State of Emergency Declared for Florida in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

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Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order to declare a State of Emergency for Florida and engage statewide response for the control of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

A global map of live updates on Coronavirus confirmed cases by Johns Hopkins can be found here.

Near Orlando, Volusia County has reported one (1) active confirmed case of Coronavirus, while neighboring Hillsborough has two (2) confirmed cases. In South Florida, three (3) active cases have also been confirmed within Broward County.

You can find the latest statement issued by Walt Disney World on Coronavirus safety precautions in this post here.

We’ll be keeping our eyes on developments here in Florida and in California, as well as in Paris, and Tokyo, Shanghai, and Hong Kong regarding the COVID-19 outbreak’s effect on Disney Parks operations and beyond.

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Jessica lives in South Florida with her 15-pound cat Gordo and a small army of Tsum Tsums. You can contact her, ideally with photos of your cats, at [email protected]

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Somehow Theme Park Review will have a problem with this interfering with his daily activities.

Vincent
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Vincent

Any chance or the case if these folks near Orlando have any links with the staff at WSW?

Mike
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Mike

Wall Street Weekly?

Bob
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Bob

I’m gonna go with “Weekiwachee Springs World.” Just because.

Dr Bunsen Honeydew
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Dr Bunsen Honeydew

Welcome to Muppet Labs, where tomorrows cure is being made today. I’ve injected my assistant Beaker with the Covid-19 and then sent him out to get all the various supplies we’ll need to…Oh God what have I done!

Allan
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Allan

NO WAY Disney World is remotely safe from the very active spread of this virus. Huge international crowd. If the state was at all serious they would close the theme parks temporarily. It’s clear the power Disney has with their economic desires of the company outweighing the safety of their customers.

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tvnutt

Have you looked at the map??? I understand COVID is serious but everyone is OVER reacting. It’s not like thousands of cases are cropping up every day!! I live in RI and we have 5 cases. Seriously, I’m not worried.

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It is incredibly irresponsible that Disney is keeping their FL and CA parks open at a time like this. I don’t care how many hand sanitizer stations you have, or how often you clean the park. You have large groups of tourists moving throughout the park. It only takes 1 person with the virus to exponentially spread it across a group of people. And what about the cast members who have to face these guests, and cannot protect themselves with masks. This is not just the flu. It is much more contagious, and is 10x more lethal than the flu.… Read more »

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Whatever precautions the Disney parks are currently taking are based on official CDC guidelines. If the CDC advised a full closure of the parks, Disney would listen. In addition to being health-conscious, I’m sure they would prefer to avoid any potential litigation due to inefficient health standards.