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Seminole County FL - APRIL 20 COVID-19 UPDATE

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (April 20, 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 326 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 318 of which are Seminole County residents; there have been five 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. 

PRESS CONFERENCE MOVED TO 1:00 P.M. TODAY
Today’s press conference originally scheduled 2:00p.m. press conference will be moved to 1:00 p.m. Speakers 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).

POP UP COMMUNITY TEST SITES
Seminole County, in partnership with True Health and Florida Department of Health-Seminole, is offering drive up or walk up testing throughout the community. 

REQUIREMENTS: Must bring I.D., patients do not have to exhibit symptoms
COST: Free of charge; patients with insurance should bring insurance cards
APPOINTMENTS: No appointments necessary
HOURS: 10:00a.m. until 2:00p.m.

Please note, testing is for COVID-19. Antibody testing is not available at Pop-Up Community Test Sites. 

Dates and Locations:

•Tuesday, April 21- East Altamonte, Apostolic Church-Jesus Christ, 444 Ford Drive, Altamonte Springs
•Wednesday, April 22- Midway Community Center, 2251 Jitway Avenue, Sanford
•Thursday, April 23- Goldsboro, Westside Community Center, 919 South Persimmon Avenue, Sanford
•Friday, April 24- Lincoln Heights, Journeys Academy, 1722 West Airport Boulevard, Sanford
•Monday, April 27- Bookertown Community Center, 4631 Gilbert Street, Sanford
•Tuesday, April 28- Georgetown, Historic Sanford Stadium, 1201 Mellonville Avenue, Sanford
•Wednesday, April 29- Jamestown, location to be announced, Oviedo

DRIVE THRU TEST SITES
Beginning Tuesday, AdventHealth will offer testing weekdays from 9:00a.m. until 2:00p.m. at Seminole Towne Center. Testing is available for anyone who meets criteria for testing as set by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There will be no out of pocket costs, regardless of insurance status. AdventHealth will cover the costs for uninsured patients. Patients should make an appointment at AdventHealthCoronaVirusTesting.com prior to arrival. 

The regional, state-operated drive thru test site at Orange County Convention Center has expanded to accommodate 750 tests daily, as well. Patients must have symptoms, have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient, or are a first responder or health care worker. Adult patients should bring their valid ID and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. No charge for testing, regardless of insurance status; no appointment necessary to be tested. 

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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