Baby among latest COVID-19 deaths reported in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, FLA. — The latest COVID-19 deaths reported in Orange County involved a baby less than a year old, health officials said on Monday.

Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino said the county has reported 56 additional virus-related deaths since last Thursday. He said they ranged in age from 0 to 95 years old. Of those, he said, 10 of the people who died were fully vaccinated.

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Pino said he believes the county reached its peak in new virus cases about two weeks ago, and that the 14-day rolling positivity rate is down from a high of 21% a few weeks ago to 13.3%.

Mayor Jerry Demings said the county’s vaccination rate has continued to increase, with 71% of eligible people having received at least one shot.

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Demings said 72% of all Orange County employees have now been vaccinated, which includes 80% non-union and 63% union employees.

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Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.