Up and at 'em, Orlando! Let's get you started this Tuesday with everything you need to know going on in Orlando today.
First, today's weather:
Plenty of sunshine. High: 64 Low: 47.
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Here are the top five stories in Orlando today:
1. Legislation has advanced in Florida that would make it more difficult for people injured by medical providers to win compensation in court if the provider can attribute the harm to COVID-19. The bill comes as state leaders continue to play down the pandemic in public. The Florida Justice Association says the prior version of the bill has already prevented survivors of patients suffering from medical malpractice from bringing claims. (Florida Phoenix)
2. Winter in Florida: Local water parks will be closed over the next few days as Central Florida prepares to see its coldest temperatures of the season so far. Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay is closed until Tuesday. Aquatica is set to reopen on Tuesday. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon will remain closed Monday and Tuesday. (Click Orlando)
3. Seminole County leaders said there are still high concentrations of COVID-19 in Altamonte Springs’ and Casselberry’s wastewater. However, the delta variant has disappeared from detection for the first time since July. (WFTV)
4. Lake County activated its cold weather shelters Monday and will do so again today. Trinity Assembly of God and LifePointe Church will open from 5 p.m. until 7 a.m. Masks are required and there will be COVID-19 screenings at each shelter as well as hepatitis A, flu, and COVID-19 vaccines. (WESH)
5. Florida Wildlife Hospital in Brevard County is struggling to get donors and volunteers. The hospital treated more than 6,000 patients in 2021. The hospital saw its donations drop by nearly 50% due to the pandemic and the experience has been the same at non-profits around the state, while demand surges. (Spectrum News 13)
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Today in Orlando:
Osceola County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meeting. Virtual. (9:30 AM)
Boys Basketball Vs. Dr. Phillips at Boone High School. (4:30 PM)
In-Person: I Have a Dream Workshop at Fairview Shores Branch Library. (4:30 PM)
Varsity Girls Soccer Vs. Boone at Colonial High School (6:00 PM)
Orange County Animal Services Advisory Board Meeting at Orange County Facilities Training Room. (6:30 PM)
From my notebook:
Orlando Fire Department's Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials Teams completed confined space rescue assessments designed to identify strengths and weakness in the program as they continuously strive to improve their performance. (Facebook)
Florida reported nearly half a million new COVID-19 cases last week. (Orlando Weekly)
Get tickets today for Lyle Lovett & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on January 25th. (Facebook)
Sign up for one of the upcoming Disney Princess races — Princess 10k, Princess Half Marathon, or Fairy Tale Challenge (10k & Half Marathon) — and raise funds for Girls on the Run while you run. (Facebook)
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— Carlos Hernandez
About me: Hello my name is Carlos Hernandez and I am a food writer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. I write the food blog Carlos Eats (http://www.carloseats.com) and also contribute to several newspapers and magazines with food-related blogs and articles.