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July 2, 2020 7:55 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 7/1/20


WORK TO FLATTEN THE CURVE
On June 29, Orange County broke the 10,000 mark for COVID-19 cases. Just in the last 14 days, there have been 7,223 positive cases.  On June 30, there was an increase of 540 cases. Orange County’s average positivity rate is 7.9%.

“Although we have had more than 1,000 positive cases per day, it is still too early to tell if the pandemic is deescalating in our County,” said Dr. Raul Pino, Health Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County. “We thank the community for wearing face masks and taking this pandemic seriously. Using face masks is the best tool we have in our toolbox right now.”


Please make sure to remember the Three Ws:

  • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer
  • Wear a mask or covering over your nose and mouth
  • Watch your distance— stay six feet apart, avoid close contact and large crowds

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TESTING
The State’s regional temporary drive-through testing site at the Orange County Convention Center tests more people than anywhere else in the state.

Orange County Health Services will offer free testing at Barnett Park beginning mid next week. Online appointments will open early next week at www.ocfl.net/covid19.


EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENDED
Governor DeSantis has extended the moratorium of evictions and foreclosures until August 1, 2020.


The Executive Order does state that an individual is still obligated to make mortgage or rent payments.


Orange County’s webpage has frequently asked questions regarding housing and tenant rights. Visit www.ocfl.net/housingFAQs.


ORANGE CARES
The next application opening for the Orange CARES for Residents Program will be the week of July 13, 2020. Visit www.ocfl.net/OrangeCARES for more information. Orange CARES for Small Business Program’s application is still open.


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 May 2020 TDT collection month were $1,144,300. That is a 95% decrease from May 2019. June collection numbers will be released in early August.

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June 30, 2020 7:49 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/29/20


COVID-19 NUMBERS

Orange County has broken the 10,000 mark where it comes to coronavirus cases.  The Florida Department of Health reported today that Orange County has 10,014 COVID-19 cases, which is an increase of 343 cases over yesterday.  While this is a decrease in cases over the last few days, we must remain vigilant fighting this pandemic.


Orange County has had 6,208 new COVID-19 cases in the past 14 days with a positivity rate of 15.3%. So far, 56 Orange County residents have died in the pandemic.


Orange County Government continues to have a mask/facial covering order in place and encourages all individuals to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and handwashing.


MAYOR DEMINGS’ GOALS FOR THE WEEK

  • Stop the spread of the virus.
  • Continue to work with Dr. Pino and the Department of Health to increase contact tracing.
  • Increase the number of people wearing masks/facial covering.
  • Continue providing CARES Act/ Crisis Assistance to Orange County individuals and families.

HOUSING EDUCATION SERIES

Community of Legal Services, Mid-Florida is hosting a Landlord and Tenant education series. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 2:00 P.M.  This virtual meeting series is available by following this link, https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/FairHousingCOVID19


The event is in partnership with Orange County Government, and the U.S. Fair Housing and Urban Development.


Information on the webinar has been shared on Orange County’s social media channels and is on our web page with more information at ocfl.net/HousingFAQs


SAFER. STRONGER. TOGETHER. CAMPAIGN

At the annual State of the County address, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings launched a new regional communications campaign to further encourage business and resident participation in COVID-19 safety guidelines, and inviting consumers to positively support businesses that adhere to strong, visible safe measures. For more information, visit https://www.doyourpartorl.com/


June 25, 2020 7:47 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 6/24/20


CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO CLIMB

As testing continues, Orange County has seen another increase in positive COVID-19 cases, with 561 confirmed positive cases reported yesterday. In total, the County has tested more than 114,000 individuals, with a positivity rate is 5.3 percent. On June 1, 2020, the positivity rate was 2.8 percent. Additional COVID-19 data related to Orange County include:

  • Median age in last two weeks for positivity: age 29
  • Deaths: 56
  • Hospitalizations today: 168 (Non-ICU:133/ICU:35)

According to Dr. Pino, Health Officer for the Department of Health in Orange County, 58 percent of all cases in Orange County have been diagnosed since June 11, 2020 -- approximately 3,764 cases. There is a correlation to the increase in cases with social activity since Memorial Day weekend.


TESTING
Testing continues to be in high demand. The regional state-run free testing site at the Orange County Convention Center had a record-day in testing yesterday, with 1,426 tests administered.

Next week, Orange County Health Services will provide free testing at Downey Park from Monday, June 29, 2020 through Thursday, July 3, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More details and additional testing sites will be available at ocfl.net/COVID19.


ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND FACE COVERINGS
The Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force met earlier today, June 24, 2020 to discuss the rising number of COVID-19 cases, as well as the continued education for businesses and residents to voluntarily comply with wearing face coverings. The Task Force will meet again on a future date, yet to be announced.

Orange County has made additional clarifications to the existing Executive Order-2020-23 “Requiring Face Coverings.” Edits include more exceptions and directions to this Order. The updated Order can be viewed by visiting the “Executive Orders” Tab on ocfl.net/COVID19.

It is imperative that residents wear a mask when unable to properly social distance to decrease the possibility of spreading the virus. Residents and business owners are urged to think of the safety of others. 


CARES ACT FUNDING FOR RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES
On June 23, 2020, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners approved changes to the Orange CARES Small Business Grant Program in order to allow more local businesses to qualify for funding. A small business is now eligible for the program under the following criteria:

  • Received $50,000 or less in Federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans, with proof of funding, and/or
  • 100 employees or less

 The County has approved more than 1,000 Small Business Grant applications, which translates into approximately $10 million for small business owners.

The Individual and Family Assistance Program continues to process applications for eligibility. There are more than 30,000 applications to be reviewed, with 11,200 submitted on Monday, June 22, 2020 alone. The program anticipates processing 5,000 applications every week. As of Friday, June 19, 2020, 3,500 applications have been processed and submitted to the Comptroller for direct payment to residents. Orange County will announce the next opening date for applications soon.

For more information about both programs, including eligibility criteria, required documents, and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.