Orange County virus cases tick up.

Health of­fi­cials say they’re still op­ti­mistic

Orlando Sentinel - - Front Page - By Stephen Hu­dak

Orange County logged 150 new cases of coro­n­avirus last week, a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease over a week ear­lier, which saw 85 new cases in the county of 1.3 mil­lion peo­ple.

Of­fi­cials said Mon­day they are cau­tiously watch­ing the num­bers this week to de­ter­mine if a sec­ond wave of the pan­demic is brew­ing or if the met­rics will re­main steady as restau­rants, stores and some at­trac­tions such as Univer­sal Ci­tyWalk, the re­sort’s din­ing and shop­ping com­plex, are wel­com­ing more crowds.

“Our cases have gone up and that’s al­ways a con­cern,” said Dr. Raul Pino, Orange’s of­fi­cer for the Florida Depart­ment of Health.

But Pino said he was less con­cerned with the data by Mon­day af­ter­noon than he was ear­lier in the day when he first saw data come in from the week­end.

That’s be­cause the rate of tests com­ing back with pos­i­tive re­sults con­tin­ues to drop de­spite in­creased test­ing, he said.

Over­all, the county’s rate stands at 3.4%, in­clud­ing the most re­cent re­sults. That’s a slight de­crease from Fri­day, when it was 3.9%, Pino said.

The in­crease in new cases came during the week of May 10, the sec­ond full week of the state’s of­fi­cial re­open­ing. Orange wasn’t alone. Neigh­bor­ing coun­ties also saw in­creases, though not as dra­matic as Orange’s 76% weekto-week jump.

New cases in Osce­ola ticked up from 37 during the week of May 3 to 46 during the week of May 10. In Vo­lu­sia the num­bers in­creased from 33 to 43 during the same time pe­riod. Lake saw a jump from 6 cases to 11 last week. And Semi­nole tal­lied 16 new cases last week com­pared to 15 the week be­fore.

Over­all, Florida also re­ported more new coro­n­avirus cases last week — 5,100 or the most it’s re­ported since the end of April.

Or­lando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he’s also keep­ing a close watch on the sta­tis­tics as Mon­day

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