Updated: Apr 15
As you know, Central Florida and the world are currently facing an unprecedented public health crisis as we work to manage an outbreak of COVID-19/Coronavirus.
Please be aware that all residents of Orange County are currently required to shelter at home to prevent the spread of the virus. You can find more information below.
To flatten the curve we have partnered with Never Stand Alone to donate surgical masks to the community.
This week we have 1000 to give out if you live in District 5 and are in urgent need please request.
To donate a mask - http://medicalmasks.mymobisite.us/donate
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Thank you. Below is a review of important local updates as we hear about them.
ORANGE COUNTY CURFEW & STAY AT HOME ORDER
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has put into place a county-wide curfew from 11:00pm-5:00am everyday, starting on March 20th.
Curfew exceptions include: commuting to and from places of employment, the provision of fire, police, emergency and hospital services, medical patients, utility repairs, state and local government employees providing services, and emergency calls by physicians within the curfew area.
The county has a one-stop webpage, where you can find up-to-date information: www.ocfl.net/coronavirus
STAY AT HOME:
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has ordered all non-essential retail and commercial businesses to close and all residents to stay home from non-essential travel. This order will take effect at 11 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 and will continue for two weeks until April 9 at 11 p.m. The order means that the entirety of Orange County is ordered to stay at home as much as possible, with exceptions for businesses and travel deemed “essential.” For the complete Executive Order, visit this webpage. Click here for FAQ on the order and contact your County Commissioner with questions.
If you think someone is not following by the Stay At Home Order, please contact the non-emergency line for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
The State of Florida is taking the necessary precautions to keep residents safe and healthy. This includes supporting the coordination of testing sites in Orange County. These temporary testing sites reduce overwhelming the health departments and help prevent unnecessary illness spread at healthcare facilities. At these sites, individuals will have their swab sample collected and the sample will be sent to approved testing labs. Not all residents will meet the criteria for testing at these facilities. Please review the criteria before visiting a testing site.
Please note: Orange County Government does not run these testing sites. The sites are run by FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Additionally, the test results will NOT be provided on-site and information will be given on timeframe to those discharged.
Learn more from the State of Florida Department of Health.
2) Florida Department of Health in Orange County Testing Site
By appointment only. | Opens daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the Florida Department of Health in Orange County at 407-723-5004 to set an appointment.
3) UCF Testing Site in Partnership with Aventus Biolabs
By appointment only. | Opened April 6, 2020. For information, visit www.ucf.edu.
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To better serve and assist residents regarding concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Florida Department of Health has established a Call Center to answer general questions residents and visitors may have. The phone number is 407-723-5004. The Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CENTRAL FLORIDIANS
Please also consider calling United Way’s 2–1–1 for support and services as well. Click here to learn more. Also, https://findhelp.org/ lists free and reduced cost services in every city in America and highlights hundreds of programs supporting people who gave been impacted by covid-19 pandemic. This is a free service available 24/7
Low Income Workers
SNAP Benefits: https://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/
Families can now find free meals for kids under 18 by texting FLKIDSMEALS to 211–211, or call 2–1–1 and speak with a live operator 24/7. You can also visit here.
Affordable Care Act
TAX FILING DEADLINE CHANGES
The Treasury Department and IRS have been instructed to extend the April 15, 2020 deadline to July 15th. Read more here.
Sales Tax Payment Extension: Taxpayers who have been adversely affected by COVID-19, have an extended due date to April 30, 2020, for sales and use tax, as well as other related taxes, collected in March. Please visit floridarevenue.com to learn more.
Property Tax Payment Extension: Property tax is normally due by March 31 in the year following the year the taxes are assessed. The Department waives the due date so that payments remitted by April 15, 2020, for the 2019 tax year will be considered timely paid. Property tax returns for railroad, railroad terminal, private car and freight line and equipment company property are normally due by April 1. Returns will be timely filed if filed by April 15, 2020. Please visit floridarevenue.com to learn more.
The Florida Department of Revenue has added a dedicated COVID-19 webpage for child support customers at com/childsupport/coronavirus.The new page provides comprehensive information for alternative options for handling many routine child support case activities without visiting a local child support office.
The Florida Department of Revenue has established a dedicated team to address tax-related issues pertaining to COVID-19 and has created an email address, COVID19TAXHELP@floridarevenue.com, where taxpayers can send questions and concerns. The Department encourages all taxpayers to use our e-services applications to file and pay taxes or contact our call center at (850) 488–6800.
HEALTH CARE CHANGES
Elective Medical Procedures
Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-72, regarding non-essential elective medical procedures. All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners’ offices in the state of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patients immediate health, safety or wellbeing at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. You read more here.
We encourage you to contact your local medical provider(s) to ensure medical appointments are still being scheduled for your unique medical needs.
AHCA distributed telemedicine guidance to health care providers for behavior analysis services.
On March 16, Florida became the first state to receive CMS approval of its 1135 Medicaid Waiver giving AHCA more flexibility for its COVID-19 response efforts. This federal action lifts Medicaid prior authorization requirements for critical health care services and allows for expedited provider enrollment.
The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) will be granting a 90-day extension to all licenses for health care providers and regulated facilities.
Access to Healthcare
For state employees, the Department of Management Services (DMS) has been directed to ensure all state employees have access to telehealth services through the state’s contracted HMO plans and PPO organization plan without cost sharing, while also ensuring that all cost sharing that would have been applicable to state employees seeking immunization services under this Executive Order for the influenza vaccination be waived.
If you have lost access to your private health insurance, please contact Covering Central Florida for help: https://www.coveringcfl.net
Office of Insurance Regulation has issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-02M as a reminder to all health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and other health entities to allow for early prescription refills following the Governor’s Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency in Florida.
NURSING HOMES & ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday banned most visits to nursing homes statewide as he acknowledged the coronavirus has likely spread into the general population. DeSantis and Health Care Secretary Mary Mayhew said while it will be frustrating for relatives not to visit loved ones in nursing homes, the ban is needed to prevent the virus’s spread among the frail and elderly. Exceptions will be made for visitations to patients who are near death. Read more
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Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage: www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida:
Please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1–866–779–6121 or emailing COVIDemail@example.com.
In addition, please visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/all-county-locations.html to locate and obtain contact information for your local CHD.
The CDC also has a website with information related to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.