ORLANDO, Fla. – As Florida prepares to expand its vaccine eligibility to include everyone 18 and older on April 5, Orange County reports an increase in cases among young adults.
The county median age for new infections has dropped to 30 due to this trend, according to Dr. Raul Pino of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County.
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People in the 18-25 age group are also occupying more hospital beds after becoming infected with the virus. Orange County reported Thursday that people age 45 and younger account for a third of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
While that younger segment of the population awaits vaccine eligibility, the rapid COVID-19 testing site in Barnett Park has obtained another extension that will allow it to remain open until the end of April.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Thursday that the site was supposed to close on March 31, but realized that demand for testing remains strong.
The site is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M. At 5 p. M. Y offers PCR and rapid virus testing.
Recently, there have been around 800 to 1,000 tests per day.
At the same time, Central Florida doctors are warning people about COVID-19 reinfections.
Dr. Tim Hendrix, AdventHealth Centra Care’s chief medical officer, participated in the hospital’s morning briefing on Thursday and said that if you had COVID-19 and recovered, you may still be re-infected.
“We see people getting reinfected with COVID-19. People who got infected in the fall, we’re seeing five to seven cases a week at Centra Care from people coming in, ”Hendrix said.
Hendrix said the immunity you get after recovering from the coronavirus is not enough to fully protect you from getting infected again.
“You have some immunity, but it is not necessarily perfect due to a natural infection, so you should not depend on a natural infection,” Hendrix said.
News 6 asked the Florida Department of Health if they are tracking reinfections and we have not received a response.
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Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:
The Florida Department of Health reported 5,759 new cases on Friday, bringing the statewide total to 2,033,179 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1, 2020.
Florida reported 167 new virus-related deaths on Friday, bringing the death toll to 33,756. This number includes the 640 nonresidents who died in Florida.
As of Friday afternoon, currently 2,863 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Healthcare Administration.
Since last March, 84,406 people have been hospitalized in Florida following complications from COVID-19. That number includes the 203 new patients who have recently been hospitalized due to the virus, according to the daily health department report released Friday.
The percentage of positive results was 5.69% Thursday of 101,236 tests. The numbers reported daily by the state reflect the test results of the previous day. Health officials say the rate should remain between 5% and 10% to show that a community has the virus and is curbing infections.
The Florida Department of Health began publishing a daily report in December on COVID-19 vaccines administered across the state.
FDOH reports 3,004,403 people are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. These people received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine or completed a series of two injections.
Starting friday 5,475,209 people have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Below is the county breakdown of new cases as of Friday.
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