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October 20, 2020 5:44 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/19/2020




Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park on Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Residents who would like to book an appointment may visit, although walk-up and bike-up testing is available. Residents who are tested will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer.

Barnett Park

4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

Wednesday October 21 and Thursday October 22, 2020

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

In addition, the State Regional Drive-Thru Testing Facility at the Orange County Convention Center is currently offering free rapid antigen testing, with results in about 15 minutes. Insurance cards are requested, but you do not need insurance to be tested. Online appointments are encouraged, and can be reserved by visiting

For these and other testing locations throughout the County, visit


Individual and Families – The Orange County CARES Act funding for Individuals and Families Program will reopen its application portal on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., with a capacity for 15,000 users.

As a reminder, applicants must upload an additional document to verify your Orange County residency. The address on your photo I.D. must match the Orange County address that will be used on the application. Examples of acceptable documentation includes a utility bill, voter registration card, current lease, insurance bill, benefits or bank statement.

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit

Small Businesses and Home-based Businesses – Orange County grant programs for Small Businesses and Home-based Businesses are open. Businesses that have received funds from the federal Payroll Protection Program of up to $100,000 (up from the previous limit of $75,000) are now eligible to apply for funding.

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit


Early voting in Orange County is from October 19 through November 1. There are 14 days until Election Day on November 3, 2020. Residents are urged to make a plan to vote – whether by mail, early voting, or in person. You can vote at any early voting location during the early voting period. West Oaks Library is the early voting location in Ocoee. For other locations visit