Those looking for positive news among the headlines of the coronavirus pandemic may find it in the local data from Florida Department of Health this morning.
Osceola County added only four more COVID-19 cases from overnight, putting the total at 353, the ninth-most in the state out of 67 counties. No new deaths or hospitalizations were recorded, and the number of hospital cases has only increased by about 25 percent (84 to 107) in the last week. It’s one of the better reporting days of the last 10 days that wasn’t Easter Sunday, when the religious holiday may have slowed down the reporting figures.
Here’s hoping it’s a sign that our efforts are working, Osceola County, so let’s keep doing what the CDC recommends — wash your hands regularly, carry your hand sanitizer with you, cough and sneeze into the inside of your elbow, stay at home as much as you can, cover up your face when you have to go out and practice your social distancing by staying at least six feet from others. We are getting to the end of the tunnel.
Statewide there are not 22,081 cases, eighth in the country, and 591 deaths. There are 3,099 hospitalizations.