Orange County officials concerned about recent uptick in COVID-19 cases

ORLANDO, Fla — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Orange County Health’s Director Dr. Raul Pino said Wednesday that Orange County has seen a steady uptick in COVID-19 cases since Memorial Day.

Pino said the county is getting closer to a 6% positivity rate and that has him concerned. And along with the increase in Delta variant cases, the county could be sliding back in the battle against COVID-19.

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Since Memorial Day, positive cases have started creeping up. And last week officials saw cases go up every day and were concerned after the July 4 holiday that it would only continue the upward trend.

Demings is encouraging Orange County residents to get vaccinated to help slow the trend down, and right now the county has a 60% vaccination rate.

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Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler,

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.