Florida Sees An 800% Spike of New COVID-19 Cases in the Past Month

Disney World’s recent health and safety policy updates that once again require face masks to be worn indoors has been in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Florida and around the country.

Sign with the latest face mask requirements in Disney World

MSN News has reported a recent sharp increase in the average number of cases in the state of Florida, according to numbers released by the Center for Disease Control.

As of July 1st, Florida’s seven-day average number of COVID-19 cases was 1,839. One month later, the state has seen that number increase by over 800%, with the seven-day average number of cases reaching 17,024 as of August 1st.

Universal Studios mask

Last month, we reported that Florida was leading the U.S. in overall number of new COVID-19 cases, with roughly 1 in 5 new COVID-19 cases coming from the state.

Face Masks for sale earlier this summer in Hollywood Studios

When those numbers were reported, there was an average of over 6,500 new infections every day. On Friday, July 30th, Florida reported 21,682 new COVID-19 cases — a record single-day number since the pandemic began in March of 2020. According to MSN News, Florida also recently reported a record 11,515 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

Health & Safety Signage in Hollywood Studios

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has expressed his strong opposition to face mask mandates or requiring any proof of COVID-19 vaccination, going as far as signing executive orders prohibiting such mandates. At the county level, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has urged residents to return to wearing face masks indoors. According to the CDC, approximately 58.4% of Floridians have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with 49.1% of the state considered to be fully vaccinated.

Ron DeSantis During a Press Conference in 2020

Currently, Disney World requires that all guests age 2 and up wear face masks in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. As of this writing, Universal Orlando has recommended that guests to wear face masks indoors but has yet to require them.

Face Mask

We’ll continue to monitor the current situation in Florida and we make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest news and updates.

Click here to read President Biden’s remarks on companies, including Disney, requiring their employees be fully vaccinated. 

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2 Replies to “Florida Sees An 800% Spike of New COVID-19 Cases in the Past Month”

  1. We were supposed to go to WDW July 30th – August 2nd with 2 unvaccinated kids age 5 and 9. At the last minute, after seeing COVID numbers in FL increase dramatically on a daily basis, we cancelled the trip. Heartbreaking for the kiddos, but I couldn’t fathom taking them into that environment and risking it. We will go once it’s safer again.

    I was just @ WDW on a separate trip in early June. Disney did a phenomenal job with the COVID protocols. I was hoping they could continue these protocols during this current wave. But that’s not what I’m hearing and seeing. So it’s up to the visitors individually to use their common sense. Luckily, WDW’s cancellation policy isn’t so stringent. I lost some money when I cancelled but not too much.

  2. Just returned last Friday from a week in WDW…by pure coincidence, our long-planned trip ended on the day the mask mandate was reimposed. We were fortunate in that our entire party was fully vaccinated, but we (apparently foolishly) assumed Disney would be taking some common sense measures – or at least not actively making things worse. I honestly can’t imagine how someone would take unvaccinated children (or adults) into this setting right now, even with masks. Among other things, we experienced the following:

    – No more than 1% of the people in the park wearing masks. We presumed (sarcastically, of course) that indicated a vaccination level of 99%, given the rules in place at the time.

    – Disney making a conscious decision to hold everyone at MK morning rope drop into each land until the exact moment the park was scheduled to open. Literally thousands of people jammed into very small areas. Every other park was opening about 1/2 hour (or more) prior to it’s scheduled time to help prevent this from occurring. Apparently this was a new procedure for the MK – if so, the only goals I can think of that it accomplished, beyond some meager cost savings, was helping to pack people together more closely and encouraging running to attractions. Walking those at the front of the group slowly doesn’t help when the entire back of the group is pushing and running to get further ahead.
    – Lines for rides that featured cast members instructing people to jam together to fill up all available space “so the line would move quicker”. Obviously, I understand that the goal was to make the queue shorter and allow more people to squeeze in the available area, but the real issue was the fact that MK’s “COVID safe” capacity was badly exceeded. This was also an issue to a lesser extent at DHS, but not nearly as bad at EPCOT or Animal Kingdom.
    – Pre-shows that were half-full, but cast members were doing exactly the same thing and telling people to jam into a certain section of the pre-show area and creating artificial crowding (worst offenders – Philharmagic and It’s Tough to Be a Bug).

    We are not at all a COVID paranoid family, and I realize everyone’s feelings about this may vary. However, it was amazing to watch Disney actively take steps to make things worse, then switch in a day to going far beyond the Orange County mask mandate in some ways while (presumably) continuing these insane procedures. If this lack of logic is reflected throughout the rest of the state of Florida, case numbers will (tragically) only go higher.