Volusia County Covid-19 virus cases were up three cases over the past 24 hours to 153, including three non-residents, as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 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, but who traveled to Ecuador and had contact with a known Covid-19 case. 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 28 to 65. There were two women and one man. One of the cases was travel related and the other two are unknown.

There have been 78 men and 73 women affected, and for two cases the gender has not been reported. The age range is 17 to 89. Fifty-four of the cases are travel related. There have been 36 hospitalizations. There have been 1,556 Volusia residents tested with 1,402 testing negative. One test was inconclusive and four people were awaiting testing.

The victims have been isolated, but some may have been cleared by public health officials. The department is not releasing names to protect their privacy.

According to the Florida Department of Emergency Managemment, Daytona Beach has 27 cases; Deltona has 26 cases; Ormond Beach has 23 cases; DeLand and Port Orange have 18 cases each; DeBary has 16 cases; Orange City has seven cases; New Smyrna Beach has five cases; Lake Helen has two cases; Edgewater and Ponce Inlet have one case each; and for six cases, the hometown has not been determined.

Also as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, there were 13,214 positive cases of Florida residents and 415 cases of non-residents with Covid-19 and 254 deaths. There were 12,182 residents being monitored. In the U.S., there were 368,449 cases and 10,993 deaths, compared to 312,249 cases and and 8,503 deaths on Sunday, April 5. There were 1,360,039 global cases with 75,973 deaths.

State Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, stated on social meda today (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.

Gov. DeSantis also has ordered to highway checkpoints, one on Interstate 10 at Pensacola and one on Interstate 95 at Jacksonville as well as checkpoints at all airports with flights from the northeast. Travelers from Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey and New York are restricted, and must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The governor also has ordered closure of all vacation rentals for the next 14 days.

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.

Check out Hometown News Volusia on Facebook and Twitter for event updates.

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.


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