Orange County seeing economic impacts from omicron surge, officials say

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and local health leaders addressed the county’s effort to battle the recent COVID-19 surge.

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One in three people tested in Orange County have tested positive in the last 14 days, officials said. That rate has doubled in just one week.

Now, county officials said they’re seeing economic impacts from the current surge.

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Staff members said Orange County collected a lot of tourism tax revenue in November and December. Now, they’re seeing cancellations by conventions and other groups because case numbers are so high.

Wastewater managers said up to 98% of their samples are the omicron variant.

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Health officials said nine out of every 10 positive tests are still in unvaccinated people.

Barnett Park closed hours early again. Officials said you need to be in those lines by 7 a.m. to have a chance of being tested.

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Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.