Orange County Government Public Information Officer
Email: PIO@ocfl.net

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 | January 25, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/25/21

For the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19SnapShot.

COVID-19 TESTING EXTENDED

Testing has been extended through the end of February at the Orange County Health Services free testing site at Barnett Park. The site will remain open seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Feb. 28, 2021.

Visit ocfl.net/testing for details and click on #1 on the testing map.

VACCINE APPOINTMENTS
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s online vaccine portal for appointments has currently closed at the Orange County Convention Center to qualifying residents 65+. However, residents are encouraged to pre-register in advance on the website portal to prepare to book an appointment. The appointment portal will open again soon.

Proof of residency is required for residents. Please bring your Florida ID, driver’s license or utility bill to demonstrate that you live in the State of Florida. For more information, review the Florida Department of Health’s Public Health Advisory.

Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine for more information and to review our frequently asked questions.

For registration questions or help, contact 844-770-8548 or e-mail COVID19Support@cdrmaguire.com.

WAYS TO STAY UPDATED WHEN VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS OPEN UP

TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT
sample QR codeResidents are encouraged to do the following prior to their vaccination appointment:

  • Eat something and bring snacks, if needed
  • Take any daily medications
  • Arrive with a full tank of gas and no more than 30 minutes prior to your appointment time.
  • For residents receiving the second dose of the vaccine, please bring the CDC vaccine card with you to the appointment. Make sure to also bring your confirmation QR Code.

HELP FOR SENIORS
Orange County employees are available at four Orange County Community Action Centers to assist residents who need help registering for the vaccine.  Spanish speaking representatives are available at the East Orange Center.

  • East Orange – 12050 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32826 | 407-254-9610
  • Holden Heights – 1201 20th St. Orlando, FL 32805 | 407-836-6777
  • Pine Hills – 6408 Jennings Road, Orlando, FL 32818 |407-254-9100
  • Taft – 9450 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32824 | 407-254-1950

Residents who have questions or need additional help may call Orange County’s 311 office.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR AIR PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN THE U.S.
The CDC recently issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 no more than three days before their flight departs, and to present negative results or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information, visit the CDC’s webpage.

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Update: News Conference | January 22, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/22/21

VACCINE NUMBERS AND APPOINTMENT OPENINGS
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County will reopen online appointments with limited availability for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Orange County Convention Center to qualifying residents 65+ on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5 p.m., Appointments will increase from serving 2,000 residents per day to 2,500 residents per day.

Effective immediately, vaccines administered at this site will only be available for Florida residents. Please bring your Florida ID, driver’s license or utility bill to demonstrate that you live in the State of Florida. For more information on this matter, review the Florida Department of Health’s Public Health Advisory.

If you are NOT a Florida resident and have already gotten your first dose at the Convention Center, the Department of Health will honor your appointment for a second dose. However, if you have not received your first dose yet and are NOT a Florida resident, you need to cancel your appointment if you have one scheduled.

Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine for registration information and to review our frequently asked questions.

For registration questions or help, contact 844-770-8548 or e-mail COVID19Support@cdrmaguire.com.

Cancel Unwanted Appointments
Residents are urged to cancel any unwanted COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Cancelling unwanted appointments allows for others in the community to schedule an appointment, while also ensuring no vaccine doses are left unused.

COVID-19 TESTING
Orange County Health Services free testing site at Barnett Park will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days per week through January 30, 2021. The County is evaluating opportunities to extend Barnett site’s availability into the month of February, but no plans have been finalized as of this time.

An announcement regarding our continuation of testing will happen within the next week. Visit ocfl.net/testing for details.

For the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net./COVID19SnapShot.

EVICTION DIVERSION UPDATE
Orange County’s COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program has helped over 3,100 individuals and families avoid eviction with providing nearly $10 million in assistance.

Orange County intends to keep the program running until there is another program available to residents for rental assistance.

Orange County was allocated $33.4 million from the US Treasury for emergency rental assistance. This is from a $25 billion federal bill for COVID-19 relief. Program details to will be shared in the next few weeks as staff finalizes program requirements with the state.

Note: The Eviction Moratorium has been extended to March 31, 2021.

CARES UPDATE
The CARES for Residents program closed and the portal will NOT re-open again.

The County approved more than $65 million to those local residents with financial burdens by COVID-19 with $1,000 grants. Approved applications are in process and all checks will be processed within the next two weeks.

THE MAYOR’S ANNUAL JOB FAIR
The 20th Annual Mayor’s Job Fair, hosted by the Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC), takes place on Wed., Jan. 27, 2021 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds Expo Park from noon to 4 p.m. The event is free for all job seekers to attend.

For more information, contact 407-834-4022 or visit, cfec.org. Employers can contact CFEC at 407-834-4223.

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Update: News Conference | January 14, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/14/20

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19SnapShot.

COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services free testing site at Barnett Park will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King Day holiday on Mon., Jan. 18. The state regional testing site at the Convention Center will also be open on the MLK holiday. However, the vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center will be closed that day. Visit ocfl.net/testing for details.

VACCINE NUMBERS

Approximately 3.1 percent of Orange County’s population has been vaccinated, totaling 54,461 Orange County residents.

The Dept. of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) website for scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine has reached capacity and is temporarily paused.

Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine to learn more and how to stay informed as well as other vaccine site availabilities.

VACCINES FOR VETERANS

The Orlando VA is holding COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Sat., Jan. 16  and Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona located at 13800 Veterans Way for qualified Veterans based on certain guidelines. Veterans must be enrolled to receive care from the VA, be 75 or older and there is no cost to get the vaccine.

Veterans may visit the Orlando VA webpage for information and updates.

CANCEL UNWANTED VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County urges residents to cancel any unwanted COVID-19 vaccination appointments at its Orange County Convention Center vaccine site. Cancelling unwanted appointments allows availability for others in the community to schedule their shots, while also ensuring no vaccine doses are left unused.

If you need to cancel your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the Convention Center, login to your CDR HealthPRO account at patientportalfl.com, then click on “My Vaccination” and cancel from that screen.

For questions, contact 844-770-8548 or e-mail COVID19Support@cdrmaguire.com. Visit ocfl.net/vaccine for additional information and a list of frequently asked questions.

TRANSPORTATION TO VACCINE SITES

Currently, LYNX will transport registered ACCESS LYNX clients from their residence to a vaccination site and back.  If appropriate, the service will wait in line with the passenger, allowing the health care worker to enter the vehicle to administer the vaccine. ACCESS LYNX clients just need to schedule a reservation for a trip using their normal process. For more information on ACCESS LYNX, visit www.golynx.com.

SECOND DOSE APPOINTMENT QUESTIONS

According to the Department of Health in Orange County, individuals who receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will get a confirmed scheduled appointment for a second dose. This second appointment will either be scheduled when you make your first appointment online or after receiving your first vaccination at the site.

Also, if your first shot was the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, your second shot will also be Moderna. In other words, your second dose will be the same vaccine type/brand (e.g., Moderna or Pfizer) as your first dose. The Florida Department of Health has detailed records of which vaccine will go to each individual.

AVOID VACCINATION SCAMS

The Attorney General of Florida recommends the following tips to help residents avoid COVID-19 vaccine-related scams:

  • Know that anyone asking for money in exchange for an appointment is a scam
  • Check with county health departments for local vaccine distribution guidelines
  • Be wary of any website where pop-up ads solicit a vaccine appointment
  • Look for “https” or a padlock icon in the website name to ensure that you are on a secure website
  • Report suspicious solicitations or COVID-19 vaccine-related advertisements to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.

For more tips on avoiding COVID-19 vaccine scams, visit the Attorney General’s webpage

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Update: News Conference | January 11, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/11/20

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19SnapShot.

VACCINE UPDATES

Approximately 3 percent of Orange County’s population has been vaccinated, totaling 43,412 Orange County residents.

The Dept. of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) website for scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine has reached capacity over the weekend and was temporarily paused by DOH-Orange. In less than 72 hours, more than 35,000 individuals scheduled their appointment. The scheduling site will open in the future when the state provides additional dosages. Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine to learn more and how to stay informed.

Other community partners providing COVID-19 vaccinations:

Additionally, it is important to remember that COVID-19 vaccines administered by County Health Departments are always free. If a site asks for payment information, it is likely a scam and should be reported to the Florida Attorney General’s Office. Learn more about this scam.

CARES ACT FUNDING FOR ORANGE COUNTY

In spring 2020, Orange County Government received approximately $243 million in federal CARES Act funds to assist the community in recovery efforts – helping individuals, families, small businesses and more. Below are a few highlights:

Small businesses received about 30 percent of CARES Funding: 

  • More than $69 million invested 
  • Approximately 8,000 businesses received funding
  • 65 percent of businesses that received funding were minority or women-owned businesses

Social service sand community needs received about 40 percent of CARES Funding:

  • More than $84 million invested 
  • More than $65 million distributed to the County’s Individuals and Families Program
  • Nearly 40 direct contracts and more than $22 million distributed to local nonprofit services for childcare, job retention, homelessness, mental health and food insecurity
  • $4 million was earmarked for the County’s Eviction Diversion Program 

Public Safety received about 23 percent of CARES Funding:

  • More than $56 million was invested in public safety efforts
  • Testing at Barnett Park
  • Vaccinations at the Orange County Convention Center 
  • More than 25 million face masks and 2 million hand sanitizers provided to community groups, faith-based organizations and small businesses
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Update: News Conference | January 8, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/8/20

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS
On January 7, 2021, a total of 1,427 Orange County residents tested positive for COVID-19 – which represents the County’s highest single-day positive count since the beginning of the pandemic.

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19SnapShot.

VACCINE UPDATES
Yesterday evening, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County reopened the COVID-19 vaccination scheduling website. You can schedule appointments, read frequently asked questions, and learn about the County’s vaccination efforts by visiting ocfl.net/Vaccine.

  • Appointments available Monday through Saturday at the Orange County Convention Center site
  • Must be 65+ years old
  • Those experiencing issues with booking an appointment online can dial 305-351-9531 or email covid19support@cdrmhealth.com

To date, 35,403 Orange County residents have been vaccinated (2.9% of Orange County’s population).

CARES ACT FOR RESIDENTS
The application portal for Orange County’s CARES Act Program for Residents is closed and will not open again since funding has been allocated. Although the CARES program is complete, the program team is still processing approved applications for funds distribution with the Comptroller.

  • Applicants from December 8, 2020 should have received an email with their status update earlier this week.
  • Applicants from December 17, 2020 should receive an email with their status by the end of the day Monday, January 11, 2021.

The Program has processed more than $65 million of assistance for County residents.

CITIZEN SAFETY TASK FORCE – COMMUNITY CRIME SURVEY
Orange County’s Citizens Safety Task Force’s Community Crime Survey is still open. The survey will be used to gain insight from residents on solutions and strategies to prevent and reduce gun violence and violent crime. Residents can take the short survey by visiting ocfl.net/CrimeSurvey. So far, there has been more than 1,200 responses.

Organizations, faith-based leaders and neighborhoods can request paper surveys for distribution in the community by emailing CitizensSafety@ocfl.net.

Orange County Court Administration Update
There will be no jury trials and no jurors called to appear from now until at least February 15, 2021.

Effective, Monday, January 11, 2021, only employees, litigants, victims, witnesses, counsel and individuals headed to the Clerk’s offices will be admitted to the building.  No friends or family will be admitted.

Effective, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, only essential matters and other in-person hearings will be permitted.

For more information, visit ninthcircuit.org.

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Update: News Conference | January 6, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/6/20

VACCINE UPDATES
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) will reopen its online appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 8 a.m. Appointments are available for individuals who are 65+ years old. Please make sure to read Frequently Asked Questions at ocfl.net/Vaccine.

Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine to make an appointment and additional information.

Individuals experiencing issues with booking an appointment online can dial 305-351-9531 or email covid19support@cdrmhealth.com.

For Healthcare Workers:
According to the Department of Health, hospitals are administering COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers with direct patient contact, including health care workers in the community. Hospital providers may also vaccinate individuals who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Visit https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Hospital-Locations-1.pdf for a list of hospitals administering the vaccine.

VACCINATION NUMBERS IN ORANGE COUNTY
As of yesterday, a total of 22,117 Orange County residents have been vaccinated at the at the Orange County Convention Center – that number totals 1.5% of all County residents. Of special note, 111 of the recipients have been over the age of 95.

Residents are asked to be patient with the process as the County and state work to meet the demand. DOH-Orange is working to vaccinate the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time possible.

To help meet this demand of DOH-Orange, Orange County Health Services and EMS personnel at Orange County Fire Rescue are helping staff the vaccination site at the Convention Center to allow up to 2,000 vaccination per day. The Orange County Convention Center vaccination site is now open six days per week (Monday through Saturday).

WAYS TO STAY UPDATED ON THE VACCINE

  • Visit ocfl.net/vaccine
  • You can download the “OCFL Alert” App
  • Residents can text OCFLCOVID to 888777 for vaccine updates

Employees will be standing by at four Orange County Community Action Centers (Holden Heights, Pine Hills, East Orange and Taft) to assist residents who need to register for the vaccine.

For more information on Community Center locations, visit ocfl.net/CommunityCenters

COVID-19 NUMBERS
Orange County cases now number 82,155. Please practice three W’s – wash your hands, watch your distance and wear a face covering.

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot. The snapshot updates Monday through Friday.

TESTING EXTENDED
Orange County Government’s Health Services Department is offering free COVID-19 testing through January 30, 2021 at Barnett Park. The testing site will continue to operate 7 days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, residents need to get in line early (before noon) as the site usually closes in the early afternoon once it reaches capacity.

Both PCR/molecular and rapid tests are available to residents at this site.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing and click on #1 on the testing map.

COVID-19 EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM EXTENDED
The COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program deadline has been extended to January 29, 2021. Visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion for a full list of eligibility criteria and required documents.

COMPTROLLER UPDATE
Tourist development tax (TDT) collections received by Orange County for the November 2020 were $8,765,800.00. That is a 66% decrease from November 2019.

With the gradual reopening of Florida’s economy after April’s statewide lockdown, TDT collections have steadily increased every month since.

THANK YOU FOR FOOD DONATIONS
A special thank you to the following sponsors for generously providing food to the Florida Department of Health staff working double shifts to administer the vaccine:

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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 residents 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, one of the nation’s largest convention centers 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 Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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