The 6:30 p.m. update for Coronavirus cases shows Osceola now has 89 cases, up from 83 this morning and a total of 15 new cases on the day, about a 20 percent increase. But the county has still reports no COVID-19 related deaths.

Across the state of Florida the tally is at 4,950 total cases, up about 900 today and 60 deaths, with seven added today. Over three-quarter of the cases (3,867) are in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

This comes on the heels of President Trump and his coronavirus task force extending the national guidelines of social distancing to April 30, noting the country “will be well on its way to recovery by June 1.” This is a turnaround from last week when Trump said he wanted to “open the economy back up” by Easter (April 12).

“The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” the President said at a White House news conference Sunday.

Locally, the best thing we can do in Osceola County is to continue our efforts — continued emphasis on hand washing, avoiding touching the face, staying out of groups of 10 and more than six feet from others, and staying home whenever possible. It’s all in the name of flattening the curve and getting life in our county back to normal.  Osceola County has prepared a reference page for how to accomplish that, as well as where to find resources and assistance.

The Osceola County Emergency Operations Center is at full Level 1 activation, an action usually reserved for a major hurricane bearing down on the state.