Orange County Declared COVID Hotspot Again
by Lisa Vondale · December 11, 2021
With cases, deaths and positivity rates on the rise, Orange County found itself on the White House list of “hotspots” again on Thursday for the first time in weeks. Home to Lake Buena Vista and the Walt Disney World Resort, Orange County represents the only Orlando area county on the list, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Image Credit: : Orlando Sentinel; Information Source: Florida Dept. of Health
“Communities are labeled hotspots if they have ‘reached a threshold of disease activity considered as being of high burden.’ Orange is the only county in the Orlando metropolitan area that has this designation, one of two in Central Florida and one of four in the state,” the Sentinel article states.
Still, compared to locations in the Northeast, Midwest, and southern California, Orange County remained on the low end of the threshold of case numbers on the list of Rapid Riser Counties, according to the Community Profile Report released on Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Defense.
Image Credit: CDC
According to the Sentinel, Florida reported 13,520 new coronavirus cases this week compared to 10,892 the week before. The state also reported 325 fatalities this week compared to 153 the week before. Experts attributed the rise to an increase in testing and a local festival that drew a large crowd. The numbers only include Florida residents, not visitors to the state. Walt Disney World Resort continues to require masks indoors and on all transportation for all guests due to the ongoing number of cases in the area.
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