OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – County officials in Osceola County held a news conference Thursday to address concerns about the coronavirus.
On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health reported a record-breaking 10,109 new cases of COVID-19.
According to the FDOH, Osceola reported 185 additional cases since Wednesday. bringing the overall total of cases to 2,349.
In addition to the positive cases, the County has had 201 hospitalizations and 26 deaths.
The Osceola County School Board approved a plan to reopen schools on Aug. 10.
School officials said parents have three options to choose from to enroll their child in:
- Face-to-face instruction at school with health and safety precautions in place
- Digital learning with their assigned school with a traditional school day schedule
- Virtual learning for students to allow learning during non-traditional school hours
The district’s website shows in-depth plans for each option.
Osceola County stresses the importance of their mandate that’s been in effect since April 13, requiring people to wear face coverings in public.
The mandate is something the county said has helped with their COVID-19 numbers
“We do see, maybe, a lower spike than some of the other areas that don’t have the mask mandate,” Osceola County Commission Chairwoman Viviana Janer said.
Osceola County continues to have a mandatory face-covering order in effect.