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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources

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Town of Oakland Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources

Updated: April 1, 2020

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91, requiring all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. This Order is effective 12:01 a.m. on April 3, 2020. This Order shall expire on April 30, 2020 unless extended by subsequent order.

The White House has extended its Coronavirus guidelines through April 30.

To help stop the spread of caronavirus, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings has announced an Executive Order mandating Orange County residents, including those in municipalities, stay at home except for essential business and needs. The order took effect Thursday, March 26 at 11 p.m. and will remain in place for two weeks until April 9 at 11 p.m. In response to business and resident inquiries, some amendments have been made to the Executive Order. Visit the County’s updated FAQ page, which details common questions.

Currently, more than 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Orange County. One of Orange County Fire Rescue’s firefighters has also tested positive for COVID-19. Our first responders continue to care for our residents in the midst of this crisis, so it is of paramount importance to stay vigilant with the Executive Order and comply with social distancing.

Dedicated county representatives – who also speak Spanish – are ready to answer all of your questions by simply calling 3-1-1. You can also chat with a representative online at This line is available to Orange County residents Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.- 9 p.m. and over the weekend from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The federal government recently approved the CARES Act, which will provide a number of resources for our local businesses including the Paycheck Protection Program that allows small businesses to receive forgivable loans to help retain employees and avoid layoffs. For more information, business owners can call 407-254-8833, or email

The Town of Oakland is continuing to monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). On Thursday, March 19, the Town Commission approved a resolution declaring a State of Emergency due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19.)  The resolution is available online. Operational changes can be found here.

Community Closures

For a listing of community closures, visit this page.

NEW as of March 30: In accordance with federal guidelines for social distancing, which have been extended through April 30, the playgrounds at Pollard and Speer Parks are closed until further notice.
The parks remain open for outdoor exercise. Please be sure to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet, even when outdoors.

Playground closures

Oakland Avenue Charter School

  • Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran recommended that all Florida public and private K-12 school campuses extend campus closures through May 1, 2020. This recommendation follows President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) extension of social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  • OACS staff has moved coursework online for until school resume or for the remainder of the school year. Additional information will be provided to parents as it becomes available.
  • For more information, visit Oakland Avenue Charter School.

COVID-19 Symptoms

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical care. Contact your health care provider by phone ahead of your visit and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms. Because the coronavirus disease is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, we ask that you not enter Town Hall if you have any of these symptoms or have recently traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea; returned from a cruise; or traveled from any other COVID-19 affected area in the last 14 days. Instead, call the Florida Department of Health’s Call Center 24/7 at (866) 779-6121

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Testing Sites

Criteria: The Orange County Convention Center Regional Temporary Drive-Through Testing Site will change its criteria April 1 – no longer having an age requirement. The requirements are:

✅ Fever 99.6 or higher AND
✅ respiratory symptoms OR
✅ pre-existing conditions

In addition, healthcare workers and first responders can get tested, regardless of symptoms. Please note that the testing site is for residents throughout the region – not just Orange County.

Orange County Convention Center
North Concourse Parking Lot
9400 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

Orange County Convention Center Testing April 1

By appointment only.
The Florida Department of Health in Orange County
Screening for appointments started Monday, March 23, 2020. Call the Florida Department of Health in Orange County at 407-723-5004. Mon - Fr. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Protection and Prevention

  • The CDC reminds everyone to practice proper hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of this and other respiratory illnesses like the flu. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into an elbow or use a tissue and place immediately in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaning sprays or wipes.

Travel Advisory

Executive Orders

State of Florida

Orange County

Mayor Jerry Demings enacted a curfew from March 20 through April 9. The curfew is in place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.


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