Osceola County is now reporting a total of 572 COVID-19 cases, an addition of 8 from Saturday’s report. Keep in mind that over 80 percent of those cases have recovered.
And despite the number of new cases, with the state of Florida now at 40,596, the county’s percentage rate of positive coronavirus tests continues to be under 5 percent daily over the last two weeks and is now just over 7 percent overall — that number was as high at as 14 percent in early April, when the state and county were seeing their most cases daily — and below the state average of 7.6 percent.
On Friday the Florida Department of Health reported a 12th coronavirus-related fatality in Osceola County. That person was an 85-year-old female who passed away on April 24 and reportedly had contact with a confirmed case. The average age of those 12 people is 71.17.
On the national scene, Florida is being heralded as having made swift and aggressive decisions in order to protect its most vulnerable citizens, as opposed to the state of New York, that has been the epicenter of the Coronavirus in the United States.
More than 5,000 people have died from COVID-19 in New York’s nursing homes since March 1, which is three times the number of COVID-19 deaths (1,669) in the entire state of Florida, a state of comparable size and population, which also has major urban centers. New York has also not mandated testing of workers and patients in their nursing homes the way Florida has.