NEWS: First Cases of COVID-19 Omicron Strain Detected in Florida

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change and develop, AllEars will be bringing you the latest relevant news that could affect a theme park visit.

A lot has changed in regards to the global health crisis over the past two years.

COVID-19 Sign at Disney World

Most recently, the focus has been on the newly emerging COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.529 or the “Omicron” variant. The strain was recently identified in several states within the U.S. and now we have an update from Florida.

According to Spectrum News 13, a hospital in Tampa Bay, Florida has its first confirmed case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Additionally, the Tampa Bay Times has reported that a patient tested positive for the variant on Monday, December 6th as well.

These are the first cases of the strain that have been detected in Florida.

Map of where the Omicron variant has been discovered as of December 1st, 2021 ©New York Times

Reports from the hospital in Tampa Bay indicate that the patient is “only experiencing mild symptoms, but did recently return from travel abroad.”

The situation regarding COVID-19 and the new Omicron variant are continuing to evolve, so you can click here to check out our complete list of U.S. travel restrictions and advisories related to COVID-19 Omicron strain. And, if you’re traveling to Disney World soon, you can learn more about how the Omicron COVID-19 variant could affect your Disney World trip here.

Animal Kingdom Face Mask Signage

As a reminder, face masks are currently required to be worn by all Disney World guests (regardless of their vaccination status) at all indoor locations, including select transportation vehicles.


We will continue to keep an eye out for additional updates, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest!

Check out How the Omicron COVID-19 Variant Could Affect Your Disney World Trip HERE!

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