Orange Co. Reports Percentage of COVID Viral Remains Decreased in Wastewater; rent assistance always available; Magic Dinner Month Details



From the Orange County Newsroom

As of Sunday, September 12, 2021, the Florida Department of Health reports that Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is 13.31%. Additional county statistics include:

  • Level of community transmission of CDC: HIGH
  • Eligible residents (12+) who received a dose of vaccine: 71%
  • Eligible residents (12+) who have completed their vaccination series: 57.23%
  • Total number of positive cases for residents of Orange County: 218,984
  • Total number of deaths in Orange County: 1,780


The United States Supreme Court ended the CDC’s moratorium on evictions on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

If the COVID-19 pandemic has wracked your family with rent, or if you are facing an eviction, you are not alone. If your household is behind in paying rent, the Orange County Emergency Rental Assistance Program may be able to help. Eligible residents can receive up to 12 months of past due rent and up to one month of future rent, up to a total of $ 20,000. To date, $ 8.5 million has been distributed to keep 1,508 families in their homes.

Residents can visit to review program details, required documents, frequently asked questions, and to check if their address is eligible.


The Orange County Government Utilities Department continues to participate in the National Wastewater Monitoring System. The program monitors wastewater from water collection facilities to analyze the concentration and spread of the coronavirus.

Current samples have been included in beta testing for four additional mutations and two new variants of the coronavirus. Based on these tests, the Lambda and Mu variants were not detected in any of their service areas.

Below is the latest information:

  • North-West water recovery installation – APOPKA
    Concentrations fell from 154,243 in June to 990,970 on September 9
    542% increase over the number of viral remains in June. However, this is a percentage drop from the last report on August 29, which was a 945% increase over June figures.

REMARK: The Apopka Voice contacted the Orange County Utilities Department on August 13, 2021 and spoke with Sarah Lux, the public information officer regarding COVID-19 in wastewater. Specifically, we asked if a person could contract COVID-19 through reclaimed water, and they responded “No – no viruses are left in the water after being treated.” She went on to explain that even raw sewage contains only “dead and non-viable fragments” of COVID-19, which, even in raw form, would not transmit the virus to humans. She explained that the raw sewage is then “intensively treated” and is “extremely clean” so that even the dead and non-viable fragments are not in the water by the time they arrive on a property to be. used as reclaimed water for irrigation.


  • South water recovery facility

Concentrations fell from 149,113 in May to 804,578 on September 9; this is a 440% increase from the number of viral remains in May

  • Eastern water collection facility

Concentrations fell from 267,916 in May to 1,508,714 on September 9; this is a 463% increase from the number of viral remains in May


As a reminder, the Econ soccer complex test site will now operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The former Clarcona Primary School and Barnett Park test sites will remain operational from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. site, unless otherwise specified.

  • Former site of Clacona primary school in APOPKA
    3607 Damon Rd, Apopka, Florida 32703
    Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
    No pedestrians, only four (4) people per vehicle

For other COVID-19 testing locations, please visit


The Orange County Department of Health Services continues to offer free COVID-19 drive-thru vaccines – Pfizer and Moderna – at Camping World Stadium. Vaccines are available for people 12 years of age and older receiving their first or second dose only. Minors must have a legal guardian present at the time of vaccination.

  • World camping stadium
    1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, Florida 32805
    Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until capacity is reached
    No appointment required, only four (4) people per vehicle

For more information or additional locations for COVID-19 vaccines, please visit


Visit Orlando’s annual Magical Dining Month continues through Sunday, October 17, 2021. Customers can support some of Orange County’s best restaurants by purchasing a three-course prix fixe dinner for $ 37 per person. Plus, thanks to Visit Orlando, $ 1 from each meal served will benefit Pathlight HOME and IDignity, both of which help fight homelessness in central Florida.

Many restaurants will have outdoor seating options, as well as take-out and delivery service. For more information or a list of participating restaurants, visit



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