DeSantis says 260 workers tested positive for COVID-19 at Central Florida airport. Not exactly, Orlando International says

Gov. Ron DeSantis during a Tuesday news conference said something that might have startled those with upcoming Central Florida travel plans: 500 workers at a local airport were recently tested for COVID-19, with 260 coming back positive — a rate of 52%.

DeSantis didn’t specify which airport he was talking about. But the region’s biggest airport on Wednesday issued a statement that suggested the governor’s number was misleading.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO Phil Brown in the statement said the Florida Department of Health did conduct 500 tests at Orlando International Airport over three days last week. Just two of the tests in that batch came back positive, he said — 0.4%.


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