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November 8, 2021 10:54 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 11/4/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Wednesday, November 3, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 3.15 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • CDC level of community transmission: SUBSTANTIAL
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 76 percent
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have completed their vaccination series: 66 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 233,010
  • Total deaths in Orange County: 2,230

Although the County’s positivity rate continues to trend downwards, Orange County continues to recommend that residents follow CDC health and safety guidelines, including frequent hand washing.

COVID-19 VACCINES FOR CHILDREN AGES 5-11

On Tuesday, the CDC provided final approval for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to children ages 5-11 years old. Parents are encouraged to speak with their pediatrician about whether receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is appropriate for their children, as well as if the vaccine is available through their office. Orange County Government’s Health Services Department continues to work with the Florida Department of Health to plan its operations to provide vaccines for children ages 5-11 years old. Once details are finalized, Orange County will provide media and residents with the updated information.

Other vaccination option for this age group include:

  • Orange County Public Schools: The Florida Department of Health and Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) have partnered together to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old. For more information, visit the OCPS website.
  • Federal Retail Pharmacies: Parents of children ages 5-11 years old can contact their nearest Federal Retail Pharmacy location to check if vaccines for this age group are being administered. The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program is a collaboration between the federal government and national pharmacy partners to provide COVID-19 vaccines to residents.

BARNETT PARK VACCINES AND TESTING – GENERAL POPULATION 

Orange County Government’s Health Services Department continues to provide community COVID-19 services at Barnett Park, located at 4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808.

  • Vaccines: Free, drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations are available 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Vaccine availability for initial series of shots, as well as boosters, includes Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. A vaccination record card/form is required for individuals receiving second doses or booster shots. For more vaccine information, visit ocfl.net/vaccine.
  • Testing: Free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Residents interested in receiving a COVID-19 test are recommended to arrive early to Orange County’s free drive-thru testing sites, as sites may close early due to reaching its daily capacity or severe afternoon weather. For more testing information, visit ocfl.net/testing.


 #IGOTMYSHOT – UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES

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

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE

Residents who are rent stressed or at risk of being evicted may be able to find assistance through the Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

To better assist those in need, the program has updated the total amount it will be able to provide residents seeking rental assistance from $20,000 to $30,000. Additionally, the program will now provide funds for up to 3 months of future rent, instead of 1 month.

This means, the program may help eligible residents pay 12 months of past due rent and 3 month of future rent, up to a total of $30,000. To date, more than $12.3 million have been distributed to keep 2,132 families in their homes – and Orange County has more to provide.

Eligible residents include those living in unincorporated Orange County, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden and Winter Park. The program is not available for those living within the direct city limits of the City of Orlando, which has its own program for its residents.

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

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October 28, 2021 8:02 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 10/27/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Wednesday, October 27, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 3.51 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • CDC level of community transmission: SUBSTANTIAL (down from high)
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 75 percent
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have completed their vaccination series: 66 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 232,110
  • Total deaths in Orange County: 2,178

It is important to note that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate has been below 5 percent for 17 consecutive days. This is the fifth day the positivity rate is at 4% or below.

UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES

Effective Sunday, November 1, 2021 in addition to the COVID-19 vaccines, Orange County Health Services will continue to offer all three COVID -19 vaccination boosters to our community at its Barnett Park vaccination site.

Boosters are available through the FREE drive thru site daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday, with resources to accommodate up to 2000 vaccinations per day.

It is important to note that Orange County Health Services does not ask for an individual’s social security number or proof of residency to receive a vaccine.

For more vaccine information, or for additional sites, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.

COVID-19 TESTING

Effective November 1, 2021, the Barnett Park testing site will be the County’s only testing site. 

Residents who are interested in receiving a COVID-19 test are recommended to arrive early to Orange County’s free drive-thru testing sites, as sites may close early due to reaching its daily capacity or severe afternoon weather.

  • Barnett Park 
    4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
     Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
     No walk-ups, only four (4) persons per vehicle
  • Econ Soccer Complex – This site will close effective November 1, 2021
    8035 Yates Road, Orlando, FL 32807
     Open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., or until capacity is reached
     No walk-ups, only four (4) persons per vehicle

For more testing information, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE UPDATE

Orange County Government’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program continues to provide relief to households that are struggling to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Wednesday, October 25, 2021, $11.9+ million have been distributed to keep 2,214 families in their homes.

For more information or to review program details, visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance.

October 22, 2021 9:10 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 10/21/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Wednesday, October 20, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 4.09 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • CDC level of community transmission: SUBSTANTIAL (down from high)
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 75 percent
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have completed their vaccination series: 66 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 231,363
  • Total deaths in Orange County: 2,147

It is important to note that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate has been below 5 percent for 10 consecutive days.

UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES

Orange County Health Services Department continues to offer free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccines at Barnett Park. It is important to know that Orange County Health Services does not ask for an individual’s social security number or proof of residency to receive a vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccines are available to eligible individuals seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted. For more vaccine information, or for additional sites, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.

COVID-19 TESTING

Residents who are interested in receiving a COVID-19 test are recommended to arrive early to Orange County’s free drive-thru testing sites, as sites may close early due to reaching its daily capacity or severe afternoon weather.

COVID-19 testing will take place seven days a week at both sites unless otherwise noted. For more testing information, visit ocfl.net/Testing.