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Seminole County FL - MARCH 20 COVID-19 UPDATE

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (March 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. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.

PRESS CONFERENCE
Today, at 2:00pm, a press conference will be held at the Seminole County Public Safety building to provide updates regarding preparedness and prevention of COVID-19 in Seminole County. Speakers include: Seminole County Chairman Jay Zembower, Seminole County Office of Emergency Management Chief Administrator Alan Harris, Seminole County Fire Department Interim Chief Matt Kinley, Florida Department of Health-Seminole Health Officer Donna Walsh, and Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma.

FACEBOOK LIVE CHAT
On Tuesdays and Fridays, Seminole County Office of Emergency Management Chief Administrator Alan Harris will host a Facebook Live Chat at 10:30am to provide updates and answer questions in real time. The chats will be recorded and made available for playback on Facebook and YouTube.

FIRE STATIONS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
In a continuing effort to protect the community and firefighters, the Seminole County Fire Department is closing all fire stations to public access; including services such as blood pressure checks, station tours and visits, unit displays in the community and student ride-alongs.

The needle exchange program will be adapted to the following procedures:
• Call at 406-665-5175 during business hours and the appropriate station will be notified.
• Please only place containers outside of the station at the front door if visible contact has been made with a station member. Please do not leave containers outside of the stations that have not been acknowledged.
• If contact has not been made with the fire stations crew members, please do not leave the container outside of the station.

If you have a medical emergency, please call 911; do not go to your closest fire station. The Seminole County Emergency Communications team will ask health-specific questions to ensure personal protective equipment is worn if needed.

DRIVE THRU TEST SITES
Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties are in close coordination with the Federal government to establish a massive drive thru test site at the Orange County Convention Center.  The amount of resources, medical staff, law enforcement, facility requirements, testing kits, and other operational needs exceeds the capability of a single county; there are not enough nurses and doctors to open up a drive thru test site in each County. The site at Orange County Convention Center will have multiple lanes, plenty of room for traffic without hindering or closing down sections of each County, and ample staff. Details will be made available in the coming days regarding hours of operation and additional details.  

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. Visit Nextdoor.com, Facebook.com/SemioleCounty, Twitter.com/seminolecounty, and Instagram (SeminoleCountyFL).

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