Press Releases

Orange County Animal Services Needs Community Help with Cat Adoptions Following Hoarding Situation

Orange County, Fla. – Orange County Animal Services recently received 40 cats from a single Orlando residence. A majority of the cats, which are predominantly Siamese, have fearful temperaments and mild health issues, such as eye infections. The shelter is seeking cat adopters for this group of felines, as well as the dozens of others currently in need of placement.

Animal Services was first alerted to the situation by a concerned citizen who requested a welfare check for the animals. The homeowner was initially hesitant to work with Animal Services, concerned that intervention may lead to negative outcomes for the cats or for the home, which was in disrepair. Animal Services Officers spent weeks developing a rapport with the homeowner that enabled them to peacefully collect the cats over multiple trips.

Orange County Health Services Continues Free COVID-19 Testing at the Econ Soccer Complex Aug. 18 – 21

Ages 12 and Up Can Now Be Tested

WHAT: Orange County Health Services is continuing to offer free COVID- 19 testing at the Econ Soccer Complex next week from Tuesday, August 18 through Friday, August 21. The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Testing is now open to those 12 years and up with a parent or guardian present. You can make an online appointment directly at ocfl.net/EconSoccer.

Orange County Government to Launch COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program on August 25, 2020

Landlord & Tenant Program Assist with up to $4,000 in Past Due Rent
Orange County, Fla. – In an effort to help curb the onslaught of possible evictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved the Orange County COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program at the August 11, 2020 board meeting. The $20 million program will launch on August 25, 2020, and is funded by the Federal CARES Act monies that are allotted locally. Of the $20 million allocated, $5.7 million is from the Florida Housing CARES Act— Coronavirus Relief Funds.

The income-based program is designed to help Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are in imminent danger of eviction due to COVID-19 and provides the property owner with an alternative to eviction. The Orange County COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program will provide up to $4,000 in past due rent.

Orange County Health Services Continues Free COVID-19 Testing at the Econ Soccer Complex August 11 – 14, 2020

WHAT: Orange County Health Services is continuing to offer free COVID- 19 testing at the Econ Soccer Complex next week from Tuesday, August 11 through Friday, August 14. The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can make an online appointment directly at ocfl.net/EconSoccer.

TESTING: To maximize communication with individuals about test results, individuals will have the option to receive text/phone calls and go on the website to check results.

Orange County Hispanic Heritage Committee Seeks to Highlight Hispanic Artists and Artwork during Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

WHAT:  The Hispanic Heritage Committee of Orange County Government is calling for Central Florida youth and adult artists to submit their artwork and short video clips of themselves to be featured on social media during Hispanic Heritage month.

HOW: Each artist’s submission must include the title of the piece, a digital picture for each work of art and the artist’s short video statement. Completed applications and hi-res artwork images should be submitted by accessing the following link, https://bit.ly/HCCGOCArt