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%.
Daily Epi Curve:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Orange County has an increase of 224 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported since yesterday, bringing the County’s total confirmed cases the past two weeks at 6,298. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have tested nearly 260,000 individuals and our overall positivity rate according to the state is 11.6 percent – in comparison to the statewide positivity rate of 13 percent.
Below is information from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County on cases and positivity rates for the past two weeks.
Testing at both the Orange County Convention Center and the Econ Soccer Complex will resume on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. More information on ocfl.net/COVID19.
Other organizations in the community also offer testing, including Walmart Mobile Testing, CVS, CareSpot Urgent Care, GuideWell Emergency Doctors, Passport Health, and AdventHealth Centra Care. Residents will have to check with each location to find out the specifics protocols they follow in order to get a test.
As a reminder, the application process for Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program is temporarily closed until August 10, for the program team to update its eligibility criteria for the new micro-grants program for home-based businesses. More information will be updated late this week at ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.
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.
The State of Florida Governor’s Executive Order 20-180 relating to Limited Extension of Mortgage Foreclosures and Eviction Relief issued on Thursday, July 30, 2020, will allow landlords to move forward with the eviction filing process for non-payment of rent for evictions that are not COVID-19 related.
However, the Executive Order does not allow the Writ of Possession (i.e., a law enforcement court order to remove a tenant from property). Writ of Possession can only occur after 12:01 a.m. on September 1, 2020. If you have received a 3-day or 30-day eviction notice, we encourage you to contact your landlord regarding the non-payment of rent.
For answers to some frequently asked questions, visit www.ocfl.net/HousingFAQs.
If you need immediate assistance, please contact:
Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/30/20
Orange County has an increase of 408 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases reported since 7/29/20, bringing the County’s total to 7,259 cases over the past two weeks. The County’s overall positivity rate is 11.5 percent, and a recovery rate at 74 percent. There have been a total of 212 resident deaths in Orange County, with 22 of those deaths from residents who were younger than 55 years old.
View Orange County’s dashboard snapshot that is updated daily at [ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot]ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot.
MORATORIUM ON EVICTION EXTENDED
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has extended the state’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium until September 1, 2020. In order to help residents navigate tenant rights, evictions and other housing assistance information for COVID-19, Orange County Government put together some answers to frequently asked question on these topics.
Visit [ocfl.net/housingFAQs]ocfl.net/housingFAQs for more information.
Orange County Government continues to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Isaias and stands ready for response if needed. Even as the storm continues to track east, residents should be aware that severe weather may be in the forecast for this weekend. Inland counties may experience 35-55 mph winds, and 1-2 inches of rain.
For more information about severe weather, continue to follow local news media and Orange County Government on Facebook, Twitter and its online newsroom.
FREE SANDBAG PROGRAM EXTENDED
The County has extended its self-serve sandbag giveaways until Saturday, August 1, 2020, pending the severe weather. All sandbag supplies will be provided. However, residents must bring their own shovels and wear a mask while on site. Participants will also receive free masks and hand sanitizer at each location. To date, Orange County Government has provided nearly 40,000 sandbags to residents. Anyone with an Orange County address – including those living in the municipalities (cities) – can obtain free sandbags.
For locations, hours of operation, and more hurricane preparedness information, visit ocfl.net/Storm.
Due to the potential of severe weather caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, COVID-19 testing at the Econ Soccer Complex, as well as the state-run testing facility at the Orange County Convention Center will be closed on Friday, July 31, 2020. Stay tuned to social channels regarding re-opening dates.
For future details on testing availability, visit ocfl.net/COVID19.
EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR CARES ACT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
More Orange County small businesses can still qualify for funding to help them overcome the temporary loss of revenue due to COVID-19. Orange County’s Small Business Grant Program recently expanded eligibility of its program to allow more businesses to qualify. Companies that have received $75,000 or less in Federal Pay Check Protection (PPP) loans will now be eligible.
Additionally, the program has “micro-grants” to serve more home-based businesses in the community. Select home-based businesses will be eligible for up to a $3,000 micro-grant, of no more than 10 percent of their 2019 revenue. More information to come on ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.
To implement these changes in the application, the portal will temporarily close on Friday, July 31, 2020, at 5 p.m. Any application that is not complete by that time will be disabled, and businesses will have to reapply when the portal reopens again on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 8 a.m.
For more information, please call the Ocoee Parks and Recreation Department at 407-877-5803 or visit www.ocoee.org.
On Monday, May 11, Orange County will begin distributing free personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks and hand sanitizer, to small businesses with 40 or less employees. Businesses must register by completing an Interest Form at www.ocfl.net/PPE to schedule a pick-up appointment. Kits of face coverings and 2-oz. hand sanitizer bottles will be distributed to up to 20,000 small businesses at drive-through pick-up sites located throughout the County, until supplies run out. The drive-through site for Ocoee businesses is located at 955 E Story Rd #3733, Winter Garden, FL 34787. For more information about the PPE for Small Biz in Orange County initiative, please email EconomicRecovery@ocfl.net, or visit www.ocfl.net/EconomicRecovery.
Resolution No. 2020-001, Declaration of a Local Emergency, which was approved at the March 25, 2020 Special Session, Agenda Item II.The cancellation of the April 7, 2020 Regular City Commission Meeting was approved by the City Commission at the Special Session, Agenda Item III.
OCOEE, Fla. Due to COVID-19 the City of Ocoee has declared a local State of Emergency. Ocoee City Hall and all city administrative facilities are temporarily closed to the public. Residents should call 407-905-3100 or visit Ocoee.org to request city services and interact with city government. Read the City of Ocoee Proclamation---Local-State-of-Emergency-COVID-19(PDF)
The City of Ocoee’s Utility Billing and Customer Service team looks forward to welcoming residents into the City Hall lobby when the COVID-19 virus has passed. In the meantime, please use one of several payment methods by visiting https://www.ocoee.org/353/Methods-of-Payment. The cut-off date for the month of March has been postponed to give citizens ample time to pay their water bill. To establish new service, please emailUCD2@ocoee.org. For more information, please call 407-905-3191.
The city’s Jim Beech Recreation Center and the boat ramp at Bill Breeze Park will be closed to the public. Select parks and all playgrounds and pavilions will be closed to the public. When visiting the city’s open greenspaces, citizens should follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines of social distancing with six feet of space between others. For more information, call 407-877-5803.
The City of Ocoee Building Division continues to serve citizens with normal response times. Please utilize the city’s online process for permit submissions at permits.ocoee.org. For all local business tax applications and inquiries, please email email@example.com. All forms and documents can be found at https://www.ocoee.org/177/Building-Applications-Forms. For more information, call 407-905-3104.
The Office of the City Clerk continues to serve citizens with normal response times. Citizen inquires including cemetery and public records requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 407-905- 3105.
Code Enforcement continues to serve citizens with normal response times. To file a code enforcement concern, please fill out a form online at https://www.ocoee.org/737/Citizen-Support-Center. For more information call 407-905-3106.
The City of Ocoee Fire Department continues to serve citizens and visitors with normal responses to 911 emergencies to all fire, medical, and specialized calls for service. As a precaution during an emergency, please know that personnel may be wearing added personal protective equipment, such as masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection. This will assist in reducing the possible spread of virus from patients or family members who could have signs and symptoms of/or who may have been exposed to someone with the COVID-19 virus.
All city fire stations are now closed to visitors, except for emergencies. Should you have an emergency or feel ill, you are strongly urged to please call 911 and not drive to a fire station.
Certain public services such as blood pressure checks, sharps container drop-off and smoke detector installations are temporarily suspended.
All public relations/educational events that the fire department had scheduled or would normally participate in have been cancelled until further notice.
Fire inspections, permitting and plans review will continue online until further notice. For more information, call the non-emergency number 407-905-3140. If you have an emergency, please call 911.
The City of Ocoee Police Department is committed to flattening the curve. Until further notice, the police headquarters lobby will be closed to walk-in customers. As first responders, officers remain dedicated to providing services as we all deal with the evolving Coronavirus pandemic. Citizens can reach the police department by calling 407-905-3160. For copies of police reports and other records, please call 407-905-3162 or email email@example.com
Trash and recycling collection will continue normal operations.
Water, sewer and reclaimed water services will continue normal operations.
Orange County Public Schools continues its commitment toprovide children with nutritious meals during this unplanned school closure.Beginning Monday, March 23, the district will distribute meals for FREE at 50schools across the district during the extended closure. Any child aged 18 andunder will receive FREE breakfast, lunch and a breakfast for the next day.
The meals will be available for pick-up between 10 a.m. and2 p.m. at each of the 50 locations Monday through Friday. Students must bepresent to receive the meals; no identification is needed.
District staff will distribute the meals directly to thosein their vehicle in a drive-thru style pick-up. Also, students walking orriding their bike can pick up the meals as well.
The following school sites have been identified:
Aloma Elementary School - 2949 Scarlet Road, Winter Park, FL32792
Apopka Middle School - 425 N. Park Ave., Apopka, FL 32712
Azalea Park Elementary School - 1 Carol Avenue, Orlando, FL 32807
Bonneville Elementary School - 14700 Sussex Dr., Orlando, FL32826-3899
Carver Middle School - 4500 W. Columbia St., Orlando, FL 32811
Castle Creek Elementary Schools - 1245 N. Avalon Park Blvd.,Orlando, FL 32828
Catalina Elementary School - 2448 W.29th Street, Orlando, FL32805
Colonial High School - 6100 Oleander Dr., Orlando, FL 32807
Conway Middle School - 4600 Anderson Rd., Orlando, FL 32812
Dover Shores Elementary School - 1200 Gaston Foster Rd., Orlando,FL 32812
Dr. Phillips High School - 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL32819
East River High School - 650 East River Falcons Way, Orlando, FL32833
Eccleston Elementary School - 1500 Aaron Ave., Orlando, FL 32811
Edgewater High School - 3100 Edgewater Dr., Orlando, FL 32804
Evans High School - 4949 Silver Star Rd., Orlando, FL 32808
Forsyth Woods Elementary School - 6651 Curtis Street, Orlando, FL32807
Frangus Elementary School - 380 Killington Way, Orlando, FL 32835
Gotha Middle School - 9155 Gotha Road, Windermere, FL 34786
Hungerford Elementary School - 230 College Ave., Maitland, FL32751
Ivey Lane Elementary School - 209 N. Silverton St., Orlando, FL32811
Jones High School - 801 S. Rio Grande Ave., Orlando, FL 32805
Lake Gem Elementary School - 4801 Bloodhound St., Orlando, FL32818
Lake Weston Elementary School - 5500 Milan Dr., Orlando, FL 32810
Lancaster Elementary School - 6700 Sheryl Ann Dr., Orlando, FL32809
Maxey Elementary School - 602 E. Story Rd., Winter Garden, FL34787
McCoy Elementary School - 5225 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL32809
Meadow Woods Elementary School - 500 Rhode Island Wood Cir.,Orlando FL 32824
Meadow Woods Middle School - 1800 Rhode Island Woods Cir.,Orlando, FL 32824
Memorial Middle School - 2220 W. 29th St., Orlando, FL 32805
Mollie Ray Elementary School - 2000 Beecher St., Orlando, Florida32808
Oak Ridge High School - 700 West Oak Ridge Rd., Orlando, FL 32809
OCPS ACE K-8 School - 701 W Livingston St., Orlando, FL 32801
Orlo Vista Elementary School - 3 N. Hastings St., Orlando FL32835
Pinar Elementary School - 3701 Anthony Lane, Orlando, FL 32822
Pine Hills Elementary School - 1006 Ferndell Rd., Orlando, FL32808
Pineloch Elementary School - 3101 Woods Ave., Orlando, FL 32805
Rock Lake Elementary School - 408 N. Tampa Ave., Orlando, FL32805
Rolling Hills Elementary School - 3607 Damon Rd., Apopka FL 32703
Rosemont Elementary School - 4650 Point Lookout Rd., Orlando, FL32808
Sally Ride Elementary School - 9601 11th Ave., Orlando, FL 32824
Shingle Creek Elementary School - 5620 Harcourt Ave., Orlando, FL32839
Tangelo Park Elementary School - 5115 Anzio St., Orlando, FL32819
Union Park Middle School - 1844 Westfall Dr., Orlando, FL 32817
University High School – 2450 Cougar Way, Orlando, FL 32817
Washington Shores Elementary School - 944 W. Lake Mann Dr.,Orlando, FL 32806
Wedgefield K-8 School - 3835 Bancroft Blvd., Orlando, FL 32833
Wekiva High School - 2501 N. Hiawassee Rd., Apopka, FL 32703
Wheatley Elementary School - 1475 Marvin C Zanders Ave., Apopka,FL 32703
Wolf Lake Elementary School - 1771 W. Ponkan Rd., Apopka, FL32712
Zellwood Elementary School - 3551 N. Washington St., Zellwood FL32798
Adjustments may be made based on daily participation.
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With an abundance of caution toward preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, the City of Ocoee requests your cooperation in limiting the number of payments made at the utility billing counter. We understand this may cause a delay in receiving your payment. Therefore, we are postponing the cut-off date for the month of March, so that you have ample time to use one of our many other payment methods.For your convenience, there are several ways you can pay your utility bill. Please click on the Methods of Payment listed below.
Please call the Utilities Counter for customer billing services at 407-905-3191.
Reference the Rates, Fees & Regulations Flyer (PDF) for more information.