Here are some updates from Osceola County’s Executive Policy Group briefing Friday:
Osceola County is assessing reopening county offices and facilities now that the state of Florida has been allowed to move to Phase II of its re-opening plan. City of Kissimmee offices and reception areas will open Monday, and the first floor of Building A (Building and Permitting departments and St. Cloud Utilities offices) are open, and the Tax Collectors office in Building B is open by appointment only.
Local public swimming facilities are open or have plans to. The Bob Makinson Aquatic Center in Kissimmee will open on June 15 with limited capacity and coronavirus considerations. The Chris Lytle Pool in St. Cloud has already opened for exercise and swim lessons and lap swimming only and by appointment. Also in St. Cloud, all parks, playgrounds and splash pads are set to re-open on Thursday, June 11.
Vianca McCluskey, Director of the Florida Department of Health in Osceola County, reported that of the 20 COVID-19 related deaths in Osceola County since March, seven have come at long-term health facilities, where staffs are being tested for the virus regularly.
The county opened its third round of rental and foreclosure assistance on Monday, accepting 500 more applications — and getting them in 14 minutes before the system closed.
There will be COVID-19 testing at eight different locations over the next week spread from Poinciana to Kissimmee to St. Cloud to Holopaw, thanks to efforts of the Florida Department of Health in Osceola County and Osceola Community Health Services, Prescriptions Unlimited, and Quest Diagnostics at Wal Mart. Check back this weekend for time and location information.
The Orange-Osceola District 9 court system is operating at a Level II operations, with ability to have limited in-person hearings and meetings. Those will court business are urged to check www.ninthcircuit.org to see if their business or hearings are still being held virtually/