If you plan on visiting Orlando, Fla. and any of the surrounding theme parks that Central Florida has to offer, you might want to pay attention to the daily Covid-19 numbers coming out of Orange County. In fact, Mayor Jerry Demings said in a press conference that the county is once again in “crisis mode” as they are reporting over 1,000 new Covid-19 cases per day. Here’s what you need to know.
Orange County, Florida Seeing Huge Spike In Covid-19 Cases
This briefing came as Florida is once again seeing a spike in the number of new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations due to the virus. The county’s positivity rate for Covid-19 tests is now at 13.96%, up from 4.28% a month earlier, and the area is now recording nearly 1,000 daily cases, which Demings said is “extraordinary” and “are the numbers we saw at the highest peak last year.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Raul Pino, of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, said that these new infections are virtually exclusive to people who remain unvaccinated.
“On Friday, (there) was 1,031 cases. On Friday, (of) those (1,031) cases, no one was vaccinated. Not a single person,” Pino said. “The numbers continue to be greater between 15 to 44 years old, but especially the 25 to 44-year-olds should get vaccinated. That’s where we have the highest number (of new infections) in our community.”
Pino announced that the youngest death in the county from COVID-19 is a 27-year-old and that the median age among those who have died from the virus is 59.
It’s also been noted that Florida also reported more Covid-19 deaths than any other state over the past week — a total of 282 over the past week — the sixth highest per capita rate of deaths in the country. The state has fully vaccinated 48.5% of its residents, according to data from the CDC — below the US rate of 49.1%.
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