According to a report from the White House, Orange County, Florida, is the only county in the Sunshine State that’s listed as a “rapid riser” county when it comes to COVID-19 cases.
The news comes as Florida’s Department of Health reported nearly 11,000 new coronavirus cases over the week, which brings the total number of cases in Florida to nearly 3.7 million. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 61,701 Florida residents have died from COVID-19.
Across the state of Florida, 14,418,089 residents ages 5 and up have received at least their first vaccination. That’s just under 70% of Floridians. Of those, 9,568,305 have completed the series of vaccinations.
Governor DeSantis has been front and center in the fight against mask mandates and mandated coronavirus vaccinations. Last month, the governor called a special session that surprised even members of his own party. The purpose of the session was to pass legislation making it illegal for companies to terminate employees who choose not to have the COVID-19 Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines administered to them.
“We’re making sure that people have a right to earn a living,” DeSantis said. “We are respecting people’s individual freedom in this state.”
Just after DeSantis signed four bills into law that precludes vaccine mandates on employees by any local government entity in Florida and that requires private businesses to include exemption status for employees who refuse the vaccine on the basis of religious or medical reasons, Disney paused its practices in regard to the new law as well.
According to The Orlando Sentinel, all counties in Central Florida saw cases of COVID-19 in the last week:
“Central Florida added 2,185 resident infections this week, for a total of 722,428: 905 more in Orange for 231,063; 238 more in Osceola for 72,806; 339 more in Polk for 130,166; 183 more in Lake for 55,508; 47 more in Sumter for 14,807; 289 more in Volusia for 77,354; 262 more in Brevard for 81,839; and 236 more in Seminole for 63,412.”
Again, Orange County, where Disney World is located, is the only county in the entire state of Florida to be deemed a “rapid riser” by the White House report.