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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Information
The Town of Oakland continues to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and county officials regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). On March 19, the Town Commission approved Declaration (Proclamation) of Emergency Resolution No. 2020-01 declaring a State of Emergency due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19.) Orange County has confirmed more than 41,000 cumulative cases of COVID-19 countywide and 191 total confirmed cases in Oakland. Find county-specific information on Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.
Oakland Avenue Charter School has published a parent information guide and COVID-19 resources on its website.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings signed an Executive Order requiring every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Orange County to wear a facial covering consistent with CDC guidelines while in any public place. Mayor Demings consulted with other local municipal leaders as well as health care experts before making this decision. Orange County is requesting voluntary compliance to help keep all of the community safe. The Executive Order took effect on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at midnight and will stay in effect indefinitely. Visit Orange County’s web page to read the full Order.
PHASE III OPENING ANNOUNCEMENT
Mayor Demings stressed the following points regarding Governor DeSantis’ announcement of entering Phase III:
- Orange County, the state of Florida and the United States of America are still under a Public Health State of Emergency for COVID-19.
- Orange County’s Facial Coverings Executive Order is still in effect, as this protective measure prevents the spread of COVID-19. We have not ever imposed any fines, and the mask mandate is still in place until further notice.
- Businesses can and should still require masks.
- Orange County Strike Teams will continue to proactively visit businesses, offer free PPE and needed signage as well as provide guidance on best practices to comply with current CDC guidelines to reopen/remain open safely.
- While restaurants and bars may operate at 100% occupancy, Orange County encourages businesses to review their insurance policies, and take note, as there may be a liability risk if a person(s) contracts COVID-19 at your restaurant or bar.
- Orange County will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing and connect residents and business owners with CARES Programs and resources.
CARES FOR NON-PROFITS
Many Orange County-based nonprofit organizations have had to endure unanticipated expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social service nonprofit organizations may be eligible to apply for funding through Orange County’s CARES.
Oraage County has allotted $2.8 million in funding through the County’s Social-Service Nonprofit Fund Program. Reimbursement amounts – up to $5,000 – are based on COVID-19 related expenses and are unexpected costs. Eligible expenses include personal protective equipment and other related expenses.
Heart of Florida United Way will manage fund disbursements and the application deadline is October 19.
For more information on eligibility criteria, required documents and how to apply, visit www.OCCares.org. All questions can be directed to Heart of Florida United Way at OCCares@hfuw.org.
CARES FOR JOB SUPPORT
$36 million in federal COVID-19 aid was set aside by Orange County for social service agencies and non-profits to provide food, job training and programs for people facing homelessness, mental health crises, addiction and child-care dilemmas because of the virus. Orange County has allotted $9 million to help with job placement and re-training programs.
Using $7 million in Orange CARES Act monies, CareerSource Central Florida is assisting 4,000 dislocated workers from the County’s hardest-hit business sectors, including hospitality, restaurant, tourism, transportation and retail.
Aimed at providing workforce re-entry and meaningful careers to Orange County residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, CareerSource Central Florida is delivering career services including employment support, career development workshops, resume assistance, internships and more. Orange County residents can access services by calling 1-800-757-4598 and or by visiting and registering through careersourcecentralflorida.com.