Six firefighters with the Disney’s Reedy Creek Fire Department self-quarantined themselves after returning home from a conference in South Florida where one attendee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 with a seventh also reportedly self-quarantining after visiting a pandemic area.
The Reedy Creek Fire Department is Disney’s fire department for the Walt Disney World property.
We at Inside the Magic want our readers to know that they have nothing to worry about if they are traveling to Walt Disney World or if they have friends and family there right now.
We are using this Disney-related event to correct some myths behind self-quarantining during this time of hysteria. Especially now after the announcement that Disneyland will be closing in California.
Just Because They Self-Quarantine Does Not Mean They Have Coronavirus!
They were in a populated area where at least one person tested positive with coronavirus. That is not a guarantee that they are infected!
According to NBC affiliate WESH, “Health officials announced Wednesday that a 70-year-old Broward County man who tested positive for the virus attended an Emergency Medical Services conference in Tampa.”
So, as a precaution, the firefighters will return to work after two weeks pass and they are cleared.
Walt Disney World Resort Remains Open
With the risk of infection still relatively low compared to other states in the Union like California, the Walt Disney World resort remains open in Florida. And Disney World has taken several precautionary measures to ensure the continued safety and enjoyment of its guests. You can read our original coverage of those stories by clicking the links below.
Walt Disney World also has this statement on their website:
As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our guests, Cast Members, and the larger community, we have high standards for sanitation and employ robust cleaning procedures, such as:
- Training for Cast Members, with ongoing reinforcement on a regular basis
- Defined cycles for frequent cleaning and disinfection of targeted areas
- Easy access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizers
- Quick response to spills, trash and other situations
- End of day sanitation procedures for restroom, kitchen, and other facilities
- Frequent cleaning and “wash down” of outdoor locations, including walkways and queues
We also offer guest First Aid locations to assist with minor health issues and offer preventive health services to our Cast Members, such as free vaccinations and online wellness clinics and pharmacies. Additionally, our onsite health teams and leaders routinely communicate with our Cast Members about illness prevention.
We maintain close relationships with local, state, national, and international public health authorities, and follow their guidance when additional preventive measures are needed.