Orange County leaders confirm 70% of the county is vaccinated

293 people have died from COVID-19 in Orange County in August,

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Dr. Raul Pino with the Florida Department of Health confirmed 70% of people 12 and older in Orange County have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

The state reported this number this past Friday, Orange County officials earlier in the week said the vaccination rate was at 67.72 percent.

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“The state numbers are the official numbers,” Pino said.

Pino said the reason is due to the state sends the latest reports to the federal government.

The county’s vaccination goal was 70 percent, but health leaders want people who are unvaccinated to keep seeking out a shot.

Anyone interested in getting a vaccine can find a site at this link.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he has recently received a third dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

“Protect yourself, protect your families,” Demings said.

County leaders said the latest 14-day rolling average for positivity rate was listed at 14.32%. It was 17.27% the week prior.

Officials said more than 99% of new cases reported on Sept. 5 were among people who were unvaccinated.

Pino said 293 people have died from COVID-19 in Orange County in August, 63 people died from the virus in July. This means a total of 1,724 people have died from the virus during the pandemic.

More than 873,000 people in Orange County are vaccinated. The DOH reports there have been 215,997 cases of COVID-19 in Orange County.