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Substantial amounts of Omicron variant found in all three Orange County Water Reclamation facilities


COVID-19 by the numbers

As of Tuesday, December 14, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 3.8 percent. Additional County statistics include:

  • CDC level of community transmission: SUBSTANTIAL
  • Eligible residents (5+) who have one vaccine dose: 68 percent
  • Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 237,309

COVID-19 Wastewater monitoring - Omicron

On Monday, December 13, 2021, Orange County Utilities released the news that the Omicron variant was found after preliminary tests were conducted for the National Wastewater Surveillance System program. More tests were conducted, and today those tests confirm that the Omicron variant is the dominant variant found in all three Orange County Water Reclamation facilities — Eastern, South and Northwest facilities.

This holiday season, Orange County Government recommends that residents follow CDC health and safety guidelines when traveling or attending events. The continuous practice of safety measure, as well as testing and vaccinations are some of the best way to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Barnett Park Vaccines and Testing

Orange County Government’s Health Services Department continues to provide COVID-19 services at Barnett Park, seven days a week, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Barnett Park is located at 4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808.

This month, staff will observe the following holidays in which services will be closed:

  • Friday, December 24, 2021
  • Saturday December 25, 2021
  • Thursday December 30, 2021
  • and Friday, December 31, 2021
For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations or testing at Barnett Park, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.

#IGOTMYSHOT – Upcoming vaccination opportunities

The #IGotMyShot Mobile Vaccination Trailer continues to visit convenient community locations across the County. For more information about the #IGotMyShot trailer or a list of upcoming locations visit ocfl.net/IGotMyShot.

Emergency Rental assistance - Apply Now

Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program remains open for individuals who are behind on rent or at risk of being evicted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, more than $15.3 million have been approved to keep 2,635 families in their homes.

Recently, the City of Orlando announced it has depleted its current federal funds dedicated to its Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Orange County is stepping in to bridge the gap and will temporarily offer assistance to Orlando residents, effective now until further notice.

Eligible residents include those living in unincorporated Orange County, Apopka, Bay Lake, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Oakland, Ocoee, Orlando, Windermere, Winter Garden, and Winter Park.

Residents can visit ocfl.net/RentalAssistance to review program details and to check if their address is eligible.

Orange County, Omicron, COVID-19, National Wastewater Surveillance System, Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, CDC, Florida Department of Health


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