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OCCC COVID-19 antibody test reaches capacity, swab test line is short, officials say

8,530 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Sunday morning

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orange County Convention Center antibody testing site has reached capacity, according to officials.

[TIMELINE: The spread of coronavirus in Florida]

Swab testing for the coronavirus is still available. Authorities said the line is short.

This is coming as Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Sunday that more young adults are testing positive, but there are fewer deaths and hospitalizations.

“It’s important to Identify who may be carrying this so even if they aren’t significantly ill from this, they don’t pass it to someone else,” DeSantis said.

At a press conference in Northwest Florida, DeSantis nailed his point down once again that the recent spike in COVID-19 cases — the positivity is rate now at 12%, compared to only 4% back in March — has mostly been tied to younger people.

This coming after Friday, state officials banned alcohol at bars across the state.

Health leaders said young adults flocking to bars played a factor in the new outbreak.

“If you’re in one of those younger groups, make sure that you’re behaving in ways thats not gonna put someone whose more vulnerable at risk,” DeSantis said.

Every day this week, the lines at the test site have exceeded the line the day before, officials said.

According to the FDOH, 8,530 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Sunday morning.

Sunday’s positive cases bring the state’s total of all confirmed coronavirus cases since the disease was first detected in the state on March 1 to 141,075, as well as a total of 3,419 deaths.

Since March, 14,244 people with severe cases of the virus have required hospitalization.

As the demand for testing continues ramping up, there are more concerns about what some say is a delay in testing results.

“Of course we’re dealing with unprecedented times,” said Mike Jachles, who is in the state’s Division of Emergency Management. “All of the labs are handling really big work loads right now.”

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