On the afternoon of March 11, 2020, Mayor Megan Sladek joined Governor Ron DeSantis and Chairman Jay Zembower of the Board of County Commissioners by declaring a state of emergency in response to the Novo Coronavirus or COVID-19.
The declaration allows the City of Oviedo to waive formal procedures, which may be required by City policy or law. The waving of such procedures allows City Administration and First Responders to act more flexibly and quickly should the need arise.
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel Coronavirus across the United States. They now know from recent data that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
Learn more about making your own cloth face covering by following this link.
The CDC has also suggested that individuals and event organizers postpone gatherings of 10 individuals or more and have advised individuals to protect themselves by:
- Washing hands for 20 seconds after using the restroom, after coughing, and after sneezing.
- When unable to wash hands, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Use a tissue to cover your mouth during coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you do not have a tissue, please cough away from people into your arm.
- Wipe down work spaces, the interior of vehicles, hand tools, cell phones, and other commonly touched surfaces with an alcohol-based disinfecting product several times per day.
- Practicing common sense social distancing, especially from those who are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory illness.
If you feel that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, such as, fever, cough, and shortness of breath, isolate yourself and stay in touch with your doctor or a health professional by phone before you get medical care. If you are symptomatic and experience a medical emergency, call 911 and notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19.
City Facility, Events, and program closures
The City of Oviedo has limited City Hall, the City Hall Annex, Public Safety, Fire Stations, Fire Administration, and Public Works access to staff only until further notice. Previously closed recreation buildings will remain closed, and City events remain suspended. City operations and services will continue as usual during this time, and City operators are on duty to assist you at 407-971-5555.
Oviedo Fire Rescue will continue normal operations providing Fire and EMS services to Oviedo and the surrounding community.
Effective March 20, 2020, the Fire Administration Building, Fire Station 44/46 and Fire Station 48 are temporarily closed to visitors until further notice.
In a continued effort to protect the community and your firefighters, Oviedo Fire Rescue is temporarily postponing certain community outreach programs including blood pressure checks, station tours and visits, unit displays at events, and smoke detector installations in the home.
Our sharps exchange program procedures will temporarily be changed to the following:
- If possible please hold on to your sharps containers until we return to normal operations.
- If you are unable to do so, call 407-971-5611 during normal business hours to schedule a drop off time and location.
- Please do not leave containers outside of the Fire Administration Building or the Fire Stations until arrangements have been made to do so.
𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝗺𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆, 𝗽𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝟵𝟭𝟭 - 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗴𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. Our Emergency Communications Center team will ask you certain health specific questions to ensure personal protective equipment is worn as needed. We thank you for working with us and know we are here for you.
WHAT TO FLUSH
The City of Oviedo reminds customers that only toilet paper should be flushed; sewer systems are designed to take away wastewater from sinks and baths and take away toilet paper and human waste flushed down the toilet. Items such as disposable wipes, paper towels, tissues, disposable diapers, feminine products, cotton balls, bandages, prescriptions, cleaning wipes or trash of any kind can create blockages in sewers or damage to the environment by putting it down the toilet.
Despite being advertised as “flushable,” disposable wipes are not meant to be disposed of in a toilet.
Updated 6/11/2020 5:34 PM