Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/13/20
COVID-19 NUMBERS 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.
SELF SERVE SANDBAGS & PPE 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, 2020. The 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.
MARTIN LUTHER KING INITIATIVE “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 – FREE MASKS 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.
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:
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.
UPCOMING TESTING SITE
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:
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.
CANDID CONVERSATIONS TOWN HALL
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.
COVID NUMBERSOver 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.
ECONOMIC RECOVERYWith 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.
TESTINGThe 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
ORANGE CARESThe 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.
WORK TO FLATTEN THE CURVEOn June 29, Orange County broke the 10,000 mark for COVID-19 cases. Just in the last 14 days, there have been 7,223 positive cases. On June 30, there was an increase of 540 cases. Orange County’s average positivity rate is 7.9%.
“Although we have had more than 1,000 positive cases per day, it is still too early to tell if the pandemic is deescalating in our County,” said Dr. Raul Pino, Health Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. “We thank the community for wearing face masks and taking this pandemic seriously. Using face masks is the best tool we have in our toolbox right now.”
Please make sure to remember the Three Ws:
TESTINGThe 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 beginning mid next week. Online appointments will open early next week at www.ocfl.net/covid19.
EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDEDGovernor DeSantis has extended the moratorium of evictions and foreclosures until August 1, 2020.
The Executive Order does state that an individual is still obligated to make mortgage or rent payments.
Orange County’s webpage has frequently asked questions regarding housing and tenant rights. Visit www.ocfl.net/housingFAQs.
TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONSOrange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced today that tourist development tax (TDT) collections (resort tax) received by Orange County for the May 2020 TDT collection month were $1,144,300. That is a 95% decrease from May 2019. June collection numbers will be released in early August.
Orange County has broken the 10,000 mark where it comes to coronavirus cases. The Florida Department of Health reported today that Orange County has 10,014 COVID-19 cases, which is an increase of 343 cases over yesterday. While this is a decrease in cases over the last few days, we must remain vigilant fighting this pandemic.
Orange County has had 6,208 new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days with a positivity rate of 15.3%. So far, 56 Orange County residents have died in the pandemic.
Orange County Government continues to have a mask/facial covering order in place and encourages all individuals to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and handwashing.
MAYOR DEMINGS’ GOALS FOR THE WEEK
HOUSING EDUCATION SERIES
Community of Legal Services, Mid-Florida is hosting a Landlord and Tenant education series. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 2:00 P.M. This virtual meeting series is available by following this link, https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/FairHousingCOVID19.
The event is in partnership with Orange County Government, and the U.S. Fair Housing and Urban Development.
Information on the webinar has been shared on Orange County’s social media channels and is on our web page with more information at ocfl.net/HousingFAQs
SAFER. STRONGER. TOGETHER. CAMPAIGN
At the annual State of the County address, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings launched a new regional communications campaign to further encourage business and resident participation in COVID-19 safety guidelines, and inviting consumers to positively support businesses that adhere to strong, visible safe measures. For more information, visit https://www.doyourpartorl.com/
CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO CLIMB
As testing continues, Orange County has seen another increase in positive COVID-19 cases, with 561 confirmed positive cases reported yesterday. In total, the County has tested more than 114,000 individuals, with a positivity rate is 5.3 percent. On June 1, 2020, the positivity rate was 2.8 percent. Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:
According to Dr. Pino, Health Officer for the Department of Health in Orange County, 58 percent of all cases in Orange County have been diagnosed since June 11, 2020 -- approximately 3,764 cases. There is a correlation to the increase in cases with social activity since Memorial Day weekend.
TESTINGTesting continues to be in high demand. The regional state-run free testing site at the Orange County Convention Center had a record-day in testing yesterday, with 1,426 tests administered.
Next week, Orange County Health Services will provide free testing at Downey Park from Monday, June 29, 2020 through Thursday, July 3, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details and additional testing sites will be available at ocfl.net/COVID19.
ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND FACE COVERINGSThe Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force met earlier today, June 24, 2020 to discuss the rising number of COVID-19 cases, as well as the continued education for businesses and residents to voluntarily comply with wearing face coverings. The Task Force will meet again on a future date, yet to be announced.
Orange County has made additional clarifications to the existing Executive Order-2020-23 “Requiring Face Coverings.” Edits include more exceptions and directions to this Order. The updated Order can be viewed by visiting the “Executive Orders” Tab on ocfl.net/COVID19.
It is imperative that residents wear a mask when unable to properly social distance to decrease the possibility of spreading the virus. Residents and business owners are urged to think of the safety of others.
CARES ACT FUNDING FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSESOn June 23, 2020, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners approved changes to the Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program in order to allow more local businesses to qualify for funding. A small business is now eligible for the program under the following criteria:
The County has approved more than 1,000 Small Business Grant applications, which translates into approximately $10 million for small business owners.
The Individual and Family Assistance Program continues to process applications for eligibility. There are more than 30,000 applications to be reviewed, with 11,200 submitted on Monday, June 22, 2020 alone. The program anticipates processing 5,000 applications every week. As of Friday, June 19, 2020, 3,500 applications have been processed and submitted to the Comptroller for direct payment to residents. Orange County will announce the next opening date for applications soon.
For more information about both programs, including eligibility criteria, required documents, and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.
COVID-19 NUMBERS CLIMBING
Orange County has a total of 3,282 positive cases and there have been 47 resident deaths. In just the past two weeks, the County has had 1,197 positive cases.
Some alarming statistics:
Responding to this upward trend in COVID cases, Orange County Mayor Demings spoke with health care leaders today to discuss a possible plan of action. The County will continue to stress the importance of face masks and social distancing to residents. The County may explore the possibility of mandating masks for all people at certain types of businesses.
Orange County’s team has streamlined the Orange CARES for Residents Program application process to require fewer documents. In addition, residents who have approved applications will receive direct payment.
More than 15,000 applications were submitted this morning.
The next application will open Monday, June 22 at 8 a.m. and there will be a 10,000 user capacity. Visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES for more information.
COVID-19 testing continues to be critical. Orange County Health Services is offering free testing this week at Barnett Park. Appointments can be made directly at www.ocfl.net/BarnettPark. Residents will receive free face masks and hand sanitizers after an appointment. For a list of various testing options, visit www.ocfl.net/covid19.
Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/11/20
Orange County has a total 730 positive COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days. Yesterday, June 10, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County reported 123 new confirmed cases. Testing has been increasing and the County positivity rate is slightly up at 3%. Statewide, the positivity rate is 5.3%. For an updated COVID-19 heat map, visit www.ocfl.net/covid19HeatMap.
Orange County Health Services will expand to offer free COVID-19 testing June 15 through June 18 at Barnett Park, located at 4801 W. Colonial Drive. Residents who participate will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer at the time of their appointment. To schedule an appointment, visit, www.ocfl.net/BarnettPark. For more information on this site and other testing sites in Orange County, visit www.ocfl.net/covid19.
SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM
Orange CARES for Small Businesses Program helps eligible businesses in Orange County a $10,000 grant. Applications are still open for business grants. www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares. There are currently 3,177 submitted applications and a little more than $2 million in payments have already been processed. However, there have been many denials because of incomplete and/or lack of necessary documents. Please ensure that all forms are submitted in order to process applications efficiently.
RESIDENT GRANT PROGRAM
For the Orange CARES Program for Individuals and Families, 3,501 applications have been submitted. The County is in the process of approvals and streamlining the process to better serve residents. The next opportunity for applications will be Monday, June 15, at 8 AM. Visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCares for more information.
SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK
Orange County has also been providing facemasks, gloves and hand sanitizers to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and its many food partners.
To serve the growing demand, Second Harvest has doubled daily distribution from 150,000 to 300,000 meals per day since the end of March. However, demand continues to outpace long-term capacity, and needs the community’s help. Lockheed Martin recently provided a $425,000 grant to Second Harvest that will be used to provide critical help to struggling Central Floridians.
To donate, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.
The OnePULSEFoundation will host its annual Pulse Remembrance Ceremony on June 12, 2020, virtually on its Facebook Page or YouTube, beginning at 7 p.m. Visit www.OnePulseFoundation.org for more information.
For more information, please call the Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department at 407-877-5803 or visit www.ocoee.org.
On Monday, May 11, Orange County will begin distributing free personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and hand sanitizer, to small businesses with 40 or less employees. Businesses must register by completing an Interest Form at www.ocfl.net/PPE to schedule a pick-up appointment. Kits of face coverings and 2-oz. hand sanitizer bottles will be distributed to up to 20,000 small businesses at drive-through pick-up sites located throughout the County, until supplies run out. The drive-through site for Ocoee businesses is located at 955 E Story Rd #3733, Winter Garden, FL 34787. For more information about the PPE for Small Biz in Orange County initiative, please email EconomicRecovery@ocfl.net, or visit www.ocfl.net/EconomicRecovery.
Resolution No. 2020-001, Declaration of a Local Emergency, which was approved at the March 25, 2020 Special Session, Agenda Item II.The cancellation of the April 7, 2020 Regular City Commission Meeting was approved by the City Commission at the Special Session, Agenda Item III.
OCOEE, Fla. Due to COVID-19 the City of Ocoee has declared a local State of Emergency. Ocoee City Hall and all city administrative facilities are temporarily closed to the public. Residents should call 407-905-3100 or visit Ocoee.org to request city services and interact with city government. Read the City of Ocoee Proclamation---Local-State-of-Emergency-COVID-19(PDF)
The City of Ocoee’s Utility Billing and Customer Service team looks forward to welcoming residents into the City Hall lobby when the COVID-19 virus has passed. In the meantime, please use one of several payment methods by visiting https://www.ocoee.org/353/Methods-of-Payment. The cut-off date for the month of March has been postponed to give citizens ample time to pay their water bill. To establish new service, please emailUCD2@ocoee.org. For more information, please call 407-905-3191.
The city’s Jim Beech Recreation Center and the boat ramp at Bill Breeze Park will be closed to the public. Select parks and all playgrounds and pavilions will be closed to the public. When visiting the city’s open greenspaces, citizens should follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines of social distancing with six feet of space between others. For more information, call 407-877-5803.
The City of Ocoee Building Division continues to serve citizens with normal response times. Please utilize the city’s online process for permit submissions at permits.ocoee.org. For all local business tax applications and inquiries, please email email@example.com. All forms and documents can be found at https://www.ocoee.org/177/Building-Applications-Forms. For more information, call 407-905-3104.
The Office of the City Clerk continues to serve citizens with normal response times. Citizen inquires including cemetery and public records requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 407-905- 3105.
Code Enforcement continues to serve citizens with normal response times. To file a code enforcement concern, please fill out a form online at https://www.ocoee.org/737/Citizen-Support-Center. For more information call 407-905-3106.
The City of Ocoee Fire Department continues to serve citizens and visitors with normal responses to 911 emergencies to all fire, medical, and specialized calls for service. As a precaution during an emergency, please know that personnel may be wearing added personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection. This will assist in reducing the possible spread of virus from patients or family members who could have signs and symptoms of/or who may have been exposed to someone with the COVID-19 virus.
All city fire stations are now closed to visitors, except for emergencies. Should you have an emergency or feel ill, you are strongly urged to please call 911 and not drive to a fire station.
Certain public services such as blood pressure checks, sharps container drop-off and smoke detector installations are temporarily suspended.
All public relations/educational events that the fire department had scheduled or would normally participate in have been cancelled until further notice.
Fire inspections, permitting and plans review will continue online until further notice. For more information, call the non-emergency number 407-905-3140. If you have an emergency, please call 911.
The City of Ocoee Police Department is committed to flattening the curve. Until further notice, the police headquarters lobby will be closed to walk-in customers. As first responders, officers remain dedicated to providing services as we all deal with the evolving Coronavirus pandemic. Citizens can reach the police department by calling 407-905-3160. For copies of police reports and other records, please call 407-905-3162 or email email@example.com
Trash and recycling collection will continue normal operations.
Water, sewer and reclaimed water services will continue normal operations.
Orange County Public Schools continues its commitment toprovide children with nutritious meals during this unplanned school closure.Beginning Monday, March 23, the district will distribute meals for FREE at 50schools across the district during the extended closure. Any child aged 18 andunder will receive FREE breakfast, lunch and a breakfast for the next day.
The meals will be available for pick-up between 10 a.m. and2 p.m. at each of the 50 locations Monday through Friday. Students must bepresent to receive the meals; no identification is needed.
District staff will distribute the meals directly to thosein their vehicle in a drive-thru style pick-up. Also, students walking orriding their bike can pick up the meals as well.
The following school sites have been identified:
Aloma Elementary School - 2949 Scarlet Road, Winter Park, FL32792
Apopka Middle School - 425 N. Park Ave., Apopka, FL 32712
Azalea Park Elementary School - 1 Carol Avenue, Orlando, FL 32807
Bonneville Elementary School - 14700 Sussex Dr., Orlando, FL32826-3899
Carver Middle School - 4500 W. Columbia St., Orlando, FL 32811
Castle Creek Elementary Schools - 1245 N. Avalon Park Blvd.,Orlando, FL 32828
Catalina Elementary School - 2448 W.29th Street, Orlando, FL32805
Colonial High School - 6100 Oleander Dr., Orlando, FL 32807
Conway Middle School - 4600 Anderson Rd., Orlando, FL 32812
Dover Shores Elementary School - 1200 Gaston Foster Rd., Orlando,FL 32812
Dr. Phillips High School - 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL32819
East River High School - 650 East River Falcons Way, Orlando, FL32833
Eccleston Elementary School - 1500 Aaron Ave., Orlando, FL 32811
Edgewater High School - 3100 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL 32804
Evans High School - 4949 Silver Star Rd., Orlando, FL 32808
Forsyth Woods Elementary School - 6651 Curtis Street, Orlando, FL32807
Frangus Elementary School - 380 Killington Way, Orlando, FL 32835
Gotha Middle School - 9155 Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786
Hungerford Elementary School - 230 College Ave., Maitland, FL32751
Ivey Lane Elementary School - 209 N. Silverton St., Orlando, FL32811
Jones High School - 801 S. Rio Grande Ave., Orlando, FL 32805
Lake Gem Elementary School - 4801 Bloodhound St., Orlando, FL32818
Lake Weston Elementary School - 5500 Milan Dr., Orlando, FL 32810
Lancaster Elementary School - 6700 Sheryl Ann Dr., Orlando, FL32809
Maxey Elementary School - 602 E. Story Rd., Winter Garden, FL34787
McCoy Elementary School - 5225 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL32809
Meadow Woods Elementary School - 500 Rhode Island Wood Cir.,Orlando FL 32824
Meadow Woods Middle School - 1800 Rhode Island Woods Cir.,Orlando, FL 32824
Memorial Middle School - 2220 W. 29th St., Orlando, FL 32805
Mollie Ray Elementary School - 2000 Beecher St., Orlando, Florida32808
Oak Ridge High School - 700 West Oak Ridge Rd., Orlando, FL 32809
OCPS ACE K-8 School - 701 W Livingston St., Orlando, FL 32801
Orlo Vista Elementary School - 3 N. Hastings St., Orlando FL32835
Pinar Elementary School - 3701 Anthony Lane, Orlando, FL 32822
Pine Hills Elementary School - 1006 Ferndell Rd., Orlando, FL32808
Pineloch Elementary School - 3101 Woods Ave., Orlando, FL 32805
Rock Lake Elementary School - 408 N. Tampa Ave., Orlando, FL32805
Rolling Hills Elementary School - 3607 Damon Rd., Apopka FL 32703
Rosemont Elementary School - 4650 Point Lookout Rd., Orlando, FL32808
Sally Ride Elementary School - 9601 11th Ave., Orlando, FL 32824
Shingle Creek Elementary School - 5620 Harcourt Ave., Orlando, FL32839
Tangelo Park Elementary School - 5115 Anzio St., Orlando, FL32819
Union Park Middle School - 1844 Westfall Dr., Orlando, FL 32817
University High School – 2450 Cougar Way, Orlando, FL 32817
Washington Shores Elementary School - 944 W. Lake Mann Dr.,Orlando, FL 32806
Wedgefield K-8 School - 3835 Bancroft Blvd., Orlando, FL 32833
Wekiva High School - 2501 N. Hiawassee Rd., Apopka, FL 32703
Wheatley Elementary School - 1475 Marvin C Zanders Ave., Apopka,FL 32703
Wolf Lake Elementary School - 1771 W. Ponkan Rd., Apopka, FL32712
Zellwood Elementary School - 3551 N. Washington St., Zellwood FL32798
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With an abundance of caution toward preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, the City of Ocoee requests your cooperation in limiting the number of payments made at the utility billing counter. We understand this may cause a delay in receiving your payment. Therefore, we are postponing the cut-off date for the month of March, so that you have ample time to use one of our many other payment methods.For your convenience, there are several ways you can pay your utility bill. Please click on the Methods of Payment listed below.
Please call the Utilities Counter for customer billing services at 407-905-3191.
Reference the Rates, Fees & Regulations Flyer (PDF) for more information.