SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (April 1, 2020)- Seminole County Office of Emergency Management has been under a Local State of Emergency (LSE) since March 2, 2020, and continues to monitor COVID-19. There are currently 116 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 110 of which are Seminole County residents; there have been no deaths as a result of the virus in Seminole County. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.
Today, at 2:00 p.m., a press conference will be held to provide updates regarding preparedness and prevention of COVID-19 in Seminole County. Speakers include representatives from non-profit agencies who have extended beyond their regular services to provide for the vulnerable:
• Jay Zembower, Seminole County Chairman
• Alan Harris, Seminole County Emergency Manager
• Sherry Fincher, Meals on Wheels
• Nina Yon, The Sharing Center
• Andre Smolinsky, Harvest Time International
Regular press conferences will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:00p.m. at the Public Safety Building in Sanford, unless noted otherwise. SGTV will set up a press feed to allow social distancing for photographers.
All press conferences will be available live on SGTV (Spectrum 498, U-Verse 99, Prism 88, or SeminoleCountyFL.gov/SGTV) and streaming on Facebook Live. Press conferences will be made available for playback on YouTube and SGTV.
HOW TO DONATE EFFECTIVELY DURING COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY
Residents should make sure a well-intentioned donation helps a community or individual in need. If possible, donate monetarily. Cash donations enable relief organizations to meet needs as they change; donated funds can be used to purchase needed supplies close to areas effected by emergencies, which also supports economic recovery and stabilization. Don’t donate to an organization before doing some research; ensure it’s a credible source.
If you are planning to collect physical donations, have a well-thought plan. Identify exactly what items are needed and determine how the items will be sorted. Decide who will transport the items, who will receive the items, and how they will be stored and distributed. Physical donated items have become a major roadblock to recovery in previous emergencies. Do not drop off items to an organization unless they have been requested. Do not drop off items different than those requested by the receiving organization.
MOBILE PERSONAL SERVICES NOT PERMITTED
Seminole County’s Social Distancing Order allows businesses to operate pending six (6) feet of distance is maintained by all employees and patrons. This applies to salons, barber shops, and tattoo artists; personal services cannot be rendered in residences. Individuals providing personal services may be subject to a $500 fine per violation of the Social Distancing Order; the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation may also revoke licenses for violators.
Salons, barber and tattoo shops may remain open for gift card sales, product sales and other activities that maintain six (6) feet distance between individuals. To read full Social Distance Order details, please visit PrepareSeminole.org.
Medical personnel are exempt from the Social Distancing Order, however, patients should use discretion for non-emergent visits. Residents are encouraged to call their doctors and specialists to determine if visits can be delayed to a later date.
TODAY IS CENSUS DAY
April 1, 2020 has been designated as Census Day by the US Census Bureau, which is a key reference date for the 2020 Census—not a deadline. This day to determines who is counted and where in the 2020 Census. As residents respond to the Census, they should base their responses on where they live and how many people reside with them as of April 1, 2020. Residents can respond after this date, however, the US Census Bureau encourages residents to respond as soon as possible.
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel are available daily from 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. by phone to answer non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 at 407-665-0000. Spanish operators are available.
Visit PrepareSeminole.org for information related to COVID-19 in Seminole County.
Text COVID19INFO to 888-777 to receive updates from Seminole County Office of Emergency Management.
Visit Nextdoor.com, Facebook.com/SeminoleCounty, Twitter.com/seminolecounty, and Instagram (SeminoleCountyFL) to find additional County information.