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July 14, 2020 9:21 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/13/20


Orange County has reported 18,937 cases, which is an increase of 936 cases over yesterday. As of today, 83 individuals have died because of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, we had a record-breaking 1371 new cases reported.  Over 185,000 individuals have been tested, and our overall positivity rate has now increased to 10.2%.

Orange County Government continues to have a mask/facial covering Executive Order in place and encourages all individuals to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and

ECONOMIC RECOVERY TASK FORCEThe Business Compliance and Consumer Confidence Working Group will convene to discuss solutions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and get more businesses to comply with the facial covering Executive Order.

The virtual meeting will take place July 14, 2020 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. It will be broadcast live on Orange TV.  Go to www.ocfl.net/OrangeTV  to view the meeting.


To prepare for the peak of hurricane season, Orange County Government is hosting a free self-serve sandbag program for residents at five Orange County Park locations starting July 16 through July 30, 2020The program is free and open to all Orange County residents.

Households will receive free PPE at each location.

Complete details are available, www.ocfl.net/storm.


“Candid Conversations with Our Community,” The Generation Z Edition

The Generation Z community is the focus of a virtual town hall meeting to discuss solutions and alternatives to the civil unrest that many communities are currently experiencing. Youth leaders within the community will host the meeting. This is a call to action is for teens and young adults to voice concerns on race relations, diversity and inclusion.

July 15, 2020

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

To view the meeting, visit www.ocfl.net/CandidConversations


LYNX workers are distributing free masks at select transfer locations throughout the region. On Tuesday at 6:00 a.m. the team will be in Apopka.

You can also visit the LYNX customer service window to pick up a free mask. For more information, visit www.GoLynx.com/CoronaVirusInfo.

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July 10, 2020 9:21 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/9/20


Orange County has had 8,672 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days. The positivity rate for yesterday, July 8, 2020, was at 15.1%. Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Median age in last two weeks for positivity: age 33
  • Orange County resident deaths: 69
  • Over 163,000 individuals have been tested in Orange County

Health experts say some Orange County gyms are not following CDC guidelines and have been attributed to creating hot spots for cases. Orange County Government will work with the Department of Health in Orange County to ensure compliance.


Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park, beginning next week. Appointments will be required and can be made online at ocfl.net/BarnettPark.

Monday, July 13 through Friday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (online appointments now open)

Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (online appointments will open next week)

For more information about testing locations, visit www.ocfl.net/coronavirus.


The Orange CARES for Residents assistance program will reopen on Monday, July 13 for individuals and families. The portal will open at 8 a.m. and will accept 10,000 applicants.  Please note that this might be one of the last times the portal will be open, depending on the number of applications approved and money available.

Applications submitted last month are still being reviewed. To date, there have been 19,000 reviewed and approved applications, which represents nearly $20 million in financial help during this unprecedented time to families across Orange County.

For more information on Orange CARES, visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares.


With the peak of hurricane season quickly approaching, Orange County Government will host multiple self-serve sandbag giveaways for residents, starting Thursday, July 16 through Thursday, July 30, at five Orange County parks including:

  • Barnett Park: 4801 W. Colonial Dr.
  • Bithlo Community Park: 18501 Washington Ave.
  • Downey Park: 10107 Flowers Ave.
  • Meadow Woods Park: 1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir.
  • West Orange Recreational Complex: 309 S. West Crown Point Rd.

All sandbag supplies will be provided, however Orange County residents must bring their own shovels to fill the sandbags. Residents must also wear masks. The program is free and open to all Orange County households. Participants will also receive free masks and hand sanitizer at each location.

For more information and hours for the sites, visit www.ocfl.net/Storm.


On Wednesday, July 15, Orange County will host a virtual town hall titled, “Candid Conversations with our Community:  The Generation Z Edition,” which is aimed at local teens and young adults. The goal of the town hall is to engage with the younger generation and get their thoughts on race relations, social unrest and inclusion, and ask the question: “What’s Next?” It is sponsored by the Orange County MLK Initiative

Viewers can watch live from 6-7:30 p.m. at www.ocfl.net/CandidConversations. More information at www.ocfl.net/MLK.

July 7, 2020 7:39 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/6/20

Over the July 4th weekend, Florida’s total COVID-19 cases topped 200,000. In the past 14 days, there have been 9,186 positive cases in the County. Over the past five days, Orange County’s COVID-19 cases have increased by 3,533. The County’s positivity rate is now 9.2%, which is the same as the state of Florida’s rate. Our recovery rate is about 60% - which has increased. 61 Orange County residents have died from COVOID-19. As of July 1, the state is now also counting antigen tests with its COVID positive testing numbers. Antigen testing is a new category of diagnostic testing. A positive antigen case is considered a positive case and is counted.

With the surge in cases, the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force’s Business Compliance and Consumer Confidence Working Group will meet next week. The date and time are still to be determined. If the COVID-19 cases still appear to be increasing at a high rate, the working group will look at recommending to the Task Force on whether penalties and fines should be imposed on businesses that violate the face-covering mandate.

The State’s regional temporary drive-through testing site at the Orange County Convention Center tests more people than anywhere else in the state. Orange County Health Services will offer free testing at Barnett Park next week. More information will be available later this week at www.ocfl.net/covid19

The next application opening for the Orange CARES for Residents Program will be the week of July 13, 2020. Visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES for more information. Orange CARES for Small Business Program’s application is still open.