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Orange Co. reports COVID positivity rate tripled past 3 weeks; Mayor Demings strongly recommends mask wearing indoors

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Emergency rental assistance is still available to residents who are behind in rent due to the pandemic. Eligible residents may receive help to pay 12 months of past due rent and 1 month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000.

From the Orange County Newsroom

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings held a COVID-19 news conference on Monday afternoon, July 19, 2021 to share the increasing concern with the rise in cases, as well as news on upcoming vaccination sites, emergency rental assistance and tuition financial relief for students attending Valencia Community College.

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.

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.

UPCOMING APOPKA LOCATION MOBILE VACCINATION OPPORTUNITY... WITH ADDITIONAL ORANGE CO. SITES

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

Friday, July 23: Billie Dean Community Center - 225 M A Board Street, Apopka, FL 32703; TIME: 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

ADDITIONAL ORANGE COUNTY LOCATIONS

Monday, July 19: West Oaks Mall (Orange County Tax Collector’s Office) - 9401 W. Colonial Drive, Suite 360, Ocoee, FL 34761; TIME: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, July 20: Goodwill – Goldenrod - 4780 S. Goldenrod Road, Orlando, FL 32822; TIME: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 21: Lake Eola - Corner of Rosalind Avenue & Washington Street; TIME: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, July 21: Wadeview Neighborhood Center - 2177 S. Summerlin Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806; TIME: 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday, July 22: Goodwill – Winter Garden - 14190 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, FL 34787; TIME: 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 22: Bravo Supermarket - 2701 N Hiawassee Road, Orlando, FL 32818; TIME: 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 24: UCF & Valencia College Downtown Campus (Parramore Garage) - 323 N. Parramore Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801; TIME: 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. REGISTER NOW

VALENCIA COLLEGE ENROLLMENT

For students planning to attend Valencia College in the fall—there is some COVID-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/

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.

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