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Seminole County FL - COVID-19 UPDATE: MARCH 16

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (March 16, 2020): Seminole County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor COVID-19. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Seminole County Office of Emergency Management will host a COVID-19 briefing via webinar for Assisted Living Facility and Nursing Home Operators at 1:00pm. The meeting was originally scheduled as a face-to-face workshop, and will also be recorded. Following the webinar, Seminole County Office of Emergency Management staff will be available for interview; to coordinate, please call 407-665-1835 to reach the Emergency Management Public Information Desk.

POSITIVE CASES
Seminole County currently has two confirmed positive and four presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 identified. Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are analyzing the results of the presumptive positive cases, which will move to "confirmed cases" once validated. 

EVENT CANCELATIONS & COUNTY CLOSURES
Seminole County strongly advises event organizers to reconsider pending gatherings and to follow CDC guidelines. Congregations of 50 individuals present a greater risk of exposure to respiratory illnesses. Individuals should reconsider attending these high risk activities.

Seminole County has cancelled all County-sponsored programs, including Library story times and classes, University of Florida IFAS-Seminole County workshops. The Museum of Seminole County History is temporarily closed.

All Library branches will close today at 3:00pm; accrual of late fees will be delayed. All Library meeting room reservations have been canceled through March 31 and refunds will be issued. The Friends of the Library Bookstore at the Central Branch is temporarily closed, as well.

Seminole County parks, trails and wilderness areas remain open at present. No further rentals for sports field or meeting space will be made at this time.

ELECTIONS
The March 2020 Presidential Preference Primary in Seminole County will continue as scheduled with additional sanitation procedures in place. Election Day is Tuesday, March 17th from 7:00 am until 7:00pm. Find your polling place: https://www.voteseminole.org/find-my-polling-place.

CLERK OF THE COURT
Seminole County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller will excuse all jurors beginning Monday, March 16th, through Friday, March 27th. The Clerk’s office remains open at this time.

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES
“Already, our small businesses are seeing the impact of this crisis on our community,” said Seminole County Chamber president Jason Brodeur. “As we work through this, we should remember our neighbors who own businesses and use their services whenever possible.”

Seminole County Office of Economic Development suggests supporting local businesses by:
• Purchasing gift cards now that can be used as gifts or used later; giving small businesses financial stability now can keep them open in the future;
• Calling in or ordering online from restaurants. Taking advantage of drive-thru or curbside services lessens exposure for patrons; and
• Tipping more than usual if you are able. This practice may not contribute directly to a business, but will continue to support those providing services as patronage is decreased.

UTILITIES
Seminole County Environmental Services has suspended disconnection of water and wastewater services for non-payment. Customers can reach Utility Billing Customer Service Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm for questions by calling 407-665-2110 or emailing WSCustomerService@seminolecountyfl.gov.

PRESCRIPTIONS
Under Florida Law, the Governor’s State of Emergency Executive Order 20-52 allows residents to refill their prescriptions early.

Individuals with recurring prescriptions may obtain a 30-day early refill in order to ensure medications are on hand. This law is applicable even if the prescription has been recently filled. Early refills will be noted to insurance companies and added to the patient's refill schedule. For example, if there are 10 days left on a prescription and a 30-day emergency refill was received, the patient must wait the full 40 days before the prescription may be filled again.

GIVING & RECEIVING ASSISTANCE
Heart of Florida United Way 211 Information and Referral Crisis Line is connecting with residents to share information about available resources in the community including locations of nearest food pantries, crisis mental health services, and more. The service is provided 24/7, 365 days a year. Translation services are available around the clock. Residents can connect by dialing 2-1-1 from a phone, texting their zip code to 898211 or by chatting online at www.HFUW.org/Chat.

Harvest Time International and the Christian Sharing Center are providing meals to those in quarantine as well as services to their regular clients. Both non-profit agencies are accepting monetary donations to provide services to those in need. Donations can be easily made online on their respective websites.

FACEBOOK LIVE
Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris will host a fourth Facebook Live Chat to answer questions related to Seminole County’s COVID-19 response. The Live Chat will be hosted at Facebook.com/SeminoleCounty on Tuesday, March 17, at 10:30am.

The Live Chat will be recorded and made available for playback on Facebook and the Seminole County Government YouTube channel.

STAY INFORMED
Seminole County Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health-Seminole personnel will be on hand to answer non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 and Seminole County’s response Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, at 407-665-0000.

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. Call 407-665-0000 to reach Seminole County Citizens Information Line. Visit Nextdoor.com, Facebook.com/SemioleCounty, Twitter.com/seminolecounty, and Instagram (SeminoleCountyFL).


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