A jump of 1,419 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday shot the state of Florida’s total tally over 60,000 statewide. That’s after 1,200 new cases were announced on Tuesday.
Though those inflated case numbers may be from Memorial Day gatherings, it’s reason for concern considering Gov. Ron DeSantis announced yesterday that retail outlets and restaurants can open at full capacity and bars, movie theaters, bowling alleys and services like tattoo parlors can open back up with Department of Health and CDC guidelines in place like social distancing.
The message is that going to these places is safe enough if proper care is given, like continuing to follow Osceola County’s mandate of wearing face coverings while in public where you might encounter others and social distancing might not be feasible.
Osceola’s total number went up 11 to 726 on Wednesday. Deaths and hospitalizations stayed fairly flat. Osceola’s numbers have seen just moderate increases compared to places like Polk and Volusia counties, who now have more cases — Polk is now at 1,100 cases.