Food Help in the Pandemic

Tommy Ginyard of Daytona Beach places groceries in the back of a truck during a free groceries drive-through at the Derbyshire Place Community Center in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

New Covid-19 cases in Volusia County were at 62 and there were three more deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Also, the county government announced free testing will continue to Oct. 30 at the Fairgrounds in DeLand and is now open to everyone with no age or ID requirement. IDs are encouraged to expedite the process.

Total cases in Volusia were at 12,038, including 90 non-residents, as of Wednesday, Oct. 21. The 7-day percentage of residents testing positive is now at 6.05%, compared to 5.35% in the previous 7 days.

Deaths in Volusia are now at 310 with the latest victims men ages 52, 73, 78 and 86. The county has had 160 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 911 as of Wednesday, Oct. 21. 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 1,456 and at correctional facilities it's 464.

The age range of Volusia County resident cases is 0 to 103 with 6,290 females and 5,619 males, and for 39 cases the gender hasn't been determined. There have been 921 residents and 11 non-residents hospitalized, including eight in the past 24 hours. There have been 104,410 residents tested with 92,333 testing negative and for 129 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 2,752 cases; Deltona, 2,010; DeLand, 1,804; Ormond Beach, 1,110 Port Orange, 975; Orange City, 620; New Smyrna Beach, 614; DeBary, 423; Edgewater, 291; Pierson, 180; DeLeon Springs, 168; South Daytona, 159; Holly Hill, 155; Lake Helen, 54; Seville, 52; Osteen, 45; Oak Hill and Ponce Inlet, 28 each; Enterprise, 10; Stetson University, seven; Daytona Beach Shores and Cassadaga, three each; Glenwood, two; and Astor and Wilbur-by-the-Sea, one each; and for 442 cases the hometown has not been determined.

Also as of 9 a.m. Wednesday there were 750,739 positive cases of Florida residents and 9,650 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 16,105 resident deaths. In the U.S., there were 8,275,249 cases and 221,083 deaths. There were 40,886,174 global cases with 1,126,251. The U.S. and world data are from Johns Hopkins University.

In the latest report from Volusia County Schools, eight students and three employees tested positive between Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Friday, Oct. 16. Facilities affected were Atlantic, University, DeLand and Spruce Creek High Schools; Hinson Middle School; Taylor Middle-High School; and Champion and South Daytona Elementary Schools. 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 95 and employees at 65.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management is offering free Covid-19 testing in the Hester Building at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Testing is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and no appointment is needed.

But beginning Monday, Nov. 2, the testing site will move to 1000 Live Oak St., behind the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library. The new site will offer self-swab PCR testing and operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week with a tentative end date of Nov. 30. The site will close Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving.

For other testing in Volusia County, visit

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

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

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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.

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