After dropping every week for more than a month, new cases of Covid-19 in Volusia County went up to 558 during the week of Oct. 15-21 with 7.3% of residents tested having the virus, according to the Florida Department of Health

The results were up from 479 during the week of Oct. 8-14 with 6.1% of residents tested positive, according to the department. The state does not provide the number of residents tested.

The department also reported Friday, Oct. 15, that 319,849 residents were vaccinated out of an estimated population of 552,328. Just 996 residents got at least one shot during the Oct. 15-21 period, down from 1,006 residents in the Oct. 8-14 period. There have been about 65% of Volusia residents ages 12 and over who have been vaccinated.

Volusia has had total cases of 75,256 with deaths at 1,271 as of Oct. 8.

Both AdventHealth and Halifax Health reported the number of Covid-19 patients in their hospitals declined with Advent Health now at “green” status, or normal operations. Both health care providers offer the monoclonal antibody treatment. Contact them for details.

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 2,223 employees and students infected with Covid-19.

Statewide there were 15,314 new Covid-19 cases with 3.4% of residents testing positive in the Oct. 15-21 period, compared to 19,519 new cases with 3.8% of residents testing positive in the Oct. 8-14 period. There were 106 deaths, down from 123 deaths the previous week. The state has now had a total of 3,635,126 cases and 58,803 deaths.

There were 229,389 people receiving at least one dose of a vaccine, including booster shots, in the past week with a total of 13,865,300 or 73% of the state population, according to the state report.

Vaccinations continue in Volusia County. To find where to get vaccination, visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/?utm_source=floridahealth.gov&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=covid-19&utm_term=information+covid-19+vaccine+&utm_content=011921-vaccine-locater.redirect.html_in_article_link or call the Volusia County Health Department at (386) 274-0500.

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