Dear Team,
 
Due to the concerning increase in COVID-19 cases, it is more important than ever to stay vigilant in protecting yourself and your families. By wearing a face covering, washing your hands often, avoiding close contact with others (when possible), and closely monitoring your health, you can help slow the spread of this virus.
 
Orange County will be partnering with Dr. Pino, Health Officer for the Orange County Department of Health, forming a County “strike team” made up of Code Enforcement officials and others to step up compliance. The goal will be to notify businesses that are not complying with CDC guidelines and our facial covering Executive Order . The strike team will be using regulations that exist under current law. To learn more about the Executive Order, visit www.ocfl.net/MaskFAQs .
 
EMPLOYEE TESTING
Since this pandemic has impacted our community, one of my main goals has been to expand COVID-19 testing availability. Over the past few months, we have continued to do just that throughout the County. I am pleased to announce that beginning Monday, July 20, we will offer FREE onsite testing exclusively for symptomatic Orange County Government BCC employees. Testing will be conducted Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. at WellWorks Central, 1850 East Michigan Street. Testing will only be conducted on employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Appointments are required. Click here to schedule an appointment . If you are asymptomatic please visit one of the testing sites offered throughout our community. We are committed to ensuring our workplace is safe and appropriate precautions are taken to protect our employees.
 
CELEBRATING YOU
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of celebrating some of our employees who have reached a significant milestone in their careers. We recognized employees with more than two decades of service to this organization. Along with some of the Board of County Commissioners, I participated in the first-ever Curbside Employee Service Award ceremony. Check out the video of this special event. Congratulations to all the employees honored and thank you for your continued service to our community during the pandemic.
 
CHILD CARE
On another note, I know child care is a concern for many employees. I wanted to remind you the Early Learning Coalition has partnered with the state of Florida to provide discounted child care options for first responders. This program defines first responders in a broad manner, which is listed below. This means a large portion of you may qualify.
 
  • Fire Rescue and Search and Rescue;
  • Corrections;
  • Health Services: Corrections Health Services, Office of the Medical Director;
  • Medical Clinic;
  • Family Services - Mental Health;
  • Office of Emergency Management;
  • Employees who maintain or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement  emergency service and response operations (including electronic security and life safety security personnel); and/or
  • Employees who respond to the abuse and neglect of children, elders, and dependent adults.

If you need child care, review the program details on the COVID-19 OrangeNet page to see if this is a viable option for you. Please note, there will be no referrals for NEW families accepted after July 31.  If you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, act now and complete the application as soon as possible.

I encourage you to continue watching our news conferences and visit the COVID-19 Employee Resource page for the latest updates. Thank you for all you do and setting the example for our community. I appreciate you.
Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Mayor signature