, Orange County Government is extending its PPE distribution for small businesses for one more day.

There are 1,000 spots open for Orange County small businesses to pick up free, reusable cloth masks and hand sanitizer at Barnett Park on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Make an online appointment at www.ocfl.net/PPE.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX NUMBERS

Comptroller Phil Diamond announced the Tourist Development Tax (TDT) numbers for April 2020. During that month, $765,900 in TDT dollars were collected. This represents the smallest amount of TDT collected in one month and a 97 percent decrease compared to April 2019.

Many hotels and tourist destinations were closed for April 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions.

CONVENTION CENTER

Today the Orange County Convention Center presented its re-opening plans to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force.

The plan has a three-pronged strategy to safeguard clients, attendees and employees. The Convention Center will follow CDC recommendations, as well as the best-available data, science and research once it reopens. Visit occc.net for more information.

TESTING SITES

The City of Orlando is offering COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Nona Middle School.

There is no symptom criteria for testing. However, appointments are required and individuals must be 18 years or older and show a valid Orlando or Orange County ID.

Orlando and Orange County residents can make an appointment by visiting orlando.gov/covid19testing.  For more options on testing, visit ocfl.net/covid19.

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Update: News Conference | June 1, 2020 | 4 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/1/2020

In the past two weeks, Orange County has had a total of 375 positive COVID-19 cases in residents with a 2.8% positivity rate and an overall 87% recovery rate.  Forty-one Orange County residents have died of COVID-19. Of those deaths, 71% had hypertension, 53% had diabetes and 32% were current or former smokers.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings goals for the week are:

  • Prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
  • Continue to offer free testing and face masks and hand sanitizer to residents and small businesses.
  • Help residents and businesses fully understand the qualifications and paperwork necessary to get Orange CARES Act funding.

CURFEW

Orange County, in cooperation with municipalities, has issued an Executive Order that went into effect on May 31, 2020. The purpose of the order is to keep residents safe and decrease the potential spread of COVID-19 due to recent large gatherings. As a community, we want to make sure that those who are peacefully protesting are safe. A copy of the Executive Order is available at www.ocfl.net/Coronavirus. The curfew is in effect until further notice.

ORANGE CARES

Orange County Government has received $243.2 million in federal CARES Act funding. The County’s Small Business Grant Program will distribute $72.9 million of that money to 6,500 small businesses ($10,000 per business) to help them overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19.

In addition, $72.9 million of those funds are earmarked to help residents and social service organizations. Approximately $36.5 million have been allocated for Orange County’s Individual and Family Assistance Program, which will provide a one-time payment of $1,000 per household for residents affected by COVID-19. Funds for this program will assist people to bridge financial gaps for overdue rent, mortgage, medical or an eligible utility expense. Another $36.5 million have been allocated for expand funding for social service organizations.

Information is now available online for small businesses and for residents at ocfl.net/OrangeCares. The applications will open June 8, 2020.

Orange County Campgrounds

On June 5, Orange County Parks and Recreation will open campgrounds. For a list of parks, visit ocfl.net/Parks.

Orange County Utilities

Orange County Utilities reminds businesses that have been closed for an extended period of time due to COVID-19 to take appropriate steps to eliminate water system issues that can potentially occur during a shutdown. The CDC offers guidelines for businesses to follow before they reopen. Best practices for individual businesses vary and they should follow their specific water management plan and protocols.

Orange County Clerk’s Office

The Orange County Clerk’s Office has expanded limited access to more Clerk services. In order to limit capacity in lobbies, appointments can be scheduled for the following services and locations:

  • Marriage License & Ceremonies – Downtown Courthouse, Winter Park, Apopka, Ocoee
  • Passport Applications – Downtown Courthouse, Winter Park, Apopka, Ocoee
  • Self-Help Center Virtual Attorney Appointments – Downtown Courthouse

For more information or to make payments, view and order court records, file cases, order packets and forms, and make appointments at www.myorangeclerk.com.

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Update: Previous Updates

Please find all previous updates on the original Coronavirus Updates page.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, the nation’s second-largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

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