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November 24, 2020 1:02 PM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 11/23/2020


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot. The snapshot is updated Monday through Friday.


INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILIES GRANTS REOPENS TOMORROW

The application portal for residents to apply for $1,000 grants will reopen tomorrow, Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., with a capacity of 15,000 users. Once in the portal, residents will have adequate time to complete their application.


The program now allows other adult members of the same household to apply for financial assistance.  That means, new applicants who reside at the same household address as a previously approved applicant can now also apply for the $1,000 grant program — whether you are a roommate or another adult family member living at the same address.


It is important to note that you:

  • Must meet eligibility criteria and provide all required documents for the program
  • Are not eligible if you already received the CARES Act for Individual and Families $1,000 grant

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCares.


PPE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Orange County Government is standing ready once again to give away free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to small businesses located in Orange County to help them adhere to CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The giveaway will take place December 1 through December 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following locations:


Downey Park 10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825


Cypress Grove Park 290 Holden Avenue, Orlando, FL 32839


West Orange Park 150 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787


Orange County small businesses are required to pre-register at ocfl.net/PPE before visiting a pick up location. Small businesses must have fewer than 40 employees.


RAPID TESTING

Orange County Health Services is seeing an influx of testing before the Thanksgiving holiday. Residents are asked to be patient as wait times may be more than 60 minutes at Barnett Park, as well as the state-run testing site located at the Orange County Convention Center.


Both testing sites will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and reopen Friday, November 26, 2020 at 9 a.m.


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


EVICTION DIVERSION

Orange County’s Eviction Diversion Program provides relief to tenants in imminent danger of eviction who have experienced a loss or reduction of income due to the pandemic. Since August, the program has helped 1,960 families stay in their homes, which equates to more than $5.8 million. The program will close to new applicants on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. It is important to note, residents and landlords with applications that have pending items will have until Thursday, December 24, 2020, to submit any outstanding documents.


Visit ocfl.net/EvictionDiversion for a full list of eligibility criteria and required documents.


SHORT-TERM TRAINING

Orange County Government is partnering with CareerSource Central Florida and Valencia College to offer a variety of short-term, vocational training courses at the Orange County Convention Center, beginning next week, Monday, November 30, 2020. Residents can apply for tuition assistance through CareerSource Central Florida’s “Help is Here” grant program.


To qualify, individuals must be at least 18 years old, a resident of Orange County and able to verify that they have lost their job or suffered reduced wages because of COVID-19.


For more information, visit CareerSourceCentralFlorida.com/HelpIsHere.


THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Residents are urged to continue to follow CDC guidelines and practice good hand hygiene during the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.


Visit the CDC’s website for recommendations on how to keep yourself, and your family, safe while celebrating Thanksgiving.

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November 20, 2020 9:56 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 11/19/2020


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS

For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot. The snapshot is updated Monday through Friday.


INDVIDUAL CARES PORTAL OPENS NOVEMBER 24

Individual and Families Grants   Orange County will reopen the application portal for residents to apply for $1,000 grants on Monday, November 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., with a capacity of 15,000 users. Adult members of the same household, including roommates and other family members, whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and are over the age of 18, are eligible to apply.  For more information, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCares.


To date, Orange County Government has invested a total of $60 million into the program, and has processed nearly $40 million in payments, which has helped nearly 40,000 households.


RAPID TESTING NOW 7 DAYS A WEEK

Free and accessible testing continues to be a priority for Orange County Health Services. Drive-thru COVID-19 rapid testing at Barnett Park has been extended to 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.


Testing will be available until the end of the year. However, the site will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (11/25).


 Both molecular (standard nasal swab/PCR) and rapid antigen tests are available.

  • All ages are welcome
  • No symptoms necessary
  • No appointments necessary

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


PPE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Orange County Government is standing ready once again to give away free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to small businesses located in Orange County to help them adhere to CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.


PPE kit distribution – including disposable face masks and hand sanitizers – will take place from December 1 through 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following locations:


Downey Park

10107 Flowers Avenue, Orlando, FL 32825


Cypress Grove Park

290 Holden Avenue, Orlando, FL 32839


West Orange Park

150 Windermere Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787


Orange County small businesses are required to pre-register at ocfl.net/PPE before visiting a pick up location. Small businesses must have fewer than 40 employees.


BUSINESS GRANTS

Small Business and Home-Based Business Grants – As of November 16, 2020 at 12 p.m., both the Small Business Grant Program and the Micro-Grant Program for Home-Based Businesses closed its application portal for new applications.


Business owners who still have started, but have yet to complete their applications, need to complete and submit their application prior to Friday, November 20, at 5 p.m. to be considered eligible to receive grant funding.  Applications that are not completed will not be considered for the grant.

November 17, 2020 11:41 AM

Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 11/16/2020


COVID-19 BY THE NUMBERS
For a snapshot of the latest COVID-19 statistics in Orange County, visit ocfl.net/Covid19Snapshot. The snapshot is updated Monday through Friday.


CARES ACT PROGRAMS

Small Business and Home-Based Business Grants


The Orange County CARES Act funding programs for small businesses and home-based businesses closed at noon today.


Teams continue to process applications, and both programs are nearing its maximum funding capacity.


To date, more than $67 million have gone back to small business owners in Orange County. ($64.4M for small business, 2.79M for micro grants for home-based businesses)


Individual and Families Grants
The application portal for the Orange County CARES Act Program for Individuals and Families reopened this morning at 8 a.m.


The portal reached its capacity of 15,000 users in approximately 30 minutes, which underscored the importance of this funding for many families.


As of 2 p.m. more than 10,000 applications were successfully submitted to the program.


The program team is currently reviewing the applicants, and the amount of available funding.


The next portal opening will be announced soon.


For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCARES.


COVID-19 TESTING – FREE, FAST, FOR ALL AGES NO APPOINTMENT REQUIRED
Orange County Health Services provided a total of 5,373 COVID tests last week. About 77% of the tests given last week were rapid and 22% were PCR/molecular. Residents are able to get either test or both.


Orange County Health Services continues to provide free drive-thru COVID-19 rapid testing at Barnett Park, They will be there from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. The average wait time for testing is less than 20 minutes.


Testing will be available until the end of the year. However, the site will close on Thanksgiving (11/25), Christmas Eve (12/24), and Christmas day (12/25). Additional information for rapid testing at Barnett Park includes:

•Both molecular (standard nasal swab/PCR) and rapid antigen tests are available

•All ages are welcome

•No symptoms necessary

•No appointments necessary


Visit ocfl.net/Testing and click on #1 on the map for more details.  You can also learn about the differences between the two tests.


STRIKE TEAMS
Orange County Strike Teams have visited to date, 4,910 businesses with a first-time compliance rate of 87%. The teams have been diligently working with business owners by providing safety guidelines for both employees and patrons. It is important to emphasize that the Orange County mask mandate and CDC guidelines are in effect. To learn about the mask mandate visit the county’s newsroom for an outline of the frequently asked questions along with social distancing guidelines.


For information about the Strike Teams, visit the Business Resource page.


CLERK’S OFFICE HOSTS FREE LEGAL FORUM:


EVICTIONS UPDATE DURING COVID-19
Orange County Clerk of Courts Tiffany Moore Russell is offering a special virtual edition to all residents of the Legal Matters Forum Series - Evictions Update During COVID-19.


This educational forum will give an update to the community about the evictions process during this difficult time where tenants and landlords are trying to make ends meet. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions through the Q & A feature towards the end of their presentation.


What: Legal Matters Forum series- Evictions Update During COVID-19   


When: Thursday, December 3rd, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Zoom platform


For more information, and to register for this legal forum, go to http://www.myorangeclerk.com/.