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Seminole County FL - APRIL 9 COVID-19 UPDATE

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (April 9, 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 230 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 224 of which are Seminole County residents; there has been one COVID-19 death in the County. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.

TWO COUNTY BOAT RAMPS TO REOPEN
On Saturday, April 4, 2020, Seminole County Emergency Management closed all County boat ramps due to noncompliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) social distancing recommendations and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) Executive Order on boating recommendations, 20-09.

Since that decision, FWC has agreed to commit resources to enforce social distancing on County ramps and waterways and the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office will monitor waterways via additional helicopter patrols and patrols of boat ramps. In reliance of these commitments, Seminole County will open two ramps, Wayside Park and Lake Jesup Park today, April 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Emergency Management has been assured that social distancing requirements will be enforced by law enforcement and those who do not comply will receive a ticket and fine. If these additional enforcement efforts are not effective, Seminole County will have no choice but to reinstate the closures. 

It is our hope that the opening of these ramps will give members of public the opportunity to safely enjoy our waterways and, if public safety can be ensured and boaters demonstrate compliance with the CDC guidelines and Executive Order 20-09, additional ramps may be opened.

REGIONAL TEST SITE EXPANDS TO 350
Asymptomatic healthcare workers, first responders, military staff or individuals with underlying conditions and symptomatic individuals with a fever of 99.6 (or higher) AND respiratory indicators may visit the Federally managed and State operated regional test site at Orange County Convention Center to be swabbed for COVID-19 testing, free of charge. The test site can now accommodate up to 350 drive-thru tests for qualifying individuals per day.

Patients should bring a government-issued ID and insurance card, if applicable.

SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE OUTSIDE
Families who reside in the same household as well as caretakers and those they are providing care for are not subject to the section of the Social Distancing Order requiring 6’ distance between persons. Households and caretakers are encouraged to enjoy the outdoors while remaining 6’ away from other groups/persons.

BRUSH FIRE SEASON
Residential burning of vegetative debris is the leading cause of brush fires.  Seminole County Fire Department (SCFD) advises that brush fire season is concurrent with the COVID-19 pandemic; during this time, residents should practice extra caution when burning yard debris in order to keep burning contained.  As COVID-19 peaks, firefighters, paramedics and EMTS are valuable resources in the community on the front lines of combatting the virus; SCFD stresses fire prevention in order to keep ample resources available.

While rain is expected in the coming days, Residents should remain vigilant, following all safety measures and laws with respect to burning vegetative debris.

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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