Orange County

Orange Co. Health Officer: Virus Data Pointing In Right Direction

Jul 28, 2020
Dr Raul Pino
Orange County Government

Orange County’s coronavirus numbers are starting to trend in the right direction, according to the county’s health officer.

Health Official In Orange Co: Mask Mandate May Be Making An Impact

Jun 30, 2020
Dr. Raul Pino
Orange TV

The Florida Department of Health’s health officer for Orange County, Dr. Raul Pino, says the county’s mask mandate may be having an impact on the spread of coronavirus. 

Orange County’s Post Memorial Day Coronavirus Surge

Jun 25, 2020
a chart of orange county coronavirus cases
Orange TV

Coronavirus cases in Orange County have surged as lockdown restrictions eased after Memorial Day. The health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Dr. Raul Pino said 58% of all COVID-19 cases in the county have been diagnosed since June 11th.

Orange County Orders Face Masks In Public Spaces Beginning Saturday

Jun 19, 2020
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings signs and executive order mandating the wearing of face masks in public.
Orange County

Every person working, visiting or doing business in Orange County will have to wear a face covering in any public space starting Saturday at midnight.

3,300 Apply, But Problems Persist With Orange Co. CARES Act Portal

Jun 10, 2020
The website was overwhelmed with applications for the second day in a row.
ocfl.net

More than 50,000 Orange County residents have logged onto a county portal to apply for a one-time, $1,000 dollar CARES ACT grant.

Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

Orange County is seeing a huge spike in hepatitis A cases.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Free flu and hepatitis shots will be available at a drive-thru clinic in Orange County tomorrow. Nurse practitioners will be available to administer the vaccines while people are still in their cars.

A green garden
Flickr Creative Commons

West Orange County will be getting a clinic for uninsured pediatric patients in the new year. It will feature a radiology unit and a community garden.

Medical Examiner May Be First To Use CT Scanner

Aug 3, 2018
WMFE

The Orange County medical examiner wants to be the first in Florida to use CT scanning technology for autopsies.

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By the end of the year, most Florida Department of Health offices will offer a drug that if taken preventatively, can reduce the risk of contracting HIV. 

Photo courtesy of Orlando Memory

What happens when someone exhibiting mental health issues becomes a neighborhood menace? During our Sunshine Week series, 90.7 News Director Catherine Welch tracked one man’s journey through the criminal justice system and the frustration of neighbors worried for their safety.

WMFE

Florida Hospital is opening a new hospital in Apopka on Wednesday.

The Orange County Commission will vote Tuesday on whether to ban medical marijuana treatment centers in unincorporated parts of the county.

Orange County plans to spray 85,000 acres for mosquitoes starting this week.

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The man suspected of killing two Florida police officers will undergo a competency evaluation before his first court hearing.

Orange County

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is looking to update sidewalks to make them comply with the Americans with Disabilities act.

Orange County

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is looking to update sidewalks to make them comply with the Americans with Disabilities act.

Longwood Will Replace Septic Tanks Near Wekiwa Springs

Oct 26, 2016
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Longwood is getting more than $800,000 to replace septic tanks near Wekiwa Springs State Park.

Photo: Wedgefield Homeowner's Association.

When voters pick new Orange County commissioners this election, one issue will be front and center for east Orange residents: Water quality.

CVS store
WMFE

CVS is planning to bring 500 new jobs to Orange County. The Orange County Commission this week approved a $300,000 property tax rebate for Caremark LLC, part of a $1.5 million incentive package from Florida.

Central FL Public Defender Questions Arrests Over Counseling

Sep 23, 2015
WMFE

More kids aged 5 to 10 get arrested in Orange and Osceola Counties than any other county in Florida. That’s according to public defender Robert Wesley, who says more of those arrests are happening during the school year than in the summer months. 

WMFE

Accidental deaths from drug use is up 26 percent in Orange and Osceola counties, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Heroin overtook cocaine as the deadliest street drug last year. Heroin was found in 89 deaths in Orange and Osceola counties last year, that’s compared to 19 heroin-related deaths in 2011.

Cocaine was a close second, with 88 deaths, and was often used in combination with other drugs. That’s an 89 percent increase from 2012.

Central Florida health officials have confirmed another flu-related death, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The 63-year-old diabetic woman who died Wednesday is the third patient in Brevard County this year to succumb to the H1N1 strain of the virus. 

Steve Newborn

 Two more flu-related deaths have been reported in Orange County, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The most recent deaths include a child and a 54-year-old woman who worked in the auditing department at Florida Hospital.

    

The woman, Mary Lamb, had the H1N1 strain of the flu and spent 18 days on a respirator before dying, her husband said. That strain also has been linked to the deaths of two women in their 30s in Brevard County.

Florida Hospital Apopka is planning to double the number of beds by moving, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The project will require approval by the state. As the Sentinel reports, this plan by Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc. shows the increased competition with Orlando Health-owned Health Central for patients in west Orange County.

Deaths from domestic violence have risen so sharply that Orange County is bringing back a special panel to look at cracks in the system that might be contributing to the increase.

Movements in Orange and Miami-Dade counties to pass local measures requiring employers to offer paid sick leave to their workers may be pre-empted by Republicans who intend to pass legislation to bar such local actions.