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Seminole County FL - April 15 COVID-19 Update

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (April 15, 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 282 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 275 of which are Seminole County residents; there have been two COVID-19 deaths in the County. The County’s confirmed cases range from age one to 100. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels. 

BOAT RAMPS REOPEN THURSDAY
All Seminole County Boat Ramps will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, April 16, 2020. Waterways are subject to the FWC Executive Order requiring vessels to maintain 50’ distance from other vessels, with no more than 10 persons onboard per vessel. Seminole County’s Social Distance Order also applies; individuals from different households should remain 6’ apart and no more than 10 persons shall be gathered.

 
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Seminole County Emergency Management Logistics Section has received ten truckloads of personal protective equipment (PPE) for distribution across 115 healthcare facilities and first response agencies. To date, the following has been distributed:

  • 6,140 face shields
  • 19,505 N95 masks
  • 71,000 procedural masks
  • 67,890 gloves
  • 14,472 gowns
  • 1,433 Tyvek suits

Head covers, foot covers, hand sanitizer and eye goggles have also been supplied to agencies with a critical need. 

In addition, as a service to families in isolation or quarantine, Emergency Management delivered 227 care packages to families in need. 

REGIONAL TEST SITE EXPANDING 
The State-managed regional test site at Orange County Convention Center is expanding to accommodate 750 swabs for testing daily. Previously, testing capacity was 400 swabs daily.

Seminole County residents may visit the regional test site, or find a listing of locations offering COVID-19 testing for insured, underinsured or uninsured qualifying patients closer to home at PrepareSeminole.org.

NEXT PRESS CONFERENCE MONDAY AT 2:00PM
Seminole County’s next press conference will be Monday, April 20, 2020 at 2:00p.m. Speakers will include:

  • Jay Zembower, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners Chairman
  • Alan Harris, Seminole County Emergency Manager
  • Dennis Lemma, Seminole County Sheriff
  • Donna Walsh, Department of Health-Seminole Health Officer

FOR MEDIA USE ONLY: Press conferences will be held at the Public Safety Building, 150 Eslinger Way, Sanford. A press feed will be provided to limit number of individuals in the room. Reporters who are not present can text questions to Ashley Moore at 407-509-5862 (please include reporter name/affiliation, who the question is directed to and exact questions).

STAY INFORMED
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-speaking operators are on standby to assist. 

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).

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