COVID-19 update: Orange County government key takeaways, September 13, 2021

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Here are the key takeaways from the Orange County news conference on COVID-19 on Monday, September 13, 2021.

COVID-19 by the numbers
As of Sunday, September 12, 2021, the Florida Department of Health is reporting that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 13.31 percent. Additional Orange County statistics include:

CDC level of community transmission: HIGH
Eligible residents (12+) who have one vaccine dose: 71 percent
Eligible residents (12+) who have completed their vaccination series: 57.23 percent
Total positive cases for Orange County residents: 218,984
Total deaths in Orange County: 1,780

COVID-19 vaccinations continue
Orange County Health Services Department continues to offer free drive-thru COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna – at Camping World Stadium. Vaccines are available for individuals 12 year old and up receiving their first or second dose only. Minors must have a legal guardian present during time of vaccination.

Camping World Stadium
1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
No appointments needed, only four persons per vehicle

For more information or additional COVID-19 vaccine locations, visit www.ocfl.net/vaccinesites.

COVID-19 testing — operations reminder
As a reminder, the testing site at Econ Soccer Complex will now operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Testing sites at the former Clarcona Elementary School and Barnett Park will remain operational from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Testing will take place seven days a week at all site unless otherwise noted.

Econ Soccer Complex
8035 Yates Road, Orlando
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., or until capacity is reached
No walk-ups, only four (4) persons per vehicle

Former site of Clarcona Elementary School
3607 Damon Rd, Apopka
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
No walk-ups, only four persons per vehicle

Barnett Park
4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando
Open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
No walk-ups, only four persons per vehicle
For additional COVID-19 testing locations, visit www.ocfl.net/testing.

Emergency rental assistance
The U.S. Supreme Court ended the CDC Eviction Moratorium on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

If the COVID-19 pandemic has caused your family to struggle with rent, or if you are facing eviction, you are not alone. If your household is behind on rent payments, Orange County’s Emergency Rental Assistance program may be able to help. Eligible residents can receive up to 12 months of past due rent, and up to one month of future rent, up to a total of $20,000. As of today, $8.5 million have been distributed to keep 1,508 families in their homes.

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

COVID-19 wastewater monitoring 
Orange County Government’s Utilities Department continues its participation in the National Wastewater Surveillance System. The program monitors wastewater from water reclamation facilities to analyze the concentration and spread of the coronavirus. Below is the latest information:

South Water Reclamation Facility
*Concentrations have increased from 149,113 in May to 804,578 on September 9
*440 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in May

East Water Reclamation Facility
*Concentrations have increased from 267,916 in May to 1,508,714 on September 9
*463 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in May

Northwest Water Reclamation Facility
*Concentrations have increased from 154,243 in June to 990,970 on September 9
*542 percent increase over the number of viral remnants in June

Current samples were included in beta testing for four additional mutations and two new variants of the Coronavirus. Based on that testing, the Lambda and Mu variants were not detected in any of our service areas.

Visit Orlando Magical Dining
Orlando’s annual Magical Dining Month continues until Sunday, October 17, 2021. Guests can support some of Orange County’s best restaurants by purchasing a three-course, prix-fixe dinner for $37 per person. Additionally, through Visit Orlando, $1 from each meal served will benefit Pathlight HOME and IDignity, both of which help to combat homelessness in Central Florida.

Many restaurants will have open-air seating options, as well as takeout and delivery service.

For more information or a list of participating restaurants, visit www.orlandomagicaldining.com.

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