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Florida’s Orange County Returns to ‘High’ COVID-19 Tier

Just weeks after being moved to a “substantial” COVID-19 tier, Florida’s Orange County has once again moved to the “high” tier of case transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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As crowds descend on both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort for the holiday season, COVID-19 transmission has been on the uptick as the Omicron variant begins to take hold in the United States. Just over a week ago, the county was named as a COVID-19 hotspot in a White House report.

As of today, the county has 1,412 cases and a 5.89% positivity rate for the disease, with a case rate of 101.33 per 100,000 residents.

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The county was previously moved to the “substantial” tier earlier this month. Currently, guests and Cast Members at Walt Disney World are required to wear face coverings at all indoor locations except while actively eating or drinking, regardless of their vaccination status. Meanwhile, at Universal Orlando Resort, face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated guests and Team Members. No changes to current policies have been announced as of the writing of this article.

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  1. Which is the sad truth you want to be safe go to wdw you want to go have fun on broken down rides where no one cares about safety go to universal!

  2. the wuhan flu is not going away folks. tired of living in constant fear? the dem variant is the most virulent.

  3. Shocker. The entire nation is now under the high tier due to new cases/new wave, so it’s not just Orange County. But we all know that case counts mean nothing…it’s the hospitalizations and deaths that are the real metric, in which ICU capacity has remained manageable and deaths have remained low. THAT is the real news.

  4. I am disgusted by the move to the “High” teir. The CDC is just being stupid. The omicron variant isn’t even as bad as Delta. Rochelle Walensky is a power hungry tyrant who has the world wrapped around her finger. She and the CDC need to go! Disney doesn’t need the stupid CDC and it’s pathetic director

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