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December 1, 2020 10:23 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 11/30/20


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

According to the Department of Health in Orange County, the average rolling positivity rate for the last 14 days is 7.5%.


The Department of Health does expect an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the holiday and urges everyone to stay vigilant by wearing your mask, watching your distance and washing your hands.


For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19Snapshot. The snapshot is updated Monday through Friday.


ORANGE CARES GRANTS FOR RESIDENTS

The CARES for Residents Program has allocated more than $42 million in $1,000 grants to help 42,000 residents in need so far.


The deadline to spend the CARES money is December 30, 2020. Orange County does plan to open the application portal again on December 8 at 8 a.m. This may be the last time the portal opens in order to meet the CARES spending deadline. 


Please stay tuned to Orange County Government’s social media channels and on the Orange CARES webpage for the upcoming application date opening.


For a list of required documents, current eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCares.


TESTING

Orange County Health Services continues to offer free 7-day per week COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Barnett Park. Both rapid/antigen and PCR/molecular testing are offered. Learn about the test differences at ocfl.net/COVID19TestTypes


Also, every resident tested at Barnett Parks is provided a packet of free PPE.


Recently due to holiday demand, Health Services has had to close the entrance to the site earlier to meet its 5 p.m. closing and accommodate all residents in the line. Orange County’s 311 hotline will be made aware of if and when a cut-off happens at the Barnett testing site.


For more information on testing, visit https://link.edgepilot.com/s/ebc9e985/LsSAsMvLKESuMEYAEzlcAQ?u=http://www.ocfl.net/Testing.


PPE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES FULL

Orange County Government’s free PPE (personal protective equipment) giveaway to Orange County small businesses has had all of its appointments filled this week. In total, 5,448 small businesses in Orange County booked appointments. Since the pandemic, the County has given free PPE away to more than 60,000 small businesses and has supported various municipalities with their outreach efforts.


For more information about the County’s PPE efforts and for future distributions, visit ocfl.net/PPE.


EVICTION DIVERSION TO CLOSE

Orange County’s Eviction Diversion Program will close to new applicants on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion for a full list of eligibility criteria and required documents.

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November 24, 2020 1:02 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 11/23/2020


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot. The snapshot is updated Monday through Friday.


INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILIES GRANTS REOPENS TOMORROW

The application portal for residents to apply for $1,000 grants will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., with a capacity of 15,000 users. Once in the portal, residents will have adequate time to complete their application.


The program now allows other adult members of the same household to apply for financial assistance.  That means, new applicants who reside at the same household address as a previously approved applicant can now also apply for the $1,000 grant program — whether you are a roommate or another adult family member living at the same address.


It is important to note that you:

  • Must meet eligibility criteria and provide all required documents for the program
  • Are not eligible if you already received the CARES Act for Individual and Families $1,000 grant

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCares.


PPE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Orange County Government is standing ready once again to give away free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to small businesses located in Orange County to help them adhere to CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The giveaway will take place December 1 through December 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following locations:


Downey Park 10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825


Cypress Grove Park 290 Holden Avenue, Orlando, FL 32839


West Orange Park 150 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787


Orange County small businesses are required to pre-register at ocfl.net/PPE before visiting a pick up location. Small businesses must have fewer than 40 employees.


RAPID TESTING

Orange County Health Services is seeing an influx of testing before the Thanksgiving holiday. Residents are asked to be patient as wait times may be more than 60 minutes at Barnett Park, as well as the state-run testing site located at the Orange County Convention Center.


Both testing sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and reopen Friday, November 26, 2020 at 9 a.m.


Visit ocfl.net/Testing and click on #1 on the map for more details. 


EVICTION DIVERSION

Orange County’s Eviction Diversion Program provides relief to tenants in imminent danger of eviction who have experienced a loss or reduction of income due to the pandemic. Since August, the program has helped 1,960 families stay in their homes, which equates to more than $5.8 million. The program will close to new applicants on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. It is important to note, residents and landlords with applications that have pending items will have until Thursday, December 24, 2020, to submit any outstanding documents.


Visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion for a full list of eligibility criteria and required documents.


SHORT-TERM TRAINING

Orange County Government is partnering with CareerSource Central Florida and Valencia College to offer a variety of short-term, vocational training courses at the Orange County Convention Center, beginning next week, Monday, November 30, 2020. Residents can apply for tuition assistance through CareerSource Central Florida’s “Help is Here” grant program.


To qualify, individuals must be at least 18 years old, a resident of Orange County and able to verify that they have lost their job or suffered reduced wages because of COVID-19.


For more information, visit CareerSourceCentralFlorida.com/HelpIsHere.


THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Residents are urged to continue to follow CDC guidelines and practice good hand hygiene during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.


Visit the CDC’s website for recommendations on how to keep yourself, and your family, safe while celebrating Thanksgiving.

November 20, 2020 9:56 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 11/19/2020


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot. The snapshot is updated Monday through Friday.


INDVIDUAL CARES PORTAL OPENS NOVEMBER 24

Individual and Families Grants   Orange County will reopen the application portal for residents to apply for $1,000 grants on Monday, November 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., with a capacity of 15,000 users. Adult members of the same household, including roommates and other family members, whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and are over the age of 18, are eligible to apply.  For more information, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCares.


To date, Orange County Government has invested a total of $60 million into the program, and has processed nearly $40 million in payments, which has helped nearly 40,000 households.


RAPID TESTING NOW 7 DAYS A WEEK

Free and accessible testing continues to be a priority for Orange County Health Services. Drive-thru COVID-19 rapid testing at Barnett Park has been extended to 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.


Testing will be available until the end of the year. However, the site will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (11/25).


 Both molecular (standard nasal swab/PCR) and rapid antigen tests are available.

  • All ages are welcome
  • No symptoms necessary
  • No appointments necessary

Visit ocfl.net/Testing and click on #1 on the map for more details.


PPE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Orange County Government is standing ready once again to give away free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to small businesses located in Orange County to help them adhere to CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.


PPE kit distribution – including disposable face masks and hand sanitizers – will take place from December 1 through 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following locations:


Downey Park

10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825


Cypress Grove Park

290 Holden Avenue, Orlando, FL 32839


West Orange Park

150 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787


Orange County small businesses are required to pre-register at ocfl.net/PPE before visiting a pick up location. Small businesses must have fewer than 40 employees.


BUSINESS GRANTS

Small Business and Home-Based Business Grants – As of November 16, 2020 at 12 p.m., both the Small Business Grant Program and the Micro-Grant Program for Home-Based Businesses closed its application portal for new applications.


Business owners who still have started, but have yet to complete their applications, need to complete and submit their application prior to Friday, November 20, at 5 p.m. to be considered eligible to receive grant funding.  Applications that are not completed will not be considered for the grant.