Food Help in the Pandemic

Linda Wallace and Sophia Hogue, from left, both of Ormond Beach, with Jessa Monroe of Holly Hill, and Suheir Kamel of Daytona Beach place groceries in a car during a free groceries drive-through at Derbyshire Place Community Center in Daytona Beach on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

After a new surge in Covid-19 cases, Volusia County got the usual beginning of the week break with just 33 cases and one new death in the past 24 hours, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Total cases in Volusia were at 11,976, including 87 non-residents, as of Tuesday, Oct. 20. With the break in new cases the 7-day percentage of residents testing positive held steady at 5.67% compared to 5.69% in the previous 7 days.

Deaths in Volusia are now at 307. 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 903 as of Tuesday, Oct. 20. 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 1,448 and at correctional facilities it's 464.

The age range of Volusia County resident cases is 0 to 103 with 6,255 females and 5,594 males, and for 40 cases the gender hasn't been determined. There have been 913 residents and 11 non-residents hospitalized. There have been 103,967 residents tested with 91,947 testing negative and for 131 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 2,749 cases; Deltona, 2,005; DeLand, 1,798; Ormond Beach, 1,104 Port Orange, 965; Orange City, 619; New Smyrna Beach, 602; DeBary, 421; Edgewater, 290; Pierson, 179; DeLeon Springs, 168; South Daytona, 158; Holly Hill, 155; Lake Helen, 54; Seville, 51; Osteen, 45; Oak Hill, 28; Ponce Inlet, 27; Enterprise, 10; Stetson University, six; Daytona Beach Shores, three; Glenwood and Cassadaga, two each; and Astor and Wilbur-by-the-Sea, one each; and for 434 cases the hometown has not been determined.

Also as of 9 a.m. Tuesday there were 747,183 positive cases of Florida residents and 9,544 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 16,021 resident deaths. In the U.S., there were 8,215,605 cases and 220,134 deaths. There were 40,464,761 global cases with 1,119,369. 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 will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and no appointment is needed. 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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