Sunday morning, the Florida Department of Health reports Osceola County stands at 220 COVID-19 cases, an addition of just four from Saturday night, and exactly double what it was in the evening report on Tuesday, March 31.

For a third straight report — the DOH updates figures each morning and evening — the county’s death toll (4) and number of hospitalizations (58) remained steady.

Despite the number of Florida coronavirus deaths pushing past 200 to 218 overnight, the trend locally and statewide that began Saturday has been a hopeful one. The number of new cases reported statewide went from about 1,300 Friday to 901 on Saturday; 606 cases were added in the Sunday morning report. If the trend continues  it may be a sign that residents following social distancing recommendations and staying at home as much as possible is having an affect on the virus, and “flattening the curve” is under way.

Osceola’s 220 cases come from 1,589 total tests and a 13.8 percent positive rate, another number that’s trended down slightly over the weekend.

The state now lists 12,151 cases, just under double what it was five days ago.

Positively Osceola urges you to continue practicing social distancing and staying at home as much as possible, Osceola County, and we will get through this together, hopefully sooner than anticipated — but it is a group effort.