Bars near UCF ‘potentially a likely source’ for some coronavirus cases in Oviedo area

Seminole County sees increase in patients

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Seminole County and bars near the University of Central Florida could be the source of at least some of those infections.

County leaders provided an update Wednesday morning, speaking from a pop-up testing site that was originally scheduled to appear in Lake Mary but was instead moved to Oviedo to address the hot spot there.

Current figures show a cumulative total of 867 cases in Seminole County with 128 hospitalizations and 13 deaths.

Donna Walsh, the health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County, said the numbers have been swelling at a more rapid pace in recent weeks when compared to the earlier rate.

“If we go to the first week of May, we had a total of 17 cases reported to us here in Seminole County. The second week 16. The third week 29 and the fourth week 29. From May 31 to June 6... we saw 40 cases,” Walsh said.

That number then multiplied.

Seminole County's coronavirus heat map. (Seminole County)

“And then the very next week June 7 through 12, we have 213 cases reported to us here in Seminole County,” Walsh said. “Just in the last couple of days, June 14th to 16th of this week, we’ve had 115 cases reported to us.”

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