Orange County

Disney World officials say they’re keeping close eye on workers who traveled to Italy amid coronavirus outbreak

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Walt Disney World officials said they are keeping a close eye on cast members who traveled to Italy amid the coronavirus outbreak.

A Walt Disney World spokeswoman said the cast members are staying at home and food is being delivered to them for now out of an abundance of caution.

There are no confirmed or suspected cases of the coronavirus at Walt Disney World.

Read: Disney CEO Bob Iger steps down, Bob Chapek named new head

The company said it is taking proactive steps and it would report any cases to the health department.

Read: Coronavirus live updates: President Donald Trump to speak Wednesday in joint press conference with CDC

“Disney’s always on top of it, so that makes me feel comfortable," said Orlando resident James Kuhl. "But seeing it happen in two resorts in China just means it’s very possible. Seeing them take the precautions is always good.”

Disney has confirmed that there are six Disney employees being isolated, and they are mostly young people who work as waiters.

The health department said there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Florida.

Visit Orlando said less than 9% of the city’s visitors are international and that Orlando has no direct flights from China. They said more tourists come to Orlando from Canada, the United Kingdom and Brazil than anywhere else.

First responders who cover the parks said they plan on wearing masks when helping anyone showing flu-like symptoms.

Katlyn Brieskorn,

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.

Comments on this article