ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County officials had some good news on the status of new cases of COVID-19, but it didn’t come from a health department spokesperson.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings painted a positive picture on how the county is doing.
He said the 14-day positivity rate is 6.4%, and it’s a good indicator that infection is under control. It’s down 19% in just a month.
A representative from the Florida Department of Health decided not to participate in Thursday’s meeting. Channel 9 asked why and if it had anything to do with the county health director, Dr. Raul Pino, being placed on administrative leave.
Pino was suspended in January for an email he sent to his staff about a lack of vaccinations within the department.
Demings said he’s not sure what the status of Pino’s employment is.
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