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CASE-BY-CASE LIST FOR VOLUSIA AND FLAGLER COUNTIES: Sunday, May 3



TODAY’S HEADLINES:


6:27 a.m.: Volusia diners return to restaurants under limited occupancy


Diners returned to their some of their favorite local restaurants on Monday, as dining rooms around the state reopened after being shut down for more than a month during the coronavirus pandemic.


5:38 p.m.: Coronavirus antibody testing draws hundreds to Volusia Fairgrounds


Antibody testing, which provides patients a glimpse at whether they’ve been infected with COVID-19 sometime in the past, is available to anyone at the Volusia County Fairgrounds on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


5:00 p.m.: Flagler Beach police issue 39 parking tickets to beachgoers this weekend


While Flagler County residents have shown they can properly social distance on the beach, parking is a different story.


4:08 p.m.: Volusia issues 900 social distancing warnings to beachgoers over reopening weekend


Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue issued more than 900 warnings over the first weekend the beach was largely reopened to almost all activities — sans beach driving.


3:24 p.m.: Volusia stores, shoppers start gradual return to normal


As retailers reopened on Monday at limited capacity in Volusia County as part of Florida’s phased-in return to normal business, customers welcomed the opportunity to shop.


2:28 p.m.: ‘Our patients are dropping like flies’: 16,000 dead from COVID-19 in U.S. nursing homes


Under mounting public pressure to increase transparency, more states are now releasing information about the scourge of the coronavirus on nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The data paints a grim picture: more than 16,000 residents and staff have died, roughly a quarter of the nation’s overall deaths.


2:06 p.m.: Coronavirus so far is nearly 3 times more deadly than the flu in Florida, state records show


The novel coronavirus, once dismissed by some as less deadly than the flu, has already killed nearly three times as many people in Florida as influenza did during its deadliest season in the last decade, state records show.


11:25 a.m.: Coronavirus: 1 new case in Volusia; 819 new cases statewide


An additional 819 coronavirus cases were announced Monday morning, including one in Volusia County, according to the Florida Department of Health.


11:00 a.m.: Daytona’s homeless struggle through pandemic


Daytona Beach’s homeless have been struggling to survive more than ever since the coronavirus pandemic hit in March. Finding food, a place to wash up and ways to earn money have become very difficult over the past two months.


11:01 a.m.: Coronavirus sinks Volusia charter, party boat fishing businesses


Those who work on the water in Volusia County are taking a hard financial hit and want backing from the state government to get their industry going again.


7:32 a.m.: Coronavirus: What’s opening in Volusia-Flagler Monday, what isn’t


Phase One of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to reopen Florida after concerns over the spread of the coronavirus shut down much of the state begins Monday. Here’s what that means.


YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS:


7:29 p.m.: DeSantis says hospitals ready for return of elective surgeries during Daytona visit


Gov. Ron DeSantis stopped at Halifax Health Medical Center on Sunday to highlight some of the hospital’s practices and urge the public to have confidence that hospitals are doing a good job at infection control.


3:57 p.m.: Volusia/Flagler hospitals open Monday for elective surgeries


Elective surgeries will resume at local hospitals Monday as part of phase one of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ coronavirus reopening plan for Florida.


3:33 p.m.: 9 dead, history of infection control problems at Opis Coquina Center


Nine residents have died of coronavirus at Opis Coquina Center, a nursing home in Ormond Beach with a history of infection control problems, according to inspection reports.


12:02 p.m.: NSB hobby inventor leads volunteer factory for free face shields


By day, Kevin Para works in real estate. By night, his friends joke that he’s a "mad scientist and inventor" and he’s helping in the coronavirus fight.


11:56 a.m.: Volusia community rallies to ‘adopt’ almost 1,500 high school seniors


A homeless student at DeLand High who’s not used to getting gifts has been overwhelmed by the support from the community.



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Important numbers as of Monday:


Number of positive tests in Florida: 36,897


Number of Florida residents who have tested positive: 35,969


Non-Florida residents who have tested positive in Florida: 928


Number of deaths in Florida: 1,399


Total number of people tested in Florida: 445,995


Number of positive cases in the United States: 1,161,346


Number of deaths in the United States: 67,781


Number of positive cases globally: 3,531,618


Number of deaths globally: 248,097


*Source: Florida Department of Health



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COVID-19 Q&A


Q. What’s going on, generally?


After originating in China late last year, the coronavirus has spread globally and now locally.


The first case of the virus in the United States was reported in January 2020. Since then, 60 presumptive positive cases have been reported in Volusia County and thirteen in Flagler, based on the latest data from the Florida Department of Health.


Q. How do you get coronavirus?


Like the common cold and the flu, coronavirus spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets, according to the CDC.


Coronavirus is spreading rapidly from person to person, and scientists are still learning more about how coronavirus spreads.


There's no evidence that the virus can be transmitted through food, according to the CDC.


It is, however, possible that a person can get the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own face. There is likely a very low risk of spread from food products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks, according to the CDC.


Q. What are the symptoms of coronavirus


The most common symptoms resemble the flu and include fever, tiredness and dry cough. Some people also develop aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.


Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and some people don't have any symptoms at all.


About 1 in 6 people become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing, according to the World Health Organization. If you experience fever, cough and shortness of breath, call your doctor.


Q. Do I need a facemask to prepare for coronavirus?


The CDC now says you may want to wear a face mask when going out in public, to help reduce the chances of spreading or catching the virus, although they stress that social distancing is more important and surgical masks and N95 respirators should be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. Otherwise, take typical flu-season precautions:


Avoid close contact with people who are sick


Don't touch your eyes, nose and mouth


Cover your cough


Stay home when sick


Clean household objects and surfaces


Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds


COVID-19 TESTING Q&A


Q: Are local tests available?


Yes. AdventHealth opened a drive-through test site at Daytona International Speedway and Flagler County has one at the Palm Coast campus of Daytona State College. Smaller operators have also begun offering tests. Family Health Source, a DeLand-based federally qualified health center, has opened three sites, including a drive-through in Deltona that’s seeing more than 150 patients daily. Advanced EmUrgent Care in Orange City is offering them and in Port Orange, Advanced Urgent Care is screening and testing people with symptoms and for front-line workers who may have exposure.


Q: Where do I go if I want to be tested?


If you are sick and exhibiting symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), you should seek treatment with your primary care physician or urgent care center. Physicians are stringently adhering to the testing criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if a patient qualifies for a COVID-19 test. A doctor will likely test you for other illnesses, such as the flu, before ordering a COVID-19 test.


Q: Should I go to the ER if I think I need a COVID-19 test?


Unless you are experiencing severe respiratory distress, such as shortness of breath or chest pain, you should not go to an ER for a COVID-19 test. Physicians can take a collection sample from patients who meet the testing criteria as set by CDC. The emergency department should be used only by those having a medical emergency, such as chest pain or shortness of breath.


Q: What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?


If you have traveled internationally or been on a cruise, you should self-quarantine for 14 days immediately upon returning from your travels, even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms. If you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath during those 14 days, contact your physician and disclose your travel history. Your physician will advise you of next steps. If you are experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, go to the ER.


Q: Can I get a coronavirus test if I am not sick?


No. If you’re not sick, it’s unlikely that you have COVID-19. Currently all tests are designated for those who are exhibiting symptoms and meet the testing criteria set by the CDC.


Q: I have a fever and cough. Will I be automatically tested for COVID-19?


No. Fever and cough are common symptoms for other illnesses, including the flu. Physicians will evaluate your symptoms, travel history, potential for exposure and other factors and determine if a test is appropriate. They will also test you for other viruses, including the flu.


Q: Are the results instantaneous?


No. Unlike a flu test, which can be administered on-site with quick results, the COVID-19 test takes up to seven days from the time of collection sample to results being shared with the patient. During that time, patients will be instructed to follow CDC guidelines and isolate themselves.


Q: When would I get results from a test?


Up to seven days after administration of the test.


Q: Do hospitals share results with the Florida Department of Health?


Yes. AdventHealth will share positive COVID-19 test results with the Florida Department of Health as required by regulation.


Q: I still have questions about COVID-19 testing. Whom can I call?


Call the AdventHealth’s Coronavirus Information Line at 877-VIRUSHQ or visit CoronavirusSignsAndSymptoms.com.


The Daytona Beach News-Journal’s Casmira Harrison and the Associated Press contributed to this USA TODAY Network report.


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