Another new record. But it’s not good.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the state added a record 3,207 new coronavirus cases to the rolls, pushing the statewide total since March 1 to 85,926. Osceola County had 34 of them, a new daily high, to push its total to 926 cases and ever-so-closer to needing a comma. The county is now up to 171 virus-related hospitalizations, and down to roughly 215 available hospital beds.
The percentage of positive tests in the county has been 5.2, 7.5 and 7.1 percent for the last three days after nearly a month of readings of 3 percent or lower.
These are reasons to be slightly concerned. But prevention comes down to our personal actions, and the easiest and most effective prevention tools — Avoid large groups, wear a mask when in public, maintain the six feet of social distancing, avoid touching your face, wash your hands often — eliminate the highest percentages of the risk of transmission.