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October 18, 2020 11:59 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/16/2020


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

Visit www.ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot


FREE COVID-19 TESTING

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


Barnett Park

4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

Wednesday October 21 and Thursday October 22, 2020

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.


All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide tests to individuals who are 12+ years old. Residents who are tested will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer. For more testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.


CARES ACT PROGRAMS

Individual and Families – Approximately $1.5 million have been distributed to residents since the program reopened earlier this week. The Orange County CARES Act funding for Individuals and Families Program will reopen its application portal on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., with a capacity for 15,000 users.


For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.


Small Business and Home-Based Business – Both Orange County CARES Act funding programs for small businesses and home-based businesses will reopen on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 9 a.m. There is approximately $7 million for small businesses, and $700,000 for home-based businesses left to be disbursed. Business that have received funds from the federal Payroll Protection Program of up to $100,000 (up from the previous limit of $75,000) are now eligible to apply for funding.


Since the program opened in June 2020, more than $60 million has been allocated to business owners in Orange County, with 67 percent going to minority or women-owned businesses.


For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.


STRIKE TEAMS

The goal of Orange County’s Business Compliance Strike Teams is to help businesses keep both patrons and employees safe. Strike Teams will be out again this weekend, to assist Orange County businesses, as well as following up with businesses that are not in compliance. Data for Strike Team visits is below:

  • 3,542 sites have been visited
  • 87 percent of business are in compliance during the first visit
  • 440 follow up inspections
  • 83 percent compliance rate after follow up inspections

CENSUS

The count for the 2020 Census ended on Thursday, October 15, 2020, according to a recent Supreme Court hearing.


Orange County has a 64.5 percent self-reporting rate. That is ahead of the 2010 number which was 62 percent. With the included reporting from local Census enumerators, Orange County Mayor Demings hopes that at least 70 percent of all residents are counted.

Prior Updates

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October 12, 2020 7:10 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/12/2020


COVID-19 NUMBERS


TESTING

Orange County Medical Clinic (COVID-19 TESTING)
101 S. Westmoreland Drive, Orlando, FL 32805
Thursday, October 15 – Friday, October 16, 2020
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.


All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide tests to individuals who are +12 years old, provide residents who are tested free facemasks and hand sanitizer, and do not ask for insurance. To book an appointment visit www.ocfl.net/OCMedicalClinic.


For more testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.


FREE FLU VACCINATIONS

With flu season on the horizon, Orange County Health Services Department will provide free flu vaccinations. Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during a pandemic because it can save resources for the care of patients with COVID-19. Teams will be at the following location this week:


Barnett Park (FLU SHOTS)
4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
Wednesday, October 14 – Friday, October 16, 2020
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


To book an appointment, visit ocfl.net/FluShots.


CARES INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE GRANT PORTAL

The portal opened today at 8 a.m. for a new round of distributing $30 million dollars in funding to individuals and families. Successful applicants will receive $1,000.00 per household.


This was the sixth time our portal opened and we have already paid out nearly $30 million in funding that has helped nearly 30,000 residents.


The next portal opening will be on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. and will also have a 10,000 user capacity.


For more information, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES


CENSUS EXTENDED

A friendly reminder: The deadline for the 2020 Census was extended to October 31, 2020.


It is not too late for you to make sure your household is counted.


For more information and to complete the questionnaire please go to my2020census.gov.

October 6, 2020 8:16 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/5/2020


COVID-19 UPDATES/NUMBERS

  • There are now a reported 41,055 cases. That is an increase of 112 cases since Ocotober 4.
  • We have lost 483 Orange County residents to the coronavirus. That is an increase of four deaths from the weekend.
  • Our two week positivity average is 4.4%. Our average since the beginning of the pandemic in March is 11.4%. That is still below the statewide positivity average of 13.25%.

TESTING
This week, testing will be offered at the following sites:

Mexican Consulate
2550 Technology Drive, Orlando, FL 32801
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 only
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Kelly Park
400 E Kelly Park Road, Apopka, FL 32712
Wednesday October 7 – Thursday, October 8, 2020
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide tests to individuals who are +12 years old, provide residents who are tested free facemasks and hand sanitizer, and do not ask for insurance.


To book an appointment at either location, or for more testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing


CARES PROGRAM INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

Earlier this year, Orange County invested $30 million dollars in federal funding to help individuals and families. The program assisted close to 30,000 households.


Mayor Demings has announced another $30 million dollars will be available for our Orange CARES for Individuals and Family Assistance Program.


The program will provide a one-time payment of $1,000 per household for residents affected by COVID-19 to help bridge financial gaps. Residents who have already received funding from the previous Individual and Family Assistance Program, are not eligible to apply.


The application portal will open on:


  • Monday, October 12, 2020 at 8 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8 a.m.

Only one address per household can receive funding. That means if there are multiple people living in one household, only one person in that household can apply and get funding.


You cannot use PO Boxes to apply for the funding. You must use a physical address where you reside—and not a family member’s address.


Updated information will be available at www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares later this week.


CENSUS

Orange County is following the new U.S. Census deadline of October 31, 2020.


Complete your short Census questionnaire today at my2020Census.gov.


For residents who do not have access to the internet, or are not comfortable using a computer, visit ocfl.net/CommunityAction to find a Census Kiosk at their nearest Orange County Community Center. The Centers are open Monday through Wednesday; from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Kiosks will be cleaned after each use.


PARKS AND RECREATION

Orange County Parks & Recreation is announcing a phased re-opening for picnic pavilions, adult athletics, splash pads, and group camping effective Saturday, October 10.


Please note, there will be limitations on the number of people at pavilions and we all must still follow the CDC guidelines and the face-covering mandate still in effect. For our splash pads, they will be at 50% capacity.


Indoor facilities and outdoor basketball courts remain closed.


NINTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT OF FLORIDA

JURY TRIALS

Significantly smaller groups of jurors are summoned at a time and have arranged the jury room to assist with social distancing. The numbers of people in courtrooms are limited and personal sanitizer and specialized masks for jury panelists will be provided. Face shields and gloves will be provided upon request.


If you have been impacted financially or suffered a hardship because of COVID-19, you may request a 6-month postponement of your jury service.  Jurors directly affected by COVID-19, experiencing symptoms or at high risk, may be eligible for an excusal from serving. Please carefully review the jury summons or information on the Circuit’s website if you have any questions.


For updates, please visit the circuit’s website – www.ninthcircuit.org. And follow us on Facebook or Twitter @NinthCircuitFL.