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In Orange County, coronavirus cases plunge

In Orange County, coronavirus cases plunge

Orange County officials are reporting a significant plunge in Covid cases compared with January, when the highly contagious Omicron variant caused cases to surge.  ...
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For Orange, Osceola, Lake and other counties, the CDC still recommends mask-wearing indoors in public

For Orange, Osceola, Lake and other counties, the CDC still recommends mask-wearing indoors in public

For several counties, the COVID-19 Community Level remains high and mask-wearing is recommended. Those are Orange, Osceola, Polk, Lake, Sumter and Marion ...
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Anticipating what happens next with COVID-19 as the Omicron wave recedes

Anticipating what happens next with COVID-19 as the Omicron wave recedes

Epidemiologist Dr. Ali Mokdad said he believes COVID-19 will move from a pandemic into an endemic phase as Omicron recedes. Still, he said, COVID-19 has not ...
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In Florida, recent inconsistent coronavirus data could indicate another peak, one hospital representative says

In Florida, recent inconsistent coronavirus data could indicate another peak, one hospital representative says

One Florida hospital representative sees hope in recent conflicting coronavirus data.  ...
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Nurses call on hospitals to increase staffing

Nurses call on hospitals to increase staffing

National Nurses United is calling on hospitals to boost staffing levels. Members of the union for registered nurses protested outside hospitals in 12 states today, ...
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A guide to COVID tests: When to test, what kind to use and what your results mean

A guide to COVID tests: When to test, what kind to use and what your results mean

We answer key questions about COVID tests: What types are there? Should you self-test right after exposure to someone with COVID? And what should you ...
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Universal Orlando requiring COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing for staff

Universal Orlando requiring COVID-19 vaccines or weekly testing for staff

Starting next month, Universal Orlando employees will be required to be fully vaccinated or tested weekly -- an effort to protect employees and guests from ...
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COVID-19 update: AdventHealth epidemiologist says child hospitalizations are up but Omicron cases are milder

COVID-19 update: AdventHealth epidemiologist says child hospitalizations are up but Omicron cases are milder

Dr. Vincent Hsu said the number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 is likely due to the prevalence of the extremely transmissible Omicron variant ...
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CONVERSATIONS: Omicron, teacher shortage combine to create "perfect storm" for Florida schools

CONVERSATIONS: Omicron, teacher shortage combine to create “perfect storm” for Florida schools

Central Florida students are back in school this week, after the Omicron variant combined with the winter holidays have caused record numbers of coronavirus cases ...
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Mayor Demings cites need to resist the virus as wastewater tests show Omicron spreading freely

Mayor Demings cites need to resist the virus as wastewater tests show Omicron spreading freely

At Tuesday's Orange County update, Mayor Jerry Demings said the wastewater results are an indication that already sky-high case counts will increase further in the ...
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Orange County wastewater tests show record levels of coronavirus infections

Orange County wastewater tests show record levels of coronavirus infections

In the wastewater samples from Monday, the highest concentration of virus particles was at the Eastern Water Reclamation Facility on South Alafaya Trail. They more ...
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Peds hospitalizations expected to rise as Omicron surges

Peds hospitalizations expected to rise as Omicron surges

Orange County leaders say hospitalizations remain steady even as the highly contagious Omicron variant collides with holiday gatherings, causing record numbers of coronavirus cases.  ...
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