Dr. Raul Pino, Orange County’s Health Department director, estimated Tuesday that 70 percent of cases there (Orange has over 1,300) have recovered.
The state health department has not been tracking “Recovered cases” like it has confirmed cases or deaths on its dashboard because cases are followed from positive diagnosis through hospitalization, and many people are recovering at home, so any number they’d put out wouldn’t be accurate.
But, using Dr. Pino’s estimation of 70 percent recovery, then of Osceola County’s 479 confirmed cases (up five from yesterday’s update), 335 of those are or have recovered. It’s clear that there are not 479 positive-testing people walking around among us.
Since April 3, only two COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in the county. There are 132 virus-related hospitalizations and about 300 available hospital beds across the county.
Remember, there are two public testing facilities now open in Osceola County through at least Friday: the AdventHealth drive-up location at Osceola Heritage Park (go online to make an appointment) open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and and Osceola County Health Department site at St. Cloud High School (it will move to another location next week) open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Call 407-343-2000 to make an appointment). You need an appointment and either to show symptoms, to have been in contact with someone who tests positive, or be a first responder to get tested.
There were 347 more positive cases and 37 deaths added statewide this morning to put the counts at 33,193 cases and 1,218 fatalities.