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Florida COVID cases increase by 66% in just one day; when will the increase affect Central Florida theme park operations?

The State of Florida has reported an even higher number of new COVID cases for yesterday than it did for Tuesday, according to The Orlando Sentinel. 

Florida had reported a record one-day number of COVID cases when the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus swept the nation and the globe over the summer. On August 26, Florida reported 27,802 new COVID cases, breaking its previous high number of cases for one day. On Christmas Eve, the Sunshine State broke its August 26 record by reporting a daily number of new COVID cases in the state: 31,758. Then on Christmas Day, that number was up by over 1,000 cases.

Yesterday, the State of Florida reported 46,923 new coronavirus cases, shattering its Christmas Day record number of cases by more than 14,000 infections. (Remember that cases reported are always for the previous day.)

Today, when the State of Florida’s reports were tallied, the number was nothing short of shocking. In only one day, the number of new COVID cases rose from 46,923 to 77,848–an increase of more than 30,000 cases, or 66%, from the previous day.

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The new record takes the state’s 7-day average for new cases to 36,781, meaning the average number has doubled in only one week. As of today, Florida has the fourth-highest number of daily new COVID cases in the nation.

More than 4,400 people are hospitalized in Florida with COVID-19 at this time, though many were hospitalized for other reasons and likely tested positive for COVID-19 once they were in the hospital.

With the number of cases of coronavirus increasing at such an alarming rate, it makes sense to ask the question: how long will Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando wait to make changes to their park capacities or to their large group setting offerings in entertainment? At this time, there is no word from either of the major theme park resorts about plans to decrease the number of Guests they will welcome through the gates, and also no word yet about changes to offerings in the parks at this time.

 

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!