Florida mayor: ‘We are in crisis mode,’ as virus cases surge

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Cars line up for essential supplies during a food distribution event, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at Charles Hadley Park in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of the county that is home to Florida’s theme park mecca says they’re “in crisis mode” over a soaring number of COVID-19 infections.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Monday that Florida has accounted for a fifth of the nation’s new infections.

The county that’s home to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort is seeing about 1,000 new cases a day.

Demings says area hospitals are approaching capacity. Orange County’s positivity rate for the virus has tripled to 14% from about 4.3% a month ago. Demings said central Florida hospitals are approaching capacity.

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