Orange County mayor extends state of emergency

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has extended the state of emergency for Orange County due to the high volume of hospitalizations, he announced Thursday.

Another 16 people have died from COVID-19 since Monday, among them are two Orange County employees and four residents of long-term care facilities.

Orange County’s 14-day rolling positivity rate for COVID-19 is 20.07%, officials announced Thursday.

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So far, 65.53% of eligible residents have received at least one vaccine dose.

Orange County leaders said the pandemic is starting to trend toward flat, but we’re not out of the woods yet.

Wednesday was one of the first days Orange County reported less than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 in a week.

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