Health officials urge Central Floridians to mask up, social distance Labor Day weekend to avoid another COVID-19 spike

Health officials urge Central Floridians to mask up, social distance Labor Day weekend to avoid anot

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Local leaders are warning residents to not get a false sense of security and let their guard down over Labor Day weekend.

COVID-19 cases have been going down in Orange County, but Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino said people still need to socially distance, wear their masks and wash their hands.

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“We can do it. We can live with this,” Pino said. “We have learned to. We can do it.”

AdventHealth has 300 people with COVID-19 in its hospital-system as of Thursday, which is about half of the admissions it had a few weeks ago.

But Tim Hendrix, medical director of AdventHealth Centra Care, said those numbers can easily increase again.

“If people go out and start having large gatherings again without wearing masks, we’re going to start seeing those numbers creep back up,” Hendrix said. “It’s going to be a rollercoaster from here on out.”

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