Orlando commissioner works to educate Black communities about COVID-19 vaccine
ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando commissioner went door-to-door in Washington Shores Tuesday in an effort to educate people prominently Black neighborhoods in his district about where to go to get one. News 6 followed Bakari Burns as he walked through Washington Shores knocking on doors and passing out flyers. “I’m disappointed that the vaccine seems to be unavailable in parts of our community that our hardest hit by COVID-19,” Burns said. RIGHT NOW: City commissioner @orldistrict6 about to go door to door in Washington Shores letting seniors know about resources available in their community and how to get the covid-19 vaccine. @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/ctbAV09AKm — Jerry Askin (@JerryAskinNews6) February 16, 2021Mattie Streeter, 83, said she’s been trying to get her COVID-19 vaccine for what seems like forever, but the access in her Washington Shores neighborhood seems low.
Lake County set to accept applications Phase II of funds from CARES Act
LAKE COUNTY, Fla. Lake County officials are getting ready to accept applications for Phase II of the funds from the CARES ACT. County officials said the eligibility criteria for businesses to obtain funding from a $16 million program will be expanded on Sept. 8. The county listed a chart at this link so businesses can see if they meet the criteria to apply for funds. County officials said they are planning how to most effectively allocate an additional $48 million in CARES Act funding. Anyone with questions can call the Lake County CARES Act helpline at 352-268-9299, employees take calls 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
CDC offers safety tips as students are set to return to school amid COVID-19 pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. Students are set to return to school in Central Florida in August and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted a list of safety tips as kids return to class amid the pandemic. Districts should also also have clean and disinfecting plans in place for commonly touched areas of the school. Each district should have a contact tracing plan in place, according to the CDC. The CDC said around 95 percent of COVID-19 cases in the country are adult patients, but students could be asymptomatic. Health officials note this is easier at elementary school compared to middle school and high school.
FHSAA will keep current fall sports schedule for now
ORLANDO, Fla. The Florida High School Athletic Association will keep the current fall sports schedule for now. An emergency meeting was held on Monday night to see how fall sports could move forward. Another meeting will be held later this week. News 6 Sports Anchor Ryan Welch said there was talk of possibility extending the end of the fall season. More than 4,000 people tuned into the emergency meeting online on Monday.
Tickets to be limited to 2 per graduate for graduation ceremonies for Volusia County High Schools
Tickets for graduation ceremonies for Volusia County High Schools will be limited to two per graduate, according to the school district. School officials said rehearsals and ceremonies will be held at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center from July 6-11. With more than 4,000 graduates and their families, there is no way to meet every persons desires and expectations for how graduation ceremonies should be conducted. Volusia County Schools posted this link showing the rehearsal time and graduation ceremony time for each high school. School officials will post a link to the livestream of the graduation ceremonies at a later time.
Florida gyms, studios given green light to reopen by Gov. Ron DeSantis
Ron DeSantis officially gave gyms, fitness centers and studios the OK to reopen starting Monday as Florida enters the full phase one of his reopening plans amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under the White House guidelines, gyms could have opened under the first stage but DeSantis said he held off on that step after speaking to state health officials. DeSantis said all fitness centers need to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on social distancing and sanitation. DeSantis said gyms with outdoor or warehouse-style spaces such as CrossFit will be better prepared to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The only businesses not given the go-ahead to reopen in Florida that were included in the White House phase one reopening guidelines are movie theaters.
Central Florida summer camps adapt during pandemic
With the summer season quickly approaching, many parents are having conversations about summer camp but in the midst of cornavirus the questions remains if camps are still happening at all and, if so, what will they look like during a pandemic. He tells News 6, his oldest son went to camp last summer, and that he and his wife were hoping that opportunity would still be available this summer. He said, when they reached out to the Growing Together Academy about summer programs. Trimble said summer camp for his son will include more STEM related activities, and projects where it’s easier to social distance. The city of Winter Springs announced their summer programs have been cancelled opting to do things virtually.