Covid-19 cases in Volusia were only up 19 to 10,834, including 70 non-residents, and no new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered the state go to phase 3 of reopening, allowing businesses to operate at 100% capacity, including restaurants, bars and gyms.
Deaths in Volusia County escalated quickly last week, but have come to a stop for now. They're now at 239. The county has had 123 deaths of residents and staff at long-term care facilities.
The median age, with half older and half younger, is 43, compared to 58 earlier in the pandemic. The number of Volusia cases in children below the age of 18 is at least 783 as of Tuesday, Sept. 29. The most affected age range in the county is 25 to 34 years old. The number of cases among staff and residents of long-term care facilities is 1,342 and at correctional facilities it's 453.
The age range of Volusia County resident cases is 0 to 103 with 5,651 females and 5,077 males, and for 36 cases the gender hasn't been determined. There have been 804 residents and eight non-residents hospitalized, but none reported in the past 24 hours. There have been 95,523 residents tested with 84,638 testing negative, 91 awaiting testing and for 121 the tests were inconclusive.
Many of the victims have been cleared by public health officials. Also, some who have been hospitalized have been released. The department is not releasing names to protect their privacy.
According to the Florida Department of Emergency Management, Daytona Beach has had 2,529 cases; Deltona, 1,860; DeLand, 1,628; Ormond Beach, 975; Port Orange, 831; Orange City, 590; New Smyrna Beach, 550; DeBary, 400; Edgewater, 247; Pierson, 166; DeLeon Springs, 148; South Daytona, 142; Holly Hill, 137; Seville, 50; Lake Helen, 48; Osteen, 37; Oak Hill, 28; Ponce Inlet, 23; Enterprise, 10; Stetson University, four; Daytona Beach Shores, three; Glenwood and Cassadaga, two each; and Astor and Wilbur-by-the-Sea, one each; and for 344 cases the hometown has not been determined.
Also as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, there were 692,962 positive cases of Florida residents and 8,340 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 14,037 resident deaths. In the U.S., there were 7,150,165 and 205,091 deaths. There were 33,401,514 global cases with 1,002,676 deaths. The U.S. and world data are from Johns Hopkins University.
In the latest report from Volusia County Schools, five students and one employee tested positive between Wednesday, Sept. 23, and Friday, Sept. 25. Facilities affected were DeLand and Pine Ridge High Schools, Heritage and Southwestern Middle Schools, and McInnis Elementary School. The school district is releasing Covid-19 data at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays until the pandemic is over. Total students testing positive is now at 36 and employees at 29.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management is offering free Covid-19 testing at the Volusia County Fair Grounds, 3150 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and an appointment at doineedacovid19test.com is recommended. For other testing in Volusia County, visit https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/pin/coronavirus/faqs.stml.
So far, Daytona Beach, DeLand and Orange City are the only cities in Volusia County mandating masks be worn when inside buildings or anywhere proper social distancing cannot be followed and instituting penalties for non-compliance. City leaders in Daytona Beach Shores, DeBary, Deltona, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange have approved resolutions encouraging mask use, but did not mandate it. Masks are mandatory in New Smyrna Beach, but the City Commission did not institute penalties and the NSB Police will not enforce it.
Many major retailers are requiring customers to wear face coverings to enter their stores, including Aldi, Publix, Walmart, Sam's Clubs, BJ's Clubs, CVS, Kohl's, Gap, Macy's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe's, Walgreens, Best Buy, Starbucks, McDonald's, PetSmart, Target and Winn-Dixie.
Volusia County has relief funds for rent and mortgage assistance. For an application, call Community Assistance at (386) 736-5955 or visit volusia.org/services/community-services/community-assistance/.
The county also is taking applications for $3,000 grants to help small businesses recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants now cover businesses with up to 50 employees. For information or an application, visit volusiabusinessresources.com.
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For general information about the COVID-19 virus, call the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee at (866) 779-6121. The hotline is open 24/7. AdventHealth has a 24/7 hotline at (877) 847-8747.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, call the Florida Department of Health Office in Volusia County at (386) 274-0500.