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Latest Update:

January 25, 2021 5:49 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/25/21


For the latest updates, visit the County’s newsroom.


Watch the conference on the YouTube Video Stream or on Vimeo.


For the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19SnapShot.


For your planning purposes, the next news conference is scheduled for Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.


COVID-19 TESTING EXTENDED

Testing has been extended through the end of February at the Orange County Health Services free testing site at Barnett Park. The site will remain open seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Feb. 28, 2021.


Visit ocfl.net/testing for details and click on #1 on the testing map.


VACCINE APPOINTMENTS
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s online vaccine portal for appointments has currently closed at the Orange County Convention Center to qualifying residents 65+. However, residents are encouraged to pre-register in advance on the website portal to prepare to book an appointment. The appointment portal will open again soon.


Proof of residency is required for residents. Please bring your Florida ID, driver’s license or utility bill to demonstrate that you live in the State of Florida. For more information, review the Florida Department of Health’s Public Health Advisory.


Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine for more information and to review our frequently asked questions.


For registration questions or help, contact 844-770-8548 or e-mail COVID19Support@cdrmaguire.com.


WAYS TO STAY UPDATED WHEN VACCINATION APPOINTMENTS OPEN UP

· Visit ocfl.net/vaccine


· Sign up for e-mail updates


· Download the “OCFL Alert” App


· Text OCFLCOVID to 888777 for vaccine updates


TIPS FOR PREPARING FOR VACCINATION APPOINTMENT
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Residents are encouraged to do the following prior to their vaccination appointment:


· Eat something and bring snacks, if needed


· Take any daily medications


· Arrive with a full tank of gas and no more than 30 minutes prior to your appointment time.


· For residents receiving the second dose of the vaccine, please bring the CDC vaccine card with you to the appointment. Make sure to also bring your confirmation QR Code.


HELP FOR SENIORSOrange County employees are available at four Orange County Community Action Centers to assist residents who need help registering for the vaccine.  Spanish speaking representatives are available at the East Orange Center.


· East Orange – 12050 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32826 | 407-254-9610


· Holden Heights – 1201 20th St. Orlando, FL 32805 | 407-836-6777


· Pine Hills – 6408 Jennings Road, Orlando, FL 32818 |407-254-9100


· Taft – 9450 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32824 | 407-254-1950


Residents who have questions or need additional help may call Orange County’s 311 office.


INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR AIR PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN THE U.S.The CDC recently issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country to get tested for COVID-19 no more than three days before their flight departs, and to present negative results or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. For more information, visit the CDC’s webpage.

Prior Updates

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January 25, 2021 7:52 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/22/21


For the latest updates visit the county’s newsroomThe next news conference will be Monday, January 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.


VACCINE NUMBERS AND APPOINTMENT OPENINGS
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County will reopen online appointments with limited availability for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Orange County Convention Center to qualifying residents 65+ on Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5 p.m., Appointments will increase from serving 2,000 residents per day to 2,500 residents per day.


Effective immediately, vaccines administered at this site will only be available for Florida residents. Please bring your Florida ID, driver’s license or utility bill to demonstrate that you live in the State of Florida. For more information on this matter, review the Florida Department of Health’s Public Health Advisory.


If you are NOT a Florida resident and have already gotten your first dose at the Convention Center, the Department of Health will honor your appointment for a second dose. However, if you have not received your first dose yet and are NOT a Florida resident, you need to cancel your appointment if you have one scheduled.


Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine for registration information and to review our frequently asked questions.


For registration questions or help, contact 844-770-8548 or e-mail COVID19Support@cdrmaguire.com.


Cancel Unwanted Appointments
Residents are urged to cancel any unwanted COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Cancelling unwanted appointments allows for others in the community to schedule an appointment, while also ensuring no vaccine doses are left unused.


COVID-19 TESTING
Orange County Health Services free testing site at Barnett Park will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days per week through January 30, 2021. The County is evaluating opportunities to extend Barnett site’s availability into the month of February, but no plans have been finalized as of this time.


An announcement regarding our continuation of testing will happen within the next week. Visit ocfl.net/testing for details.


For the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net./COVID19SnapShot.


EVICTION DIVERSION UPDATE
Orange County’s COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Program has helped over 3,100 individuals and families avoid eviction with providing nearly $10 million in assistance.


Orange County intends to keep the program running until there is another program available to residents for rental assistance.


Orange County was allocated $33.4 million from the US Treasury for emergency rental assistance. This is from a $25 billion federal bill for COVID-19 relief. Program details to will be shared in the next few weeks as staff finalizes program requirements with the state.


Note: The Eviction Moratorium has been extended to March 31, 2021.


CARES UPDATE
The CARES for Residents program closed and the portal will NOT re-open again.


The County approved more than $65 million to those local residents with financial burdens by COVID-19 with $1,000 grants. Approved applications are in process and all checks will be processed within the next two weeks.


THE MAYOR’S ANNUAL JOB FAIR
The 20th Annual Mayor’s Job Fair, hosted by the Central Florida Employment Council (CFEC), takes place on Wed., Jan. 27, 2021 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds Expo Park from noon to 4 p.m. The event is free for all job seekers to attend.


For more information, contact 407-834-4022 or visit, cfec.org. Employers can contact CFEC at 407-834-4223.

January 15, 2021 1:49 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 1/14/21


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/COVID19SnapShot.


COVID-19 TESTING

Orange County Health Services free testing site at Barnett Park will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dr. Martin Luther King Day holiday on Mon., Jan. 18. The state regional testing site at the Convention Center will also be open on the MLK holiday. However, the vaccination site at the Orange County Convention Center will be closed that day. Visit ocfl.net/testing for details.


VACCINE NUMBERS

Approximately 3.1 percent of Orange County’s population has been vaccinated, totaling 54,461 Orange County residents.


The Dept. of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) website for scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine has reached capacity and is temporarily paused.


Visit ocfl.net/Vaccine to learn more and how to stay informed as well as other vaccine site availabilities.


VACCINES FOR VETERANS

The Orlando VA is holding COVID-19 vaccination appointments on Sat., Jan. 16  and Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona located at 13800 Veterans Way for qualified Veterans based on certain guidelines. Veterans must be enrolled to receive care from the VA, be 75 or older and there is no cost to get the vaccine.


Veterans may visit the Orlando VA webpage for information and updates.


CANCEL UNWANTED VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County urges residents to cancel any unwanted COVID-19 vaccination appointments at its Orange County Convention Center vaccine site. Cancelling unwanted appointments allows availability for others in the community to schedule their shots, while also ensuring no vaccine doses are left unused.


If you need to cancel your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the Convention Center, login to your CDR HealthPRO account at patientportafl.com, then click on “My Vaccination” and cancel from that screen.


For questions, contact 844-770-8548 or e-mail COVID19Support@cdrmaguire.com. Visit ocfl.net/vaccine for additional information and a list of frequently asked questions.


TRANSPORTATION TO VACCINE SITES

Currently, LYNX will transport registered ACCESS LYNX clients from their residence to a vaccination site and back.  If appropriate, the service will wait in line with the passenger, allowing the health care worker to enter the vehicle to administer the vaccine. ACCESS LYNX clients just need to schedule a reservation for a trip using their normal process. For more information on ACCESS LYNX, visit https://link.edgepilot.com/s/4c8cc208/bDOH5Nvz1k_SYyS7-UafHg?u=http://www.golynx.com/.


SECOND DOSE APPOINTMENT QUESTIONS

According to the Department of Health in Orange County, individuals who receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will get a confirmed scheduled appointment for a second dose. This second appointment will either be scheduled when you make your first appointment online or after receiving your first vaccination at the site.


Also, if your first shot was the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, your second shot will also be Moderna. In other words, your second dose will be the same vaccine type/brand (e.g., Moderna or Pfizer) as your first dose. The Florida Department of Health has detailed records of which vaccine will go to each individual.


AVOID VACCINATION SCAMS

The Attorney General of Florida recommends the following tips to help residents avoid COVID-19 vaccine-related scams:

  • Know that anyone asking for money in exchange for an appointment is a scam
  • Check with county health departments for local vaccine distribution guidelines
  • Be wary of any website where pop-up ads solicit a vaccine appointment
  • Look for “https” or a padlock icon in the website name to ensure that you are on a secure website
  • Report suspicious solicitations or COVID-19 vaccine-related advertisements to the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.

For more tips on avoiding COVID-19 vaccine scams, visit the Attorney General’s webpage.