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Your Friday Coronavirus Update: More Than 500 Have Died From COVID-19 In Orange County

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Orange County death toll passes 500

Matthew Peddie, WMFE

The latest report from the Florida Department of Health shows 502 people have now died from COVID-19 in Orange County since the spring.

The county added 259 cases Friday, which is the highest daily case count in the past 30 days.  Orange County has now recorded 41,822 coronavirus cases.

Image: Florida Department of Health

Statewide, 2,908 new cases and 118 new deaths were added. Florida has seen 728,921 coronavirus cases and 15,372 deaths.

The percent positivity for new cases was 4.13%, a slight decrease from Thursday. Percent positivity for new cases has ranged from 5.25% to 3.74% over the past 14 days.

The Agency for Health Care Administration reported 2,139 people hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. Hospitalization numbers have been in the low 2,000s for the past few weeks.

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Close-contact rule could lead to more quarantines in Marion County schools

Joe Byrnes, WMFE

COVID-19 quarantine requirements significantly affected three Marion County public schools this week. And School Board members worry that a new understanding of state guidelines could lead to even more disruption. Read more here.

Airport Leaders “Cautiously Optimistic” About Slow Increase in Travel By The End of Year

Danielle Prieur, WMFE

Orlando International Airport is still Florida’s busiest airport, but passenger travel in August dropped by 72 percent from the same time last year. Read more here.

Could The Live Flu Vaccine Help You Fight Off COVID-19?

Michaeleen Doucleff, NPR

In case you were still procrastinating getting a flu shot this year, here’s another reason to make it a priority. There’s a chance the vaccine could offer some protection against COVID-19 itself, says virologist Robert Gallo, who directs the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is chairman of the Global Virus Network. Read more here.

Central Florida Leaders Respond to President Trump’s Boycott of Miami Debate After it Goes Virtual

Danielle Prieur, WMFE

The debate was scheduled for next Thursday in Miami. The Commission on Presidential Debates said the debate would be virtual due to concerns over the president’s COVID-19 status. Read more here.


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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