Orange County Mayor Demings describes the past week as a 'reality check for our community'

Aug 02, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Monday August 2, 2021 5:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, in his COVID-19 briefing this afternoon, said the past week had been a "Reality check for our community."


Yesterday in Orange County, there were 924 new COVID-19 cases, with 1610 on Saturday.

The 14-day positivity rate is now at a high of 17.9%. Just a few weeks ago, that rate was below 5%.

AdventHealth has moved to "black status" - deferring non-emergency services throughout the hospital system.

Mayor Demings specifically called out the Walt Disney Company for its help in following the Orange County guidelines by enforcing mask use and requiring vaccinations among its employees.

Demings has this week also resumed the Orange County Economic Taskforce, which hadn't met since the summer of 2020 when it produced plans to reopen businesses in the area.

Dr. Raul Pino, the Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health, described how the delta variant carries 1000 times the viral load of previous variants. Vaccinated people may still become infected with the delta variant and may show no symptoms but can then transfer the virus to others. This is why those who are fully vaccinated still need to wear masks indoors, as we now see at Walt Disney World.

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danlb_20002 days ago

There was a study that showed that at the state level the mandates didn't make much difference. This could have been because of a lack of enforcement wasn't actually changing the number of people wearing masks. It also could be that the places where it was being enforced weren't the places that were driving the spread.

Chip Chipperson2 days ago

My friend Gavin got a bad case of Machinehead that way. It turned green to red and everything.

SteveAZee2 days ago

It seems like the idea, in restaurants, is to keep the spread local to the table as much as possible, conceding that you're eating and drinking there so... particulates all over. Moving from door to table or table to restroom allows you to 'spread the wealth' across all the tables in between... so I sort of understand the logic of maskless at the dining table and masked everywhere else.

Chi843 days ago

I see almost no masking in restaurants. People wear them walking to and from their table but don’t wear them at all while seated. It’s just the nature of restaurants. I’m not sure how much good mask mandates are doing in restaurants. The servers do wear them so maybe that helps.

SteveAZee3 days ago

I suppose that's possible, certainly in broader applications. Having mask mandates under controlled environments likely to cause spread (such as airplanes, restaurants, etc), that seems to work. Trying to enforce a mask mandate for the public at large seems difficult.

Tom P.3 days ago

I do look at the comparative data. Which is why I think mask mandates should all be lifted. There is very little, if any, data to suggest that mask mandates make any appreciable difference. Note that I am referring to mask mandates, not to masks themselves. Effectiveness of masks themselves is an entirely different matter. But having mandates in place does not seem to make any significant difference in outcomes.

Tinkwings3 days ago

Fixed that above......good point! :p

danlb_20003 days ago

"Breathe in, Breathe out", that's a sure fire way to spread the virus! ;)

SteveAZee3 days ago

Yes, it didn't prevent it. Harder to know how much the masks mitigated it, though... could the spike have been worse? You can only infer the answer by looking at other populations that didn't apply a mandate.

Ayla3 days ago

Zero chance.

SoCalDisneyLover3 days ago

Cool, anyways. So if you're saying that Delta hit Hawaii as hard as places like FL, MS, TX, AR, TN, then you're still wrong. The fact that Delta impacted everywhere is irrelevant. Hawaii got hit harder during Delta that at any other time of the pandemic. Fine. But to even compare their results with those other states, is so far from reality, it's kind of sad the comparison is being made.

mikejs783 days ago

Frankly, if politics weren't an issue, the solution would be to require proof of vaccination or wear a mask in any public setting, at least during outbreaks.

Trauma3 days ago

You make a great point here about a clearly defined goal. It makes it easier to determine success or failure. It also makes it easier to then replicate the goal in other similar settings.

MansionButler843 days ago

A goal is better than a vague, “maybe someday,” at least.