Covid-19 Food Aid

Cara Astolfi, a fifth grade teacher at Champion Elementary School, loads a car as many wait their turn during the Parkview Church Food Distribution at the school in Daytona Beach on Friday, July 17. The church partnered with the school to help feed more than 670 families.

Deaths surged over the weekend with Covid-19 taking the lives of 11 more Volusia County residents.

New cases also were back up sharply with 388, taking the total to 7,876, including 56 non-residents, as of 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Total deaths in Volusia County are now at 135. The latest victims include a 23-year-old man, the first Volusia resident under 30 to die from the virus. The county has had 76 deaths at long-term care facilities. Twenty-four of the deaths have been at the Opis Coquina Center in Ormond Beach; Bishop's Glen in Holly Hill has had 13; Deltona Health, nine; Ridgecrest Nursing in Daytona Beach, six; The Groves at Alliance in DeLand and Ocean View Nursing in New Smyrna Beach, four each; DeBary Health, three; University West Rehab in DeLand, two; and Daytona Beach Health, Grand Villa of DeLand,  Avante at Ormond Beach, Indigo Manor in Daytona Beach, Orange City Nursing, Brookdale Ormond Beach West and Woodland Towers in DeLand, one each; and the location of four have not yet been identified.

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 was at 539 as of Friday, Aug. 7, but there have been at least three more cases since then. The most affected age range in the county is 25 to 34 years old. Volusia has had at several severe outbreaks at nursing homes, including 73 cases of residents and employees at Deltona Health Care, 55 at Opus Coquina Center, 54 at Avante Ormond Beach and 48 cases at Ocean View. 

The age range of Volusia County resident cases is 0 to 103 with 4,106 females and 3,655 males, and for 59 cases the gender hasn't been determined. There have been 573 residents, including 18 over the weekend, and five non-residents, hospitalized. There have been 73,809 residents tested with 65,827 testing negative, 69 awaiting testing and for 106 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 1,731 cases; Deltona, 1,471; DeLand, 1,251; Ormond Beach, 678; Port Orange, 536; Orange City, 491; New Smyrna Beach, 377; DeBary, 319; Edgewater, 173; Pierson, 141; Holly Hill, 119; DeLeon Springs, 115; South Daytona, 80; Seville, 48; Lake Helen, 32; Osteen, 30; Oak Hill, 20; Ponce Inlet, 19; Enterprise, seven; Glenwood, three; Daytona Beach Shores, two; and Astor and Cassadaga, one each; and for 170 cases the hometown has not been determined.

Also as of 9 a.m. Monday, there have been 527,036 positive cases of Florida residents and 5,770 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 8,186 resident deaths. In the U.S., there were 5,045,645 cases and 162,938 deaths. There were 19,895,802 global cases with 731,570 deaths. The U.S. and world data are from Johns Hopkins University.

So far, Daytona Beach, DeLand and Orange City are the only cities in Volusia County mandating masks be worn when inside buildings or anywhere proper social distancing cannot be followed and instituting penalties for non-compliance. City leaders in Daytona Beach Shores, DeBary, Deltona, Ponce Inlet and Port Orange have approved resolutions encouraging mask use, but did not mandate it. Masks are mandatory in New Smyrna Beach, but the City Commission did not institute penalties and the NSB Police will not enforce it.

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.  

Testing continues in Volusia, including free testing at four Department of Health clinics. A new testing site at the Fairgrounds will provide rapid results, but final details haven't been reported. For testing sites or more information, visit https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/pin/coronavirus/faqs.stml.

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/.

With the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, the state Department of Business and Regulation has closed bars and is more closely monitoring restaurants.

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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