Orange County, Florida Mayor Jerry Demings has extended the state of emergency he declared a week ago for another seven days. Orange County currently has a 20.83% positivity rate. In late May, it was sitting at 4.7%, which is when mask mandates lifted.
Demings stated in a press conference that the county is still recording more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases per day on average. Yesterday, August 4, saw 1,409 new cases, with unvaccinated individuals making up 98% of that number. Approximately 63% of eligible Orange County residents are currently vaccinated.
Dr. Raul Pino did say the county is seeing a larger demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, especially among younger generations who initially did not receive it. Unfortunately, officials expect hospitalizations and deaths will continue to increase over the next two weeks.
Walt Disney World has reinstated an indoor mask mandate for all guests, regardless of vaccination status. Universal Orlando Resort is encouraging guests to wear masks indoors but has not officially changed the policy.