The rush to get vaccinated for Covid-19 is on for more people as new cases and hospitalizations have soared in Volusia County.

There were 2,144 new cases of Covid-19 in Volusia with 21.6% of residents testing positive for the week of July 16-22, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The results were up from 1,359 new cases of Covid-19 in Volusia with 16.5% of residents testing positive for the week of July 9 to 15. The state does not provide the number of residents tested.

The department also reported Friday, July 16, that 264,774 Volusia residents out of an estimated population of 552,328 have been vaccinated with 3,323 residents getting at least one shot in the July 16-22 period, up from 2,312 in the previous week. There have been about 54% of Volusia residents ages 12 and over who have been vaccinated.

Volusia has had total cases of 49,698 or 17.9% of the population.

About 720 people were hospitalized with Covid-19 Thursday, July 22, in AdventHealth hospitals across Central Florida, the hospital chain reported. The region includes hospitals in Daytona Beach, DeLand, New Smyrna Beach and Orange City.

Statewide there were 73,199 new cases, or 15.1% of residents tested, in the 7-day period with 78 deaths. The state has now had a total of 2,479,975 cases and 38,670.

There were 245,954 people receiving at least one does of a vaccine in the past week with a total of 11,469,755, according to the state report.

The state stopped reporting new information daily after the percentage of residents testing positive dropped below 5%. The number of cases has steadily climbed since then.

Vaccinations continue in Volusia County. For a more complete list of where to get vaccinated, visit volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/pin/messaging-center-messages-pin.stml?portalProcess_dd_0_1_1=showPublicEvent&calendar_entry_id=27940 or call the Volusia County Health Department at (386) 274-0500.

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