Mayor Jerry Demings outlines new directives to control surging cases of COVID-19 in Orange County with new Executive Order

Jul 28, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday July 28, 2021 4:54pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has this afternoon outlined his plans to bring control to the surging COVID-19 Delta variant in the community.

There were 1371 new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday in Orange County - an all time high since the pandemic began. The 14-day positivity rate is now 15.58%, a new record, and four times higher than it was June 16. Vaccination levels in the community stand at 62.34%.

Demings went on to say that area hospitals are facing a crisis. AdventHealth is seeing the fastest rate of new patients since the pandemic began.

An Executive Order has been signed by the Mayor declaring a local emergency, and Demings has urged residents and visitors to wear a mask when in an indoor space with others - following yesterday's new CDC guidelines. He pleaded with businesses, including the theme parks, to mandate vaccinations for employees and that both employees and patrons wear masks when indoors.

When asked specifically about Walt Disney World, Demings said that he expects all of the area's theme parks to follow the new CDC guidelines.

Disney is yet to make any comment or change its mask policy, but based on today's briefing from Orange County and yesterday's CDC guidance, it would seem very likely that Disney will have to respond in the coming days.

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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.