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January 13, 2022 7:34 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 1/12/2022

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Tuesday, January 11, 2022, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 40.79 percent. Additional County statistics:

  • CDC level of community transmission: HIGH
  • Eligible residents (5+) who have at least one vaccine dose: 73 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 319,144

Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate has increased by ten points since last week. It is important for residents to remember that the best way to stay healthy is to continue following CDC guidelines to prevent getting sick.

DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING 

Orange County Government’s Health Services Department continues to operate the following free drive-thru testing sites. Residents are encouraged at arrive early due to the region’s high demand for testing.

  • Barnett Park
     4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
  • Econ Soccer Complex
     8035 Yates Road, Orlando, FL 32807
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
  • South Orange Youth Sports Complex 
     11800 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32824
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached

The City of Orlando has also opened a free drive-thru testing site at Camping World Stadium.

  • Camping World Stadium
     1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached.

For more information about testing, or for additional locations, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

It is important to know there are many location options for eligible individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or booster in Orange County, including Orange County’s Barnett Park, select Orange County Public Schools, Federal Retail Pharmacies, VA Orlando Health Care and other various community sites.

Barnett Park offers vaccinations for individuals 5 years old and older:

  • Individuals 12+ Years Old
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
     Drive-thru: 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
  • Children 5-11 Years Old
     Saturday and Sunday only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
     Marlin Room, inside main building: 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

To find a vaccination site near you, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites or Vaccines.gov.

COVID-19 WASTEWATER MONITORING

Orange County Government’s Utilities Department continues its participation in the National Wastewater Surveillance System.

Latest test results from Monday, January 10, 2022:

  • Eastern: 5.5 million gc/L (down from 15.7 million last week)
  • South: 3.5 million gc/L (down from 11.5 million last week)
  • Northwest: 10.2 million gc/L (down from 18.7 million last week)

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January 4, 2022 5:52 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 1/4/2022

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Monday, January 3, 2022, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 30.27 percent. Additional County statistics:

  • CDC level of community transmission: HIGH
  • Eligible residents (5+) who have at least one vaccine dose: 74 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 280,564


COVID-19 WASTEWATER MONITORING – OMICRON

Orange County Government’s Utilities Department continues its participation in the National Wastewater Surveillance System. Test results from Thursday, December 30, 2021, confirm a spike and record-high concentration of coronavirus remnants at all three of the County’s wastewater reclamation facilities.

  • Eastern: 12,918,090 gc/L (98.3 percent Omicron)
  • South: 9,039,973 gc/L (97.2 percent Omicron)
  • Northwest: 13,833,878 gc/L (96.8 percent Omicron)

Variant results indicate that both the Omicron and the Delta variants are circulating within all three service areas, with Omicron being the dominant variant.

COVID-19 TESTING

COVID-19 testing is available at many retail pharmacies, medical clinics and private providers throughout Orange County. Select sites may request insurance or charge fees. Residents are encouraged to speak with their health care provider for additional testing options.

Orange County Health Services Department operates the following free drive-thru testing sites:

  • Barnett Park
     4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
  • Econ Soccer Complex
     8035 Yates Road, Orlando, FL 32807
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
  • South Orange Youth Sports Complex 
     11800 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32824
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached

For more information about testing, or for additional locations, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

It is important to know, there are many location options for eligible individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or booster in Orange County, including Orange County’s Barnett Park, select Orange County Public Schools, mobile vaccination sites, Federal Retail Pharmacies, VA Orlando Health Care and other various community sites.

Barnett Park offers vaccinations for individuals 5 years old and older:

  • Individuals 12+ Years Old
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
     Drive-thru: 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
  • Children 5-11 Years Old
     Saturday and Sunday only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
     Marlin Room, inside main building: 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

To find a vaccination site near you, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites or Vaccines.gov.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS

Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced that Tourist Development Tax (TDT) collections received by Orange County for November 2021 were $25,051,900, a 183.9 percent increase compared to November 2020. Additional month-to-month statistics include:

  • November 2021 collections were higher than October 2021 collections by $3.6 million
  • November 2021 collections were lower than November 2019 collections just $697,100

For more TDT information, visit the Office of the Comptroller’s website to read its news release.

December 29, 2021 10:26 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 12/28/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Monday, December 27, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 14.60 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • CDC level of community transmission: HIGH
  • Eligible residents (5+) who have one vaccine dose: 74 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 252,327

With the rise in positive cases, both Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health, Dr. Raul Pino, encourages residents to get vaccinated, make sure they are up-to-date with their booster shots, and continue to practice COVID-19 safety measures, including wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing.

DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services Department continues to provide free testing services to the community. Testing sites will observe the New Year’s holiday from Friday, December 31, 2021, through Saturday, January 1, 2022. During this time, services will be closed. Testing will resume regular operating hours on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Orange County Health Services Department operates the following testing sites:

  • Barnett Park
     
    4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
  • Econ Soccer Complex
     
    8035 Yates Road, Orlando, FL 32807
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
  • South Orange Youth Sports Complex (opening Thursday, December 30, 2021)
     11800 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32824
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached

Effective immediately, patients will now be able to request that both rapid antigen and molecular PCR tests performed. However, due to the increase in demand for testing during the holidays, residents should plan to arrive early to Orange County’s testing sites. Long wait times are expected, as well as early closures due to reaching daily capacity limits.

For more information about COVID-19 testing, or for additional testing locations, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

COVID-19 VACCINES

Orange County Health Services Department continues to administer free vaccinations at Barnett Park. The vaccination site will observe the New Year’s holiday from Friday, December 31, 2021, through Saturday, January 1, 2022. During this time, services will be closed. Vaccinations will resume regular operating hours on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Barnett Park offers vaccinations for individuals 5 years old and older:

  • Individuals 12+ Years Old
     Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
     Drive-thru: 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
  • Children 5-11 Years Old
     Saturday and Sunday only, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or until daily capacity is reached
     Marlin Room, inside main building: 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

There are many location options for eligible individuals to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Orange County, including Orange County’s Barnett Park, Orange County Public Schools, mobile vaccination sites, Federal Retail Pharmacies, VA Orlando Health Care and other various community sites.

To find a vaccination site near you, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites or Vaccines.gov.

#IGOTMYSHOT – UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES

The #IGotMyShot Mobile Vaccination Trailer continues to visit communities across the County. For more information about the #IGotMyShot trailer or a list of upcoming locations visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE – APPLY NOW

To date, Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program has provided more than $16 million to keep 2,867 families in their homes.

The program is still open to provide assistance to residents who are behind on rent or at risk of being evicted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible residents include those living in unincorporated Orange County, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden and Winter Park.

Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details and to check if their address is eligible.