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

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Update: News Conference | October 22, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/22/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS
Visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.

TESTING
Free COVID-19 Testing Provided by Orange County Health Services

Barnett Park
4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
Wednesday, October 28 & Thursday, October 29, 2020
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free testing available to those who are ages 12 and up. Appointment booking at ocfl.net/BarnettPark, but walk-ups also welcome. Test results in about 48 hours.

For more free testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing

CARES Individuals and Family Assistance Grant portal
The next portal opening will be on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 at 8 a.m. and will have a 15,000-user capacity.

Individuals who applied on October 12 should receive their application status via email by the end of the day on October 23. If there were any issues with documentation, residents must re-apply on the October 24 date.

A reminder, if your household – as in anyone at residing at your address – has received grant funding already you are ineligible.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES

STRIKE TEAMS

As of today, the Orange County Strike Teams have visited 3,778 businesses with an overall compliance rate of 97%.

  • There have been 464 follow-up inspections.
  • The team will be out over the weekend
  • The team is planning on re-visiting theme parks in the next several business days.

For more information about the Strike Team, visit the County’s Business Resources page.

Orange County Clerk’s Office Hosts Clerks Against Domestic Violence
The virtual Clerks Against Domestic Violence Workshop in partnership with Harbor House of Central Florida, the Victim Service Center, and the Orlando Police Department, will be held on October 29, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. live on the Zoom platform.

To register for the event, visit the Clerks Against Domestic Violence Workshop page.

FREE DRIVE-THRU FOOD DRIVE
Holden Heights Community Center
1201 20th Street, Orlando 32805

October 24, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Event can provide food up to 300 vehicles.

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Update: News Conference | October 19, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/19/2020

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

Visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.

MAYRO DEMINGS’ GOALS FOR THE WEEK

  1. Continue offering crisis assistance to individuals and families
  2. Continue offering crisis assistance to small businesses
  3. Prioritize easy access to free COVID-19 testing

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Residents who would like to book an appointment may visit ocfl.net/BarnettPark, although walk-up and bike-up testing is available. Residents who are tested will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer.

Barnett Park
4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
Wednesday October 21 and Thursday October 22, 2020
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In addition, the State Regional Drive-Thru Testing Facility at the Orange County Convention Center is currently offering free rapid antigen testing, with results in about 15 minutes. Insurance cards are requested, but you do not need insurance to be tested. Online appointments are encouraged, and can be reserved by visiting PatientPortalFL.com.

For these and other testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

CARES ACT PROGRAMS
Individual and FamiliesThe Orange County CARES Act funding for Individuals and Families Program will reopen its application portal on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., with a capacity for 15,000 users.

As a reminder, applicants must upload an additional document to verify your Orange County residency. The address on your photo I.D. must match the Orange County address that will be used on the application. Examples of acceptable documentation includes a utility bill, voter registration card, current lease, insurance bill, benefits or bank statement.

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

Small Businesses and Home-based BusinessesOrange County grant programs for Small Businesses and Home-based Businesses are open. Businesses that have received funds from the federal Payroll Protection Program of up to $100,000 (up from the previous limit of $75,000) are now eligible to apply for funding.

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

EARLY VOTING
Early voting in Orange County is from October 19 through November 1. There are 15 days until Election Day on November 3, 2020. Residents are urged to make a plan to vote – whether by mail, early voting, or in person. Below are early voting location in Orange County. You can vote at any early voting location during the early voting period.

Alafaya Library
12000 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32826

South Creek Library
1702 Deerfield Blvd., Orlando, FL 32837

Amway Center – Disney Atrium
400 W. Church St., #200, Orlando, FL 32801

Southeast Library
5575 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32822

Apopka Community Center
519 S. Central Ave., Apopka, FL 32703

Southwest Library
7255 Della Dr., Orlando, FL 32819

Chickasaw Library
870 N. Chickasaw Trail, Orlando, FL 32825

Tibet-Butler Reserve
8777 County Rd. 535, Orlando, FL 32836

Fairview Shores Library
902 Lee Road, Suite 26, Orlando, FL 32810

UCF – The Garden Room at Live Oak Event Center
4115 Pyxis Lane, Orlando, FL 32816

Hiawassee Library
7391 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32818

Washington Park Library
5151 Raleigh St., Suite A, Orlando, FL 32811

Marks Street Senior Recreation Complex
99 E. Marks St., Orlando, FL 32803

Water Conserv II Distribution Center
17498 McKinney Rd., Winter Garden, FL 34787

Meadow Woods Recreation Center
1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir., Orlando, FL 32824

West Oaks Library
1821 E. Silver Star Rd., Ocoee, FL 34761

Orange County Supervisor of Elections
119 W. Kaley St., Orlando, FL 32806

Winter Garden Library
805 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787

Renaissance Senior Center
3800 S. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando., FL 32829

Winter Park Library
460 E. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

More voting information can be found at ocfelections.com, or call 407-836-VOTE.

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Update: News Conference | October 16, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/16/2020

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

Visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

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

Barnett Park
4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
Wednesday October 21 and Thursday October 22, 2020
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide tests to individuals who are 12+ years old. Residents who are tested will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer. For more testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

CARES ACT PROGRAMS

Individual and FamiliesApproximately $1.5 million have been distributed to residents since the program reopened earlier this week. The Orange County CARES Act funding for Individuals and Families Program will reopen its application portal on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., with a capacity for 15,000 users.

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

Small Business and Home-Based Business – Both Orange County CARES Act funding programs for small businesses and home-based businesses will reopen on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 9 a.m. Approximately $7 million for small businesses, and $700,000 for home-based businesses is left to be disbursed. Businesses that have received funds from the federal Payroll Protection Program of up to $100,000 (up from the previous limit of $75,000) are now eligible to apply for funding.

Since the program opened in June 2020, more than $60 million has been allocated to business owners in Orange County, with 67 percent going to minority or women-owned businesses.

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

STRIKE TEAMS

The goal of Orange County’s Business Compliance Strike Teams is to help businesses keep both patrons and employees safe. Strike Teams will be out again this weekend, to assist Orange County businesses, as well as following up with businesses that are not in compliance. Data for Strike Team visits is below:

  • 3,542 sites have been visited
  • 87 percent of business are in compliance during the first visit
  • 440 follow up inspections
  • 83 percent compliance rate after follow up inspections

CENSUS

The count for the 2020 Census ended on Thursday, October 15, 2020, according to a recent Supreme Court hearing.

Orange County has a 64.5 percent self-reporting rate. That is ahead of the 2010 number which was 62 percent. With the included reporting from local Census enumerators, Orange County Mayor Demings hopes that at least 70 percent of all residents are counted.

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Update: News Conference | October 12, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/12/2020

GOALS OF THE WEEK

Mayor Demings’ goals of the week continue to focus on slowing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Offer crisis assistance to individuals and families in need.
  • Continue to offer free COVID-19 testing and flu shots.
  • Continue to offer business compliance assistance and inspections to help keep employees and patrons safe.

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

Visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.

FREE COVID-19 TESTING 

Orange County Medical Clinic
101 S. Westmoreland Drive, Orlando, FL 32805
Thursday, October 15 – Friday, October 16, 2020
8-11 a.m.

All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide tests to individuals who are +12 years old, provide residents who are tested free facemasks and hand sanitizer, and do not ask for insurance. To book an appointment visit www.ocfl.net/OCMedicalClinic.

For more testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

FREE FLU VACCINATIONS

With flu season on the horizon,Orange County Health Services Department will provide free flu vaccinations. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during a pandemic because it can save resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.  Teams will be at the following location this week:

Barnett Park (FLU SHOTS)
4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
Wednesday, October 14 – Friday, October 16, 2020
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To book an appointment, visit ocfl.net/FluShots.

CARES ACT FUNDING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES 

The application portal opened today at 8 a.m. for a new round of distributing $30 million dollars in funding to individuals and families. Successful applicants will receive $1,000.00 per household. This was the sixth time our portal opened and we have already paid out nearly $30 million in funding that has helped nearly 30,000 residents.

The next portal opening will be on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. and will also have a 10,000 user capacity.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES

CENSUS EXTENDED

A friendly reminder: The deadline for the 2020 Census was extended to October 31, 2020. It is not too late for you to make sure your household is counted.

For more information and to complete the questionnaire please go to my2020census.gov.

 

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Update: News Conference | October 9, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/9/2020

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

Visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.

CARES ACT PROGRAM FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Orange County’s CARES Act program for Individuals and Families will open on Monday, October 12, 2020, at 8 a.m. with a capacity for 10,000 users. This means there will be a very limited window of time for the portal being open. Once that capacity is reached, the application portal will close for processing.

Residents who are applying are urged to have their required documents ready for when the portal opens.

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

The application portal will reopen again on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., accepting the same capacity.

COVID-19 TESTING IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Access to free testing is a priority for the Orange County Health Services Department. Next week, teams will be located at the following location:

Orange County Medical Clinic (COVID-19 TESTING)
101 S. Westmoreland Drive, Orlando, FL 32805
Thursday, October 15 – Friday, October 16, 2020
8-11 a.m.

All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide tests to individuals who are +12 years old, provide residents who are tested free facemasks and hand sanitizer, and do not ask for insurance. To book an appointment visit www.ocfl.net/OCMedicalClinic.

For more testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

FREE FLU VACCINATIONS

With flu season on the horizon, Orange County Health Services Department will provide free flu vaccinations. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during a pandemic because it can save resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.  Next week, teams will be located at the following location:

Barnett Park (FLU SHOTS)
4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
Wednesday, October 14 – Friday, October 16, 2020
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To book an appointment, visit ocfl.net/FluShots.

STRIKE TEAMS

Orange County Strike Teams have been working during the past six weeks, visiting more than 3,300 sites to help ensure businesses are following CDC guidelines, as well as and providing them with necessary resources. The vast majority of businesses that have been visited are in compliance, and are working diligently to keep their guests and employees safe.

Unfortunately, Strike Teams have encountered a very small group of businesses that have been visited and revisited four times – and are still not in compliance.

Orange County Strike Teams may look into the possibility of instituting fines for businesses that remain in noncompliance. For more information on the Strike Teams, visit ocfl.net/BusinessResources.

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Update: News Conference | October 5, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/5/2020

MAYOR DEMINGS’ GOALS OF THE WEEK

  • Slowing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Continue to offer free testing to any Orange County resident who wants it.
  • Offer crisis assistance to individuals and families.
  • Continue to slowly reopen Orange County facilities as our coronavirus numbers stabilize.

COVID-19 UPDATES/NUMBERS

  • There are now a reported 41,055 cases. That is an increase of 112 cases since yesterday.
  • We have lost 483 Orange County residents to the coronavirus. That is an increase of four deaths from the weekend.
  • Our two week positivity average is 4.4%. Our average since the beginning of the pandemic in March is 11.4%. That is still below the statewide positivity average of 13.25%

TESTING

This week, testing will be offered at the following sites:

Mexican Consulate
2550 Technology Drive, Orlando, FL 32801
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 only
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kelly Park
400 E Kelly Park Road, Apopka, FL 32712
Wednesday October 7 – Thursday, October 8, 2020
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide tests to individuals who are +12 years old, provide residents who are tested free facemasks and hand sanitizer, and do not ask for insurance.

To book an appointment at either location, or for more testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

CARES PROGRAM INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Earlier this year, Orange County invested $30 million dollars in federal funding to help individuals and families. The program assisted close to 30,000 households.

Mayor Demings has announced another $30 million dollars will be available for our Orange CARES for Individuals and Family Assistance Program.

The program will provide a one-time payment of $1,000 per household for residents affected by COVID-19 to help bridge financial gaps. Residents who have already received funding from the previous Individual and Family Assistance Program, are not eligible to apply.

The application portal will open on:

  • Monday, October 12, 2020 at 8 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8 a.m.
  • Only one address per household can receive funding. That means if there are multiple people living in one household, only one person in that household can apply and get funding.
  • You cannot use PO Boxes to apply for the funding. You must use a physical address where you reside—and not a family member’s address.

Updated information will be available at www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares later this week.

CENSUS

Orange County is following the new U.S. Census deadline of  October 31, 2020.

Complete your short Census questionnaire today at my2020Census.gov.

For residents who do not have access to the internet, or are not comfortable using a computer, visit ocfl.net/CommunityAction to find a Census Kiosk at their nearest Orange County Community Center. The Centers are open Monday through Wednesday; from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kiosks will be cleaned after each use.

PARKS AND RECREATION

Orange County Parks & Recreation is announcing a phased re-opening for picnic pavilions, adult athletics, splash pads, and group camping effective Saturday, October 10.

Please note, there will be limitations on the number of people at pavilions and we all must still follow the CDC guidelines and the face-covering mandate still in effect. For our splash pads, they will be at 50% capacity.

Indoor facilities and outdoor basketball courts remain closed.

NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT OF FLORIDA

Jury Trials

Significantly smaller groups of jurors are summoned at a time and have arranged the jury room to assist with social distancing. The numbers of people in courtrooms are limited and personal sanitizer and specialized masks for jury panelists will be provided. Face shields and gloves will be provided upon request.

If you have been impacted financially or suffered a hardship because of COVID-19, you may request a 6-month postponement of your jury service.  Jurors directly affected by COVID-19, experiencing symptoms or at high risk, may be eligible for an excusal from serving.  Please carefully review the jury summons or information on the Circuit’s website if you have any questions.

For updates, please visit the circuit’s website – www.ninthcircuit.org. And follow us on Facebook or Twitter @NinthCircuitFL.

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

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Key Takeaways: Orange County’s News Conference 10/01/20

For the latest COVID-19 numbers, visit www.ocfl.net/covid19snapshot.

EVICTION DIVERSION AND EVICTION MORATORIUM
Yesterday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared that the state’s local executive order limiting evictions and foreclosures would expire on October 1, 2020. The Federal order from the CDC to halt COVID-related evictions through the end of the year is still active.

Residents must be proactive and file the necessary paperwork with their landlord for the federal program, as they do not automatically qualify. Visit ocfl.net/HousingFAQs for a list of frequently asked questions and additional resources.

The County’s Eviction Diversion Program is still open and funding is available. The program has a total capacity of $20 million to help families stay in their homes and avoid eviction.  Currently, more than $500,000 has been allocated to 192 households. Visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion for a full list of eligibility criteria and required documents.

ADDITIONAL CARES ACT FUNDING FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
Orange County Government plans to re-open its CARES Act funding program for Individual and Families. The grants, which provide $1,000 to eligible households, have already served 29,236 households, distributing nearly $30 million back to residents.

An announcement will be made early next week when the program will re-open.

STRIKE TEAMS AND PPE FOR BUSINESSES
Businesses are now responsible for enforcing CDC guidelines, including social distancing, to keep their employees and customers safe.

The majority of businesses visited by Orange County’s Strike Teams have been in compliance – upwards of 95 percent. The teams are here to help businesses stay open safely.

To help facilitate this, Strike Teams have provided assistance, guidance and resources – such as PPE and guidance posters to local businesses. Businesses in need of resources can call Orange County’s 3-1-1 service to request a visit.

COVID-19 TESTING IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Access to free testing is a priority for the Orange County Health Services Department. Next week, teams will be located at the following locations:

Mexican Consulate
2550 Technology Drive, Orlando, FL 32801
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kelly Park
400 E Kelly Park Road, Apopka, FL 32712
Wednesday October 7 – Thursday, October 8, 2020
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide tests to individuals who are +12 years old, provide residents who are tested free facemasks and hand sanitizer, and do not ask for insurance.

To book an appointment at either location, or for more testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES
Today marks National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Orange County Domestic Violence Commission and Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida will host a free housing webinar on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, at 2 p.m. for domestic violence survivors and entities serving this population.  For details, visit Orange County Domestic Violence Commission’s web page at ocfl.net/DVC.

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Update: Previous Updates

Please find all previous updates on the previous 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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