Florida’s First Case of COVID Omicron Variant Confirmed

in Universal Orlando, Walt Disney World

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Florida’s Theme Parks are once again welcoming Guests back to the Parks in full swing! The holidays have crowds arriving in droves and Guests are thrilled to get back to attractions, entertainment, food, and more. Unfortunately, the news we thought would be coming has been officially announced today. The first case of the COVID-19 variant, Omicron, has been confirmed in Florida.

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In late November, the first detected COVID-19 variant was discovered in South Africa. The variant spread has been rapid throughout several countries, reaching the United States this month. On December 1, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that the first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was detected in the United States from California and San Francisco Departments of Public Health. Now the first Flordia omicron variant case has now been reported just six days later on December 7, 2021.

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According to reports, the first confirmed case of the new variant of COVID-19 in Florida has been detected at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa with hospital officials confirming the omicron diagnosis with:

“Yes, we can confirm detection of a case of the B.1.1.529 Omicron variant. The patient is experiencing mild symptoms and had recently returned from international travel. Our providers were able to quickly detect, test, confirm and add this data to our developing understanding of this strain.”

– VA in Statement to ABC Action News

While it is still very early to say how the omicron variant will have an impact, there is some optimism circulating that reports the variant may be less serious than the initial COVID cases experienced when the pandemic began in 2020.

With Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Studios being an hour away from the 1st confirmed omicron case in Florida, we’re interested to see if the Theme Parks speak about the matter and/or if they release any information on possible new health and safety guidelines if the COVID variant were to ramp up in Florida. Currently, at Walt Disney World the policy remains that all Guests are required to wear a face-covering at indoor locations throughout the property, and remain optional while outdoors. At Universal Orlando Resort face coverings are encouraged for all Guests while indoors and are optional while outdoors.

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For information and questions about the COVID-19 omicron variant, be sure to follow along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Does the omicron variant’s arrival in Florida make you think twice about Theme Park vacations? Let us know in the comments.

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