Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of New Smyrna Beach is actively monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with our county, state, and federal public health partners. On Mar. 17, the City Commission adopted an emergency declaration to allow for work without adherence to regular procedures and invoke emergency related mutual aid assistance. On Mar. 24, the declaration was set to run concurrently with the Volusia County Council’s emergency declaration.

For the latest updates, please contact the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center at (866) 779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Volusia County distributing additional 100,000 face masks

To continue to help residents stayed protected from the coronavirus, Volusia County Government has begun distributing another 100,000 surgical face masks.  Residents may stop by these locations and pick up two masks per person during regular operating hours:

  • Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., Daytona Beach
  • DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave., DeLand
  • Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., Deltona
  • Hope Place Public Library, 1310 Wright St., Daytona Beach
  • John H. Dickerson Heritage Library, 411 S. Keech St., Daytona Beach
  • New Smyrna Beach Housing Authority, 600 Greenlawn St., New Smyrna Beach
  • Orange City Library, 148 Albertus Way, Orange City
  • Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach
  • Pierson Library, 115 N. Volusia Ave., Pierson
  • Salvation Army, 1240 S. High St., DeLand

The mask giveaway is part of the Step Up Volusia program, a countywide initiative to reinforce the continuing need for residents to practice hand-washing, social distancing and the wearing of face coverings.

The face masks were provided by the State of Florida. To date, the county has distributed over 500,000 face masks within the community.

Local Publix pharmacies to receive COVID-19 vaccines

On Jan. 12, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the expansion of the state’s partnership with Publix to establish COVID-19 vaccination sites throughout the state. This morning, the Governor announced additional participating Publix locations, including 22 stores in Volusia County.

At this time, only healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, residents and staff in long-term healthcare facilities, and persons 65 years of age and older are eligible to receive a vaccine through Publix. All vaccinations by Publix at their select locations are by appointment only. For a list of participating locations and to make an appointment, visit www.publix.com/covid-vaccine

The County of Volusia continues to partner with the Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) on COVID-19 vaccination events. Additional events will be announced as DOH-Volusia receives vaccines. 

Individuals can text “VolusiaReady” to 99411 to sign up for CodeRED and receive COVID-19 vaccine updates from the County of Volusia. 

For general questions regarding COVID-19 vaccines in Volusia County, call (866) 345-0345 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For clinical questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, call the Florida Department of Health at (386) 274-0500 and press # for coronavirus information. Information is also available at Volusia.org/coronavirus.

COVID-19 test site operations extended until July

With the holiday season upon us, the COVID-19 test site in New Smyrna Beach is busier than ever, setting a new record for daily number of tests Wednesday, Dec. 23. Recognizing the continued utilization of this free service, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has worked with the City of New Smyrna Beach to extend operations at the site until July.

“While progress is being made with COVID-19 vaccines, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to stress the importance of testing,” said Emergency Management Director Jim Judge. “We’re so thankful to have this continued resource in Volusia County so that those in need can quickly and easily receive a test.”

The site, located at the City Gym, 1000 Live Oak St., New Smyrna Beach, operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The test site will close Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day. 

The test site offers both self-swab rapid antigen and PCR testing. Results for rapid testing are expected within 15 minutes. There is no age requirement for testing. Insurance information is requested from insured individuals, but patients will not be billed any copay or coinsurance, and those without insurance will be tested free of charge. Appointments are not required, but can be made to facilitate a faster experience by visiting bit.ly/C19rapidtest. No symptoms are required for testing.

For more information on COVID-19 testing throughout the county, visit Volusia.org/testing.

Aerial photo depicting the location of the COVID-19 testing site in the City Gym at 1000 Live Oak St

COVID-19 Community Brief for July 16, 2020

Correction: During her presentation, Holly states the virus’ incubation period is up to 17 days. She later clarified it is up to 14 days.

City Commission adopts mask mandate during July 1 special meeting

At their July 1 special meeting, the City Commission voted 3-2 to adopt Resolution No. 23-20 mandating the wearing of face coverings in public. Of note, the resolution will not be enforced by police nor carry any penalties for non-compliance.

The resolution also encourages businesses to prohibit entry of any persons not wearing a face covering except for those:

  • under the age of two years
  • observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition
  • working in a business or profession who do not have interactions with others, maintain social distancing from others, or where use of a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of the business or profession
  • exercising while maintaining social distancing
  • eating or drinking
  • hearing impaired who needs to see the mouth of someone wearing a face covering to communicate

Public safety, fire, and other life safety and health care personnel will be governed by the personal protective equipment requirements of their respective agencies.

First suggested during the commission’s June 23 regular meeting, discussion on a citywide resolution addressing face coverings in public continued at a June 30 special meeting until there was agreement among the elected representatives to set an additional special meeting on July 1 to adopt one.

The resolution takes effect immediately and shall automatically expire upon termination of the city’s emergency declaration, adopted on Mar. 17, 2020.

In its original form, the resolution’s language “encouraged” the use of face coverings but then changed to “mandate” at the request of commissioners to emphasize how important they feel the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic is to New Smyrna Beach residents and visitors. 

As of noon on July 1, confirmed cases in Florida numbered 156,288 with 6,563 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. To date, there have been 45 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19.

In other action, Mayor Russ Owen reported sending an e-mail on behalf of the City Commission to the Volusia County Council requesting the closure of beaches ahead of the 4th of July holiday weekend to slow community spread in New Smyrna Beach. The request was not approved, citing preventative measures already implemented by county government to promote adequate social distancing.

Watch video replay of the meeting below and read the full text of Resolution No. 23-20 here.

Businesses

To assist local restaurants get back to work in compliance with the Governor’s plan to reopen Florida, the City of New Smyrna Beach is providing the following process to temporarily expand outdoor seating options.

  1. Develop an outdoor seating plan to include layout, total number of added seats, temporary fencing or barricades, and handicapped access. It can be as simple as a sketch, and no fees or forms are required.
  2. E-mail the plan to planning@cityofnsb.com.
  3. Staff will review the plan for fire code and other safety concerns.
  4. Receive temporary outdoor seating permit via e-mail upon approval.
  5. A building inspector or city planner will review final setup onsite.

Please contact planning@cityofnsb.com or call (386) 410-2835 for further details.

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