Officials Seeing “Clear, Sustained Deceleration of the Pandemic” Across Orange County; No Outbreaks Tied to Walt Disney World

Disney Parks fans eager to return to Walt Disney World can begin to plan with some assurance that COVID-19 rates are finally decreasing after a sudden spike earlier this summer.

Guests enjoy mild crowds in the afternoons at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Orange County officials are tracking declining positivity and hospitalization rates, with six consecutive weeks of a marked decline in new cases, and the lowest positivity rate in two months at just 7.58%. The positivity rate has remained under 10% for two weeks now, with 5% being the new target.

Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino noted,“There is a clear, sustained deceleration of the pandemic in our county.” Dr. Pino has previously stated that no outbreaks have been recorded at theme parks such as Walt Disney World, and the few individual cases that have been self-reported have been found to show no direct correlation to the theme parks.

The Sentinel reports that outbreaks have been tracked in smaller workplaces and long-term care facilities across the neighboring Osceola County, mainly due to individuals who have gone to work while symptomatic. State health officers stress the importance of hand washing, social distancing, and face coverings moving forward to keep numbers trending in the right direction.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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