Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
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*UPDATED MARCH 27*
‘Stay At Home,' Order Effective March 26, 2020
NOTE: The Stay at Home order has been updated as of March 27, 2020. Click here to view the highlighted changes that were made to the order. Para español, haga clic aquí.
Osceola County's emergency decision-making policy group approved an order for all non-essential retail and commercial businesses to close -- and for all residents to stay home from non-essential travel in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This order will take effect at 11 p.m. on Thursday, March 26 and will continue for two weeks until April 9 at 11 p.m. The order means that the entirety of Osceola County is ordered to stay at home as much as possible, with exceptions for businesses and travel deemed “essential.”
In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Osceola County residents are ordered to limit travel to essential trips ONLY and to STAY AT HOME as much as possible.
Businesses that are not considered essential are most retail, entertainment businesses, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, clothing stores, and shopping malls. All must cease operations no later than Thursday, March 26 at 11 p.m.
This means our residents should stay at home, unless it is absolutely necessary. Residents will still be allowed to shop for groceries, go to a doctor 's appointment, provide necessary care for a family member or pets, visit restaurants for takeout orders and go outside to walk a dog or get some exercise, but you must keep six feet between yourself and others.
Osceola County urges all residents to continue monitoring their personal health and the health of their families, practice social distancing and self-quarantine for 14 days.
The Order is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 and can be read here.
Department of Revenue Extends Property Tax Payment Due Date from March 31 to April 15
On Monday, March 16, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Department of Revenue (Department) to provide flexibility on tax due dates to assist those adversely affected by COVID-19. Today, Department of Revenue Executive Director Jim Zingale issued an emergency order to extend the final due date for property tax payments for the 2019 tax year. The Department also extended the due date to file railroad, railroad terminal, private car and freight line and equipment company property tax returns.
Order of Emergency Waiver/Deviation #20-52-DOR-01 applies to all 67 Florida counties. Property tax is normally due by March 31 in the year following the year the taxes are assessed. The Department waives the due date so that payments remitted by April 15, 2020, for the 2019 tax year will be considered timely paid. Property tax returns for railroad, railroad terminal, private car and freight line and equipment company property are normally due by April 1. Returns will be timely filed if filed by April 15, 2020.
The Department has implemented the filing date extensions pursuant to subsection 213.005(2), F.S., which authorizes the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue to carry out certain actions during a declared state of emergency. On March 9, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-52, declaring a state of emergency in response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak.
Property taxpayers who have additional questions should contact their county tax collectors. Railroad and private car line companies with additional questions may contact the Department at DORPTO@floridarevenue.com. Visit the Department’s webpage for COVID-19 updates. For more information or to sign up for email updates from the Department of Revenue, visit floridarevenue.com.
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COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU TESTING AT ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER
COVID-19 testing is scheduled to begin at the Orange County Convention Center on 3/25/2020 Wednesday for SPECIFIC GROUPS. In order to efficiently utilize resources, such as testing kits and Personal Protective Equipment, providing high-risk individuals these resources is crucial to protecting our communities. This testing center will initially begin only testing individuals at higher risk of contracting the disease of developing serious illness from it.
Those to test must meet the below criteria:
- Anyone 65 years old or older with an on-site temperature above 99.6 and respiratory symptoms.
- All first responders and heath care workers, regardless of symptom presence.
Osceola County Government is currently monitoring the status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, officials are asking for help from the community to minimize the potential spread of germs, and to monitor personal health.
On March 1, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order directing a Public Health Emergency and statewide response for Coronavirus Disease. Declaring a State of Emergency is a common proactive practice that allows state resources and personnel to respond to any incidents.
To better serve and assist residents regarding concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Florida Department of Health has established a Call Center to answer general questions residents and visitors may have. The phone number is 407-723-5004. The General Questions Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Please visit FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19 for current updates.
The Florida Department of Health's dedicated COVID-19 Call Center is 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24/7. Residents can also send questions via email at COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
Note: The Florida Department of Health is the lead agency monitoring infectious disease within the state of Florida. Osceola County Government is taking proactive steps to provide support to health officials and to follow DOH and CDC guidance.
Stop the Spread of Germs
Residents and visitors in Osceola County are asked to stay diligent with their personal health. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
More information can be found on the CDC's webpage.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fact Sheet
Symptoms and What To Do If You Are Sick
Wondering if you should you be tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19)? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a Coronavirus Self-Checker online, which is a simple guide to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care. Find the information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html.
This online checker does not replace the judgment of healthcare professionals or the performance of any clinical assessment. Patients with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness, and the symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath, and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Residents who suspect that they are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately and isolate themselves from others.
Residents who suspect that they are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Those residents should restrict activities outside of their home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
Note: Face masks are not necessary for the general public. Face masks are used routinely by healthcare professionals and individuals who are already sick.
More information can be found on the CDC's webpage.