ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County leaders say they’re opening up a new COVID-19 testing site for county employees to address the continued rising numbers of COVID-19 infections.
The site is set to open Wednesday morning on Michigan Street. It is only for Orange County employees, and will possibly be expanded to courthouse employees.
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There are also discussions underway of the availability of more private sector testing sites.
So far the county has committed $19.3 million of American Rescue Funds to testing, and $3.7 million to provide all three authorized vaccines.
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“We know that omicron is still very dominant within our wastewater system, which means that it’s likely going to drive the rate of infections and we are seeing a slight uptick in the hospitalizations within Orange County,” Demings said.
As of Tuesday, the county’s 14-day rolling positivity rate is nearly 35%, numbers Mayor Jerry Demings called “staggering.”
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Demings said the hospital admissions aren’t yet at a critical level. As of Tuesday, it’s estimated that 74% of the county’s eligible population has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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