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COVID-19 latest information for Orlando, Florida

ClickOrlando.com tracks coronavirus pandemic

A guest has her temperature checked before entering SeaWorld as it reopens with new safety measures in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The park had been closed since mid-March to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
A guest has her temperature checked before entering SeaWorld as it reopens with new safety measures in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. The park had been closed since mid-March to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Raoux) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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ClickOrlando.com

Location

Orlando, Florida

Last reviewed

8/4/2020 6:27 p.m. EDT

Overview

Florida on Tuesday reported a low number of new infections, compared to the trends the state has seen over the past month, but a near-record high of new deaths. There were 5,446 new cases and 247 new deaths, the third highest amount reported in a single day.

Social distancing

Florida’s agriculture commissioner unveiled a public awareness campaign that urges Floridians to keep their distance and wear masks to lower the risk of coronavirus infections.

Mask mandates

Dr. Raul Pino, of the Florida Department of Health, answered a News 6 question about when mask mandates will no longer be necessary. According to him, that won’t be until months after a vaccine is available.

Health care status

As of Tuesday evening, 7,857 patients were receiving treatment in a Florida hospital. FDOH numbers show there were 586 new patients since its last report who are now receiving treatment for the virus. Since March, 27,952 people have been hospitalized because of COVID-19.

Schools

A Seminole County principal took News 6 on a tour to show what classrooms will look like come fall, pointing out new safety measures such as spaced out desks and more PPE. In Lake County, the district announced it will provide rapid testing to students and staff before the semester begins.

Theme parks

Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday reported that its net income fell dramatically in the three-month period that ended in June when most of its theme parks were shuttered and theatrical movie releases were postponed.

Businesses & facilities

Bar and restaurant owners in DeLand are hoping the commission will consider allowing open containers in the street in an effort to drum up business.

Public transport

SunRail and Lynx have said workers are thoroughly cleaning its trains and buses to keep the services operational during the pandemic.

How to help

If you’d like to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a list of groups to which you can donate.