New cases of Covid-19 in Volusia County for the week of Nov. 12-18 as the percentage of residents testing positive dropped below 5%, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There were 346 residents, or 4.8% testing positive during the week, compared to 340 residents or 5% testing positive the week of Nov. 5-11, according to the department. The state does not provide the number of residents tested.

The department also reported Friday, Nov. 19, that 326,155 residents were vaccinated out of an estimated population of 552,328. There were 1,923 residents getting at least one shot during the Nov. 12-18 period, down from 2,266 residents in the Nov. 5-11 period. There have been about 62% of Volusia residents ages five and over who have been vaccinated.

Volusia has had total cases of 76,793 with 1,392 deaths as of Nov. 18.

AdventHealth pediatric specialists are urging parents to get children ages of 5-11 vaccinated.

“There’s 28 million children in the age group of 5 to 11 and none of them should die from a vaccine preventable disease,” stated Dr. Michael Keating, chief medical officer of AdventHealth for the Children, in a news release. “We can beat Covid. These kids need to be vaccinated.”

The dose for the younger age group is about a third of the size of the adult dose after studies determined the lower dose is “extremely safe” and highly effective for children, he said.

Vaccinations continue in Volusia County. To find where to get a vaccination, especially for a child, visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/ or call the Volusia County Health Department at (386) 274-0500.

Both AdventHealth and Halifax Health are operating at normal status as the pandemic has waned.

The Volusia County School Board is allowing parents to opt out of mandatory face coverings for students as well as all adults at school system facilities. Since school started, the school district has gotten reports of 2,412 employees and students infected with Covid-19.

Statewide there were 10,828 new Covid-19 cases with 2.5% of residents testing positive in the Nov. 12-18 period, compared to 10,746 new Covid-19 cases with 2.5% of residents testing positive in the Nov. 5-11 period. There were 37 deaths, up from 33 deaths the previous week. The state has now had a total of 3,677,968 cases and 61,081 deaths.

There were 394,524 people receiving at least one dose of a vaccine, including booster shots, in the past week with a total of 14,180,980 or 68% of the Florida Population, according to the state report.

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