A Volusia County EMS technician administers a shot during the Covid-19 vaccination event at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex in Deltona on Thursday, Jan. 7. County of Volusia and the Florida Department of Health hosted the event.

The number of new Covid-19 cases reported in Volusia County were at 100 in the past 24 hours, pushing the total to 34,891, including 571 non-residents, and five more deaths, as of 9 a.m. Friday, March 5, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There have been 671 deaths in Volusia. The county has had 282 deaths of residents and staff at long-term care facilities. 

The State of Florida has lowered the eligible age to 50 for police, fire fighters and teachers. Vaccinations also continue at the Volusia County Fairgrounds for residents over 65 and frontline healthcare workers. See our side story for the latest information from the county. For more information, visit Registration is at Anyone needing help with online registration, can call (866) 345-0345.

CVS, Publix and Walmart pushed past the state order to include all K-12 teachers, daycare and preschool workers, and staff. Publix offers vaccinations at all of its Volusia pharmacies. Register Monday, Wednesday or Friday at Winn-Dixie pharmacies in Edgewater and Ormond Beach also provide vaccinations. Visit for a reservation. CVS is now offering vaccinations at its 101 S. Ridgewood Ave. store in Daytona Beach. Register at The Walmart in Orange City has begun offering vaccines. Register at

As of Wednesday, March 3, 35,490 people in Volusia County have gotten the first dose of vaccine and 47,048 have gotten both doses. In Florida, 1,442,998 people in Florida have received the first dose and 1,815,999 in Florida have gotten both doses, according to the health department. 

The 7-day percentage of residents testing positive was at 5.55%, down from 6.13% the previous 7 days. The number of residents getting tested is fluctuating between 1,000 and 3,000. The state is no longer providing cumulative information on number of residents tested.

The median age, with half older and half younger, is 44 and the age range is 0 to 105. The number of Volusia cases in children below the age of 18 is at least 3,319 as of March 3. The most affected age range is 25- to 34-years-old. The number of cases among staff and residents of long-term care facilities is 2,452 and at correctional facilities it's 538.

Volusia resident cases include 18,087 females and 15,800 males, and for 437 cases the gender hasn't been determined. There have been 1,779 residents and 36 non-residents hospitalized, including 19 in the past 24 hours.

According to the Florida Department of Emergency Management, Daytona Beach has had 7,032 cases; Deltona, 5,965; DeLand, 4,617; Port Orange, 4,035; Ormond Beach, 3,573; New Smyrna Beach, 2,385; Orange City, 1,559; Edgewater, 1,244; DeBary, 1,211; South Daytona, 545; DeLeon Springs, 366; Holly Hill, 326; Pierson, 314; Lake Helen, 163; Osteen, 146; Oak Hill, 143; Ponce Inlet, 138; Seville, 99; Enterprise, 45; Daytona Beach Shores, 13; Barberville, eight; Glenwood, six; Cassadaga and Mims, three each; and Astor and Wilbur-by-the-Sea, one each; and 260 have not been determined.

Also as of 9 a.m. Friday, there were 1,894,722 positive cases of Florida residents and 35,510 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 31,387 resident deaths. In the U.S., there were 28,827,732 cases and 520,367 deaths. There were 115,740,910 global cases with 2,571,604. The U.S. and world data are from Johns Hopkins University.

In the latest report from Volusia County Schools, 32 students and 13 employees tested positive between Friday, Feb. 26, and Wednesday, March 3. 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 976 and employees at 499.

Free Covid-19 testing is provided by the Florida Division of Emergency Management from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 1000 Live Oak St., New Smyrna Beach. Appointments aren't required, but will speed up the process. Register at 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. However, many major retailers require customers to wear face coverings to enter their stores.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the Paycheck Protection Program for qualifying businesses. For more information, visit or The deadline is March 9.

Volusia County has relief funds for rent and mortgage assistance. For an application, call Community Assistance at (386) 736-5955 or 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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