June is upon us, and it is hard to believe we are halfway through the year.
My 2021 State of the County address will highlight the accomplishments and challenges faced by Orange County Government, our residents, businesses and community partners during the past year. The address will also look toward the future to build a community that works for everyone.
This year most certainly has been challenging, and I would like to thank the outstanding individuals and department teams that have worked so hard to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.
Let us keep up the pandemic fight and make sure to get vaccinated. It is free, convenient and safe. For COVID-19 vaccination locations, visit ocfl.net/VaccineSites.
Jerry L. Demings
Orange County Mayor
P.S. If you have received your COVID-19 vaccine, you can add the “I Got My Shot” Facebook frame to your Facebook profile photo. Visit www.ocfl.net/IGotMyShot for details on how to add it to your profile.
CRITICAL NEED FOR BLOOD DONORS
There is a critical need for blood donors, and OneBlood is urging all eligible donors to donate as soon as possible. While all blood types are needed, there is an increased demand for O negative and O positive blood donations. To find an OneBlood location or Big Red Bus blood drive and to schedule an appointment, visit OneBlood.org.
If you received the COVID-19 vaccine or have gotten COVID-19, you can still be a blood donor. Check out OneBlood’s video, which breaks it all down for you.In addition, watch this video to learn about Orange County’s EMS Medical Director Dr. Christian Zuver experience donating plasma to help those recovering from COVID-19.
WHY DID YOU GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
We all have different reasons why we chose to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Why did you choose to get vaccinated?
“I have a young baby and elderly parent, and I am also a doctor who helps COVID patients. In order to protect everyone and the people I love, getting vaccinated was the safest and easiest way for me to do that.”
— Dr. Karen Tien, UCF College of Medicine, Osceola Regional Hospital
Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, along with Florida Department of Health in Orange County Director Dr. Raul Pino recognized Orange County Convention Center Event Manager Janice Reindl with Orange County’s Public Health Hero Award today at the Orlando International Airport. Read more in Orange County's online newsroom.
Congratulations and thank you to the more than 500 employees of the Department of Health in Orange County who supported the COVID-19 vaccine efforts at the Orange County Convention Center since December 26, 2020. A total of 180 staff members supported the site each day (90 per shift), and more than 280,000 doses of vaccine were administered.
BARNETT PARK OFFERS COVID-19 FREE TESTING & VACCINATIONS
Barnett Park is now both a FREE COVID-19 testing site and a vaccination site. Testing has been extended through the end of June. Learn more about testing at ocfl.net/testing and available vaccination locations at ocfl.net/vaccine.
Also, if you have already gotten your first shot in a two-dose series, make sure to get your second dose. The first shot does not fully protect you against COVID-19; the second shot is essential for effective protection against the virus.
HELP SHAPE THE GROWTH OF THE COUNTY
The Summer Series of events for Orange County’s Vision 2050 initiative continues in June and July.
Planning for the future requires input from the entire community. To get started, take our surveys and/or plan to attend the complete series of upcoming virtual town hall meetings, during which staff will discuss the Countywide development code and open up to public feedback. For questions about the surveys, town halls or the registration process, contact the County’s Planning Division staff at 407-836-5600 or at email@example.com.
You can also visitocfl.net/Vision2050 to watch previously recorded town hall meetings in your area.
CPR WEEK: JUNE 1-7
June 1-7 is National CPR and AED Awareness Week, which spotlights how lives can be saved if more Americans know CPR and how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Did you know about 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes? If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love. Be the difference for your parent, spouse or child. #CPRSavesLives.
Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings’ 2021 State of the County address will highlight the accomplishments and challenges faced by Orange County Government, our residents, businesses and community partners during the past year. The address also looks toward the future to build a community that works for everyone. Watch virtually: ocfl.net/SOC.
Orange County’s MLK Initiative has completed its May book from its Book Club — A Promised Land by Barack Obama. A new book is introduced on the second Wednesday of every month. The next book will be announced on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, on the Initiative’s webpage.
During the Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Week, which will take place from Saturday, June 5 to Saturday, June 12, 2021, a variety of community-wide activities are being held. Residents can visit the onePulse Foundation website or the One Orlando Alliance website for more information.
The Orange County Regional History Center’s 2021 remembrance exhibition, Community: Five Years After the Pulse Tragedy, examines how communities of all kinds were touched both locally and across the globe. To ensure this exhibition is accessible to the entire community, we will offer free admission June 5 -13. The exhibition will be available until August 15, 2021.
Read a story with the family – displayed on yard signs – as you stroll through one of Orange County’s park locations. The June StoryWalk will be on display at West Orange Trail – Chapin Station. StoryWalk is in partnership with Orange County Parks and Recreation and Orange County Library System.