Covid-19 cases continue to increase in Florida and today Orange County Mayor Jerry Demmings extended the county’s state of emergency order. The mayor declared a state of emergency a week ago and has now extended it another seven days. Right now, Orange County has a 20.83% positivity rate compared to the 4.7% at the end of May.
Mayor Demmings held a press conference today where he discussed the pandemic and vaccination rates. He stated that Orange County is still recording more than 1,000 new cases per day on average. The majority of those new cases are unvaccinated individuals. 63.43% of Orange County’s eligible population has been vaccinated.
Orange County’s goal is to get 70% of the eligible population vaccinated. Dr. Raul Pino said the demand for the vaccine has increased, especially among the younger generations. Even so, officials expect the cases, hospitalizations, and deaths to continue to increase over the next two weeks.
The county continues to urge all individuals, regardless of vaccine status, to wear masks while indoors. Walt Disney World recently changed its mask policy to require all guests to wear masks indoors again. Universal Orlando encourages its guests to wear masks indoors but has not made it a requirement.
You can watch the full press conference below:
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