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Seminole County FL - JUNE 9 COVID 19 UPDATE

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (June 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 561 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 553 of which are Seminole County residents and 456 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 several Pop Up Community Test sites through the end of the month. 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.

  • Today, June 9, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. at Sanford Middle School
  • Tomorrow, June 10, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. at Winter Springs Senior Center
  • Saturday, June 20, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. at Lake Mary Elementary School
  • Wednesday, June 24, 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. at Spring Lake Elementary (Altamonte Springs)

Free testing for uninsured and underinsured patients is also available at community clinics throughout the County; in some cases, curbside testing is available. Find a list of providers at PrepareSeminole.org. 

TOMORROW: HURRICANE SEASON LIVE CHAT ON PREPARING YOUR HOME
Seminole County Emergency Management launched the 2020 Virtual Hurricane Expo at PrepareSeminole.org. Historically, Emergency Management hosts an in-person Hurricane Expo, including preparedness and recovery exhibitor booths, attended by about 1,000 participants. The Expo has gone virtual this year to ensure social distancing, with videos and fact sheets providing valuable hurricane preparedness information. 

In conjunction with the launch of the Virtual Hurricane Expo, Emergency Management staff will host a series of Facebook Lives, at 12:30 p.m. daily this week 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: 

  • 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.

1, 216 PRE-APPLICATIONS RECEIVED FOR EMERGENCY SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS 
The pre-application process for Seminole County Government’s Emergency Small Business Grant Program closed June 5. 

  • 1,216 total pre-applications were received
  • 121 pre-applications were duplicates
  • 488 pre-applications were ineligible based on criteria 
  • 607 total businesses pre-qualified for the Grant

Eligible businesses were notified via email with application next steps. The deadline for completed applications, including supporting documents, is Friday, June 19 at 12:00p.m. Applicants will be notified of grant approval status via email by Monday, July 6 and funds are estimated to be available by mid-July.

Full program details are available in English and Spanish at BusinessInSeminole.com.

ONEBLOOD TESTS FOR ANTIBODIES WITH BLOOD DONATION TODAY AND TOMORROW
Seminole County has partnered with OneBlood to offer temporary Big Red Bus blood donation sites throughout the County today and tomorrow; all donors will receive free, FDA-approved antibody testing with a blood donation. 

Visit PrepareSeminole.org for details, locations and appointment links. Appointments are required to donate and should be made 24-hours in advance. Appointments can also be made over the phone by calling 1-800-9-DONATE.

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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