When it comes to COVID-19 and health and safety guidelines, we have seen a lot of changes throughout Florida and Disney World.
Disney World, which is located in both Orange County and Osceola Counties of Florida, has adjusted their mask policy for vaccinated guests, reduced social distancing, and began increasing capacity. We learned not long ago that COVID-19 cases were slightly increasing in Florida residents, and we have a new update regarding Florida COVID cases.
As we have said before, we love keeping you, our readers, in the loop on important news that could impact your Disney vacations. This is why we do our best to keep you updated with weather updates, Florida news that’s not from Disney, and other non-Disney-specific travel updates.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, COVID-19 cases have increased by 63% in Central Florida as of last week, in large part due to the new highly contagious delta variant. The cases are are mostly affecting Orange County residents between the ages of 15-34.
The state of Florida saw 15% of the U.S.’s new COVID-19 cases, which is more than any other state in the nation. Children under 12, for whom there is no current vaccination available, saw a 52% increase in cases. Positive COVID tests have increased above 5% in all local counties of Central Florida.
The Orlando Sentinel reported that epidemiologist Jason Salemi said that the delta variant, which is now the dominant COVID-19 strain in the U.S., will be increasingly prevalent among the unvaccinated community, especially as more people stop wearing masks and social distancing. Vaccination rates are also decreasing in the state of Florida.
At least 280 delta variant COVID cases have been detected in the state of Florida, 40 cases of which were in Orange County.
It was announced that COVID-19 vaccine booster shots might be needed in the future, and now the booster shot approval is to be requested by Pfizer. According to The Hill, Pfizer and BioNTech have announced that they plan to seek authorization from the FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) for a 3rd dose of their COVID-19 vaccine.
Pfizer and BioNTech indicated that the booster shot could provide an even stronger protection against the virus. It is unclear whether the booster shot is needed, since the decision regarding whether to recommend a third dose will be up to the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We will continue to keep you covered on and in the loop on this situation. Stay tuned to DFB for all your breaking news concerning Florida and Disney World.