10% of coronavirus patients in Orange County were asymptomatic, doctor says

1,438 people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday in the county

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Ten percent of the people who tested positive for the coronavirus in Orange County displayed no symptoms, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Dr. Raul Pino, health officer for FDOH in Orange County, said he wants everyone to keep practicing precautions.

“We have to assume we can get this from everyone,” Dr. Pino said.

He said he was concerned that people may pass the virus without even knowing they have it.

“If you don’t feel sick you normally will not stay home, you will not refrain from activities and you will be in contact going out and about,” he said.

He urged everyone to get tested.

“Everyone who wants to be tested should be tested,” he said. “Everyone should know their results.”

He also noted 93% of cases of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered.

The FDOH reports as of Monday,1,438 people have tested positive in Orange County, and more than 29,000 have taken a COVID-19 test.

Orange County has released the latest heat map of COVID-19 cases.

Orange County released the latest heat map for positive COVID-19 cases in the county. (Orange County)

The FDOH said 35 people have died from COVID-19 in the county and 84 people have been hospitalized.

Less than 5 percent of people who have taken a COVID-19 test have tested positive, according to the Department of Health.

"Our leadership has done well in guiding our community,” Orange County Health Services Director Yolando Martinez said.

Statewide, 8.3 percent of people who have taken a test have tested positive.

Martinez wants people to keep practicing social distancing and to keep up with good hygiene.

“Our residents have listened and followed the guidelines,” Martinez said.

Zip code 32822 and zip code 32824 have the most cases in the county. Zip code 32822 has 101 cases and zip code 32824 has 88 cases. From April 9-30 zip code 32822 only had 22 new cases and zip code 32824 had 24 new cases, you can see the stats from the photo below:

From April 9-30 zip code 32822 only had 22 new cases and zip code 32824 had 24 new cases (Orange County)

Martinez said patients have been testing at very low rates of .9% or 1.1 percent in the past two days.

From May 4-8 free COVID-19 tests will be available at Ventura Elementary School and South Orange Youth Park.

Residents will have to make an appointment online to get a test, appointments can be made at www.ocfl.net/VenturaElementary and www.ocfl.net/SouthOrange.

Tests at these sites are available to Orange County residents only and a patient has to be 18-years-old or older. Testing is free and no insurance is required.

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Currently, restaurants and retail stores can reopen in the county, the stores and restaurants can only hold 25% capacity.

“I think we are in good shape to start phase one,” Dr. Pino said.

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Erik Sandoval joined the News 6 team as a reporter in May 2013. He is one of the station’s lead reporters. During his time at News 6, Erik has covered several major stories, including the 2016 Presidential campaign. He was also one of the first reporters live on the air at the Pulse Nightclub shooting.