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Key Takeaways: Orange County News Conference 10/16/2020



Orange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park next week. Residents who would like to book an appointment may visit, although walk-up and bike-up testing is available.

Barnett Park

4801 W Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

Wednesday October 21 and Thursday October 22, 2020

8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All testing facilities operated by Orange County Government provide tests to individuals who are 12+ years old. Residents who are tested will receive free facemasks and hand sanitizer. For more testing locations throughout the County, visit


Individual and Families – Approximately $1.5 million have been distributed to residents since the program reopened earlier this week. The Orange County CARES Act funding for Individuals and Families Program will reopen its application portal on Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 8 a.m., with a capacity for 15,000 users.

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit

Small Business and Home-Based Business – Both Orange County CARES Act funding programs for small businesses and home-based businesses will reopen on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 9 a.m. Approximately $7 million for small businesses, and $700,000 for home-based businesses is left to be disbursed. Businesses that have received funds from the federal Payroll Protection Program of up to $100,000 (up from the previous limit of $75,000) are now eligible to apply for funding.

Since the program opened in June 2020, more than $60 million has been allocated to business owners in Orange County, with 67 percent going to minority or women-owned businesses.

For a list of required documents, eligibility criteria and frequently asked questions, visit


The goal of Orange County’s Business Compliance Strike Teams is to help businesses keep both patrons and employees safe. Strike Teams will be out again this weekend, to assist Orange County businesses, as well as following up with businesses that are not in compliance. Data for Strike Team visits is below:

· 3,542 sites have been visited

· 87 percent of business are in compliance during the first visit

· 440 follow up inspections

· 83 percent compliance rate after follow up inspections


The count for the 2020 Census ended on Thursday, October 15, 2020, according to a recent Supreme Court hearing.

Orange County has a 64.5 percent self-reporting rate. That is ahead of the 2010 number which was 62 percent. With the included reporting from local Census enumerators, Orange County Mayor Demings hopes that at least 70 percent of all residents are counted.


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