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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.


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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.

September 6, 2020 10:07 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 9/03/2020


COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County’s two-week positivity average is now at 4.9 percent.  However, the County had an increase of 174 positive COVID-19 cases since yesterday, bringing the cumulative total of positive cases to 36,668.


Since Monday, there have been nine additional resident deaths in the County related to COVID-19. We have now lost 386 residents to the Coronavirus.


NEW TESTING SITE

Orange County Health Services will be at South Orange Youth Sports Complex on, Friday, September 4, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide free COVID-19 testing. Residents that would like to book an appointment may visitocfl.net/SouthOrange.


From Tuesday, September 8 through 11, Orange County Health Services will be in west Orange County at George Bailey Park from 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.


Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary. Residents that would like to book an appointment may visit ocfl.net/BaileyPark.


All Orange County Health Services sites are pedestrian-friendly and residents 12 and up can be tested with a parent or guardian.


FEDERAL ORDER: TEMPORARY HALT IN EVICTIONS

A federal order will go into effect placing a temporary ban on residential evictions. That will last until the end of the year. However, this does not mean tenants may stop paying rent if they are able to – that is a misconception.


The federal rent protection order is not automatic. Renters must submit a special document provided by the CDC, among other documents to qualify.


ORANGE COUNTY’S EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM

Orange County urges all landlord and tenants apply to our COVID-19 Eviction Diversion program to help those who are rent-stressed, or have already been served documents for a potential eviction.


Since the program opened, more than 1,800 landlords and roughly 1,800 tenants have submitted applications. Pre-screening applications are being processed.


We have 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.


TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX REVENUE

Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced that the Tourist development tax (TDT) collections (resort tax) received by Orange County for the July 2020 TDT collection month were $5,158,000. That is a 77.2% decrease from July 2019. However, the July collection is nearly double from June 2020’s TDT when $2,629,400 was collected.


Looking to August’s collections, there are some positive developments. Mainly, there has been a significant decrease in the positivity rate and in the number of new statewide and Central Florida COVID-19 cases. Also, due to the safety measures adopted by the County and the tourism industry, there have been no reported instances of the virus outbreak at the theme parks.


COUNTY WINS FACIAL COVERING LAWSUIT

Circuit Court Judge Lisa Munyon has rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of our Orange County Executive Order requiring residents to wear face coverings in public.

The ruling means the mask mandate is legal.