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August 14, 2020 10:33 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/13/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has 32,575 COVID-19 cases, which is an increase of 243 cases since yesterday. 330 residents have died since March of this year.


Orange County’s overall positivity rate is 11.7% while the state‘s overall rate is nearly 13.5%. The county’s two-week positivity rate is 7.3%.


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TESTING Orange County continues to offer free testing.

Orange County Health Services will be at Econ Soccer Complex on Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The site will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 18 through Friday, Aug. 21. Testing is available to those 12 years of age and older with a parent or guardian consent. Results are typically back in 3 to 5 days.


You can make an appointment online at ocfl.net/EconSoccer.


The state-run mobile testing site is available for drive-through or walk-ups on  Friday, August 14, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at John Bridges Community Center, 445 W. 13th Street, Apopka.


Para information en español (or any other languages), por favor llame al 407-836-3111


Please visit ocfl.net/COVID19 for other testing sites across the County.


COVID-19 EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM

On Tuesday, August 11, the Board of County Commissioners designated $20 million dollars in CARES Act monies to fund a “COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program.” The program will launch on Tuesday August 25th, and is designed to help both renters and landlords. More information on this program will be available on ocfl.net/OrangeCares by early next week.


CARES ACT FOR HOME-BASED BUSINESSES

On Monday, August 10, Orange County Government began accepting applications for our “Micro-Grant Program for Home-Based Businesses.” The county has received 1200 submitted applications so far, and the average grant the county is distributing is approximately $2,500 dollars.


The portal for applying for the micro-grant program will close at 6 pm on August 13. If you have started an application and are working to finish it, the web portal will not remove you from the system.


The County is still accepting applications for CARES small business grants of $10,000 dollars. Program details are still available on ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.


STRIKE TEAMS

Our Strike teams have been very busy. At the close of business on August 13, the team will have visited close to 1,000 businesses. The compliance rate has risen to 82 percent.

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August 11, 2020 9:24 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/10/2020

COVID-19 NUMBERS AND GOALS FOR THE WEEK

Orange County Government is now in day 151 of emergency activation. Priorities for the County continue to be to providing testing and relief resources for residents.


Since the pandemic began, Orange County has a total of 31,851 COVID-19 cases. The County increased by 133 confirmed positive cases since yesterday – which is one of the lowest numbers the County has had in months.


Positivity rate numbers in Orange County for the past two weeks are in the single digits. This is an optimistic sign that our community is following CDC guidelines and slowing the spread of the virus. However, health leaders urge everyone to follow guidelines and practice good hygiene to sustain this current trend.


Positivity Rates:

  • Orange County Overall (since March 2020): 11.6%
  • State of Florida Overall (since March 2020): 13.3%
  • Orange County 14-Day (July 27 to August 9, 2020): 7.6%
  • Orange County Single Day (August 9 only): 6.8%

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TESTING, FACE MASKS AND HAND SANITIZER

Orange County Health Services continues to offer free COVID-19 testing at Econ Soccer Complex. Residents who are tested will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer. Online appointments are now available for August 11 through 14.


Additionally, the Florida Division of Emergency Management will open a new mobile, drive-through testing site in Orange County. The new site will have the capacity to complete 500 tests each day. The County is working aggressively with the state to identify a location and dates for when this site will be accessible to our residents.  The location of the new site will be determined on a later date.


Please visit ocfl.net/COVID19 for other testing sites across the County.


To date, the County has given away more than 7.5 million face masks and one million hand sanitizers. For more information, visit www.ocfl.net/PPE.


COVID-19 EVICTION DIVERSION PROGRAM

On August 11, 2020, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners will vote to approve the use of $20 million in CARES Act funding to assist residents who are in danger of facing eviction. The program’s objective is to provide a mutual solution for both landlords and residents.


More details will be shared during the Board meeting tomorrow morning. Residents can watch live at ocfl.net/OTVLive.


CARES ACT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Orange County’s Micro-Grant Program for Home-Based Businesses launched on ocfl.net/OrangeCARES. This morning, 553 micro-grant applications were successfully submitted.


To date, the Orange CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses Program has approved the distribution of more than $42 million to small businesses.


Small businesses that are interested in applying for either the Small Business Grant Program, or the Micro-Grant Program for Home-based Businesses are urged to review all eligibility criteria and required documents before applying. More info on ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.


CARES ACT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES

The Orange CARES Program for Individual and Families continues to send out status emails to applicants. Those who applied on July 13 should receive their status email later this week. To date, a total of 28,748 households have been approved for funding, representing approximately $18 million for residents in need during this pandemic.


Residents are asked to be patient as the program team and Comptroller are working as quickly as possible to review applications and get funds to residents.

August 6, 2020 9:15 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 8/06/2020


COVID-19 NUMBERS
Orange County has an increase of 345 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported since 8/5/20. This brings the County’s total confirmed positive cases to 5,491 in the past two weeks.

Since Monday, 38 Orange County residents have unfortunately died from the virus bringing the death toll to a total of 275 residents. Average positivity rate for the past 14 days is at 8 percent. More information at ocfl.net/COVID19Snapshot.

COVID-19 TESTING
Orange County Health Services continues its free testing tomorrow at Econ Soccer Complex.  Free testing will continue at Econ Soccer Complex next week from Tuesday, August 11 through Friday, August 14. The site will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can make an online appointment directly at ocfl.net/EconSoccer.

While registration is closed for tomorrow, if you need a test, the site still has availability. You can stop by the Econ Soccer Complex between 8 a.m. and noon, and register on site. It may take a few minutes, but you will get tested. Please visit ocfl.net/COVID19 for additional testing sites to visit.

ORANGE CARES
On Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8 a.m. the application process for Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program will reopen for applications for CARES Act monies for small businesses. Home-based businesses with three or less employees can now apply for micro-grants.

The grants will range from $1,000 to $3,000 dollars. Small businesses with less than 100 employees can still qualify for $10,000 grants.

The Orange CARES Program for Individual and Families continues to send out status emails to applicants. Those who applied on June 22 should receive their status email later this week. Email approvals for July 13 applications will begin to go out August 10. To date, more than $14 million has been provided to residents in need during this pandemic.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.

EVICTION MORATORIUM
On Tuesday August 11, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners will be asked to designate $20 million dollars in CARES Act monies for a COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program.The program is designed to assist individuals impacted by the coronavirus who are in imminent danger of being evicted. It is also designed to assist landlords.The tenant must be at least two months behind in rent. Tenants and property owners must both agree to participate. Online applications will be accepted starting August 25, 2020.

More details will be shared with the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday. The meeting will be available live on Orange TV at ocfl.net/OrangeTV. For answers to some frequently asked questions on housing issues, visit ocfl.net/HousingFAQs.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS
Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced today that tourist development tax (TDT) collections (resort tax) received by Orange County for the June 2020 were $2,629,400. That is an 89.2% decrease compared to last year’s collections.

On the bright side, while TDT collections remain at historically low levels, TDT collections increased compared to May 2020 collections. That increase is at least partially attributable to the re-openings of Universal, SeaWorld, and other attractions in June—although at limited capacities.