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Latest Update:

January 15, 2021 1:49 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/14/21


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19SnapShot.


COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services free testing site at Barnett Park will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King Day holiday on Mon., Jan. 18. The state regional testing site at the Convention Center will also be open on the MLK holiday. However, the vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center will be closed that day. Visit ocfl.net/testing for details.


VACCINE NUMBERS

Approximately 3.1 percent of Orange County’s population has been vaccinated, totaling 54,461 Orange County residents.


The Dept. of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) website for scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine has reached capacity and is temporarily paused.


Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine to learn more and how to stay informed as well as other vaccine site availabilities.


VACCINES FOR VETERANS

The Orlando VA is holding COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Sat., Jan. 16  and Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona located at 13800 Veterans Way for qualified Veterans based on certain guidelines. Veterans must be enrolled to receive care from the VA, be 75 or older and there is no cost to get the vaccine.


Veterans may visit the Orlando VA webpage for information and updates.


CANCEL UNWANTED VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County urges residents to cancel any unwanted COVID-19 vaccination appointments at its Orange County Convention Center vaccine site. Cancelling unwanted appointments allows availability for others in the community to schedule their shots, while also ensuring no vaccine doses are left unused.


If you need to cancel your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the Convention Center, login to your CDR HealthPRO account at patientportafl.com, then click on “My Vaccination” and cancel from that screen.


For questions, contact 844-770-8548 or e-mail COVID19Support@cdrmaguire.com. Visit ocfl.net/vaccine for additional information and a list of frequently asked questions.


TRANSPORTATION TO VACCINE SITES

Currently, LYNX will transport registered ACCESS LYNX clients from their residence to a vaccination site and back.  If appropriate, the service will wait in line with the passenger, allowing the health care worker to enter the vehicle to administer the vaccine. ACCESS LYNX clients just need to schedule a reservation for a trip using their normal process. For more information on ACCESS LYNX, visit https://link.edgepilot.com/s/4c8cc208/bDOH5Nvz1k_SYyS7-UafHg?u=http://www.golynx.com/.


SECOND DOSE APPOINTMENT QUESTIONS

According to the Department of Health in Orange County, individuals who receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will get a confirmed scheduled appointment for a second dose. This second appointment will either be scheduled when you make your first appointment online or after receiving your first vaccination at the site.


Also, if your first shot was the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, your second shot will also be Moderna. In other words, your second dose will be the same vaccine type/brand (e.g., Moderna or Pfizer) as your first dose. The Florida Department of Health has detailed records of which vaccine will go to each individual.


AVOID VACCINATION SCAMS

The Attorney General of Florida recommends the following tips to help residents avoid COVID-19 vaccine-related scams:

  • Know that anyone asking for money in exchange for an appointment is a scam
  • Check with county health departments for local vaccine distribution guidelines
  • Be wary of any website where pop-up ads solicit a vaccine appointment
  • Look for “https” or a padlock icon in the website name to ensure that you are on a secure website
  • Report suspicious solicitations or COVID-19 vaccine-related advertisements to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.

For more tips on avoiding COVID-19 vaccine scams, visit the Attorney General’s webpage.

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January 12, 2021 9:13 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/11/20


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19SnapShot.


VACCINE UPDATES

Approximately 3 percent of Orange County’s population has been vaccinated, totaling 43,412 Orange County residents.


The Dept. of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) website for scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine has reached capacity over the weekend and was temporarily paused by DOH-Orange. In less than 72 hours, more than 35,000 individuals scheduled their appointment. The scheduling site will open in the future when the state provides additional dosages. Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine to learn more and how to stay informed.


Other community partners providing COVID-19 vaccinations:

· True Health


· Advent Health and Orlando Health are administering COVID-19 vaccines to health care workers with direct patient contact, including health care workers in the community. Here is a list of hospitals administering COVID-19 vaccines.


Additionally, it is important to remember that COVID-19 vaccines administered by County Health Departments are always free. If a site asks for payment information, it is likely a scam and should be reported to the Florida Attorney General’s Office. Learn more about this scam.


CARES ACT FUNDING FOR ORANGE COUNTY

In spring 2020, Orange County Government received approximately $243 million in federal CARES Act funds to assist the community in recovery efforts – helping individuals, families, small businesses and more. Below are a few highlights:


Small businesses received about 30 percent of CARES Funding:


· More than $69 million invested


· Approximately 8,000 businesses received funding


· 65 percent of businesses that received funding were minority or women-owned businesses


Social service sand community needs received about 40 percent of CARES Funding:


· More than $84 million invested


· More than $65 million distributed to the County’s Individuals and Families Program


· Nearly 40 direct contracts and more than $22 million distributed to local nonprofit services for childcare, job retention, homelessness, mental health and food insecurity


· $4 million was earmarked for the County’s Eviction Diversion Program


Public Safety received about 23 percent of CARES Funding:


· More than $56 million was invested in public safety efforts


· Testing at Barnett Park


· Vaccinations at the Orange County Convention Center 


· More than 25 million face masks and 2 million hand sanitizers provided to community groups, faith-based organizations and small businesses

January 9, 2021 4:36 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/8/20


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

On January 7, 2021, a total of 1,427 Orange County residents tested positive for COVID-19 – which represents the County’s highest single-day positive count since the beginning of the pandemic.


For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19SnapShot.


VACCINE UPDATES

Yesterday evening, the Florida Department of Health in Orange County reopened the COVID-19 vaccination scheduling website. You can schedule appointments, read frequently asked questions, and learn about the County’s vaccination efforts by visiting ocfl.net/Vaccine.

  • Appointments available Monday through Saturday at the Orange County Convention Center site
  • Must be 65+ years old
  • Those experiencing issues with booking an appointment online can dial 305-351-9531 or email covid19support@cdrmhealth.com

To date, 35,403 Orange County residents have been vaccinated (2.9% of Orange County’s population).


CARES ACT FOR RESIDENTS

The application portal for Orange County’s CARES Act Program for Residents is closed and will not open again since funding has been allocated. Although the CARES program is complete, the program team is still processing approved applications for funds distribution with the Comptroller.

  • Applicants from December 8, 2020 should have received an email with their status update earlier this week.
  • Applicants from December 17, 2020 should receive an email with their status by the end of the day Monday, January 11, 2021.

The Program has processed more than $65 million of assistance for County residents.


CITIZEN SAFETY TASK FORCE – COMMUNITY CRIME SURVEY

Orange County’s Citizens Safety Task Force’s Community Crime Survey is still open. The survey will be used to gain insight from residents on solutions and strategies to prevent and reduce gun violence and violent crime. Residents can take the short survey by visiting ocfl.net/CrimeSurvey. So far, there has been more than 1,200 responses.


Organizations, faith-based leaders and neighborhoods can request paper surveys for distribution in the community by emailing CitizensSafety@ocfl.net.


ORANGE COUNTY COURT ADMINISTRATION UPDATE

There will be no jury trials and no jurors called to appear from now until at least February 15, 2021.


Effective, Monday, January 11, 2021, only employees, litigants, victims, witnesses, counsel and individuals headed to the Clerk’s offices will be admitted to the building.  No friends or family will be admitted.


Effective, Tuesday, January 19, 2021, only essential matters and other in-person hearings will be permitted.


For more information, visit ninthcircuit.org.