State no longer includes non-residents in COVID-19 positivity rate

As tourism begins to increase again in Central Florida, it’s bringing to light the way the state reports COVID-19 cases.

Six months after the first case in Florida, the state has changed the way it reports non-resident. It is no longer including non-residents in the state’s positivity rate.


So those who fly in to enjoy the theme parks and test positive won’t count in the daily numbers released.

If tourists were here when they tested positive, that means they were here and able to spread the virus, which is why it made sense the state originally said it was including non-residents in their positivity rate. But questions have since been raised about this by health officials.

Adam Poulisse,

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.