ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said he will let the county’s COVID-19 state of local emergency expire on Wednesday afternoon.
He said the change comes after the county has been able to maintain a consistently low COVID-19 positivity rate.
Demings said the 14-day positivity rate is now 3.51%, and that the most recent data shows it is the 17th consecutive day it has been below 5%.
He said as of Wednesday, 75% of eligible residents have also been vaccinated.
He said with the emergency order lifted, it will continue to be up to employers to decide whether or not to require their employees or customers to wear masks indoors.
Demings said Orange County will continue to require its employees to wear masks indoors until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moves the county from “substantial” to “moderate” community spread of the virus.
The Orange County Public Schools superintendent is watching the announcement closely.
Superintendent Barbara Jenkins said her decision on whether to extend or end the school mask mandate will heavily depend on the county’s announcement.
Some parents want to see the school board extend the mask mandate through winter break. Others would like to see the mask mandate extended for younger students who aren’t yet eligible to be vaccinated.
While others want the mask policy to be over with.
Meanwhile, during the upcoming special legislative session school board members expect the governor to gain the power to replace them for defying his mask mandate ban.