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NEWS: First Omicron COVID-19 strain cases detected in Florida


As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change and develop, AllEars will provide you with the latest relevant news that could affect a visit to the theme park.

Many have changed in the global health crisis over the past two years.

Sign COVID-19 at Disney World

More recently, attention has focused on the new emerging COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.529 or the “Omicron” variant. The strain was recently identified in several U.S. states and we now have a Florida update.

According to Spectrum News 13, a hospital in Tampa Bay, Florida, has its first confirmed case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. In addition, the Tampa Bay Times has reported that one patient also tested positive for the variant on Monday, December 6th.

These are the first cases of the strain to be detected in Florida.

Map of where the Omicron variant was discovered as of December 1, 2021 © New York Times

Tampa Bay Hospital reports indicate that the patient “is only experiencing mild symptoms, but recently returned from a trip abroad.”

The situation regarding COVID-19 and the new variant of Omicron continues to evolve, so you can click here to See our full list of US travel restrictions and warnings related to the COVID-19 Omicron strain. And, if you’re traveling to Disney World soon, you can learn more how the Omicron COVID-19 variant could affect your trip to Disney World here.

Animal kingdom mask signage

As a reminder, currently all Disney World guests must wear masks (regardless of vaccination status) in all indoor locations, including selected transportation vehicles.

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We’ll keep you posted on additional updates, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest updates!

See how the Omicron COVID-19 variant could affect your Disney World trip HERE!

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