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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2020 3 months ago

Coronavirus cases total 7 in Ormond

Also in City Watch: See a list of all city closures.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Seven cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Ormond Beach as of Tuesday evening, and residents should continue to follow prevention measures set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Holly Smith, communications manager for the Florida Department of Health in Volusia.

These include washing your hands, practicing social distancing, avoiding touching your face, disinfecting surfaces and covering your cough or sneezes. 

There is access to testing for COVID-19, Smith said — hospitals, DOH, urgent care centers and private doctors. You must be showing symptoms of coronavirus to get tested, she said. 

She added that most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. No treatment for COVID-19 has been approved. 

At the city level, Ormond Beach Assistant City Manager Claire Whitley said in a statement that the city has restricted all public access to its facilities, implemented staggered shifts and telework where possible and developed health screening protocols for employees. It has also increased cleaning and disinfecting services and implemented social distancing measures.  

The city is also keeping them open, but has added more signage with reminders about social distancing and limits of 10 people per group, City Manager Joyce Shanahan said in a statement. 

“We ask that our residents remain mindful when using these spaces,” she said.

Four of the then-18 COVID-19 cases were still under investigation on Tuesday to determine community spread. Previously, DOH conducted all the testing and the investigations were done upfront. Cases have since risen to 29, and four of the cases are either not travel related, or the matter is still under investigation. None of these cases had contact with a known case, per FDOH's March 25 daily report.

“For the newest cases, we are still investigating but everyone should assume it’s in the community per the CDC and continue social distancing and hygiene,” Smith said.


Ormond Beach closures

Following the city’s issuance of a local state of emergency on March 16, the city has closed the following facilities:

  • Environmental Discovery Center
  • The Casements
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Nova Community Center
  • Ormond Beach Sports Complex
  • South Ormond Neighborhood Center
  • Senior Center
  • Ormond Memorial Art Museum
  • The MacDonald House
  • Magic Forest Playground at Nova Recreational Center
  • All splash pads
  • Limitless Playground

All state parks are also now closed.

Libraries offering curbside service

Though all 14 of Volusia County’s libraries closed on Sunday, online, telephone and curbside service is now being offered. 

Volusia announced last week that library cardholders can access the library’s online digital catalogue of materials, and that all outstanding fines are being suspended. Residents who don’t have a card can also call their local library and get one over the phone. 

Cardholders can reserve up to 20 items for checkout. There will also be a storytime live feed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

This story was updated at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, to reflect current COVID-19 data.

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