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Seminole County FL - COVID-19 Update and Virtual Hurricane Expo Launches

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (June 8, 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 544 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 536 of which are Seminole County residents and 462 confirmed cases have been completed; there have been 12 COVID-19 deaths in the County. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.

POP-UP COMMUNITY TEST SITES
Seminole County will offer two Pop-up Community Test sites this week. Patients must bring identification, patients do not have to exhibit symptoms. Testing is free of charge regardless of insurance status; patients with insurance should bring insurance cards. Testing is available for ages 18+.

Appointments are not necessary.

• Tuesday, June 9, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.- Sanford Middle School, 1700 South French Avenue, Sanford
• Wednesday, June 10, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.- Winter Springs Senior Center, 400 North Edgemon Avenue, Winter Springs

ONEBLOOD TESTS FOR ANTIBODIES WITH BLOOD DONATION, SEMINOLE COUNTY LOCATIONS
Seminole County has partnered with OneBlood to offer temporary Big Red Bus blood donation sites throughout the County on June 9 and 10; all donors will receive free, FDA-approved antibody testing with a blood donation. The full list of Big Red Bus locations can be found on PrepareSeminole.org.

Appointments are required to donate and should be made 24-hours in advance, visit OneBlood.org or call 1-888-9-Donate to make an appointment.

VIRTUAL HURRICANE EXPO
Today, Seminole County Emergency Management launches their 2020 Virtual Hurricane Expo at PrepareSeminole.org. Traditionally, Emergency Management hosts an in-person Hurricane Expo, complete with vendor booths related to hurricane preparedness. This event is typically attended by about 1,000 attendees. In lieu of COVID-19, the Expo has gone virtual this year, with videos and fact sheets providing valuable hurricane preparedness information.

Emergency Management staff will host a series of Facebook Lives, at 12:30 p.m. from June 8-12 to provide tips to prepare for Hurricane Season. Each day, a hurricane preparedness or recovery topic will be presented, as staff welcome questions related to the topic noted:

• Monday, June 8 - Hurricane Season 2020: What to Expect in Light of COVID-19
• Tuesday, June 9 – Hurricane Kits
• Wednesday, June 10 – Protect Your Home: Insurance & Mitigation Strategies
• Thursday, June 11 – Seniors and Populations with Special Medical Needs
• Friday, June 12 – Shelters: Refuges of Last Resort

Visit Facebook.com/Seminolecounty to participate in Live Chats.

STAY INFORMED
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel are available Monday-Friday 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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