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Seminole County FL - MAY 5 COVID-19 UPDATE

SEMINOLE COUNTY, FL (May 5, 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 404 confirmed cases in Seminole County, 396 of which are Seminole County residents; there have been eight COVID-19 deaths in the County. The County’s confirmed cases range from age six months to 100 years. Updates can be found at prepareseminole.org and on the County’s social media channels.

GIVING TUESDAY NOW: SCFD PAYING IT FORWARD
Seminole County Fire Department (SCFD) members purchased 110 gift cards, totaling $2,100, from Seminole County restaurants and donated the cards to The Sharing Center for distribution to families in need. The goal for the Paying It Forward campaign initiated by SCFD is two-fold: to generate business for local restaurants and provide a family in need with a prepared meal.

SCFD often receives generous food donations with much appreciation during emergency events and on holidays; especially at local stations. The Paying It Forward campaign allowed staff to give back by delivering the gift cards yesterday:

FOR MEDIA USE: Raw B-roll of the gift card drop off is available by emailing AWontor@seminolecountyfl.gov.

HEROES THANKING HEROES PARADE TONIGHT
Seminole County Fire Department, Emergency Management, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and municipal fire and police departments will participate in a Heroes Thanking Heroes Parade tonight, May 5, at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital.

Staging begins at 6:30 p.m., parade begins at 7:00 p.m.

FOR MEDIA USE: Sharon Gregory, Seminole County Fire Department PIO will serve as the on-site contact for this event; sgregory@seminolecountyfl.gov or 407-607-4202.

P.P.E. FOR BUSINESSES
Seminole County Economic Development has compiled a list of businesses that currently have PPE available for potential purchase. Find the list at PrepareSeminole.org’s business section.

RE-OPENING COUNTY OFFICES
While County offices have not been open, staff have continued operations and provided services on an appointment basis. Seminole County is preparing to reopen by installing protective barriers and handwashing stations where applicable to ensure social distancing and CDC guidelines can be practiced. Public lobbies of most County offices will reopen May 11, 2020 with limited access and services.

An official opening date for Seminole County Library buildings is to be determined once installation of these protective measures. Library services remain available online at SeminoleLibrary.org.

For a list of phone numbers and websites for County services available by appointment or remotely, please visit PrepareSeminole.org.

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. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00p.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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