Volusia County Covid-19 virus cases were up 10 cases over the past 24 hours to 163, including four non-residents, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, according to the Florida Department of Health.
Volusia suffered its third death Monday afternoon, a 78-year-old woman with no recent travel history and no known contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus. The second death Saturday, also was a 78-year-old woman, who had traveled to Ecuador. The first death was the previous weekend, a 65-year-old man whose case was not travel-related.
The latest victims ranged in age from 26 to 65. There were seven men and three women. One of the cases was travel related, two cases were not and seven cases are unknown.
There have been 84 men and 78 women affected, and for one case the gender has not been reported. The age range is 17 to 89. Fifty-four of the cases are travel related. There have been 38 hospitalizations. There have been 1,721 Volusia residents tested with 1,557 testing negative. One test was inconclusive and three people were awaiting testing.
The victims have been isolated, but some may have been cleared by public health officials. Also, some who have been hospitalized may have been released. The department is not releasing names to protect their privacy.
According to the Florida Department of Emergency Managemment, Deltona has 30 cases; Daytona Beach has 29 cases; Ormond Beach has 26 cases; Port Orange has 20 cases; DeLand has 18 cases; DeBary has 16 cases; Orange City has seven cases; New Smyrna Beach has five cases; Edgewater and Lake Helen have two cases each; Ponce Inlet has one case; and for three cases, the hometown has not been determined.
Also as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, there were 14,302 positive cases of Florida residents and 445 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 296 deaths. There were 12,593 residents being monitored. In the U.S., there were 399,929 cases and 12,911 deaths, compared to 312,249 cases and and 8,503 deaths on Sunday, April 5. There were 1,446,242 global cases with 83,424 deaths.
State Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, stated on social meda Monday that he is working with other officials to establish drive-through testing sites, one in West Volusia and one in East Volusia by next week.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered all Florida residents to stay at home for 30 days except for some essential needs. The governor's complete order is available at flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/.
County Government relaxed the beach closure Saturday, allowing physical activities, such as walking, jogging, biking, fishing, surfing and swimming.
However, activities such as sunbathing, sitting in chairs, organized sports or lying on blankets and grouping of people on the beach remains prohibited. Social distancing orders issued by the federal and state government must be observed. When permitted activities are complete, beachgoers are required to leave the beach.
Beach Safety staff will continue to fly the double-red flag. Swimmers swim at their own risk and lifeguards may not be on duty. Beach Safety will be enforcing these rules, aiming to educate violators.
“We are facing real dangers in this community and in our nation,” said County Manager George Recktenwald in a news release. “Volusia County will continue to monitor the situation and make the best decisions for the safety of our citizens.”
Also Saturday, the Florida Department of Health launched a public website, strongerthanc-19.com. The community action survey is intended for Florida residents to anonymously answer a brief series of questions the department will use to help inform and improve the state’s response to Covid-19.
In an international travel advisory, the state Health Department advises a mandatory 14-day self-isolation and practice social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
Volusia County Schools' closure has been extended to May 1. Meals are distributed from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays. VCS buses are assisting with meal delivery starting Monday. For information about where buses will stop, visit vcsedu.org/urgent-information/food-distribution-buses.
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For general information about the COVID-19 virus, call the Florida Department of Health in Tallahassee at (866) 799-6121. The hotline is open 24/7. AdventHealth also has launched 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.