Coronavirus fears cancel 2 conferences in Orlando; ‘we’re still open for business,’ Mayor Demings says

After two conferences scheduled to bring a combined 60,000 people to Orlando were canceled on Thursday over coronavirus fears, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings reassured residents that the region is at “low risk” and said the county remains “open for business.”

Demings said the two conferences — HIMSS Global Health & Exhibition set to begin Monday and Minecraft Festival set to arrive in September along with a third convention called Ellucian Live, a higher education technology event that called off its April meeting earlier this week — represented a loss of about $150 million to the community. Read more here.