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October 15, 2021 4:26 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 10/14/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Wednesday, October 13, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 5.37 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 74 percent
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have completed their vaccination series: 65 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 230,300
  • Total deaths in Orange County: 2,126


COVID-19 VACCINE AT BARNETT PARK

As a reminder, Orange County Health Services has transitioned its free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site from Camping World Stadium to Barnett Park. Vaccinations will take place seven days a week at Barnett Park unless otherwise noted. The site will administer the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer – first dose, second dose, booster for eligible individuals
  • Moderna – second dose only
  • Johnson & Johnson – single dose

To date, Orange County Government has administered more than 1.7 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine throughout the community. For more COVID-19 vaccine information, visit ocfl.net/Vaccines.

#IGOTMYSHOT – UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES

The #IGotMyShot Mobile Vaccination Trailer continues to visit convenient community locations across the County. For a list of upcoming locations, visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

COVID-19 TESTING

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 afternoon weather. Testing will take place seven days a week at both sites unless otherwise noted.

To date, Orange County Government has administered more than 460,000 COVID-19 tests throughout the community. For more COVID-19 testing information, visit ocfl.net/Testing.

 

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October 11, 2021 5:15 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 10/11/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Sunday, October 10, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 6.04 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • CDC level of community transmission: HIGH
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 74 percent
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have completed their vaccination series: 65 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 229,673
  • Total deaths in Orange County: 2,090

COVID-19 VACCINE AT BARNETT PARK

As a reminder, Orange County Health Services has transitioned its free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site from Camping World Stadium to Barnett Park. Vaccinations will take place seven days a week at Barnett Park unless otherwise noted. The site will administer the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer – first dose, second dose, booster for eligible individuals
  • Moderna – second dose only
  • Johnson & Johnson – single dose

For more vaccine information, visit ocfl.net/Vaccines.

COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services continues to offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at two mass-testing sites across the County — Barnett Park and Econ Soccer Complex.

Testing will take place seven days a week at both sites unless otherwise noted. For additional COVID-19 testing locations, please visit ocfl.net/Testing.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS

Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced that Tourist Development Tax (TDT) collections received by Orange County for August, 2021 were $16,462,100, a 184.2 percent increase compared to August, 2020. Additional statistics include:

  • Month-over-month, August 2021 collections were lower than July, 2021 collections by $8.2 million and also lower than August 2019 collections by $3.5 million.

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

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

This month, Orange County residents have several ways to stay involved with their local government. The following events are free and open to all residents to participate:

  • Redistricting Meeting
     Monday, October 11, 2021 at 6 p.m.
    Meetings on Orange County’s 2021 Redistricting process are scheduled now until the end of the year. Residents are highly encouraged to participate in readjusting the population between County commission districts to ensure fair and equal representation. To learn more or to find a meeting near you, visit ocfl.net/redistricting.
  • Virtual Community Conference
     Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 10 a.m.
    Orange County’s annual Community Conference provides residents an opportunity to learn about innovative ways to improve neighborhoods by connecting residents and community leaders with their local government. To view the conference agenda or to register, visit ocfl.net/CommunityConference.

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 concentration information from October 7.

  • The Eastern Water Reclamation Facility (EWRF) decreased to 147,160
  • South Water Reclamation Facility (SWRF) decreased to 301,016
  • Northwest Water Reclamation Facility (NWRF) increased slightly to 189,266

All three reclamation facilities decreased dramatically over this time last month.

  • The Northwest facility decreased by 78% over September 6.
  • The South Water facility decreased by 47% over September 6.
  • The Eastern Water facility decreased by 80% over September 6.

The results for two of the three service areas are lower than the previous sample results and continue to show a sustained downward trend in our service areas. Also, these results are starting to resemble the lower concentrations seen in May and June.

The Lambda and Mu variants were not detected in any of the three (3) service areas.

October 4, 2021 3:21 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 10/4/21

 

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

As of Sunday, October 3, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 7.67 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • CDC level of community transmission: HIGH
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 74 percent
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have completed their vaccination series: 64 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 228,156
  • Total deaths in Orange County: 2,045

COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATES: VACCINES MOVE TO BARNETT PARK

Beginning, Saturday, October 9, 2021, Orange County Health Services will move its free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site from Camping World Stadium to Barnett Park. Staff at Barnett Park will administer the following vaccines:

  • Pfizer – first dose, second dose, booster for eligible individuals
  • Moderna – second dose only
  • Johnson & Johnson – single dose

Vaccines will be available at Camping World Stadium until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2021, then begin at Barnett Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Vaccinations will take place seven days a week at Barnett Park unless otherwise noted.

For more vaccine information, visit ocfl.net/Vaccines.

COVID-19 TESTING UPDATES: CLARCONA SITE CLOSURE
On Sunday, October 10, 2021, at 5 p.m., Orange County Health Services will permanently close its free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the former Clarcona Elementary.
 
 It is important to know that Orange County Health Services will continue providing free drive-thru testing at Barnett Park and Econ Soccer Complex. Testing will take place seven days a week at both sites unless otherwise noted.

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

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 concentration information from September 30.

  • South Water Reclamation Facility: decreased to 321,384
  • East Water Reclamation Facility: increased to 789,993
  • Northwest Water Reclamation Facility: decreased to 349,457

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. Overall, Orange County Utilities is seeing a sustained downward trend in our service areas.