COVID-19 info: vaccines, testing, masks, more

updated 10:20 a.m., April 14

Do you need a ride to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Do you have Medicaid? If yes, we can help!
Florida Medicaid will take you to get the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. All you need to do is set up a time to get your vaccine. Next, let your Medicaid plan know you need a ride and they will take care of the rest. If you are not enrolled in a plan, call the Medicaid Helpline at 1-877-254-1055 to find out the name and phone number for a transportation service.  Schedule your transportation at least three business days before your appointment.

Vaccines for homebound individuals
Homebound individuals in need of a COVID-19 vaccine should complete a survey. In follow-up to the survey, homebound individuals will be contacted by either the Incident Management Team or by Commander McGuire to provide a date and time for their vaccine. Individuals who complete the survey should allow a few days for personnel to contact them.

Residents who do do not have the capability of completing the survey or do not have access to the internet, should call (386) 274-0500, when the line connects, wait for the prompt to push the pound sign (#). This action will direct the call to the Department of Health call center which will connect them to a person who can complete the survey for them. The call center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The survey web address may be accessed 24-hours/7-days a week.

COVID-19 updates: age eligibility decreasing, second dose appointment
Governor DeSantis announced March 25, that the age requirement for eligibility for a COVID-19 vaccine will lower to 40 years of age effective March 29 and to 18 years of age effective April 5. As of March 29, the following groups will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. New York Ave, DeLand:

  • Long-term care facility residents (accompanied by their guardian, if applicable) and staff;
  • Persons 40 years of age and older;
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact; and
  • Persons determined by a physician to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 (form required).

As of April 5, all individuals 18 years and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at the Volusia County Fairgrounds.

Appointments continue to be required; to preregister for an appointment, sign up at myvaccine.fl.gov. Individuals may preregister even if they do not meet the current eligibility requirements. Individuals who have previously preregistered are now able to check the status of their registration at myvaccine.fl.gov.

To reduce potential traffic issues and prevent crowing, individuals should not arrive at the Volusia County Fairgrounds for their appointment prior to their scheduled appointment time. Individuals who receive their first dose vaccine at the Volusia County Fairgrounds will not receive a call scheduling a second dose appointment; they should return to the same location on the date written on the back of their vaccination card to receive their second dose. Individuals should arrive at the same time as their first-dose appointment. 

For questions, call the Volusia County Citizens Information Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at (866) 345-0345. For the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Volusia County visit the Volusia County website

Places where vaccines may be available:
Halifax Health has been allotted a supply of COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNtech first dose vaccines.  If you meet criteria, you are welcome to choose your date/time here.  Please note this web site is updated frequently. A new phone line has been set up at (386) 425-VACC (8222).  This line is set up for community members who do not have internet access. This line connects to a voice mail box where a community member may leave his/her name and phone number. The community member will then be contacted within two business days to schedule a vaccination appointment. Please note the only time the voicemail box will be turned on to receive patient information is when Halifax Health has an allotment of vaccine and is scheduling appointments. 

Those currently eligible for the vaccine per State of Florida guidelines are:

  • Healthcare workers 
  • Florida residents 50 years and older
  • Florida residents under 50 years old and deemed immunodeficient  by a physician order on the form found here

Governor DeSantis has announced the establishment of four COVID-19 vaccination sites in partnership with the federal government in Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville. These sites will open on March 3 and will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week. Each site will administer 2,000 vaccines per day. Additionally, each site will have two smaller, mobile satellite sites that will conduct 500 vaccinations per day in underserved areas. Through this hub and spoke model each group of one primary site and two satellite sites will offer 3,000 vaccinations per day.

The federally supported sites are listed below:

Tampa Greyhound Track
755 E. Waters Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604

Valencia College – West Campus
1800 S. Kirkman Road
Orlando, FL 32811

Gateway Mall
5200 Norwood Ave
Jacksonville, FL 32208

Miami Dade Community College (North Campus)
11380 NW 27th Ave.
Miami, FL 33167

These sites are opening through a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Defense, the Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida National Guard. The state will utilize the current preregistration system and work with local community organizations to proactively schedule appointments. To preregister with the statewide system, individuals can either call the designated phone number for their county or visit myvaccine.fl.gov.

On Feb. 23, DeSantis also announced that CVS Health will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations at 81 select CVS Pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy y más, and Navarro Discount Pharmacy locations in 13 counties across Florida

Vaccine supply for the rollout in Florida, which is sourced directly from the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, will be approximately 62,000 total weekly doses. Participating CVS Pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy y más, and Navarro Discount Pharmacy locations are in the following counties: Broward (2), Collier (1), Escambia (1), Flagler (1), Hendry (1), Gadsden (1), Hillsborough (1), Manatee (1), Miami-Dade (67), Palm Beach (1), Polk (2), St. Lucie (1), and Volusia (1).

Appointments for vaccinations at the select CVS Health locations will become available for booking later this week as stores receive shipments of vaccine. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app, and people without online access can contact CVS customer service: (800) 746-7287. Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided. As more supply becomes available, CVS Health will expand vaccine access through an increasing number of store locations in additional Florida counties.


FDEM testing continues in New Smyrna BeachFree self swabs continue in NSB
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 Volusia CountyEmergency 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 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 online to facilitate a faster experience. No symptoms are required for testing. 

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

Which test is best? The CDC gives some guidance on when to choose which test.
 

Should i get a vaccine? (Q&A from the CDC)
The vaccine will help protect you from getting COVID-19. If you still get infected after you get vaccinated, the vaccine may prevent serious illness. By getting vaccinated, you can also help protect people around you.

Can the vaccine give me COVID-19? No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use or in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19. However, it typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination. That means it’s possible you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and get sick.

If I already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated? Yes. CDC recommends that you get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19, because you can catch it more than once. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection will last.

Can my child get vaccinated for COVID-19? No. More studies need to be conducted before COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for children aged 16 and younger.

Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I have an underlying medical condition? Yes. COVID-19 vaccination is especially important for people with underlying health problems like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. People with these conditions are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

Is it better to get natural immunity to COVID-19 rather than immunity from a vaccine? No. While you may have some short-term antibody protection after recovering from COVID-19, we don’t know how long this protection lasts. Vaccination is the best protection, and it is safe. People who get COVID-19 can have serious illnesses, and some have debilitating symptoms that persist for months.

Why do I need two COVID-19 shots? Currently authorized vaccines, and most vaccines under development, require two doses of vaccine. The first shot helps the immune system recognize the virus, and the second shot strengthens the immune response. You need both to get the best protection.

Will the shot hurt or make me sick? There may be side effects, but they should go away within a few days. Possible side effects include a sore arm, headache, fever, or body aches. This does not mean you have COVID-19. Side effects are signs that the vaccine is working to build immunity. If they don’t go away in a week, or you have more serious symptoms, call your doctor.

Are there long-term side effects from COVID-19 vaccine? Because all COVID-19 vaccines are new, it will take more time and more people getting vaccinated to learn about very rare or possible long-term side effects. The good news is, at least 8 weeks’ worth of safety data were gathered in the clinical trials for all the authorized vaccines, and it’s unusual for vaccine side effects to appear more than 8 weeks after vaccination.

How do I know if COVID-19 vaccine is safe? All COVID-19 vaccines were tested in clinical trials involving tens of thousands of people to make sure they meet safety standards and protect adults of different ages, races, and ethnicities. There were no serious safety concerns. CDC and the FDA will keep monitoring the vaccines to look for safety issues after they are authorized and in use.

How do I report problems or bad reactions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine? I am encouraging all recipients who receive the vaccine to enroll in v-safe. This is a smartphone tool you can use to tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. If you report serious side effects, someone from CDC will call to follow up. I will give you instructions for how to enroll.

Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. 
Read about Governor DeSantis's plan for Florida's Recovery or the latest Executive Order 20-276 (extension).

Important Links:
Visit Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard
Information from the Florida Department of Health.
Information from the Center for Disease Control.
Volusia County Public Information Network.
Information from Volusia County Schools.

City of Deltona Closures & Cancellations:
City Of Deltona offices and buildings are open to the public. Six-feet social distancing is required inside all buildings. This includes Deltona City Hall and Deltona Water.

Deltona Parks & Recreation has moved into Phase 2 of access to City Parks. Not only are parks open for passive recreation, but amenities including playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields and restrooms are now open. Pavilions are open for reservations for groups of 10 people or less. The Deltona Parks & Recreation Office located at City Hall remains closed. Residents can still apply and pay for park permits online.

Additional cancellations, closures and other information:

  • All Council on Aging Activities at The Center at Deltona have been cancelled. Meals on Wheels will continue as usual. For information on meal delivery, please visit their website.
  • Superstar Student designations will resume in 2021 as video presentations.

The City of Deltona will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation and provide updates as warranted. The City is committed to protecting our community and to ensuring the safety of all residents, visitors and City personnel. We strongly encourage residents to avoid nonessential gatherings, practice good hygiene (hand washing etc.), and exercise preventative actions.

City Commission approves resolution emphasizing importance of face coverings:
On July 7, the Deltona City Commission approved a resolution (No. 2020-47) emphasizing the importance of wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, and at outdoor locations where social distancing is not possible throughout the City of of Deltona in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

There are exceptions to the resolution:

  • Children under 2-years-old.
  • People observing social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • People who have existing health conditions that would be impaired by wearing a face covering.
  • People working in a business or profession who don’t interact with others.
  • People who work in a business or profession who maintain social distance from others.
  • People who work in a business or profession where a face covering would prevent them from performing the duties of their job.
  • People who are exercising while maintaining social distancing.
  • People who are eating and drinking.
  • Public safety personnel, as their personal protective equipment are governed by their respective agencies.
  • Those who need to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired.

What to do if you are sick?
Watch the Florida Department of Health video on what to expect if you think you've been exposed to COVID-19. For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department's dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-(866) 779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

City of Deltona's Executive Order: Emergency Resolution 2020-16 
AN EMERGENCY RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF DELTONA, FLORIDA DECLARING A STATE OF LOCAL EMERGENCY ESTABLISHING COVID-19 RESPONSE PROTOCOL AND DIRECTS PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY. 

WHEREAS, Florida Statutes, authorize the City of Deltona to declare a state of local emergency, to enable certain emergency management powers, and to waive the procedures and formalities otherwise required of political subdivisions by law; and

WHEREAS, a state of local emergency is allowed for seven (7) days with appropriate extensions pursuant to law; and.

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020 the Honorable Ron DeSantis, Governor of the State of Florida, issued Executive Order Number 20-51 declaring a state of emergency in the State of Florida establishing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response protocol and declaring a public health emergency; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and presents with symptoms similar to those of influenza; and

WHEREAS, in late 2019, a new and significant outbreak of COVID-19 emerged in China; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern; and

WHEREAS, in response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in China, Iran, Italy and South Korea, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") has deemed it necessary to prohibit or restrict non-essential travel to or from those countries; and

WHEREAS, in response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Japan, the CDC has advised older travelers and those with chronic medical conditions to avoid nonessential travel and all travelers to exercise enhanced precautions; and

WHEREAS, the CDC currently recommends community preparedness and everyday prevention measures be taken by all individuals and families in the United States, including voluntary home isolation when individuals are sick with respiratory symptoms, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue and disposal of the tissue immediately thereafter, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers with 60%-95% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available and routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects to increase community resilience and readiness for responding to an outbreak; and 

WHEREAS, the State of Florida has 12,350 confirmed cases now, and Volusia County has 151 potential coronavirus cases; and

WHEREAS, the CDC currently recommends mitigation measures in communities with COVID-19 cases, including avoiding gatherings, staying at home when sick, keeping away from others who are sick and staying at home when a household member is sick with respiratory disease symptoms or if instructed to do so by public health officials or a health care provider; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary and appropriate to take action to ensure that COVID-19 remains controlled and that residents and visitors in Florida remain safe and secure;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF DELTONA, FLORIDA: 

In accordance with the powers vested in the City pursuant to Florida Statutes, and the City of Deltona's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the City of Deltona does hereby proclaim the existence of a state of local emergency in the City of Deltona, Florida, as identified above.

Pursuant to the City of Deltona's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the Interim City Manager is authorized to take all actions necessary and appropriate to protect human life and property including promulgation of rules and orders as may be necessary subject to limitations of Florida Statutes. This Resolution further authorizes the Interim City Manager to utilize all lawful authority granted to the City of Deltona by Federal, State, County, or City Emergency Management Laws, Rules, Regulations, Orders and Florida Statutes, inclusive, and the City of Deltona's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, including, but not limited to imposing a curfew if deemed necessary, and to adjust city employee work schedules as appropriate.

All existing laws, ordinances, and rules inconsistent with the provisions of Florida Statutes, inclusive, or inconsistent with any rule or order specifically promulgated under this Resolution shall be suspended during this period of time and to the extent that such conflict exists.

The Interim City Manager may suspend, toll or extend the time requirements, notice requirements and deadlines for final action on applications for permits, licenses, rates and other approvals under the Deltona Code of Ordinances, to the extent necessary to accommodate the emergency.

Pursuant to Florida Statutes, the City hereby exercises its authority and waives the procedures and formalities otherwise required of a political subdivision by law, pertaining to:

• Performance of public work and taking whatever prudent action is necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community;
• Entering into contracts;
• Incurring obligations;
• Employment of permanent and temporary workers;
• Utilization of volunteer workers;
• Rental of equipment;
• Acquisition and distribution, with or without compensation, of supplies, materials, and facilities; and
• Appropriation of expenditure of public funds.

The Interim City Manager shall, to the extent reasonably possible, follow CDC and the Florida Department of Health guidelines in procuring services, materials, labor and equipment necessary to respond to the emergency, including recovery efforts. The Interim City Manager shall abide by the "Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements" for federal awards, codified at 2 C.P.R. F.S. 200.317 through 200.326.

Any person violating any rule or order issued pursuant to this Resolution or any person who willfully fails or refuses to comply with the order or orders of any duly authorized law enforcement officer or personnel charged with the responsibility for the enforcement of such orders shall, upon conviction therefore, be punished as provided by Florida Statutes, and by such other laws as may be applicable to the offense.

The continued state of local emergency declared by this Resolution may be modified in whole or in part or may be terminated at any time upon a vote of a majority of a quorum of the Deltona City Commission. This Resolution shall remain in effect for seven days but due to the seriousness of COVID-19, the Interim City Manager in consultation with the Chief of the Fire Department may extend this state of local emergency for three additional 7-day periods until the state of emergency is lifted by either Volusia County or the State of Florida.

If any provision of this Resolution is invalidated by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity shall not affect the remaining provisions of this Resolution, which shall have the full force and effect of law.

DONE AND ORDERED in the City of Deltona, Volusia County, Florida, this 6th day of April 2020, effective as of 6:37 p.m.

PASSED AND ADOPTED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF DELTONA, FLORIDA THIS 6th Day of April 2020.

By Heidi K. Herzberg, Mayor of Deltona

Think you've been exposed to COVID-19?