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9:40 p.m. update
Apopka City Council on Thursday announced COVID SafePass from Medek Health.
The new app will allow users to show they are COVID-19 free on their phones by combining software, blockchain, telemedicine and testing.
Disney Springs to begin phased reopening on May 20
5:40 p.m. update
Disney officials announced Disney Springs will begin a phased reopening on May 20.
Officials said a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during the first phase.
The rest of Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed, including theme parks and resort hotels, Disney officials said.
Disney Springs officials said it will begin to reopen in a way that incorporates enhanced safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, the use of appropriate face coverings by both cast members and guests, limited-contact guest services and additional safety training for cast members.
Officials said during the initial opening phase, Disney Springs will have limitations on capacity, parking and operating hours.
To learn more, click here.
Orange County encouraging residents to still seek COVID-19 tests
5:20 p.m. update
Public officials are encouraging residents to continue seeking COVID-19 testing, even as businesses begin to reopen.
Orange County wants residents to know that mobile testing sites set up by county health services are effective and efficient.
At Legacy Middle School, the county was trying to move as many people through testing lines. It is one of the new sites being set up in areas with higher numbers of positive coronavirus cases.
When the sites go up, about 70% of responding residents are from the ZIP code that’s being targeted, which is key to monitoring the phased reopening.
Public officials say they’re concerned that, as Central Florida reopens, residents won’t give testing the priority it had during the stay-at-home order.
“Testing is the only way that we're going to be able to see our COVID numbers coming back up, and it will help guide us in making future decisions about how much more can we open,” Orange County Public Safety director Danny Banks said. “Testing is as important now as it ever was.”
Banks said he wants residents to watch for mobile test sites to pop up in their neighborhoods, because the county is targeting ZIP codes with some of the highest number of cases.
Orange County health officials offering free mobile testing next week
4:20 p.m. update
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County said it is offering a third round of free mobile COVID-19 testing for county residents.
Orange County residents can make an appointment for testing by calling 407-723-5004. The call center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Here are the mobile testing dates and locations:
- Monday, May 11, 2020 - Independence Elementary, 6255 New Independence Parkway, Winter Garden, FL 34787
- Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - Olympia High School, 4301 S. Apopka Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32835
- Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - Camping World Stadium, 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805
- Thursday, May 14, 2020 - Evans High School, 4949 Silver Star Road, Orlando, FL 32808
- Friday, May 15, 2020 - Prairie Lake Elementary, 8723 Hackney Prairie Road, Orlando, FL 32818
Officials said there is no testing criteria. Individuals can walk to the drive-thru testing sites and must be 18 years or older.
12:23 p.m. update:
61 new COVID-19 related deaths in Florida
Florida health officials have reported 826 new cases of COVID-19 and 61 additional deaths in the state since Wednesday.
The state’s death toll is now at 1,600 with a total of 38,828 cases.
Click here for an interactive map of statewide cases, and see the latest number of cases in your county below:
· Orange: 1474 (1460 Wednesday)
• Polk: 594 (564 Wednesday)
• Osceola: 544 (529 Wednesday)
• Volusia: 534 (526 Wednesday)
• Seminole: 410 (408 Wednesday)
• Brevard: 325 (320 Wednesday)
• Lake: 237 (236 Wednesday)
• Sumter: 238 (234 Wednesday)
• Marion: 202 (196 Wednesday)
• Flagler: 145 (142 Wednesday)
11:42 a.m. update:
MEGACON Orlando 2020 canceled due to COVID-19
MEGACON Orlando has been canceled for precautionary reasons due to the coronavirus outbreak. The even will return March 18 to March 21 of 2021.
MEGACON Orlando: LIMITED EDITION will take place Halloween weekend from October 30 to November 1 at the Orange County Convention Center. All admissions for MEGACON Orlando 2020 will be transferred to this event.
10:50 a.m. update:
LYNX schedule returning to normal next week
As the region continues to safely reopen businesses and reduce restrictions, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) will resume operating a normal schedule and routing starting on May 11. The full schedules are available in the LYNX Schedule Book.
9:58 a.m. update:
Osceola County health care workers to be honored by local officials
A caravan of of elected officials, law enforcement officers and firefighters will roll with lights and sirens on to honor health care workers in Osceola County.
The caravan will depart from the Walmart parking lot at 1471 E. Osceola Parkway in Kissimmee at 6 p.m.
8:19 a.m. update:
Health officials offer help for those feeling stressed out from pandemic
The Florida Department of Health is offering resources from anyone feeling depressed or stressed out from the COVID-19 pandemic.
6:47 a.m. update
Orange County opens 2 new testing sites
Orange County Health Services said it will open two free new COVID-19 testing sites in ZIP codes 32825 and 32792.
The new sites are opening in areas where there have been a higher number of positive cases of the virus.
No symptoms are necessary for testing, but online appointments are required and those interested must live in Orange County and be at least 18 years older.
The sites are:
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday
Legacy Middle School
11398 Lake Underhill Rd. in Orlando.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
Lakemont Elementary School
901 N Lakemont Ave in Winter Park.
4:32 a.m. update:
Orange County has conducted over 32,000 COVID-19 tests
Orange County has now conducted 32,000 COVID-19 tests, according to Mayor Jerry Demings.
The county has used massive drive-thrus, mobile testing and community-specific sites to help ramp up their efforts.
“Our testing continues to remain robust in this community," Demings said.
The county still has the most amount of cases in Central Florida.
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