The percentage of COVID-19 tests returning as positives since last Saturday, May 16, is below 1 percent.
The data from the Florida Department of Health over the last week show that of the 4,417 tests performed over that week, 39 returned positive for a 0.8 percent rate. That drops the county’s overall rate since testing began to 4.9 percent. It’s still the highest in the Central Florida region, although Polk County is at 4.8 percent as of this morning.
The statewide return rate is now 5.7 percent. South Florida counties hundreds of miles away like Miami-Dade (10.4 percent), Broward (7), Palm Beach (8.1) and Collier (9.2) are returning higher than the state average.
The DOH data reports 10 new total cases from Sunday and Monday in Osceola County for a total of 658 reported cases since the first documented one on March 13. Local COVID-19 hospitalizations remain at 154.
A total 51,746 people have tested positive statewide for the respiratory illness since March 1, per the DOH, at 2,252 reportedly have died.