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Report: Disney World is ‘covering up’ workers’ COVID-19 cases

A new report from The Daily Beast suggests Disney World is underreporting COVID-19 cases

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 photo, guests watch a show near a statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Guests watch a show near a statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019.

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The Daily Beast published a new report that suggests Walt Disney World is “covering up” and underreporting its COVID-19 cases among workers and cast members.

Workers and their spouses told The Daily Beast that Disney is allowing people who tested positive for the novel coronavirus to return to work despite the dangers and risks it represents.

  • “Workers and their worried spouses reveal to The Daily Beast that Disney is not only underreporting its COVID cases but clearing COVID-positive employees to return to work.”

The report includes a number of accounts from employees — who spoke under anonymity out of fear of losing their jobs — who talked about how the park has kept COVID-19numbers under wraps.

  • One cast member, named in the article as Alicia, said: “Unknowingly, (the cast members were) working next to an employee who was exposed to COVID-19,” she wrote. “Although the Union urged him to not return, he still worked his entire shift, thus exposing ALL of (them).” 

The report also said there’s a lack of employees encouraging people to follow the COVID-19 guidelines, like social distancing.

  • “Regardless of the new safety rules, so long as the customer is wearing a mask, [cast members] are discouraged from ‘ruffling feathers,’ meaning social distancing enforcement has become fairly scattershot at best.”

Disney did not respond to The Daily Beast’s requests for comment.

Head to the Daily Beast to read the full report.