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It is incredible how fast things can change! In our last issue (June/July), we included a story in our Tidbits section about Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings at the State of the County Address where he announced that the county was no longer in a state of emergency and all pandemic County mandates were lifted. Unfortunately, that didn't last too long. With the daily COVID-19 infection rates surpassing 15%, Mayor Demings announced on July 28, 2021, that the County was now back in a state of emergency.

Fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant, COVID-19 continues to pose a public health threat to the people of Orange County. The Centers for Disease Control has determined that levels of community transmission in Orange County, Florida are "high" which is the highest classification provided. So what can you do? Get Tested & Get Vaccinated!


In partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, Orange County Government’s Health Services Department is providing free, convenient drive-thru vaccinations at Barnett Park.

Hours: Seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The site may close earlier than 5 p.m. due to reaching its daily capacity)

Location: 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808

Additional vaccination opportunities are available through AdventHealth Centra Care, Federal Retail Pharmacies (including Walgreens, CVS & Publix) and the #IGotMyShot Mobile Vaccination Trailer.

Drive-Thru Testing is also being conducted at Barnett Park. Before you go, please note the following:

  • Online pre-registration is required, but no appointments are necessary.

  • You do not need to be an Orange County resident to be tested.

  • You can only select one type of test, Molecular PCR or Rapid Antigen, per day.

  • Enter the testing site from the main Colonial Dr. entrance.

  • Testing is free and there is no co-pay.

  • No age requirement and no symptoms requirement.

  • Drive-thru testing only, no walk-ups

  • No more than four individuals per vehicle

*NOTE - Information regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccinations are being updated frequently. For the most current information, please visit

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