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Latest Update:

March 2, 2021 12:17 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 3/1/21

For the latest updates on COVID-19, visit the County’s newsroom and stay up-to-date at ocfl.net/vaccine.


Visit http://www.ocfl.net/COVID19SnapShot for the latest stats in Orange County.  Our 14-day rolling positivity rate keeps going down - it is now 5.49%. Just four days ago, it was 6.1%.


As of this afternoon, vaccination appointments are still available at the Orange County Convention Center. Visit ocfl.net/vaccination for appointment information.


VACCINE DISTRIBUTION: EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY

Earlier this afternoon, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-47, which expands eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccinations. The Order takes effect on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.


All providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine are able to vaccinate the following population:

  • Persons 65+
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Health care professions with direct patient contact
  • K-12 school employees who are 50+
  • Sworn law enforcement officers and firefighters who are 50+

In addition, select pharmacies, hospital providers, and licensed physicians may vaccinate persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Individuals must have documentation by a physician that the patient meets the criteria.


The full Executive Order can be viewed at http://www.flgov.com/. For vaccination options, visit http://www.ocfl.net/vaccination.


FEMA VACCINATION SITES

On Wednesday, March 3, 2021, FEMA will open its vaccination hub site at Valencia College West. The site will open 7 days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., administering approx. 2,000 vaccine each day. FEMA has also approved two satellite locations in Orange County that will administer up to 500 vaccines each day.


Valencia College – West College (Hub location)

1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811

Offering appointments beginning March 3, 2021, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Open 7 days per week

Engelwood Neighborhood Center (temporary satellite location)

6123 La Costa Drive, Orlando, FL 32807 Offering appointments beginning March 3-7, 2021, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walk-ins welcome


Kelly Park (temporary satellite location)

400 E Kelly Park Road, Apopka, FL 32712

Offering appointments beginning March 7-10, 2021, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Walk-ins welcome


Individuals can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting MyVaccine.FL.gov, or by calling the State’s Orange County Vaccination Helpline Line at 833-959-0222.


Emergency Rental Assistance PROGRAM

Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program launched this morning, March 1, 2021, at 10 a.m. As of this afternoon:

  • More than 8,000 individuals accessed the program’s information online
  • 939 tenants and landlords  logged into the application portal
  • 369 applications were completed.

The program is investing $33 million dollars of federal funds to support residents who are at risk of eviction due to financial hardships related to COVID-19. Residents who are interested in the program are urged to review all criteria and program details, as some residents may not be eligible due to income or physical addresses located within the City of Orlando limits.


It is Orange County’s hope that this program will assist our most vulnerable residents and their landlords to keep families in their homes.


For program information or to apply, visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance.


TESTING

Free testing continues 7 days per week at Barnett Park and at the Orange County Convention Center. The Barnett site is run by Orange County Health Services Department and the Convention Center is one of the state’s regional testing sites. Visit ocfl.net/testing for details.


Prior Updates

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February 26, 2021 11:59 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 2/25/21


For the latest updates on COVID-19, visit the County’s newsroom and stay up-to-date at ocfl.net/vaccine


EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Information about Orange County’s COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance program is now available online. The program will be available to residents starting Monday, March 1, 2021. The online application portal will open at 10 a.m.


The income-based program will assist Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are at risk of eviction due to COVID-19. The program will distribute more than $33 million of federal funds to assist eligible Orange County residents.

  • Residents must be at least one month past due on rent
  • BOTH the landlord and tenant must agree to participate and meet the eligibility requirements
  • Applicants MUST have proof of COVID-19 impact and other documentation
  • Funds are limited
  • Application process is “First Come, First Ready.” So make sure to have ALL your documents in order.

It is important to note that this program is available to residents located in Orange County, except for residents who live in the City of Orlando. Residents within this area may qualify for the City of Orlando’s program when it opens. Residents can check if their address is eligible for the Orange County program by vising ocfl.net/RentalAssistance.


Residents who are interested in applying for the Emergency Rental Assistance program are encouraged to gather all required documents needed to apply and speak to their landlord, in preparation for the portal opening. For more information, visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance or dial 3-1-1.


CONVENTION CENTER: COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS REOPEN ON MONDAY

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County will reopen online appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations at the Orange County Convention Center to qualifying 65+ residents on Monday, March 1, 2021, at 9 a.m.


Know before you go:

  • Convention Center vaccination site is only available for full time or part-time Florida residents
  • Residents must be 65+
  • Bring your square QR code and your Florida ID, driver’s license or utility bill to demonstrate that you live in the State of Florida
  • Cancel any unneeded appointments so other residents have the opportunity to receive the vaccine
  • Do not show up at the vaccination site without an appointment.

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


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


ADVENTHEALTH: LIMITED COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS OPEN

AdventHealth and Orange County Government are announcing another COVID-19 vaccine opportunity for Central Florida seniors.


The Florida Department of Health in Orange County has supplied more than 3,500 doses. The vaccines will be distributed by appointment only on Friday, March 5, 2021, at AdventHealth’s community vaccination site near Orlando International Airport.


The vaccines at this site will only be available to those 65 years and older who are eligible under state and federal guidelines. Residents can sign up for the vaccine by going to ocfl.net/Vaccine.


LYNX, UBER, LYFT

The Orange County Convention Center vaccination site is a hub of activity with many moving vehicles and staff. If you are using ride-share transportation services, please remind the drivers that you will need to remain in the vehicle through the entire vaccination process including the entire 15-minute wait time once you receive the vaccination.


Seniors who already have a  confirmed appointment and do not have a means of transportation to the Orange County Convention Center vaccination site may dial 3-1-1 or 407-836-3111 to coordinate with LYNX for a possible free transportation option.

February 23, 2021 8:26 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 2/22/21


For the latest updates on COVID-19, visit the County’s newsroom and stay up-to-date at ocfl.net/vaccine


BARNETT PARK EXTENDS TESTING THROUGHOUT MARCH

Orange County Government’s Health Services will continue to offer FREE drive-thru COVID- 19 testing at Barnett Park through the end of March, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Both rapid and PCR tests are offered.


Due to high demand for testing, entrance to the site may close prior to 5 p.m. in order to accommodate


all cars in line. Please plan to be in the vehicle waiting line prior to noon. Families who are being tested


are asked to be in the same vehicle together.


For more information, visit ocfl.net/Testing and click on #1 on the map.


EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Orange County Emergency Rental Assistance program will open on Monday, March 1, 2021.


The program is income-based and is aimed at helping Orange County’s most vulnerable tenants who are in imminent danger of eviction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information about this program will be available soon, including a comprehensive list of eligibility requirements.


For more information, visit ocfl.net/EmergencyRentalAssistance.


TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS CONTINUES

Seniors who are unable to find transportation to the Orange County Convention Center vaccination site may be able to qualify for a free ride, thanks to LYNX.


Eligible residents must:

  • Be 65+ and older
  • Have already obtained an appointment for a vaccine at the Orange County Convention Center
  • Not have a way to transport themselves to the Convention Center

If you meet these criteria, call the County’s helpline at 311 (or 407-836-3111 if out of county) for details and coordination. For more information, visit Orange County’s newsroom.


Scheduling transportation for appointments needs to be made 48 hours in advance of your scheduled appointment.


This is for the Convention Center vaccination site only.  LYNX can transport qualified seniors from Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties to the Convention Center site.


CANCEL UNWANTED COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County urges residents who no longer need their vaccination appointments to cancel them. To cancel, log into your CDR HealthPRO account at patientportalfl.com and then go to “My Vaccinations” and cancel from that screen. For assistance, call 844-770-8548.


For future appointment openings, visit ocfl.net/Vaccine to register your email or sign up for text alerts. Also, review our frequently asked questions.