Volusia County’s new Covid-19 cases remained below 500 over the past two weeks as the threat remains low, government reports show.

New cases were at 473, compared to 480 over the previous two weeks, the Nov. 18 report of the Florida Department of Health shows.

The department issues a report on Covid-19 every two weeks, but only gives statistics for one week. The new cases number in this report is based on subtracting the report from two weeks ago from the latest one.

For the week of Nov. 11-17, case positivity was at 7.1%, in Volusia, compared to 7.3% in the last report. The state doesn't give the number of people tested.

Volusia has had total cases of 143,834. The number of deaths is at 2,227, according to the Centers of Disease Control, up seven from the previous Hometown News report. There were 360,490 or 63% of Volusia residents vaccinated.

The CDC estimates 2.2% of the hospital beds and 2.4% of the ICU beds in Volusia are being used for patients with Covid-19.

The threat level in Volusia is low. The CDC’s current advice for Volusia residents is to stay up to date with Covid-19 vaccines. Get tested if you have symptoms. Wear a mask if you have symptoms, a positive test or exposure to someone with Covid-19. You may choose to wear a mask at any time as an additional precaution to protect yourself and others.

People should avoid going to the Emergency Room just for a Covid-19 test. The state offers a statewide listing of places to get tested at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites/.

There are free testing sites in Daytona Beach, Deltona and New Smyrna Beach as well as at Florida Health Department clinics. For testing sites, check out Hometown News Health Notes at https://www.hometownnewsvolusia.com/news/health-notes-feb-25-2022/article_8f901b44-8f67-11ec-8eeb-eb474733356c.html.

Statewide there have been 7,195,143 cases of Covid-19, up 22,686 in the past two weeks. There were 16,074,034 Florida residents vaccinated for 72%.

For more information about Covid-19 in Florida, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov or covid.cdc.gov/.

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