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September 13, 2021 5:23 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 9/13/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Sunday, September 12, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 13.31 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • CDC level of community transmission: HIGH
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 71 percent
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have completed their vaccination series: 57.23 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 218,984
  • Total deaths in Orange County: 1,780

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS CONTINUE

Orange County Health Services Department continues to offer free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna – at Camping World Stadium. Vaccines are available for individuals 12 year old and up receiving their first or second dose only. Minors must have a legal guardian present during time of vaccination.

  • Camping World Stadium
     1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805
     Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
     No appointments needed, only four (4) persons per vehicle

For more information or additional COVID-19 vaccine locations, please visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.

COVID-19 TESTING – OPERATIONS REMINDER

As a reminder, the testing site at Econ Soccer Complex will now operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Testing sites at the former Clarcona Elementary School and Barnett Park will remain operational from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Testing will take place seven days a week at all site unless otherwise noted.

For additional COVID-19 testing locations, please visit ocfl.net/Testing.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE

The U.S. Supreme Court ended the CDC Eviction Moratorium on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

If the COVID-19 pandemic has caused your family to struggle with rent, or if you are facing eviction, you are not alone. If your household is behind on rent payments, Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program may be able to help. Eligible residents can receive up to 12 months of past due rent, and up to one month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000. As of today, $8.5 million have been distributed to keep 1,508 families in their homes.

Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details, required documents, frequently asked questions and to check if their address is eligible.

COVID-19 WASTEWATER MONITORING

Orange County Government’s Utilities Department continues its participation in the National Wastewater Surveillance System. The program monitors wastewater from water reclamation facilities to analyze the concentration and spread of the coronavirus. Below is the latest information:

  • South Water Reclamation Facility
     Concentrations have increased from 149,113 in May to 804,578 on September 9
     440 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in May
  • East Water Reclamation Facility
     Concentrations have increased from 267,916 in May to 1,508,714 on September 9
     463 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in May
  • Northwest Water Reclamation Facility
     Concentrations have increased from 154,243 in June to 990,970 on September 9
     542 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in June

Current samples were included in beta testing for four additional mutations and two new variants of the Coronavirus. Based on that testing, the Lambda and Mu variants were not detected in any of our service areas.

VISIT ORLANDO MAGICAL DINING

Visit Orlando’s annual Magical Dining Month continues until Sunday, October 17, 2021. Guests can support some of Orange County’s best restaurants by purchasing a three-course, prix-fixe dinner for $37 per person. Additionally, through Visit Orlando, $1 from each meal served will benefit Pathlight HOME and IDignity, both of which help to combat homelessness in Central Florida.

Many restaurants will have open-air seating options, as well as takeout and delivery service. For more information or a list of participating restaurants, visit OrlandoMagicalDining.com.

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September 10, 2021 12:56 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 9/9/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS
As of Wednesday, September 8, 2021, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 14.32 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • CDC level of community transmission: HIGH
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 70 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 215,997

Total deaths in Orange County are now 1,724. During the month of August, DOH reported 293 deaths, the highest monthly total since the beginning of the pandemic. Orange County Government and DOH urge residents to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus.

VACCINATION OPPORTUNITY
Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available at the free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site at Camping World Stadium — first and second doses only. Third-dose booster shots are not available at this time. Camping World Stadium also provides Monoclonal Antibody therapy treatments.

  • Camping World Stadium
     1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805
     Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
     No appointments needed, only four (4) persons per vehicle

It is important to know that Camping World Stadium does not ask for an individual’s social security number or proof of residency. For more information or additional COVID-19 vaccine locations, please visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.

COVID-19 TESTING CONTINUES
Effective Friday, September 10, 2021, the testing site at Econ Soccer Complex will now operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Testing sites at the former Clarcona Elementary School and Barnett Park will remain operational from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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 weather. For additional COVID-19 testing locations, please visit ocfl.net/Testing.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE
Orange County Government continues to urge residents to apply for the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program if they are behind in rent payments due to the pandemic.

The program may be able to help eligible residents pay 12 months of past due rent and 1 month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000. To date, more than $8 million have been distributed to keep more than 1,440 families in their homes.

Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details, required documents, frequently asked questions and to check if their address is eligible.

COVID-19 WASTEWATER MONITORING
Orange County Government’s Utilities Department continues its participation in the National Wastewater Surveillance System. The program monitors wastewater from water reclamation facilities to analyze the concentration and spread of the coronavirus. Below is the latest information:

  • South Water Reclamation Facility
     Concentrations have increased from 149,113 in May to 1,122,306 on September 2
     653 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in May
  • East Water Reclamation Facility
     Concentrations have increased from 267,916 in May to 2,800,019 on September 2
     945 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in May
  • Northwest Water Reclamation Facility
     Concentrations have increased from 154,243 in June to 2,852,840 on September 2
     1750 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in June


 TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS
Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced that Tourist Development Tax (TDT) collections received by Orange County for July 2021 were $24,702,900, a 376 percent increase compared to July 2020. Month-over-month, July 2021 collections were higher than June 2021 collections by $3 million. July 2021 collections were also higher than July 2019 collections by $2.1 million.

For more TDT information, visit the Office of the Comptroller’s website to read its news release.

 

August 30, 2021 2:00 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 8/30/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Sunday, August 29, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 17.86 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • CDC level of community transmission: HIGH
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 66.81 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 206,686
  • Total deaths in Orange County: 1,533

VACCINATION OPPORTUNITY
Orange County Health Services continues to administer free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations at Camping World Stadium. Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available at the site — first and second dose only. Third-dose booster shots are not available at this time. Camping World Stadium also provides Monoclonal Antibody therapy treatments.

  • Camping World Stadium
    1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805
    Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
    No appointments needed, only four (4) persons per vehicle

Additionally, the full schedule for the #IGotMyShot Mobile Vaccination Trailer is now available for Monday, August 30 through Sunday, September 5 at ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

For additional COVID-19 vaccine locations, please visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.

COVID-19 TESTING CONTINUES
Residents who are interested in receiving a COVID-19 test are recommended to arrive early to Orange County’s free drive-thru testing sites. It is important to know that testing sites may close early due to reaching its daily capacity or severe weather.

For additional COVID-19 testing locations, please visit ocfl.net/Testing.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE
Following the most recent announcement regarding federal eviction moratoriums, Orange County residents are urged to apply for the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program if they are behind in rent payments due to the pandemic.

The program may be able to help eligible residents pay 12 months of past due rent and 1 month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000. To date, more than $7.5 million have been distributed to keep 1,356 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.

FREE LEGAL FORUM ON EVICTIONS
The Orange County Clerk of Courts will host an upcoming Legal Matters Forum on post-moratorium evictions on Thursday, September 9, 2021.

The free event will provide the public with valuable resources and insight on the evictions process, as well as inform them of their rights in the event of an eviction. Speakers from the Clerk’s Office, Orange County Government, Legal Aid Society, Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Judiciary will present and be available to answer questions during the event.

  • Legal Matters Forum: Post-moratorium Evictions
    Thursday, September 9, 2021
    6-8 p.m.

For more information or to register for the event, visit myorangeclerk.com.

Additionally, residents who are seeking legal advice regarding evictions may contact the following Orange County Government partners:


COVID-19 WASTEWATER MONITORING
Orange County Government’s Utilities Department continues its participation in the National Wastewater Surveillance System. The program monitors wastewater from water reclamation facilities to analyze the concentration and spread of the coronavirus. Below is information from last week:

  • South Water Reclamation Facility
    Concentrations have increased from 149,113 in May to 1,088,540 on August 25
    630 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in May
  • East Water Reclamation Facility
    Concentrations have increased from 267,916 in May to 2,342,916 on August 25
    774 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in May
  • Northwest Water Reclamation Facility
    Concentrations have increased from 154,243 in June to 1,611,681 on August 25
    945 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in June


PARKS AND RECREATION AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Orange County Government’s Parks and Recreation Division continues to ensure the safety of its students and staff participating in County-operated After School Programs.

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, effective today, Monday, August 30, 2021, children who take part in After School Program must wear a facemask while indoors. Facemasks will be provided to students who do not have one. Children playing outside will not be required to wear a facemask.

Social distancing, sanitation, and frequent hand washing procedures will continue at all program sites. This new requirement is consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.