We’re going in the right direction.

As we begin the third week of Florida businesses reopening from the coronavirus-mandated shutdown, the health side of the COVID-19 story remains the same in Osceola County according to data provided by the Florida Department of Health:

New case numbers remain low and the percentage of positive tests on days with higher amounts of data remain under the state average, but deaths from the virus are still being reported.

This tells us that while we should be safe returning to our favorite eateries and stores, that safety comes with the measures of continuing to wear face coverings and maintaining social distancing for now.

On Wednesday, the DOH reported an 18th death in the county attributed to the virus, but only seven new cases were reported, bringing the total number since March 13 to 636. The number of county hospitalizations is steady at 153. Days that have featured at least 137 COVID-19 tests since May 11 have had return positive rates of between 0.3 percent (1 out of 377 tests on Monday) and 4.7 percent, all below the overall state average of 6.1 percent, which has been steadily falling through May. Osceola County’s overall positive rate since testing began is now 5.6 percent.