Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings declared a state of emergency today while discussing the recent spike in positive COVID-19 cases.

The declaration came with a mandate requiring all county employees to get vaccinated by August 31, unless they can prove an exemption due to health or religious reasons. All Orange County employees will also be required to wear a mask while inside county buildings and they are urging all private businesses and public employees to require staff to wear masks and get vaccinated themselves.

Demings shared that the current positivity rate for the region is 13.96 percent compared to 4.28 last month and that there are currently 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 being reported every day, surpassing the peak we experienced last year.

Orlando Health reported that it was caring for 61 patients with COVID-19 on May 26 and as of Tuesday is reporting that it has 286 in its care.

AdventHealth moved its emergency status to “red” recently allowing it to delay any scheduled elective procedures until further notice, as they reach capacity in the hospital due to admitted COVID-19 patients. Victor Herrera, chief medical officer for AdventHealth Orlando, has referred to the situation as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday that fully vaccinated individuals should wear masks when indoors due to a spike in numbers from the spread of the Delta variant.

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  1. Honest Man if I didn’t have health reasons I would.the way he spoke I like that attitude. He didn’t Command.