COVID-19 UPDATES

We’re here to keep you informed on current information concerning the coronavirus COVID-19 and how it is affecting the Apopka area.

COVID-19 aid available for families, small businesses through county

Small businesses, as well as individuals and families who have been affected financially by COVID-19, along with cities in Orange County, are eligible to...

Apopka area high for recent COVID-19

As shown in this map produced by Orange County government, the two Apopka ZIP codes of 32703 and 32712 (upper left corner) had 18...

COVID-19 update: PPE kit distribution extended

Orange County will distribute additional personal protection equipment kits on Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20, at only two pick-up sites...

COVID-19 update: Orange County initiative will provide PPE to small businesses

The following is from Orange County government. PPE for Small Biz in Orange County, an Orange County Government COVID-19 initiative through the...

COVID-19 update: Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons allowed to reopen, countywide...

Barbershops, and hair and nail salons across Orange County will be allowed to reopen, and the county will lift its nightly curfew. Both are...

Testing for COVID-19

A Florida Department of Health-Orange County workers walks around a car Tuesday, April 28, at Apopka High School as a mobile testing site that...

Mayor has plan, appoints task force to re-open Apopka

Calling it the Gold Seal Program, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson has a plan that he says would allow businesses. Read more on 1A.

Plasma donations have helped COVID-19 patients

About 10 or more AdventHealth patients have received this treatment and so far the results appear to be promising...  Read more on 1A.

Families fed via Farm Share giveaway in Apopka

The Farm Share food distribution event took place on Saturday, April 18. State Representative Kamia Brown (D-Ocoee) coordinated the event for South Apopka families...

AdventHealth’s annual grant application deadline extended for local nonprofits

From AdventHealth on Monday, April 20 AdventHealth’s Collaborative Community Council has extended the deadline on community grant applications from nonprofits that are launching...

COVID-19: Florida Department of Education increases access to child care services

The Florida Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning, in coordination with local early learning coalitions, has prioritized and increased access to...

Hospital medical director says schools should not reopen doors any time...

The medical director of AdventHealth Apopka hospital said this week that it would be “extremely premature” to reopen schools soon. See more on 1A.

County will have COVID-19 mobile testing site next week

A mobile testing site will open Monday, April 20, in Orange County so more people can be tested. Read more on 1A.

Chamber hosts online Apopka COVID-19 update

Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson and Dr. Omayra Mansfield, chief medical officer of AdventHealth Apopka, participated in an online video meeting on Tuesday, April 7.

State representative to host farm share distribution in South Apopka

State Representative Kamia Brown (D-Ocoee) will host a farm share distribution for families in need due to the impact of COVID19 in...

Non-profit organizations also reeling from coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has shut down many entities including school campuses, brick-and-mortar businesses, and governmental offices. Of course, non-profits organizations have not been spared this fate. Turn to page 1A...

Prayers for those on the front lines

Hello Folks, I just wanted to start out and say to our folks on the front lines that we are prayin’ for all of you...

COVID-19 expected to peak here in early May, county mayor says

Florida’s number of COVID-19 cases is predicted to peak between the end of April and beginning of May. Get further details on page 1A...

Coronavirus updates come from governor, mayor

About the same time that Gov. Ron DeSantis issued his statewide stay-at-home order on Wednesday, April 1, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson gave an update...

COVID-19: Governor DeSantis issues month-long statewide stay-at-home order

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a nearly month-long statewide stay-at-home order that will start at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, April 3...

COVID-19 update: Apopka Farmers Market postponed to May 7

The Apopka Farmers Market, previously scheduled for Thursday, April 2, has been postponed to May 7.The following is from the city of...

COVID-19: Apopka Farmers Market to reopen April 2

The following is from the city of Apopka: Farmers Markets have been classified as an “Essential Service” during the current COVID-19 health situation. With this,...