In Florida, COVID cases have been on the rise.
After the CDC recommended masks be worn indoors in high-risk areas, Disney World changed its mask policy amid the surge of COVID cases in Central Florida. Now, health officials continue to watch Florida COVID-19 cases rise by a large percentage.
MSN News reports that the seven-day COVID-19 case average in Florida has surged by 800% over the past month. This spike encompasses new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. According to the CDC, as of July 1, 2021, Florida’s average for new cases over seven days was 1,839. As of August 1st, the CDC reported that the new seven-day average is 17,024 new COVID-19 cases.
On Friday, July 30th, Florida reported the highest amount of new COVID-19 cases in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic. As reported by MSN News, Florida has the highest amount of COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds in the U.S. with 23% of all Florida hospital beds used by COVID-19 patients.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that there are no current plans for a shutdown and signed an executive order that prevents local governments from requiring masks or proof of vaccination. The Walt Disney Company recently announced that Cast Members are required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
We are closely watching this developing situation in Florida for any changes that could affect your visit to Disney World. We want you, our readers, to be informed so you can make the best travel decisions for your family. Keep reading DFB for news about Florida, Disney World, and beyond.