I protect you. You protect me.

As we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic , it is encouraging to see so many people in our community following the Local Face Coverings Executive Order . Health and science experts support the use of masks. Beyond the rational reasoning, it is simply the right thing to do . Our public service campaign aims to “get everyone covered.” By wearing a facemask, you are protecting others … and when others wear a facemask, they protect you. Learn more at ocfl.net/WeGotYouCovered .
Along the lines of everyone doing the right thing, Orange County is helping to ensure that our local businesses comply with CDC guidelines and the Executive Orders. The County’s Strike Teams have visited more than 250 businesses since July 22. The good news is that more than 80 percent of businesses have been in compliance. The teams work to help businesses acquire the tools needed for them to operate safely, providing facemasks, hand sanitizer and safety signage. For more information, visit ocfl.net/BusinessResources .
The resour ces to help our residen ts and businesses through the pandemic are directly related to the Census. An accurate count gives our County the resource allotment we need for federal funds, hospital planning and other related needs. Have you filled out your 2020 Census? If not, it is imperative you do so now. Visit my2020Census.gov  for more information. 
Also, if you have recovered from COVID-19 and are able to give blood, our hospitals are in desperate need of convalescent plasma donors. Let’s all put our actions where our hearts are and make a difference to save lives. Please continue to keep each other safe, strong and informed.
We are safer and stronger together! Watch the latest video from the Safer Stronger Together campaign to learn how local businesses and patrons are working together to keep our community safe. You can also visit DoYourPartORL.com to access valuable tools and download helpful resources. #DoYourPartORL
Visit ocfl.net/COVID19 for an interactive map, updated weekly, which provides a list of public testing sites located in Orange County.
Make sure to check out the latest Orange County’s COVID-19 dashboard , updated daily at ocfl.net/COVID19Snapshot .
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We urge everyone to prepare for hurricane season as some hurricanes have already hit other states. Many residents have prepared early by picking up free sandbags from our self-serve sandbag program. So far, the program has given away nearly 35,000 sandbags to residents. Residents also receive free face masks and hand sanitizers when they pick up their sandbags. The program runs through August 1. Visit ocfl.net/storm for information. Thank you to our Public Works and Parks staff.

Preparing for hurricane season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic does have its challenges. Learn how Orange County is preparing … and how you can too. Visit Orange County’s newsroom to read more .
Important note : If you are a Person with Special Needs (PSN), you must make sure you are on the registration list for a PSN shelter. You can call 311 to do so. Visit Orange County’s webpage about the process.
So far, Orange County’s CARES for Small Businesses grant program has distributed more than $36 million to local small businesses. In fact, 71 percent of approved applications are from women or minority-owned small businesses. More information on grant applications at ocfl.net/OrangeCARES .
Learn about how an Ocoee-based rowing studio “rows with it” safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. They received Orange County’s Small Business CARES grant and “It was the lifeline we needed,” said the owner. Read more at Orange County’s newsroom .
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If you have recovered from COVID19 you can help patients still fighting the virus by donating your plasma
OneBlood is experiencing more than a 500% increase in hospital orders for convalescent plasma . The surge in the number of people being diagnosed with coronavirus, coupled with the fact that hospitals are providing convalescent plasma earlier in treatment, is driving the need for convalescent plasma to new heights. Please help and visit oneblood.org .
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Interested in a job in COVID-19 contact tracing in Orange County? Visit the Florida Department of Health in Orange County’s recruitment webpage for more information on applying.
Celebrating milestones and achievements is definitely a challenge in the pandemic. Our Human Resources Department was up to the challenge though and hosted two “Curbside Employee Service Awards” where 31 Orange County employees who had more than 20 years of service were recognized. The celebration was safe and fun. Thanks to all our employees for your service.
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