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Latest Update:

October 27, 2020 2:22 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/26/2020

The total number of COVID -19 cases in Orange County is 45,242.  This is an increase of 208 cases since yesterday.


VOTING

One week from tomorrow is Election Day. So far, 134,239 Orange County residents have voted in person and 208,817 residents have chosen to vote by mail. Statewide, 2.2 million Floridians have voted in person and 3.8 million Floridians have voted by mail.


For Orange County residents, visit https://www.ocfelections.com/ to find your polling place.


GOALS OF THE WEEK

The three goals for the week continue to focus on slowing the spread of COVID-19.

  • We will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing  through Orange County Health Services to anyone who needs it
  • We will continue to offer crisis assistance to individuals, families, landlords and businesses
  • We will offer crisis assistance to non-profit arts organizations
  • COVID-19 NUMBERS
  • Visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.


TESTING

Barnett Park

4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

Wednesday, October 28 – Thursday, October 29, 2020

8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide free coronavirus tests to individuals who are +12 years old, hand out free facemasks and hand sanitizer to those tested, and do not ask for insurance. To book an appointment visit ocfl.net/Testing and click on #1 on the testing map for details.


CARES INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY ASSISTANCE GRANT PORTAL

The portal opened this past weekend for a new round of distributing $30 million dollars in funding to individuals and families. Successful applicants will receive $1,000.00 per household.


A total of 8,714 applications have been received.


For more information, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.


EVICTION DIVERSION

Our Eviction Diversion program is still available to qualified landlords and tenants. Orange County has approximately $12 million dollars available. 


CARES funded program has helped 857 families avoid being kicked out of their homes.


Over $2.66 million dollars in rent payments have been sent to the Comptroller’s office.


You can find out how to receive assistance by visiting www.ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion.


CARES ACT MONIES FOR THE ARTS

Nearly 10,000 local events have been cancelled and 4,300 local arts-related jobs have disappeared, that has translated into $3.9 million dollars in lost wages.


Orange County has $5 million dollars in CARES Act monies to help arts groups recoup monies they had to spend for such things as Personal Protective Equipment, coronavirus testing, distance barriers and signage.  The grant monies will be distributed through United Arts.


ARTS IN PUBLIC PARKS

Orange County has created the Arts in Public Parks Initiative.


We plan to open up a group of Orange County Parks to create CDC compliant performance spaces for both arts groups and audiences to enjoy.


For more information, we ask that arts groups contact Mr.Terry Olson at Terry.Olson@ocfl.net

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October 20, 2020 5:44 PM

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

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

Visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.


FREE COVID-19 TESTING

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 ocfl.net/BarnettPark, 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 PatientPortalFL.com.


For these and other testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.


CARES ACT PROGRAMS

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 ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.


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 ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.


EARLY VOTING

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 https://ocfelections.com/early-voting-locations.

October 18, 2020 11:59 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/16/2020


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

Visit www.ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot


FREE COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park next week. Residents who would like to book an appointment may visit ocfl.net/BarnettPark, although walk-up and bike-up testing is available.


Barnett Park

4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

Wednesday October 21 and Thursday October 22, 2020

8 a.m. - 1 p.m.


All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide tests to individuals who are 12+ years old. Residents who are tested will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer. For more testing locations throughout the County, visit ocfl.net/Testing.


CARES ACT PROGRAMS

Individual and Families – Approximately $1.5 million have been distributed to residents since the program reopened earlier this week. 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.


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


Small Business and Home-Based Business – Both Orange County CARES Act funding programs for small businesses and home-based businesses will reopen on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 9 a.m. There is approximately $7 million for small businesses, and $700,000 for home-based businesses left to be disbursed. Business 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.


Since the program opened in June 2020, more than $60 million has been allocated to business owners in Orange County, with 67 percent going to minority or women-owned businesses.


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


STRIKE TEAMS

The goal of Orange County’s Business Compliance Strike Teams is to help businesses keep both patrons and employees safe. Strike Teams will be out again this weekend, to assist Orange County businesses, as well as following up with businesses that are not in compliance. Data for Strike Team visits is below:

  • 3,542 sites have been visited
  • 87 percent of business are in compliance during the first visit
  • 440 follow up inspections
  • 83 percent compliance rate after follow up inspections

CENSUS

The count for the 2020 Census ended on Thursday, October 15, 2020, according to a recent Supreme Court hearing.


Orange County has a 64.5 percent self-reporting rate. That is ahead of the 2010 number which was 62 percent. With the included reporting from local Census enumerators, Orange County Mayor Demings hopes that at least 70 percent of all residents are counted.