The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Orlando is now a hot spot for the spread and spread of the coronavirus, with at least 30 cases reported in Orlando and five deaths in the city since last week.
The CDC says the first case was in the parking lot of the Pulse nightclub early Tuesday morning, and that three more were found Wednesday in a house in the same area.
The fifth death was confirmed in a park on the city’s west side.
The virus has killed more than 7,000 people in the U.S. since it was first discovered in a person living in a community in eastern Brazil in December.
The outbreak has left more than 300,000 homeless in Orlando.
Officials are encouraging people to wear masks when walking or biking in the area, and the state’s governor said on Wednesday he is asking local authorities to use the national coronaviruses guidelines as the guidelines to set up a national vaccination effort.
A spokeswoman for Gov.
John Bel Edwards said the governor is “looking into ways to implement these guidelines in Orlando.”
The governor is asking that all health departments in the state work together to set guidelines to help ensure the city has a robust and effective vaccination effort going forward.
In addition to the Pulse shootings, a group of people were arrested Tuesday after they were caught attempting to enter a park in northwest Orlando.
Police say two men were seen attempting to sneak into a park and were arrested.
The men allegedly used a knife and took off in a car, police said.
The city’s public health department says at least eight people have tested positive for the virus, and about two dozen have tested negative.
The city has also reported a total of 18 new coronaviral cases.