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July 27, 2021 10:37 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 7/26/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS
As of Saturday, July 24, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is over 14% percent. On June 28, 2021 the rate was 4.28%.

Orange County is seeing roughly 1,000 COVID-19 cases a day.

61.59% of county residents 12 years old and up have been vaccinated.

The total positive cases is 160,222 in Orange County and 1,383 deaths.

For vaccination information and locations, visit the county’s website, www.ocfl.net/vaccine.

The Mayor strongly recommends that Orange County citizens get vaccinated, wear facial coverings, socially distance, wash their hands frequently, and follow CDC guidelines.

ADVENTHEALTH
AdventHealth is seeing a significant and swift increase in COVID-19 cases in all of its hospitals throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Polk, Volusia and Flagler counties. It is now in “red status” which means new precautionary measures. Additionally, the daily positivity rate at AdventHealth Centra Care remains at near all-time highs.

As of this morning, AdventHealth has 862 COVID-19 inpatients across the Central Florida Division. This is near the peak of about 900 the health system saw in January.

For more information visit, www.AdventHealthOrlandoNews.com

BARNETT PARK EXTENTION THROUGH AUGUST 31
Orange County Government’s Health Services will continue to offer FREE drive-thru COVID- 19 testingand vaccines at Barnett Park through August 31, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – seven days per week. Both rapid and PCR/molecular tests are offered.

Individuals vaccinated will receive free masks and hand sanitizer.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing  and ocfl.net/vaccines.

UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES
For future schedules or for more information about the #IGotMyShot campaign, visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

  • Monday, July 26
    Dover Shores Neighborhood Center
    1400 Gaston Foster Road, Orlando, FL 32812
     2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 27
    Goodwill – Orange Blossom Trail
    7531 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809
     9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 27
    West Oaks Mall (Orange County Tax Collector’s Office)
    9401 W. Colonial Drive, Suite 360, Ocoee, FL 34761
     3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 28
    Lake Eola
    Corner of Rosalind Avenue & Washington Street
     9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 28
    OC Tax Collector’s Lee Vista Office
    6050 Wooden Pine Drive, Suite 100, Orlando, FL, 32829
     3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still assisting residents who are behind in rent due to the pandemic. The program may be able to help eligible residents pay 12 months of past due rent and 1 month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000. To date, nearly $4 million dollars has been paid out to keep families in their homes – and Orange County has more to provide.

The program is not available for those living within the direct city limits of the City of Orlando, which has its own program for its residents. Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details and to check if their address is eligible.

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July 20, 2021 7:47 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 7/19/21

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS
The Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 11.2% percent. Three weeks ago, it was 4.28 percent.

The total positive cases is 154,674 in Orange County.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings strongly recommends that all residents – vaccinated and unvaccinated – consider wearing a mask indoors while in a crowded environment. And encourage businesses to display signs to encourage patrons to wear a mask when indoors.

It is important that with COVID-19 variant cases on the rise, residents must do everything possible to protect themselves and their loved ones, which includes getting vaccinated, continuing to test and following CDC health and safety guidelines.

BARNETT PARK EXTENTION THROUGH AUGUST 31st
Orange County Government’s Health Services will continue to offer FREE drive-thru COVID- 19 testing and vaccines at Barnett Park through August 31, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – seven days per week. Both rapid and PCR/molecular tests are offered.

Individuals vaccinated will receive free masks and hand sanitizer.

For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing  and ocfl.net/vaccines.

UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES
The #IGotMyShot mobile vaccination trailer continues to visit neighborhoods and businesses throughout Orange County.

  • Monday, July 19
    West Oaks Mall (Orange County Tax Collector’s Office)
    9401 W. Colonial Drive, Suite 360, Ocoee, FL 34761
     3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 20
    Goodwill – Goldenrod
    4780 S. Goldenrod Road, Orlando, FL 32822
     9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 21
    Lake Eola
    Corner of Rosalind Avenue & Washington Street
     9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 21
    Wadeview Neighborhood Center
    2177 S. Summerlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806
     2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 22
    Goodwill – Winter Garden
    14190 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, FL 34787
     9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 22
    Bravo Supermarket
    2701 N Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32818
     2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 23
    Billie Dean Community Center
    225 M A Board Street, Apopka, FL 32703
     2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 24
    UCF & Valencia College Downtown Campus (Parramore Garage)
    323 N. Parramore Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801
     9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For future schedules or for more information about the #IGotMyShot campaign, visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still assisting residents who are behind in rent due to the pandemic. The program may be able to help eligible residents pay 12 months of past due rent and 1 month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000. To date, nearly $4 million dollars has been paid out to keep families in their homes – and Orange County has more to provide.

The program is not available for those living within the direct city limits of the City of Orlando, which has its own program for its residents. Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details and to check if their address is eligible.

Online Emergency Rental Assistance Training Session for Organizations: Wednesday, July 28, at 2 p.m.

Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program will be conducting an online training session for organizations that are interested in assisting residents with applying for the program. The training is scheduled for Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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VALENCIA COLLEGE ENROLLMENT
For students planning to attend Valencia College in the fall—there is some COVI-19 financial relief available through the American Rescue Plan.

Any student enrolled in at least one class will be eligible to apply for $1,500 or $2,000 dollars in emergency grant aid, which the college will distribute to students in October.

Students will have to confirm that they have a financial need related to the cost of attendance or emergency costs related to COVID-19 such as tuition, housing, health care or childcare.

There are smaller grants of $500 or $1,000 dollars available for students enrolled in Accelerated Skills Training or English Language programs.

For more information please call 407-582-1507 or visit http://net1.valenciacollege.edu/future-students/visit-valencia/

July 13, 2021 7:27 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference – 7/12/2021

COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS
The Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 7.78 percent. Two weeks ago, it was 4.28 percent.

Additional statistics related to Orange County:

  • Percent of population 12+ with at least one does of the COVID-19 vaccine: 59.69 percent
  • Total positive cases: 150,277
  • Total deaths: 1,370

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings strongly recommends that all residents – vaccinated and unvaccinated – consider wearing a mask indoors while in a crowded environment.

It is important that with COVID-19 variant cases on the rise, residents must do everything possible to protect themselves and their loved ones, which includes getting vaccinated, continuing to test and following CDC health and safety guidelines.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
As a reminder, the federal eviction moratorium has been extended until the end of this month. It is likely that this will be the last time the federal government extends this moratorium.

Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program is still assisting residents who are behind in rent due to the pandemic. The program may be able to help eligible residents pay 12 months of past due rent and 1 month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000. To date, nearly $4 million dollars has been paid out to keep families in their homes – and Orange County has more to provide.

Eligible residents include:

  • Unincorporated Orange County
  • Apopka
  • Bay Lake
  • Belle Isle
  • Eatonville
  • Edgewood
  • Lake Buena Vista
  • Maitland
  • Oakland
  • Ocoee
  • Windermere
  • Winter Garden
  • Winter Park

The program is not available for those living within the direct city limits of the City of Orlando, which has its own program for its residents. Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details and to check if their address is eligible.

TRAINING OPPORTUNITY – EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Program managers for the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program will host an upcoming virtual “Application Training Session” for nonprofit and community agencies on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, from 2-3:30 p.m.

The training will provide:

  • A step-by-step process of how clients can submit an application
  • Required documents,
  • Suggestions to help expedite application review

It is the County’s hope that the organizations that participate in this training will act as advocates for the program, educating their clients on this important, rent-payment opportunity. Interested organizations can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to register.

UPCOMING VACCINATION OPPORTUNITIES
The #IGotMyShot mobile vaccination trailer continues to visit neighborhoods and businesses throughout Orange County. This week, the trailer will be at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, July 13
    Goodwill Industries – Taft Outlet
    1729 W Taft Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32837
     9 a.m.-1 p.m., or while supplies last
  • Tuesday, July 13
    Rosemont Neighborhood Center
    4872 Rose Bay Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
     2:30-5 p.m., or while supplies last
  • Wednesday, July 14
    Lake Eola Park
    Corner of Rosalind Avenue & Washington Street
     9-11:30 a.m., or while supplies last
  • Wednesday, July 14
    Smith Neighborhood Center
    1723 Bruton Blvd., Orlando, FL 32805
     2:30-5 p.m., or while supplies last
  • Thursday, July 15
    Northwest Neighborhood Center
    3955 W D Judge Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
     2:30-5 p.m., or while supplies last
  • Friday, July 16
    Citrus Square Neighborhood Center
    5624 Hickey Drive, Orlando, FL 32822
     2:30-5 p.m., or while supplies last

For future schedules or for more information about the #IGotMyShot campaign, visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

HEAD START ENROLLMENT
The enrollment period for Orange County Head Start’s  upcoming school year is still open, but filling up quickly. Enrollment will be for face-to-face instruction for the 2021-22 school year. In an abundance of caution, Head Start Centers and classrooms are equipped with sanitizing machines, spraying/cleaning machines, disinfecting kits, and mask and face shields for both students and teachers.

The Head Start program is a free early education program for children ages 3-5 years old that offers daily well-balanced meals, individual instruction and services to enhance intellectual, emotional and social growth.

Residents can check if they qualify to receive free early education benefits for their students by visiting  ocfl.net/HeadStart. Additionally, residents who have questions or want to speak to a Head Start team member may call 407-836-6590.