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Dr. Raul Pino Appointed Orange County Health Director

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FILE - Dr. Raul Pino shares data on Orange County's COVID-19 cases during Orange County Mayor Jerry Deming's COVID-19 press update on August 5, 2021. File photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Mayor Jerry L. Demings has appointed Dr. Raul Pino as the next Orange County Director of Health Services.

“Dr. Pino is a revered public health expert in Orange County,” said Mayor Demings. “He has an exceptional reputation amongst our citizens, as well as the professional medical community in Central Florida.”

Dr. Pino served as the Chief Health Officer of the Department of Health in Orange County for the past three years. From March 2020, Pino worked side-by-side with Mayor Demings through 166 COVID-19 news conferences.

As the Director of the Health Services Department, Dr. Pino will oversee all strategic, operational and fiscal responsibilities of the department. This includes the oversight of the county’s Corrections Health Services, Drug-Free Office, Orange County Medical Clinic, Animal Services and Mosquito Control Division, as well as any response to unique public health matters affecting county residents.

“Dr. Pino has a rich history in working with our Health Services Department to meet the needs of our community,” said Mayor Demings. “During these most recent years, Dr. Pino’s leadership has been instrumental in the success of our public health initiatives, including our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Dr. Pino’s educational background includes a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Instituto Superior de Ciencicias Medicas de la Universidad de La Habana, Havana, Cuba, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Prior to coming to the state of Florida in 2019, Dr. Pino served as the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Health from 2015-2019.

“He has proven himself as an asset to our public health efforts and will continue to provide valuable leadership to our community in his new role with Orange County,” added the Mayor.

Dr. Pino’s appointment will be effective April 26, 2022, upon approval by the Board of County Commissioners. His first day as Health Services Director will be May 2, 2022.

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VIDEO: Dr. Krishna Tewari on COVID-19, its Permanent Impact on Medicine, Medical Policy and His Network

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Dr. Krishna Tewari talks with FNN Politics & Power Series host Mellissa Thomas during an interview on the show April 28, 2022. Image: Florida National News (screen capture).

TAMPA, Fla. (FNN) – In this week’s episode of the FNN Politics & Power Series, Dr. Krishna Tewari, hospitalist and CEO of Inpatient Specialists Group, LLC, spoke with Mellissa about his network of fellow hospitalists, the COVID-19 pandemic and its permanent impact on medical innovation, the impact of Tampa’s growing population on his business, and more.

Catch new episodes of the FNN Politics & Power Series every Thursday at 1pm ET on Facebook (@Florida National News or @FNN News TV) or on YouTube (www.youtube.com/c/floridanationalnews).

 

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Orlando International Airport Ends Mask Mandate

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Travelers wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 wait in line at the American Airlines ticket counter at Orlando International Airport. Photo: FOX 5.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Following a Federal Court decision and updated directives from the Transportation Security Administration, the wearing of facial coverings will no longer be mandated at Orlando International Airport.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, which runs OIA, released the following statement:

“The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority will continue to remain vigilant in its efforts to promote a safe, secure and sanitized environment for its guests through the enhanced cleaning methods we’ve enacted over the course of the pandemic. However, the signage and messaging throughout the airport campus will be removed to support the current enforcement climate.

“The CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings as a preventative measure against COVID-19. Each individual can proceed to wear a face mask if they feel it is important for their health and the health of their family. We can expect that some of our industry partners may require a mask be worn in our airports and we need to respect that decision as well.”

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Online Portal Opens Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 8 a.m. for the City of Orlando’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP2)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Source: City of Orlando // On Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 8 a.m. the City of Orlando’s online portal will open to begin accepting applications to provide Emergency Rental Assistance for households that have been financially impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

City of Orlando households looking to apply should visit orlando.gov/assistance.

The program, a partnership with KPMG and Neighborly Software, is funded with $6.8 million in COVID-19 Relief Funds from the U.S. Department of Treasury.
Per the Treasury Department’s requirements for this ERAP2 program, to be eligible, a household must:

  • Include one or more individuals within the household who has qualified for unemployment benefits or experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship during or due, directly or indirectly, to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Include one or more individuals within the household who demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability;
  • Have a household income at or below 80% of the area median income ($61,050 for a family of four), with priority given to households at or below 50% of the area median income ($38,150 for a family of four) or that have a household member who has been unemployed for 90 days; and
  • Submit proof of occupancy in the rental residence – this can include a copy of a lease, rental agreement, rent receipts, evidence of regular rental payments, or any other documents that show proof of occupancy.

The City of Orlando’s program will have additional eligibility requirements and program guidelines including:

  • Rental assistance is provided for past-due rent and up to three months of prospective rent payments. The total amount of assistance, including any assistance received under the first phase of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, may not exceed 18 months.
  • Rental assistance payments will be made directly to the landlord.
  • The applicant’s monthly rental rate may be no more than $4,000 per month.
  • Assistance with utility payments will not be provided unless the utilities are billed as part of the lease.
  • Housing Stability Services will be available through counseling to prevent evictions, or to assist tenants in finding new housing and when necessary, pay fees, deposits, and rent for the new unit.

For more information on eligibility requirements and/or to begin the application process, Orlando residents should visit orlando.gov/assistance.

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