Concerns mount over coronavirus cases in Orange County as new school year looms

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — With the new school year on the horizon, Orange County leaders are increasingly alarmed by emerging coronavirus trends, and say this area could be dragged back into restrictions.

County leaders said the Delta variant is causing the positivity rate to tick back up to 6%.

That’s above the 5% goal they said is needed to contain the virus.

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

Their efforts are being stymied by unvaccinated people.

According to the county, unvaccinated people account for 95% of recent coronavirus hospitalizations and 99% of the deaths.

READ: Delta variant cases on the rise in Orange County

County leaders said teenagers are among the least vaccinated groups in the country, while elementary-age students aren’t eligible for shots at all.

Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.