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Orange County's 14-day COVID rolling positivity drops to 14%; emergency rental assistance still available

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July 2021 Tourist Development Tax collections were higher than July 2019 collections by $2.1 million

From the Orange County Newsroom

As of Wednesday, September 8, 2021, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 14.32 percent. Additional County statistics include:

CDC level of community transmission: HIGH

Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 70 percent

Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 215,997

Total deaths in Orange County are now 1,724, from the start of the pandemic to September 8. During the month of August, DOH reported 293 deaths, the highest monthly total since the beginning of the pandemic. Orange County Government and DOH urge residents to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others against the coronavirus.

VACCINATION OPPORTUNITY

Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are available at the free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site at Camping World Stadium — first and second doses only. Third-dose booster shots are not available at this time. Camping World Stadium also provides Monoclonal Antibody therapy treatments.

Camping World Stadium

1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805

Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached

No appointments needed, only four (4) persons per vehicle

It is important to know that Camping World Stadium does not ask for an individual’s social security number or proof of residency. For more information or additional COVID-19 vaccine locations, please visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.

COVID-19 TESTING CONTINUES

Testing sites at the former Clarcona Elementary School in Apopka, and Barnett Park will remain operational from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

APOPKA: Former site of Clarcona Elementary School

3607 Damon Rd, Apopka, FL 32703

Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached

No walk-ups, only four (4) persons per vehicle

ORLANDO: Barnett Park

4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached

No walk-ups, only four (4) persons per vehicle

Effective Friday, September 10, 2021, the testing site at Econ Soccer Complex will now operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

ORLANDO: Econ Soccer Complex

8035 Yates Road, Orlando, FL 32807

Open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., or until capacity is reached

No walk-ups, only four (4) persons per vehicle

Residents who are interested in receiving a COVID-19 test are recommended to arrive early to Orange County’s free drive-thru testing sites, as sites may close early due to reaching its daily capacity or severe weather. For additional COVID-19 testing locations, please visit ocfl.net/Testing.

EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE

Orange County Government continues to urge residents to apply for the County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program if they are behind in rent payments 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, more than $8 million have been distributed to keep more than 1,440 families in their homes.

Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details, required documents, frequently asked questions and to check if their address is eligible.

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX COLLECTIONS

Orange County Comptroller Phil Diamond announced that Tourist Development Tax (TDT) collections received by Orange County for July 2021 were $24,702,900, a 376 percent increase compared to July 2020. Month-over-month, July 2021 collections were higher than June 2021 collections by $3 million. July 2021 collections were also higher than July 2019 collections by $2.1 million.

For more TDT information, visit the Office of the Comptroller’s website to read its news release.

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