Seminole County provides COVID-19, Seminole CARES update

The county currently has 692 active cases of COVID-19

Students head back to school in Seminole County
Students head back to school in Seminole County

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Leaders in Seminole County held a news conference Wednesday to provide county updates on COVID-19 and to discuss Seminole CARES grants.

Speakers in attendance at Wednesday’s conference included Seminole County Chairman Jay Zembower, Medical Directory Dr. Todd Husty and Florida Department of Health in Seminole Health Officer Donna Walsh.

Seminole County opened its portal Wednesday for families to apply for financial assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

The individual grant program stems from the county’s portion of CARES Act funding with leaders allocating $7 million to help those impacted by the pandemic.

The county expects to wrap up its program for businesses Wednesday. Find the link to both applications here.

According to officials, over 3,300 small business applicants have registered for Seminole CARES Small Business Grants and 1,458 have completed applications.

5:15P.M. UPDATE: The Board of County Commissioners remains committed to helping all eligible applicants. At present,...

Posted by Seminole County FL on Wednesday, August 26, 2020

In an update Wednesday afternoon, Seminole County officials said more than 7,000 accounts had been created by 4 p.m. More than 2,900 applications were still considered drafts and more than 3,000 others had been successfully submitted. At that time, 1,800 email addresses were in the queue awaiting confirmation, officials said.

Also in the update, county leaders were asking residents not to submit their email addresses more than once and to avoid creating profiles with multiple email addresses.

An update on the backlogged email confirmations is expected once the issue is resolved, according to the post from Seminole County.

COVID-19 testing sites continue to operate in Seminole County. Residents wanting to receive a test should visit the following test site.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750 (Parking Lot across the street)
  • Thursday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood, FL 32750 (Parking Lot across the street)

On Wednesday the Florida Department of Health reported 28 new coronavirus cases bringing the county’s total to 7,839. The total is a running total since the virus was first detected in March.

The county currently has 692 active cases according to Walsh.

The FDOH also reported an increase of five deaths in the county. Seminole County has had 169 deaths related to COVID-19.

Walsh added that there are currently 77 hospitalizations in Seminole County.

550 people total have been hospitalized after complications from the virus thus far.