The surge in new cases in Volusia County continued with 163 in the past 24 hours, pushing the total to 15,408, including 145 non-residents, and three more deaths, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, according to Florida Department of Health's statistics.
The 7-day percentage of residents testing positive was at 6.04%, down from 6.56% in the previous 7 days. However, many more people have been getting tested the past few days, so the actual numbers of people testing positive is much higher.
Deaths in Volusia are now at 360 with two victims identified, an 82-year-old woman who tested positive Oct. 18 and a 91-year-old woman who tested positive Oct. 24. One of the latest victims was a nursing home resident. The county has had 179 deaths of residents and staff at long-term care facilities.
The median age, with half older and half younger, is 44, compared to 58 early in the pandemic, and the age range is 0 to 103. The number of Volusia cases in children below the age of 18 is at least 1,257 as of Wednesday, Nov. 25. The most affected age range in the county has dropped to 15-to-24-year-olds. The number of cases among staff and residents of long-term care facilities is 1,601 and at correctional facilities it's 476.
Volusia resident cases include 7,963 females and 7,174 males, and for 126 cases the gender hasn't been determined. There have been 1,064 residents and 12 non-residents hospitalized, with eight more in the past 24 hours. The state is no longer providing cumulative information on number of residents tested.
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 3,575 cases; Deltona, 2,539; DeLand, 2,350; Port Orange, 1,484; Ormond Beach, 1,441; New Smyrna Beach, 924; Orange City, 769; DeBary, 546; Edgewater, 467; Pierson, 225; South Daytona, 202; DeLeon Springs, 201; Holly Hill, 186; Lake Helen, 68; Seville, 64; Oak Hill, 57; Osteen, 54; Ponce Inlet, 37; Enterprise, 22; Stetson University, 18; Daytona Beach Shores, Cassadaga and Mims, three each; Glenwood, two; and Astor and Wilbur-by-the-Sea, one each.
Also as of 9 a.m. Wednesday there were 938,830 positive cases of Florida residents and 14,470 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 18,157 resident deaths. In the U.S., there were 12,598,722 cases and 259.976 deaths. There were 59,917,575 global cases with 1,412,223 deaths. The U.S. and world data are from Johns Hopkins University.
In the latest report from Volusia County Schools, 11 students and 4 employees tested positive between Wednesday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 20. Facilities affected were Citrus Grove and Enterprise Elementary Schools; New Smyrna Beach, Creekside, River Springs, Silver Sands and Southwestern Middle Schools; and Spruce Creek, University and Deltona High Schools. The school district is releasing Covid-19 data at 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays until the pandemic is over, but no reports this week with schools closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Total students testing positive is now at 283 and employees at 156.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management is offering free Covid-19 testing at the City Gym, 1000 Live Oak St., New Smyrna Beach, through Jan 31. Testing is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and no appointment is needed. Testing is open to everyone with no age or ID requirement, but IDs are encouraged to expedite the process. The site will close Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving. For other testing in Volusia County, visit https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/pin/coronavirus/faqs.stml.
With Gov. Ron DeSantis ordering the state to enter Phase 3 of reopening, he also disallowed local governments from fining people for not wearing masks. Therefore, Daytona Beach, DeLand, New Smyrna Beach and Orange City require masks, but cannot fine someone for not wearing one where they are required. Daytona Beach Shores, DeBary, Deltona, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange encourage mask use, but don't require them.
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.