This discussion page is for COVID-19 News.

💰Scams and Price Gouging
Floridians have seen an increased number of coronavirus-related scams, including phone calls regarding IRS stimulus payments and price gouging of essential items, like disinfectant sprays and wipes. Click here for more information on types of scams that have been reported.  Click here to report a scam or price gouging. 

🦠Florida's Confirmed Cases 
You can track the state's confirmed COVID-19 cases through the Florida Department of Health's Data and Surveillance Dashboard. Click here to view the dashboard.

👮🏾‍♂️Orange County Sheriff's Office Updates 
The Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) continues to protect the community and respond to calls, but please note that the Central Operations Complex and sector substations remain closed to the general public. Evictions and most public events remain suspended until further notice. Click here for additional OCSO updates.

👩🏼‍💼Orange County Government Updates
Orange County and all of its municipalities, including Orlando, remain under an 11 PM - 5 AM curfew. Click here for additional County updates.

🌻Lake Nona expands community art program with new collection of handcrafted sculptures. 

📺Governor DeSantis is expected to deliver announcements about the state task force plan to reopen Florida commerce in a news conference today (4/29) at 5:00 p.m.

🌲Lake Nona: In honor of the students in Lake Nona's four Orange County Public Schools, the community planted more than 6,000 slash pine tree seedlings – one for each student – as part of a multi-day process to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22) and National Arbor Day (April 24).

The slash pine seedlings were donated by Hathaway’s Tree Farm & Landscaping and available through the Florida Forest Service seedling program. In addition to Lake Nona, local partners including CEPRA Landscape, Down to Earth, and Landcare Group all contributed time and talents to facilitate the multi-day planting project.

Many of the newly planted trees were set along Lake Nona’s 40 miles of trails, numerous lakes, and winding waterways to further enhance the green space.

While initially small in size (6-8” on average), the seedlings are expected to grow quickly in the summer climate and could reach heights of 18-24” by the end of the season with expectations to double in height in the next year. Lake Nona’s horticulture team implements a comprehensive maintenance program to ensure the seedlings thrive in their new home.

While ambitious in scale for one week, Lake Nona’s robust landscaping program will continue to enhance the neighborhood with regular plantings across a wide range of trees, shrubs, and even wildflowers throughout the year across the 17-square-mile community.

🧾 HR 748 (CARES ACT) BREAKDOWN OF THE BILL

  • EMERGENCY RELIEF
    • $100 billion for health care providers and hospitals fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
    • $27 billion for developing vaccines and the development, purchase, and distribution of other critical, life-saving supplies.
    • $45 billion (over double the amount currently available) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund to help state, local, and tribal leaders respond.
  • DIRECT PAYMENTS
    • This legislation provides tax-free payments (treated as a refundable tax credit) as follows:
      • Couples who earn up to $150,000 receive $2,400, plus an added $500 for each child.
      • Individuals who earn up to $75,000 receive $1,200, plus an added $500 for each child.
      • For individuals earning over $75,000, head of household filers earning $112,500, and married couples filing joint tax returns earning $150,000, these payments phase out.
      • States may increase unemployment benefits temporarily and receive federal reimbursement for that increase. The Act encourages states to waive the usual one-week waiting period and provides an added 13 weeks of benefits.
      • Creates a new program to help self-employed and independent contractors who are unemployed as a result of the pandemic.
      • The Act allows payment forbearance for federally backed mortgages, and it requires a foreclosure and eviction moratorium for homeowners with the before-mentioned mortgages. It also creates an eviction moratorium for renters in federally funded housing.
      • Suspends fines and penalties for those who take out up to $100,000 from their retirement accounts.
      • For those on high-deductible health plans with health savings accounts, telehealth services may be covered before a patient reaches the deductible.
      • Provides $3.5 billion in emergency funding for childcare providers to stay open, keep payroll, and prioritize the childcare needs of essential workers across the nation.
  • THE ECONOMY
    • Nearly $350 billion in partially forgivable loans for small businesses and nonprofits with 500 or fewer employees. The maximum loan amount for 7(a) business loans will be temporarily increased.
    • $17 billion to forgive up to six months of payments on any current Small Business Administration non-disaster loans.
    • $10 billion for an expansion of the emergency disaster loan program for offering advances on loan applications to swiftly help small businesses cover expenses like rent, sick leave, and payroll.
    • Funds to offer businesses impacted by COVID-19 a tax credit of $5,000 for wages paid to each employee.
    • $500 billion for the Treasury and Federal Reserve to provide liquidity and purchase business, municipal, and state debt.
    • And, if needed, the Federal Reserve can leverage funds of more than $4 trillion in financial support during this period of disaster.

🏢 Lake Nona installs View® smart windows across commercial projects.

🕚 FL Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide 30-day stay-at-home order.

🥇2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo have been postponed to summer 2021; the new opening ceremony is scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021.

🕚Mayor Jerry Demings issued a stay-at-home order for Orange County, FL beginning Thursday, March 26 at 11 PM and lasting for 2 weeks until April 9 at 11 PM.

🕚Mayor Jerry Demings issued a curfew for Orange County, FL from 11 PM Friday, March 20 to 5 AM Saturday, March 21. The curfew will be in effect every night until further notice.

💵Tax Day and the income tax filing deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15. No penalties will occur.