A residents gets checked-in by a National Guardsman during free Covid-19 testing in the New Smyrna Beach Gymnasium on Thursday, Nov. 5. The Florida Division of Emergency Management is offering rapid antigen and viral testing at 1000 Live Oak St.


The surge in new cases in Volusia County continued with 412 over the weekend, pushing the total to 15,093, including 136 non-residents, and six more deaths as of 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, according to Florida Department of Health's statistics.

The 7-day percentage of residents testing positive was at 6.25%, down from 8.02% in the previous 7 days. However, the actual numbers tell a different story with a sharp increase in testing. For the past 7 days, 843 people tested positive out of 13,630 tested compared to 571 people testing positive out of 6,951 tested in the previous 7 days.

Deaths in Volusia are now at 357. Two of the latest deaths were identified as a 100-year-old man who tested positive Aug. 25 and an 85-year-old man who tested positive Nov. 12, one of which was a nursing home resident. The county has had 178 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 1,217 as of Monday, Nov. 23. 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 1,584 and at correctional facilities it's 476.

Volusia resident cases include 7,799 females and 7,013 males, and for 145 cases the gender hasn't been determined. There have been 1,056 residents and 12 non-residents hospitalized, including 13 over the weekend. 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 3,338 cases; Deltona, 2,412; DeLand, 2,191; Ormond Beach, 1,353; Port Orange, 1,306; New Smyrna Beach, 842; Orange City, 743; DeBary, 524; Edgewater, 410; Pierson, 205; South Daytona, 198; DeLeon Springs, 191; Holly Hill, 183; Lake Helen, 64; Seville, 60; Oak Hill and Osteen, 51 each; Ponce Inlet, 36; Enterprise, 22; Stetson University, 17; Daytona Beach Shores and Cassadaga, three each; Glenwood, two; and Astor and Wilbur-by-the-Sea, one each; and for 737 cases the hometown has not been determined.

Also as of 9 a.m. Monday there were 924,614 positive cases of Florida residents and 13,800 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 17,991 resident deaths. In the U.S., there were 12,254,135 cases and 256,800 deaths. There were 58,778,834 global cases with 1,390,262 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.

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