Orange County sees decrease in daily COVID-19 deaths since vaccinations started

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — So far, more than 1,200 Orange County residents have died from COVID-19.

While that number continues to rise every day, there’s been a huge decrease in daily deaths since vaccinations started.

Orange County is about halfway to herd immunity. While we are seeing an overall downward trend in the death rate, the numbers have recently increased.

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Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino said they’re not as old as you would think, either, with the range of new deaths between 46 to 97 years old, with a median age of 75.

See a breakdown of death numbers by month so far this year below:

  • January deaths: 229
  • February deaths: 111
  • March deaths: 58
  • April deaths: 35

One of those patients in April had the B117 variant, Pino said.

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“That is the first that we know. It doesn’t mean that it has not happened,” he said.

While health leaders want everyone to understand that death remains a major risk with COVID-19, the recovery rate is 96%.

No deaths have been reported so far in the first few days of May.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.