Vaccinations

A medical worker fills needles for awaiting vehicles during the Covid-19 vaccine distribution at Daytona Stadium on Monday, Jan. 4. The distribution site was full by 6 a.m. and 1,000 residents received the vaccine by the end of the day.

New reported cases were at 274 in the past 24 hours in Volusia County, pushing the total to 28,289, including 432 non-residents, and seven more deaths, as of 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, according to Florida Department of Health's statistics.

Vaccinations have resumed at the Fairgrounds. Reservations already are full, but Publix began taking appointments again at publix.com/covidvaccine. Anyone needing help with online registration, can call (866) 345-0345. As of Jan. 20, 23,011 people in Volusia and 1,059,041 people in Florida have received the first dose of a vaccine, and 3,732 people in Volusia and 123,971 in Florida getting the second dose, according to the health department. 

The 7-day percentage of residents testing positive was at 10.40%, down from 10.93% 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.

Deaths in Volusia are now at 485. The county has had 228 deaths of residents and staff at long-term care facilities.

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 2,470 as of Wednesday, Jan. 20. 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 2,191 and at correctional facilities it's 514.

Volusia resident cases include 14,624 females and 12,847 males, and for 386 cases the gender hasn't been determined. There have been 1,420 residents and 25 non-residents hospitalized, including 14 in the past 24 hours.

According to the Florida Department of Emergency Management, Daytona Beach has had 5,753 cases; Deltona, 4,756; DeLand, 3,803; Port Orange, 3,167; Ormond Beach, 2,781; New Smyrna Beach, 1,937; Orange City, 1,298; Edgewater, 960; DeBary, 925; South Daytona, 430; DeLeon Springs, 308; Pierson, 299; Holly Hill, 275; Lake Helen, 122; Oak Hill, 115; Osteen, 108; Ponce Inlet, 106; Seville, 92; Enterprise, 38; Stetson University, 20; Daytona Beach Shores, 12; Barberville, five; Cassadaga, Glenwood and Mims, three each; and Astor and Wilbur-by-the-Sea, one each; and 381 have not been determined.

Also as of 9 a.m. Friday, there were 1,584,442 positive cases of Florida residents and 29,442 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 24,739 resident deaths. In the U.S., there were 24,633,015 cases and 410,378 deaths. There were 97,613,676 global cases with 2,093,725 deaths. The U.S. and world data are from Johns Hopkins University.

In the latest report from Volusia County Schools, 59 students and 16 employees tested positive between Friday, Jan. 15, and Wednesday, Jan. 20. 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 638 and employees at 355.

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 bit.ly/C19rapidtest. For other testing in Volusia County, visit volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/pin/coronavirus/faqs.stml.

With Gov. 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.

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/.

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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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