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Orange County Convention Center COVID-19 Information

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is closely monitoring the global COVID-19 outbreak. The OCCC team has increased precautionary measures and communication throughout the facility. The safety of our guests and attendees is our No. 1 priority and swift proactive measures have been taken in response to a rapidly evolving situation.

We continue to monitor the situation through updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Public Health, along with direct dialogue with Orange County Government officials. The OCCC is adhering to guidelines from the CDC and continues to urge people to take routine health precautions, such as covering their mouths when they cough and sneeze, washing hands regularly and observing social distancing.

The OCCC is meeting on a regular basis with key stakeholders at Orange County Government, the Florida Department of Health, Visit Orlando and partner agencies to evaluate this new and rapidly changing situation. The OCCC is also actively monitoring CDC and WHO updates for further information.


On-site Preparedness Plan

The OCCC recommends conventions implement handshake-free meetings and conventions for the foreseeable future.


On-site Medical Providers (Contracted by Clients)

Clients are working with their medical providers for EMTs and Nurses on site for screening protocols. Should a screening reveal an elevated risk for an attendee, the person will be isolated immediately to prevent exposure and the on-site medical provider will contact the Florida Department of Health and an Epidemiologist will be notified immediately.


Sanitation Measures

The OCCC has a disinfectant procedure in place for nightly and day cleanings during move-in and throughout conventions, which adhere to the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) guidance. There is also an increased number of hand sanitation sites available at the OCCC and surrounding campus, providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer for all attendees and staff.

Other precautionary measures include enhancing onsite communications and signage regarding safe traveler tips, increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms and commonly touched objects like hand railings, door handles and ongoing training for OCCC staff and partners regarding best practices for providing a safe and healthy environment.


Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, along with community leaders, law enforcement and public health officials, hosted a news conference to discuss the COVID-19 situation and provide County operation updates. Watch: https://youtu.be/N70vk_4aXoo

The Orange County Convention Center Regional Temporary Drive-Through Testing Site will change its criteria effective April 1, 2020 – no longer having an age requirement. Requirements will now include fever of 99.6 or higher AND respiratory symptoms, OR pre-existing conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, chronic lung disease, cancer and chronic kidney disease. Healthcare workers and first responders can get tested, regardless of symptoms. Information can be found at www.ocfl.net/coronavirus.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, along with community leaders, law enforcement and public health officials, hosted a news conference to discuss the COVID-19 situation and provide County operation updates. Watch: https://youtu.be/4kWDUmNfJF4

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, along with U.S. Representative Val Demings, community leaders, law enforcement and public health officials, hosted a news conference to discuss the COVID-19 situation and provide County operation updates. Watch: https://youtu.be/OgAOH0wIZT0

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, along with community leaders, law enforcement and public health officials, hosted a news conference to discuss the COVID-19 situation and provide County operation updates. Watch: https://youtu.be/Q1-qxklsFwk

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has ordered all non-essential retail and commercial businesses to close and all residents to stay home from non-essential travel. This order began 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 Orange County is ordered to stay at home as much as possible, with exceptions for businesses and travel deemed “essential.” For the complete Executive Order visit, www.ocfl.net/Coronavirus. Watch the full news conference: https://youtu.be/KKqvZOE1XMU

A drive-thru, community-based Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing site opened on Wednesday, March 25 at 9 a.m. at the Orange County Convention Center for individuals that meet select criteria.

Testing is available only for individuals who are 65 years of age or older who have COVID-19 symptoms and first responders and healthcare workers. Those 65 and older MUST have an on-site temperature of 99.6 degrees or higher and respiratory symptoms and bring an ID to be tested. First responders (firefighters, law enforcement/corrections and medical staff with a valid agency ID) do not have to have symptoms to be tested. The test site is drive-thru only and will be limited to 250 tests per day. Plan accordingly, be patient and be prepared to wait inside your vehicle.

Please view this PDF for more information. Click here to view the screening and testing site directions and map.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, along with community leaders and public health officials, hosted a news conference to discuss COVID-19 safety precautions and County updates. Watch: https://youtu.be/2VCM6lzT1Ws

On March 21, the Florida Department of Emergency Management and Department of Health provided guidelines on the state run COVID-19 drive through test collection site at the Orange County Convention Center slated to open sometime next week. Please view this PDF for more information.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, along with community leaders and public health officials, hosted a news conference to discuss COVID-19 safety precautions and County updates. To help ensure public safety measures and encourage social distancing, a daily curfew for Orange County has been implemented (March 20, 2020), effective daily from 11 p.m. through 5 a.m. Exemptions for the curfew include essential workers like medical, government and first responders, as well as residents reporting for regular work. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office will enforce this curfew starting March 20, 2020 and moving forward. Watch: https://youtu.be/_ryIFCtmnJg

Community-Based Testing Sites are state-managed and locally executed operations integrated with broader state public health services which may require varying levels of federal personnel support. The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) remains the lead federal agency for the management of the response to COVID-19. HHS Regions will provide technical medical expertise, employ supplemental medical personnel, and manage the delivery of testing supplies to State-designated logistics sites. FEMA’s role has been assisting HHS with planning, coordination, logistics, and outreach with supporting states to identify sites and operational requirements. Media inquiries about testing sites are best-directed to state and local officials who are managing or running the sites. Media inquiries and interview requests for HHS should go to ASPRMEDIA@hhs.gov. Media inquiries about FEMA’s role should be directed to 202-646-3272 or FEMA-News-Desk@fema.dhs.gov.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, along with community leaders and public health officials, hosted a news conference to discuss COVID-19 safety precautions and County updates. Watch: https://vimeo.com/398626701

On March 16, the Orange County Convention Center committed to working with local, state and federal partners to provide the Destination Flat Parking Lot as a drive-through Community-Based Testing Site for the Central Florida region. This will not impact business operations and all testing will take place externally in the Destination Flat Parking Lot at 5980 Destination Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819. As a community partner, we offered the remote Destination Flat Parking Lot to assist the region in its time of need. The external Destination Flat Parking Lot is a remote location away from the West and North-South Buildings and its use for this purpose will in no way negatively impact the safety and security of our employees and future guests.

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, along with community leaders and public health officials, hosted a news conference to discuss COVID-19 safety precautions and County updates. Watch: https://youtu.be/sMFCBKcN814

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, along with public health officials, hosted a news conference to discuss COVID-19 safety precautions and County updates. Watch: https://vimeo.com/397636176

Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings held a news conference about County preparations for COVID-19. Watch: https://vimeo.com/397298989

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings hosted a press conference on March 5, at 5 p.m. to update the public on the COVID-19 situation and impact to Orange County. It will be held at the Orange County Administration Center, 201 S. Rosalind Avenue, Room 105, next to the commission chambers. Watch: https://youtu.be/OH3lK4Vw8gA

The Florida Department of Health is the lead agency monitoring communicable disease within the state of Florida. Orange County Government is taking proactive steps to provide support to health officials.

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 Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Orange County Government is 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. Watch: https://vimeo.com/395064567

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