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Orange County Public Safety Director Calls Rise in Coronavirus Cases in the County "Concerning"

Photo: Kelly Sikkema
Photo: Kelly Sikkema

Orange County Public Safety Director Danny Banks' comments came at the Board of County Commissioners meeting with Mayor Jerry Demings on Tuesday.

Banks says over the last week, the county added nearly 3,000 new coronavirus cases. 

According to his report last Tuesday, the county built up about that same number of cases over two weeks.

"Again, just in the past week we’ve seen nearly 3,000 new cases in Orange County in the seven days. Now some of those numbers are generated by our increased testing, which I'll point to you in the bottom here, but that is concerning that we’ve had over 3,000 new cases in Orange County just in the last seven days.”

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Banks says demand for COVID-19 testing at the Barnett Park site alone has far exceeded expectations. 

Staffers planned to do 4,000 tests a week there, but in the past seven days they administered 5,375 rapid and PCR tests combined.

He says they also passed out 183,725 face masks and 22,525 bottles of hand sanitizer at the site. 

“As you’re already aware, within the past week we crossed several very large milestones for Orange County. We surpassed 50,000 total cases in Orange County and 600 deaths of our residents.”

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The rolling positivity rate over the past fourteen days in the county has increased to 7.63 percent. 
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Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan and is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. In her free time, she enjoys playing her guitar, writing fiction, and cooking.