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Seminole County FL - APRIL 19 COVID-19 UPDATE

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (April 19, 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 322 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 314 of which are Seminole County residents; there have been four 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. 

INCREASE IN 9-1-1 CALLS BY KIDS
Seminole County 9-1-1 dispatchers report an increase in calls from unattended children. With the uptick of instances when children are home alone since schools transitioned to distance learning, parents should ensure their children are educated on:

  • How and when to call 9-1-1. Make sure children are prepared to communicate their name, address or location, what happened and who needs help;
  • Microwave and cooking safety. Never microwave aluminum foil or metal, use only microwave-safe dishes or containers;
  • Basic first aid. Teach children how to stop bleeding for minor cuts/scrapes, how to treat burns, how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, etc.; 
  • When to answer the door.  Children should not answer the door for strangers or delivery drivers;
  • Social media safety. Ensure children do not share that they are left unattended; and
  • Keeping a phone nearby. If the home doesn’t have a house phone, ensure children have a fully charged phone on hand. Also make sure children have an emergency contact list readily available.

Parents should also ensure homes are prepared if leaving children unattended. Make sure smoke alarms are in working order, fire extinguishers are up-to-date and accessible, and fire igniting sources, chemicals, medications and firearms are secured. 

POP-UP COMMUNITY TEST SITES
Seminole County, in partnership with True Health and Florida Department of Health-Seminole, will launch Community Test Sites beginning Tuesday, April 21, 2020. 

Testing will be offered at a single location from 10:00a.m. until 2:00p.m. on weekdays; locations will vary by date, a schedule is pending for Community Test Sites in the communities such as East Altamonte, Midway, Goldsboro, Lincoln Heights, Bookertown, and Jamestown. 

Testing will be outdoors; patients can drive up to be tested while in their cars. If patients do not have vehicles, they may also walk up for testing. 

  • REQUIREMENTS: Must bring government issued I.D., patients do not have to exhibit symptoms
  • COST: Free of charge; patients with insurance should bring insurance cards
  • APPOINTMENTS: No appointments needed

CLEAR THE SHELTER

Seminole County Animal Services is at an all-time low for number of adoptable pets, and is looking to clear the shelter. Help Animal Services find forever homes for the 30 pets that remain at the shelter by making an appointment to adopt. To see available cats and dogs, please visit SeminoleCountyPets.com. 

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
  • Otto Drozd, Seminole County Fire Department Chief
  • 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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