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Seminole County cases skyrocket- county only recommends wearing masks.

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SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (June 19, 2020)- Seminole County Office of Emergency Management has been under a Local State of Emergency (LSE) since March 2, 2020, and continues to monitor COVID-19. There are have been 1,117 confirmed cases in Seminole County, and 521 confirmed cases have been completed; there have been 14 COVID-19 deaths in the County. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.

INCREASE IN POSITIVE CASES
Over 40 cases populated in the last 24 hours as a result of a private laboratory entering a batch of cases at once; typically positive cases are input as the results are available versus in a large group. With 120 cases populating on June 18, 2020, Seminole County’s positive case count continues to increase, despite the batch entry from the laboratory. Of the 337 cases reported since Monday, June 15, 185 are between the ages of 18-30 while 124 are between the ages of 31-64.

EXPANDED TESTING AT DRIVE THRU SITES
Next week, Seminole County and its partners will offer seven (7) Pop-Up Community Test Sites throughout the week. Patients must bring identification, patients do not have to exhibit symptoms. Testing is free of charge regardless of insurance status; patients with insurance should bring insurance cards. Testing is available for ages 18+.

Free cloth masks will be provided for each individual tested at a Pop-Up Community Site, while supplies last.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020

To make an appointment or find additional testing options, please visit PrepareSeminole.org’s testing section.

MASK USE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED
Seminole County Government has not issued a mandatory mask requirement at this time. The County continues to follow the reopening guidance established by the State of Florida and the social distancing recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the wearing of masks while frequenting enclosed public spaces is strongly encouraged as positive cases continue to increase within the County and region.

The CDC continues to promote facial masks/coverings as a critical step in the prevention of COVID-19 spread.  Medical studies continue to show wearing face masks may be the central variable that determines the spread of the virus.  

Seminole County is increasing public education through a new campaign, Help Yourself, Help Your Neighbors, which includes billboards, a public service announcement/video, increased social media, business community outreach, and the distribution of free reusable masks at pop-up testing sites, to faith organizations, and not-for-profit groups. 

ONEBLOOD BIG RED BUS OFFERING FREE ANTIBODY TESTING
Seminole County has partnered with OneBlood to offer temporary Big Red Bus blood donation sites throughout the County on June 23 and 24; all donors will receive free, FDA-approved antibody testing with a blood donation. Find the Big Red Bus at the following locations:

Tuesday, June 23, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Wednesday, June 24, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

  • Museum of Seminole County History, 300 Eslinger Way, Sanford

All donors need to make an appointment to donate. Appointments can be made on OneBlood.org or by calling 1-888-9-Donate.

STAY INFORMED
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel are available Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. by phone to answer non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 at 407-665-0000. Spanish-speaking operators are on standby to assist. 

Visit PrepareSeminole.org for information related to COVID-19 in Seminole County. 

Text COVID19INFO to 888-777 to receive updates from Seminole County Office of Emergency Management. 

Visit Nextdoor.com, Facebook.com/SeminoleCounty, Twitter.com/seminolecounty, and Instagram (SeminoleCountyFL).

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