Fairgrounds virus testing extended with changes

Free Covid-19 testing at the Volusia County Fairgrounds will continue to Oct. 16 by the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

The site and process will undergo some changes.

Testing will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day inside the Hester building. While drive-up testing will no longer be available, the indoor location allows for the site to operate seven days a week. Effective Oct. 1, only viral testing will be offered; antibody testing will no longer be available.

No symptoms are required to get tested. Viral testing is available for individuals five years of age and older. Adults 18 years and older are required to provide a picture identification.

Appointments are no longer required. Participants may register on site.

For more information, visit volusia.org.

SMA offers free mental health webinar series

The SMA Healthcare Foundation will host a series of free mental health webinars with the Jay’s Hope Fund.

The foundation’s annual Who is Jay? Mental Health Symposium was canceled due to Covid-19 concerns, so it was decided to offer the webinar series.

The webinars will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The schedule and topics are:

•Oct 16: Trauma & PTSD in First Responders, Military Personnel and Veterans presented by Amie Newins, Ph.D. Register at https://tinyurl.com/SMAWebinars-Newins

• Oct. 23: Finding Your Virtual Comfort Zone in the Era of Telehealth Treatment presented by Kelly Kraus of SMA Healthcare. Register at https://tinyurl.com/SMAWebinars-Kraus

For more information, visit whoisjay.org.

Health department urges flu shots

The Volusia County Department of Health is urging residents to contact their healthcare provider or pharmacy to get vaccinated against the flu as soon as possible.

Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks to offer protection.

Getting the flu shot each year is important, but reducing illness and hospitalization from flu is even more critical this year to protect frontline health care workers and hospital systems who continue to care for people with Covid-19 and other illnesses. Also, having the flu and Covid-19 at the same time could lead to a poor outcome.

The flu and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses, but until there is a steady vaccine supply against Covid-19, the way to help prevent these two viruses from circulating at the same time is to get a flu vaccine now.

Living Healthy Workshop

A free Living Healthy Workshop for people 60 and older will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. each Monday from Oct. 5 to Nov. 9, 7 p.m. each Tuesday, Oct. 6 to Nov. 10 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 14 and Nov. 25 by phone.

To register or for more information, call (904) 482-0189 or (877) 784-8486.

Quit tobacco class

Free virtual quit tobacco classes will meet many times in October.

There will be free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges for those who register.

To register for the class, call Northeast Florida AHEC at (904) 482-0189 or (877) 784-8486.

Arthritis Foundation will host Exercise Program

The Arthritis Foundation will host Exercise Program for people 60 and older at 11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays via Zoom.

To register call, Northeast Florida AHEC at (904) 482-0189 or (877) 784-8486.

Virtual Diabetes Empowerment Education

A free virtual diabetes empowerment education program will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays Oct. 7 to Nov. 18, via Zoom.

To register or for more information, call Northeast Florida AHEC at (904) 482-0189 or (877) 784-8486.

Free diabetes self-management program

A free diabetes self-management program telephone program for people ages 60 and older will meet at 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays Oct. 19 to Nov. 23.

For more information or to register, call Northeast Florida AHEC at (904) 482-0189 or (877) 784-8486.

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation and education

Narconon reminds friends and family to have a solid plan for when an addict leaves treatment.

It gives the recovering person the best possible chance at remaining clean. There must be a plan in place that the recovering person can follow without getting discouraged.

To learn more about having a plan after treatment, visit https://www.narconon-suncoast.org/blog/the-importance-of-supportive-friendships-in-recovery.html.

For a free screening or referral, call (877) 841-5509.

AA meetings

Alcoholics Anonymous offers meetings in all of Volusia County.

For more information, visit aadaytona.org or call the hotline at (386) 756-2930.


Al-Anon, family groups for families and friends of alcoholics, offer numerous daily meetings in Volusia County.

For more information, call (904) 315-0233, (888) 425-2666 or visit AFGArea9.org.


The Monday Al-Anon Family Group meets in person from 10:20 to 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 509 Magnolia St., New Smyrna Beach.

The Center for Disease Control's guidelines, which include wearing masks, will be followed in the building.

For more information, call (904) 315-0233, (888) 425-2666 or visit AFGArea9.org.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous helps with eating problems in Volusia County with a 12-step recovery program.

For more information or to find a program, visit oa.org or call (505) 891-2664.

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