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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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