The Florida Department of Health (DOH) reported COVID-19 test results for more than 116,300 individuals on Wednesday, of which 13,965 were positive (~13 percent). This brings the state total to 315,775 cases. By county, Miami-Dade has seen 75,425 cases, followed by Broward (35,566), Palm Beach (23,711), Hillsborough (21,577) and OrangeContinue Reading

NBA players’ last names can be replaced with a social justice message, word or phrase from an approved list during the games when play resumes. According to ESPN, the NBA and National Basketball Player’s Association, the league’s player union, agreed to 29 words and phrases that can be displayed on aContinue Reading

Universal Orlando laid off an undisclosed number of employees on Tuesday despite reopening its theme parks weeks ago. No details were given regarding departments or business units impacted by the move. “We have made the difficult decision to reduce our Parks & Resorts workforce across multiple locations and business units,”Continue Reading

The Department of Housing and Human Services finalized a regulation Friday ending Obamacare rules opening up abortion access and broadening sex to mean gender; therefore, transgender rights. Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibits covered health programs or activities from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin,Continue Reading

Major League Soccer will be back on the field next month, announcing yesterday that a World Cup-style tournament featuring all 26 clubs will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. “The opportunity to have all 26 clubs in a controlled environment enables usContinue Reading

UPDATE: Busch Gardens and Adventure will open June 11. Guests will notice increased cleaning and safety protocols in addition to limits on the number of people who can be in the theme parks at once. A new online reservation system will help manage capacity. “Over the past two months, weContinue Reading

A UCF professor is being denounced by the university and investigate for tweeting a racially charged statement, which included that “black privilege is real” and “shielded from legitimate criticism is a privilege. But as a group, they’re missing out on much needed feedback.” Charles Negy, an associate professor in theContinue Reading

The Orlando Police Department arrested a man, Kelvin Williams III, Thursday, for inciting riots and looting of Orlando Premium Outlets on social media. Williams, 20, was identified as a potential gang member and awareness rose as May 31 as OPD’s Gang Unit had been monitoring social media for “intelligence, specificallyContinue Reading

The NBA board of governors voted Thursday to approve a 22-team format to restart the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Fla., the league announced. Three-fourths of the 30 NBA teams must ratify the proposal. The new plan would see 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams play eight “seeding”Continue Reading

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center is announced it will be re-opening its doors to the public on Thursday, June 25th, 2020. The resort will offer leisure travelers a close summer escape featuring a sprawling outdoor water park, acres of airy indoor atrium gardens, and family-friendly activities. “The summer travel seasonContinue Reading

The NBA Board of Governors is expected to approve a plan to resume play on Thursday afternoon. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN summarized the latest plan for the league to invite 22 teams, 13 Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams, to Orlando to compete in eight regular-season games. ThoseContinue Reading

As some protests and rallies erupt into riots and lootings over the last few days, Orange County Sheriff’s Office shows Sheriff John Mina and Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon made headlines by kneeling and praying with protesters. According to WOFL, Rolon urged protesters to do their part “to make sureContinue Reading

Disney presented their reopening plan today during an Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force meeting, proposing a July 11 date for Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a July 15 reopen date for Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Jim MacPhee, senior vice president of operations for Disney World presentedContinue Reading

Governor DeSantis

In the wake of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit across central Florida to meet with tourism officials Wednesday came a rebuke of reporters, journalists’ coverage of Florida’s response to the Wuhan Coronavirus and the false predictions in the media. “You’ve got a lot of people in your profession [journalists] whoContinue Reading

Universal Orlando has set a reopening date for CityWalk. Universal announced Tuesday that the complex will reopen in a limited capacity on May 14 at 4 p.m. as guests will have to adhere to new safety measures, including temperature checks and face coverings. “Temperature checks will be required upon arrival,Continue Reading

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has launched a COVID-19 Patient Support program giving $250 to any blood cancer patients that needed it.  To date, the organization has given over $2.9 million dollars to just over 11,000 patients. One of the local chapter’s largest fundraiser, the Central Florida Light The Night eventContinue Reading

Shanghai Disneyland reopened Monday, becoming the first Disney theme park to do so in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. Photos have arrived via the Associated Press, showing visitors in masks following new social distancing rules as a limited capacity was allowed. The question in Florida: Is this a snapshot atContinue Reading