Jerry Demings, Orange County, Florida Mayor held a news conference this afternoon, announcing a local state of emergency, urging residents and visitors to wear masks while indoors and for businesses to comply.
- The Mayor of Orange County, Florida, Jerry Demings, held a news conference this afternoon discussing COVID-19 as the rapid spread of the virus and the delta variant continues.
- Demings announced that he has just signed an executive order declaring a state of local emergency due to the number of cases, urging residents and visitors to wear masks when indoors.
- He would like to see businesses follow the recommendation so that we don’t see another shutdown happen, mandating that employees get vaccinated while also requiring employees and customers to wear face coverings while indoors.
- This recommendation includes theme parks in the area such as Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando.
- Yesterday there was the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Orange County, Florida, since the pandemic began, with a 15.58% positivity rate.
- Demings had announced a few days back that the county is in a crisis mode, with over 1,000 people catching COVID-19 on a daily basis. AdventHealth also announced the return to “red” status as they see an increase in hospitalizations due to the virus.
- The CDC announced yesterday their new recommendation to continue the use of face coverings while indoors in high-transmission areas, as the virus has continued to spread rapidly across the United States with the delta variant.
- Current high transmission areas include Orange County in both Orlando, Florida and Southern California, the homes of Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
- Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex announced today that face coverings will be required indoors once again following the news.
- Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and other theme parks have not announced the return of face coverings while indoors as of yet.