Florida Department of Health gives away 5,000 at-home COVID-19 test kits in Seminole County
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The Seminole County Government, along with the Florida Department of Health, gave out 5,000 free COVID-19 at-home, rapid test kits at the Oviedo Mall Tuesday. >>> STREAM CHANNEL 9 EYEWITNESS NEWS LIVE <<<Program Administrator Kelly Welch says the tests are accurate, universally accepted, and can be used in conjunction with telehealth providers. “This is a nasal hair test, so it doesn’t go all the way in,” Welch said. Check out CDC’s new videos for tips on performing a test at home and interpreting your results. pic.twitter.com/dM42fU5fia — CDC (@CDCgov) October 12, 2021Oviedo resident Garrett Pohl was among those who waited in line to get a kit.wftv.com
Oviedo Planning Board considering changes to Oviedo Mall development plans for future projects
OVIEDO, Fla. — The City of Oviedo’s Planning Board will meet Tuesday to consider whether to allow changes to future development at the Oviedo Mall. Manager Kevin Hipes has plans to use space left vacant by big stores to expand the property to include additional amenities like hotels and apartment homes. The plans call for redevelopment of the mall property to include mixed-use spaces as well as a hotel and a 55 and older apartment complex on the property where Macy’s once sat. Oviedo resident Rene Aquina says he walks through the mall every day with his wife and is looking forward to the improvements. “It’s good to see and hear that there is something going on at this mall,” Aquino said.wftv.com
Seminole County prepares to handle younger age groups for COVID-19 vaccine
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — The FDA is close to approving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 years old. That decision could come as early as next week, and Seminole County officials said they’re prepared to handle that age group. Plans to move to a smaller space at the Oviedo Mall on May 22 have been put on hold to accommodate the 28,000 youngsters in Seminole County that fall in the 12-to-15-year-old age group. Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said they have been preparing to vaccinate that age group for the last several weeks. READ: Stimulus news: More than 2 million sign petition asking Congress for recurring stimulus checkswftv.com
Seniors in Seminole County receive second dose of coronavirus vaccine
Both sisters were more than happy to finally be getting the second shot of the coronavirus vaccine after getting the first shot last month. It was just amazing how fast Seminole County got this together and how organized they were and we are very impressed,” DeBroske saidSeminole was the first county in the state to give the vaccine to the public last month. On Monday, officials said about 200 seniors were scheduled to get the second dose of the Moderna vaccine. Really a lot of hope here today as we help to really save lives,” Seminole County Emergency Management Director Alan Harris said. Harris said they will begin administering the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine this weekend for seniors who have appointments set up.
FDA chief encourages states to open Covid vaccines to older Americans, other groups
But in recent days, U.S. health officials have expressed concerns that the national guidance may be slowing the pace of vaccinations as states limit access to shots to certain people. More than 21.4 million doses of vaccine had been distributed across the U.S. as of Thursday, but just over 5.9 million doses have been administered, according to data compiled by the CDC. The number is a far cry from the federal government's goal of inoculating 20 million Americans by the end of 2020 and 50 million Americans by the end of this month. Global health experts had said distributing the vaccines to some 331 million Americans in a matter of months could prove to be much more complicated and chaotic than originally thought. J&J's vaccine requires only one shot, while Pfizer's and Moderna's vaccines require two doses about three to four weeks apart.cnbc.com
‘Help is on the way:’ Seminole begins delivering COVID-19 vaccine to those in need
(Louisa Gouliamaki/Pool via AP)SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Seminole County leaders say the process of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine has been going well thus far and now they’re looking to expand their efforts by delivering doses to those in need. There is no fee, it’s absolutely free of charge, this is supported by Seminole County government. So we are now at over 120 individuals in the hospital systems here in Seminole County with COVID,” Harris said. As vaccine efforts expand, he said Seminole County teachers are anxiously awaiting their shots. And Seminole County is ready, willing and able to do whatever we can to provide this vaccine,” he said.
As entertainment tastes change, Central Florida's shopping centers are evolving to stay relevant
While the outlets and Disney Springs have seen some return of pre-pandemic crowd levels, many Central Florida shopping centers continue to struggle. Now, across metro Orlando, even some of the most popular shopping centers are undergoing significant updates to appeal to the consumers of the twenty-first century.The evolution of shopping centers is nothing new for Central Florida. A family entertainment center, large movie theater, and other entertainment offerings haven’t done the trick. Similar art installations will also be found at the updated Fashion Square Mall and Winter Park Village. Instead, Orlando’s retail centers are evolving to become the mixed-use hangout spots that appeal to today’s consumer.orlandoweekly.com
Seminole County opens first vaccine site for elderly residents at Oviedo Mall
SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Seminole County was one of eight counties in the state selected for a pilot program that has workers distributing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Oviedo Mall this week. “We are the first county in the state to do this, and to have this vaccine site, open to the public,” Seminole County Chairman Lee Constantine said. He told News 6 Seminole County was selected and that it received 8,100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Jeff Wray said he’s one of those scheduled to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the Oviedo Mall. Seminole County, as well as other Central Florida county leaders, are working with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to expedite vaccine distribution to more of their residents.
Here’s how Seminole County residents 65 and older can schedule to get a COVID-19 vaccine
OVIEDO, Fla. – Seminole County health leaders announced they will begin administering the coronavirus vaccine to people over the age of 65 beginning on Monday. People who do not live in Seminole County also qualify for these doses but everyone must make an appointment. “This is for all of Central Florida, Seminole County just happens to be one of the pilot programs, Orange County right now is doing a dry run like we did last week right now at the convention center so we assume Orange County will probably be open pretty soon and other counties will follow suit very shortly,” Seminole County Emergency Manager Alan Harris said. Seminole County has received 8,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine but is working to secure more. “I just see it as the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Dr. Todd Husty, Seminole County Medical Director “This is game-changing.
Oviedo Mall Macy's will be renovated into a hotel and apartments
Another department store bites the dust of modern shopping, this time in Oviedo. After struggling to compete with online retailers and Orlando's Waterford Lakes mall, Oviedo Mall will be renovated out of its misery.On Monday, the Oviedo City Council approved a plan to renovate the large space in the mall into a 175-unit apartment for people 55 and older and a hotel, reports WFTV 9 It's not as though Orlando is immune to the stresses of brick and mortar retail; the City B's Fashion Square Mall is staring down developer plans for demolition too.Mall walkers, be advised. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Unlike many newspapers, ours is free and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Oviedo's Penguin Point Productions brings David Sedaris' 'SantaLand Diaries' to the mall
Penguin Point Productions a small theater troupe based out of the Oviedo Mall made waves this summer with their production of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, a theatrical experiment in which the lone actor isnt given the script until they step onstage. For the holidays, theyre tackling another one-person show, though one with decidedly less of an experimental bent. Its full of Sedaris brand of wry humor, and the prospect of watching the expos of Mall Santa culture in the middle of an actual mall is worth the price of admission alone.7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday & Tuesday, 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Dec. 12-16 | Penguin Point Productions, 1220 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo | penguinpointproductions.com | $20Consider supporting local journalism. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Oviedo Mall general manager says residential adult community could save business
OVIEDO, Fla. - Many teenagers practically lived at their local shopping malls in the early 1980s. Some of those same people could someday live at a mall again, literally, under a proposal to build apartments and a 55+ active adult residential community at the Oviedo Mall. Opened in 1998, the Oviedo Mall has struggled to compete with nearby shopping centers like Waterford Lakes and the proliferation of online retailers, according to Hipes. "It's never been a super-super successful mall," Hipes said. But he insists the addition of residential units is vital to the survival of the Oviedo Mall.
Oviedo Mall general manager says residential adult community could save business
A local real estate broker believes the best way to bring more life to the Oviedo Mall is to convert it to a mixed-use development with the addition of residential units. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.