Osceola County now counts 254 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 13 overnight according to the Department of Health.

The rise in local cases has been steady, with 63 reported over five days. On current course, it will take Osceola County six days to double its total from Friday morning, ahead of the 3.5 to 4-day trend in other parts of the area and state.

There was only one new reported hospitalization, and we’re now on five days (Thursday) since Osceola County has reported a death.

The state now reports 14,504 cases and 283 deaths, increases of 875 and 29 respectively, according to the DOH’s morning report. They will update and release new figures at 6 p.m.

The positive note here is that CDC recommendations continue to be effective — but must continue to be followed — to flatten the curve. Those include frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer when a sink isn’t around, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home as much as possible, staying at least six feet from others when you have to be out and about at the grocery store or pharmacy, and, as the CDC recommended last weekend, wearing some sort of mask or face covering when among public.

Keep it up Osceola County, and we’ll be back to normal in just a few short weeks!