An outbreak at the Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center caused the number of reported Covid-19 cases in the county to spike by 26 in the past 24 hours, as of 9 a.m. Friday, May 29.
Many of the new victims are teenagers, and there also were a one-year-old and four-year-old reported to have the virus. Area media have reported the detention center had six inmates and four staff members who tested positive.
Expect more children to be outside during the day after today, the last day of school for Volusia County.
Volusia Covid-19 cases are now at 709, including 14 non-resident cases, as of 9 a.m. Thursday, May 28, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Total deaths in Volusia County are at 37. The county has had 24 deaths at long-term care facilities. Twenty-two of the deaths have been at the Opis Coquina Center in Ormond Beach, one at Deltona Health Care and one has not yet been reported.
The age range of Volusia County resident cases is 1 to 102 with 383 males and 311 females. It has now been determined that 102 cases were travel related. There have been 140 residents and four non-residents hospitalized. There have been 21,398 Volusia residents tested with 20,665 testing negative and for 24 people the test was inconclusive.
By race, 401 victims were white, 149 victims were black, 102 victims were Hispanic, 37 were of other races and for 20 cases the race was unknown.
Many of the victims have been cleared by public health officials. Also, some who have been hospitalized may 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 245 cases; Ormond Beach, 101; Deltona, 99; DeLand, 56; Port Orange, 55; DeBary,31; New Smyrna Beach, 30; Orange City, 29; Edgewater, 17; Holly Hill, seven; Oak Hill and South Daytona have had five; Lake Helen, four; DeLeon Springs, 2; Pierson and Ponce Inlet, one case each; and for seven cases the hometown has not been determined.
Also as of 9 a.m. Friday, there have been 51,918 positive cases of Florida residents and 1,367 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 2,364 deaths. There were 23,531 residents being monitored. In the U.S., there were 1,721,926 cases and 101,621 deaths. There were 5,840,369 global cases with 361,066 deaths. The U.S. and world data are from Johns Hopkins University.
Testing for the coronavirus is continuing in Volusia County. For more information, visit https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/pin/coronavirus/faqs.stml.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has widened allowable youth activities, including summer camps, in Florida. The state also is allowing businesses in Florida to operate at 50% capacity, including restaurants, retail shops, and gyms and fitness centers as well as museums and libraries. Barber shops and salons were already allowed to reopen. All of the places must adhere to strict sanitation and social distancing rules.
Volusia County libraries will reopen fully Monday, June 1, but with limited hours, capacity and social distancing required.
The Volusia County Council approved a $2.5 million grant program Tuesday to assist non-profit agencies in the county that have sustained financial impacts from the coronavirus crisis. Also, the County Council agreed to allocate $15 million to distribute to Volusia’s 16 cities to assist them with their COVID-19 expenses. The county hasn’t decided yet on the formula for divvying up the money.
The county has opened the beach, campgrounds and parks. For more information, visit volusia.org. Also, the state approved Volusia County's plan to reopen short-term rentals.
The county rolled out two new programs to help local residents financially, earmarking $5 million for emergency rent and mortgage assistance and another $3 million for food aid. 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.
In order to stay updated on the coronavirus pandemic, the Volusia County Council has begun weekly meetings on Tuesdays. For more information, visit volusia.org.
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For general information about the COVID-19 virus, call the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee at (866) 799-6121. 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.