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Coronavirus Updates

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For resources and information on the Coronavirus, visit www.ocfl.net/Coronavirus. To watch any past news conference, visit the OrangeTV YouTube playlist.

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Update: News Conference | July 28, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 7/28/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the level of community transmission in Orange County, FL is high.

As of today, July 28, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is more than 15.58 percent. Additional County statistic include:

  • Orange County residents 12+ with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine: 62.34 percent
  • Single-day positivity rate for July 27: 19.18 percent
  • New COVID-19 cases in Orange County: 1,371—an all-time high
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 160,503
  • Total deaths in Orange County: 1,390

A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY AND MASK RECOMMENDATION

Today, July 28, 2021, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced and signed Executive Order 2021-24, declaring a State of Local Emergency for Orange County.

The executive order strongly considers the data from Orange County health care providers that have experienced an increase in emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths related to COVID-19 resulting in more inpatients and more ventilator use for some providers than at any other time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full Executive Order: ocfl.net/ExecutiveOrders

In accordance with the CDC’s recent announcement, Mayor Demings continues to strongly recommend that all residents – vaccinated and unvaccinated – consider wearing a mask indoors while in a crowded environment. Additionally, businesses are encouraged to display signs recommending patrons wear a mask when indoors.

By instituting these measures, Orange County wants all residents and visitors to know that the County is taking the coronavirus resurgence seriously and is doing its best to institute safety measures to try to mitigate the number of new, COVID-19 cases.

ORANGE COUNTY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES – VACCINE AND MASK REQUIREMENT

To provide a safe working environment for employees and residents, Mayor Demings announced that all Orange County Government employees will be required to wear a mask or face covering when in the presence of others inside any County facility, effective immediately.

In addition, all new and existing non-union Orange County Government employees will have until September 30, 2021 to become fully vaccinated. Employees who decide to receive a two-dose vaccine will need to receive their first shot by August 31, 2021.

The County will provide reasonable accommodations for employees who are unable to be vaccinated for documented legally covered reasons. For those employees who are in a union, the County will engage in impact bargaining with the respective collective bargaining units regarding these requirements.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY TASK FORCE TO CONVENE

In an effort to create a measured approach to keeping the local economy open for business during the pandemic, Mayor Demings announced that the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force will reconvening on Monday, August 2, 2021, from 1 to 2 p.m., for a virtual WebEx meeting.

With the local state of emergency in place, the County wants to ensure local businesses stay open and are ready to serve the public in the safest manner possible. Orange TV will carry the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meeting live at ocfl.net/OrangeTV.

BARNETT PARK VACCINATIONS AND TESTING

Orange County Government Health Services Department continues to make COVID-19 testing and vaccinations easily accessible for residents. Barnett Park’s free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination and drive-thru COVID-19 testing services are available seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • COVID-19 VACCINES: Individuals may select either Pfizer or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For more information, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.
  • COVID-19 TESTING: Individuals may select only one type of test, Molecular PCR or Rapid Antigen, per day. For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing, and click on #1 on the map.

As a reminder, Barnett Park’s services have been extended until August 31, 2021. It is important to know that the site may close earlier than 5 p.m. due to reaching its daily capacity or late-afternoon storms. Individuals interested in a COVID-19 test or vaccination are urged to arrive at Barnett Park early to ensure they can be accommodated before the site closes.

UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES

The #IGotMyShot mobile vaccination trailer continues to visit neighborhoods and businesses throughout Orange County. During the rest of this week, the trailer will be at the following locations:

  • Thursday, July 29
    Intown Suites Extended Stay Orlando – Lee Rd
    736 Lee Road, Orlando FL, 32810
    1:30 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • Friday, July 30
    La Bendicion Supermercado
    1717 W. Oak Ridge Rd, Orlando, FL 32839
    10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Friday, July 30
    Congregación Mita De Florida, Inc.
    200 W. Lancaster Road, Orlando, FL 32809
    4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 31
    Oak Ridge High School
    700 W. Oak Ridge Road, Orlando, FL, 32809
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 31
    Waterford Lakes
    413 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828
    2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

For future schedules or for more information about the #IGotMyShot campaign, visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

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Update: News Conference | July 26, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 7/26/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Saturday, July 24, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is over 14% percent. On June 28, 2021 the rate was 4.28%.

Orange County is seeing roughly 1,000 COVID-19 cases a day.

61.59% of county residents 12 years old and up have been vaccinated.

The total positive cases is 160,222 in Orange County and 1,383 deaths.

For vaccination information and locations, visit the county’s website, www.ocfl.net/vaccine.

The Mayor strongly recommends that Orange County citizens get vaccinated, wear facial coverings, socially distance, wash their hands frequently, and follow CDC guidelines.

ADVENTHEALTH

AdventHealth is seeing a significant and swift increase in COVID-19 cases in all of its hospitals throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Polk, Volusia and Flagler counties. It is now in “red status” which means new precautionary measures. Additionally, the daily positivity rate at AdventHealth Centra Care remains at near all-time highs.

As of this morning, AdventHealth has 862 COVID-19 inpatients across the Central Florida Division. This is near the peak of about 900 the health system saw in January.

For more information visit, www.AdventHealthOrlandoNews.com

BARNETT PARK EXTENTION THROUGH AUGUST 31

Orange County Government’s Health Services will continue to offer FREE drive-thru COVID- 19 testingand vaccines at Barnett Park through August 31, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – seven days per week. Both rapid and PCR/molecular tests are offered.

Individuals vaccinated will receive free masks and hand sanitizer.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing  and ocfl.net/vaccines.

UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES

For future schedules or for more information about the #IGotMyShot campaign, visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

  • Monday, July 26
    Dover Shores Neighborhood Center
    1400 Gaston Foster Road, Orlando, FL 32812
    2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 27
    Goodwill – Orange Blossom Trail
    7531 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
    9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 27
    West Oaks Mall (Orange County Tax Collector’s Office)
    9401 W. Colonial Drive, Suite 360, Ocoee, FL 34761
    3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 28
    Lake Eola
    Corner of Rosalind Avenue & Washington Street
    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 28
    OC Tax Collector’s Lee Vista Office
    6050 Wooden Pine Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, FL, 32829
    3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still assisting residents who are behind in rent due to the pandemic. The program may be able to help eligible residents pay 12 months of past due rent and 1 month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000. To date, nearly $4 million dollars has been paid out to keep families in their homes – and Orange County has more to provide.

The program is not available for those living within the direct city limits of the City of Orlando, which has its own program for its residents. Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details and to check if their address is eligible.

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Update: News Conference | July 19, 2021 | 11:00 a.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 7/19/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

The Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 11.2% percent. Three weeks ago, it was 4.28 percent.

The total positive cases is 154,674 in Orange County.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings strongly recommends that all residents – vaccinated and unvaccinated – consider wearing a mask indoors while in a crowded environment. And encourage businesses to display signs to encourage patrons to wear a mask when indoors.

It is important that with COVID-19 variant cases on the rise, residents must do everything possible to protect themselves and their loved ones, which includes getting vaccinated, continuing to test and following CDC health and safety guidelines.

BARNETT PARK EXTENTION THROUGH AUGUST 31st

Orange County Government’s Health Services will continue to offer FREE drive-thru COVID- 19 testing and vaccines at Barnett Park through August 31, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – seven days per week. Both rapid and PCR/molecular tests are offered.

Individuals vaccinated will receive free masks and hand sanitizer.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing  and ocfl.net/vaccines.

UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES

The #IGotMyShot mobile vaccination trailer continues to visit neighborhoods and businesses throughout Orange County.

  • Monday, July 19
    West Oaks Mall (Orange County Tax Collector’s Office)
    9401 W. Colonial Drive, Suite 360, Ocoee, FL 34761
    3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 20
    Goodwill – Goldenrod
    4780 S. Goldenrod Road, Orlando, FL 32822
    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 21
    Lake Eola
    Corner of Rosalind Avenue & Washington Street
    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 21
    Wadeview Neighborhood Center
    2177 S. Summerlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
    2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 22
    Goodwill – Winter Garden
    14190 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, FL 34787
    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 22
    Bravo Supermarket
    2701 N Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32818
    2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 23
    Billie Dean Community Center
    225 M A Board Street, Apopka, FL 32703
    2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 24
    UCF & Valencia College Downtown Campus (Parramore Garage)
    323 N. Parramore Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
    9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For future schedules or for more information about the #IGotMyShot campaign, visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still assisting residents who are behind in rent due to the pandemic. The program may be able to help eligible residents pay 12 months of past due rent and 1 month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000. To date, nearly $4 million dollars has been paid out to keep families in their homes – and Orange County has more to provide.

The program is not available for those living within the direct city limits of the City of Orlando, which has its own program for its residents. Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details and to check if their address is eligible.

Online Emergency Rental Assistance Training Session for Organizations: Wednesday, July 28, at 2 p.m.

Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program will be conducting an online training session for organizations that are interested in assisting residents with applying for the program. The training is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

REGISTER NOW

VALENCIA COLLEGE ENROLLMENT

For students planning to attend Valencia College in the fall—there is some COVI-19 financial relief available through the American Rescue Plan.

Any student enrolled in at least one class will be eligible to apply for $1,500 or $2,000 dollars in emergency grant aid, which the college will distribute to students in October.

Students will have to confirm that they have a financial need related to the cost of attendance or emergency costs related to COVID-19 such as tuition, housing, health care or childcare.

There are smaller grants of $500 or $1,000 dollars available for students enrolled in Accelerated Skills Training or English Language programs.

For more information please call 407-582-1507 or visit http://net1.valenciacollege.edu/future-students/visit-valencia/

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Update: News Conference | July 12, 2021 | 4:30 p.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 7/12/2021

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

The Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 7.78 percent. Two weeks ago, it was 4.28 percent.

Additional statistics related to Orange County:

  • Percent of population 12+ with at least one does of the COVID-19 vaccine: 59.69 percent
  • Total positive cases: 150,277
  • Total deaths: 1,370

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings strongly recommends that all residents – vaccinated and unvaccinated – consider wearing a mask indoors while in a crowded environment.

It is important that with COVID-19 variant cases on the rise, residents must do everything possible to protect themselves and their loved ones, which includes getting vaccinated, continuing to test and following CDC health and safety guidelines.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

As a reminder, the federal eviction moratorium has been extended until the end of this month. It is likely that this will be the last time the federal government extends this moratorium.

Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still assisting residents who are behind in rent due to the pandemic. The program may be able to help eligible residents pay 12 months of past due rent and 1 month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000. To date, nearly $4 million dollars has been paid out to keep families in their homes – and Orange County has more to provide.

Eligible residents include:

  • Unincorporated Orange County
  • Apopka
  • Bay Lake
  • Belle Isle
  • Eatonville
  • Edgewood
  • Lake Buena Vista
  • Maitland
  • Oakland
  • Ocoee
  • Windermere
  • Winter Garden
  • Winter Park

The program is not available for those living within the direct city limits of the City of Orlando, which has its own program for its residents. Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details and to check if their address is eligible.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY – EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Program managers for the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program will host an upcoming virtual “Application Training Session” for nonprofit and community agencies on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 2-3:30 p.m.

The training will provide:

  • A step-by-step process of how clients can submit an application
  • Required documents,
  • Suggestions to help expedite application review

It is the County’s hope that the organizations that participate in this training will act as advocates for the program, educating their clients on this important, rent-payment opportunity. Interested organizations can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to register.

UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES

The #IGotMyShot mobile vaccination trailer continues to visit neighborhoods and businesses throughout Orange County. This week, the trailer will be at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, July 13
    Goodwill Industries – Taft Outlet
    1729 W Taft Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32837
    9 a.m.-1 p.m., or while supplies last
  • Tuesday, July 13
    Rosemont Neighborhood Center
    4872 Rose Bay Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
    2:30-5 p.m., or while supplies last
  • Wednesday, July 14
    Lake Eola Park
    Corner of Rosalind Avenue & Washington Street
    9-11:30 a.m., or while supplies last
  • Wednesday, July 14
    Smith Neighborhood Center
    1723 Bruton Blvd., Orlando, FL 32805
    2:30-5 p.m., or while supplies last
  • Thursday, July 15
    Northwest Neighborhood Center
    3955 W D Judge Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
    2:30-5 p.m., or while supplies last
  • Friday, July 16
    Citrus Square Neighborhood Center
    5624 Hickey Drive, Orlando, FL 32822
    2:30-5 p.m., or while supplies last

For future schedules or for more information about the #IGotMyShot campaign, visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

HEAD START ENROLLMENT

The enrollment period for Orange County Head Start’s  upcoming school year is still open, but filling up quickly. Enrollment will be for face-to-face instruction for the 2021-22 school year. In an abundance of caution, Head Start Centers and classrooms are equipped with sanitizing machines, spraying/cleaning machines, disinfecting kits, and mask and face shields for both students and teachers.

The Head Start program is a free early education program for children ages 3-5 years old that offers daily well-balanced meals, individual instruction and services to enhance intellectual, emotional and social growth.

Residents can check if they qualify to receive free early education benefits for their students by visiting  ocfl.net/HeadStart. Additionally, residents who have questions or want to speak to a Head Start team member may call 407-836-6590.

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Update: News Conference | July 7, 2021 | 11:30 a.m.

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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 7/7/2021

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS – MONITORING INCREASE IN CASES

The Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 5.99 percent which is an increase of 1.89 points from the last news briefing on June 28, 2021.

It is important that with COVID-19 variant cases on the rise, residents must do everything they can to protect themselves and their loved ones, which includes getting vaccinated, continuing to test and following CDC health and safety guidelines.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 145,647 positive resident cases, and 1,362 deaths related to the coronavirus in Orange County.

BARNETT PARK: COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AND TESTING

Orange County Government Health Services Department continues to make COVID-19 testing and vaccinations easily accessible for residents. Barnett Park’s free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination and drive-thru COVID-19 testing services are available seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • COVID-19 VACCINES: Individuals may select either Pfizer or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. For more information, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.
  • COVID-19 TESTING: Individuals may select only one type of test, Molecular PCR or Rapid Antigen, per day. For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing, and click on #1 on the map.

As a reminder, Barnett Park may close earlier than 5 p.m. due to late-afternoon storms. Individuals interested in a COVID-19 test or vaccination are urged to arrive at Barnett Park early to ensure they can be accommodated before the site closes.

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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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