ORLANDO, Fla. – More than 5,000 new coronavirus cases were reported on Friday. This number is higher than where we were at the beginning of the week and at the start of Phase 3.
Orange County officials are watching COVID cases as they continue to increase statewide and across the county.
“The increase in cases is in many communities and the overall increase and part of that concerns people who are,” said Alvina Chu, Director of Alvina Chu̵7;s Epidemiology Program at the Florida Department of Health. have private events.
There were more than 6,000 new cases statewide on Thursday, and more than 5,000 cases reported on Friday. Three hundred thirty-four of those new cases on Friday were in Orange County only.
Health officials say this increase makes people more lax about adhering to preventive measures.
“There are so-called hotspots in a lot of places and it’s not necessarily of a single event or outbreak. As I mentioned, it’s the people who relax or accept these,” Chu said. Good pandemic preventive measures “.
Mayor Jerry Demings said the Emergency Operations Center had daily calls in the state and the region to catch the spread. Additionally, “we now have a biweekly call of leadership teams from surrounding counties to talk about our overall response,” Demings said.
Officials say it will be too early to call the rise of cases a resurgence, but admit that is particularly relevant as we are approaching holidays when more families and friends gather. work in large and small groups. “At the moment it is not clear where we could go if it is fast or slow,” said Chu.
Officials recommend that people continue to wear masks when meeting each other, because of social distance, and gather in small groups instead of large groups. They also say you should get tested before hanging out with other people.