Covid-19 cases continued to surge over the weekend in Volusia County, up 390 to 7,097, including 54 non-residents, and six more deaths, as of 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Total deaths in Volusia County are now at 115, including one 84-year-old female nursing home resident. The county has had 66 deaths at long-term care facilities. Twenty-four of the deaths have been at the Opis Coquina Center in Ormond Beach; Bishop's Glen Retirement Center in Holly Hill has had 12; Deltona Health Care, seven; The Groves at Alliance in DeLand had four; DeBary Health Center and Ridgecrest Nursing Center in Daytona Beach, three each; Grand Villa of DeLand, Orange City Nursing Center, Brookdale Ormond Beach West, Woodland Towers in DeLand and the Indigo Palms at the Manor in Daytona Beach, one each; and the location of eight have not yet been identified as the report was not updated last week.
The median age, with half older and half younger, is 42, compared to 58 earlier in the pandemic. The number of Volusia cases in children below the age of 18 was at 491 as of Friday, July 31, but there have been at least 10 more cases since then. The most affected age range in the county is 25 to 34 years old. Volusia has had at several outbreaks at nursing homes, including 73 cases of residents and employees at Deltona Health Care, 55 at Opus Coquina Center in Ormond Beach, 42 cases at Oceanview Nursing Center in New Smyrna Beach and 40 cases at Ridgecrest Nursing Center.
The age range of Volusia County resident cases is 1 to 103 with 3,741 females and 3,276 males, and for 26 cases the gender hasn't been determined. There have been 526 residents, including 22 over the weekend, and five non-residents, hospitalized. There have been 68,256 residents tested with 61,081 testing negative, 38 awaiting testing and for 78 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 1,500 cases; Deltona, 1,353; DeLand, 1,146; Ormond Beach, 622; Port Orange, 472; Orange City, 435; New Smyrna Beach, 341; DeBary, 296; Edgewater, 158; Pierson, 125; Holly Hill, 112; DeLeon Springs, 104; South Daytona, 73; Seville, 44; Lake Helen, 30; Osteen, 28; Oak Hill, 17; Ponce Inlet, 14; Enterprise, six; Daytona Beach Shores and Glenwood, two each; Astor and Cassadaga, one each; and for 156 cases the hometown has not been determined.
Also as of 9 a.m. Monday, there have been 481,668 positive cases of Florida residents and 5,464 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 7,084 resident deaths. In the U.S., there were 4,668,395 cases and 154,860 deaths. There were 18,104,856 global cases with 689,922 deaths. The U.S. and world data are from Johns Hopkins University.
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.
Testing continues in Volusia, including free testing at four Department of Health clinics. For testing sites or more information, visit https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/pin/coronavirus/faqs.stml.
The Florida Department of Transportation has an active checkpoint on Interstate 95 at the Florida/Georgia state line. To date, more than 64,700 traveler forms have been collected at the checkpoint. Travelers from certain hot spots must quarantine for 14 days upon entering Florida.
With the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, the state Department of Business and Regulation has closed bars and is more closely monitoring restaurants.
The county has two programs to help local residents financially. Tuesday it added $5 million more for emergency rent and mortgage assistance. It also is helping food pantries with supplies. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and can be obtained by calling the Volusia County Department of Community Services at (386) 736-5955.
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.