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September 22, 2020 8:38 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 9/21/2020


COVID-19/Numbers

  • Orange County has 39,056 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
  • From Sunday, September 20 through September 21, there is an increase of 82 cases.
  • Since Friday, September 18 through September 21, there is an increase of 439 cases.
  • The 15 to 34 age group represent 54% of the New COVID-19 cases.
  • The County has lost 431 residents to the coronavirus. That number has not changed since Friday.
  • The two-week average for the County has been holding steady at 4.0%.
  • Our rolling average since the beginning of the pandemic is 11.5 percent. We remain below the statewide rolling average of 13.39%.

Testing Returns to Barnett Park

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

  • September 23-25, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • September 26, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (during the 17th Annual Caribbean Health Summit)

Testing is available for those 12 years old and up and insurance is not required. Residents who are tested will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer.


For other testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19.


For all testing options, visit ocfl.net/Testing.


Convalescent Plasma

  • In addition to the general blood supply, if you have recovered from COVID-19, OneBlood asks that you please consider becoming a convalescent plasma donor.
  • People who have recovered from COVID-19 have a unique ability to help people still fighting the virus because they have developed antibodies to the virus. By transfusing their plasma into a patient still fighting the virus, it can boost the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover.
  • OneBlood is collecting and distributing convalescent plasma to area hospitals every day.
  • As long as there is a pandemic, there will be an ongoing need for convalescent plasma donors.
  • Everything you need to know about becoming a convalescent plasma donor can be found at OneBlood.org. You can also visit TheFightIsInUs.Org.

Strike Teams

Our business compliance “Strike Teams” visited many breweries in the Orlando, and found all of the breweries they inspected in compliance.

  • The teams have visited ­­­over 2,500 businesses and with an overall compliance rate still holding steady at 94%.
  • They have re-inspected 234 businesses with a compliance rate of 84%.
  • The Strike Teams inspected Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and found the theme park in compliance.
  • The teams have now finished re-inspecting all 3 major theme parks as well as the 11 smaller attractions.

All of these sites submitted their re-opening plans back in June, and were inspected back then.


For information about the County’s Strike Team visit, ocfl.net/BusinessResources.


Eviction Diversion Program

Our COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program is still accepting applications from landlords and tenants to help with overdue rent.

  • Nearly $140,000 has been sent to landlords since the program started late last month.
  • To date, 45 families are able to stay in their homes, avoiding eviction.

Applicants may call 311, or visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.


Voter Registration Day

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day.


The Orlando Magic players and coaches have joined forces with the Supervisor of Elections to turn the Amway Center into a voter registration site on Tuesday from 10 am until 2 pm.


You can learn more at OCFelections.com or visit the NBA Orlando Magic vote page.

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September 15, 2020 8:23 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 9/15/2020


COVID-19 NUMBERS

Since September 14, there have been 138 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Orange County, bringing the cumulative total since March to 38,147. The median age of those testing positive in Orange County is declining, as more young people contract the virus. We have now lost 446 residents to COVID-19.


Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Orange County 14-Day Positivity Rate (August 25 to September 7): 4.0 percent
  • Orange County Rolling Positively Rate (cumulative since March 2020): 11.4 percent

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing at Barber Park, Sept. 16-18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments can be made at ocfl.net/BarberPark. For more testing options, visit www.ocfl.net/testing.


Residents that would like to book an appointment at other locations can do so at ocfl.net/covid19.


ORANGE COUNTY PARKS REOPENING

Orange County Parks & Recreations’ 118 playgrounds will open Saturday, September 19.  The parks department will follow CDC guidelines, and asks that no more than 10 children be on a playground at a time.


All families should wash or sanitize hands before and after each playground visit. The playgrounds will NOT be sanitized daily due to the impracticality of the chemicals on the equipment. However, they will be pressure washed and cleaned monthly. For more information, visit ocfl.net/PARKS.


EVICTION DIVERSION

Orange County’s COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program is still accepting applications from landlords and tenants to help with overdue rent.


Orange County has approximately $20 million dollars in CARES Act funding for the program. For more information or program details, applicants may call 311, or visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.


ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS


OCPS has its new COVID-19 dashboard that is updated daily at 11 p.m. Visit www.ocps.net for details.


September 9, 2020 7:55 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 9/08/2020


COVID-19 NUMBERS

Since September 7, there have been 94 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Orange County, bringing the cumulative total since March to 37,247. We have now lost 387 residents to COVID-19.


Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Orange County 14-Day Positivity Rate (August 25 to September 7): 4.8 percent
  • Orange County Rolling Positively Rate (cumulative since March 2020): 11.5 percent

FREE COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services will be in west Orange County at George Bailey Park this week from September 9 through 11, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location will serve as a centralized testing location for residents in Winter Garden, Oakland, Windermere and Ocoee.


All Orange County Health Services sites are pedestrian-friendly and residents ages 12 and up can be tested with a parent or guardian. Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary.


Residents that would like to book an appointment here or at other locations, visit ocfl.net/covid19.


CENSUS DEADLINE APPROACHING

The County’s current self-response rate for the 2020 Census is still below the rate of the 2010 Census – approximately 62 percent to 72 percent respectively.


Orange County and the U.S. Census Bureau have installed kiosks at Neighborhood Center for Families to assist anyone looking to complete Census. The Centers are open Monday through Friday; from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kiosks will be cleaned after each use.


If you have not completed the Census, please take the survey now at 2020Census.gov. September 30 is the deadline.


EVICTION DIVERSION

Orange County urges all landlord and tenants to apply and learn if they may qualify for the COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program.


Currently, the average arrears payment is $2,900.


Orange County has approximately $20 million dollars in CARES Act funding for the program. For more information or program details, applicants may call 311, or visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.


ROOF REPAIR

Orange County Government has awarded a Community Development Block Grant of more than $570,000 dollars to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando & Osceola County.


The grant funding will provide free roof repairs to residents in Unincorporated Orange County, and select municipalities such as Apopka and Winter Park.


There are still a few application slots open for the program. Visit HabitatOrlandoOsceola.org/Repair-My-Roof to learn more.