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, 2020 the City Commission adopted an emergency declaration to allow for operations without adherence to regular procedures and invoke emergency related mutual aid assistance. On Mar. 24, 2020 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 COVIDemail@example.com
Feb. 17, 2021: Winter storms cause additional changes in vaccination schedule
Winter storms that continue to pummel much of the country have caused additional changes to upcoming vaccination events at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand.
On Feb. 16, with the county still awaiting delivery of vaccine, a decision was made to reschedule vaccination events planned for Thursday, Feb. 18. The necessary vaccine allotment has still not shipped, and out of an abundance of caution, events for Friday, Feb. 19, are also being rescheduled.
Recognizing the possible delay of vaccine shipments, the scheduling of first dose vaccinations for this Thursday and Friday was temporarily paused. With this new change in schedule, those next in line for a vaccine will now be scheduled for an appointment Feb. 23, 25 or 26.
The second dose event scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23.The second dose event scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19 has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27. These appointments were scheduled through Eventbrite and residents will receive an email notification from Eventbrite to confirm the new date.
This revised schedule will include increased appointments each day next week, ensuring that vaccine allocations for both this week and next week are distributed by week’s end. In total, more than 10,000 vaccines—3,700 first dose and 6,500 second dose—will be administered at the Volusia County Fairgrounds site next week.
To preregister for a vaccine appointment at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, visit myvaccine.fl.gov or call (866) 201-7314. Once preregistered, individuals will receive a call when vaccine appointments become available. At this time the Volusia County Fairgrounds is only vaccinating individuals 65 years of age and older and health care personnel with direct patient contact. Upon arrival, individuals must provide proof of Florida residency, a state-issued ID and, for health care personnel, a medical license or work ID including title or role.
Questions regarding preregistration and appointments should be directed to the state’s helpline at (833) 540-2077.
For the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Volusia County, visit Volusia.org/coronavirus.
Feb. 16, 2021: Winter storms cause changes in vaccination schedule
The County of Volusia and Department of Health will provide 2,000 first dose COVID-19 vaccines the week of Feb. 15 with events Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at the Volusia County Fairgrounds. Appointments will be scheduled through Sharecare, the statewide preregistration system.
Effective Tuesday, Feb. 16, vaccine operations for first dose appointments will transition to a walk-up event at the Fairground. Face masks are required in the building. Staff and signage will direct individuals once on-site.
Second dose events will also take place Feb. 18 and 19 at the Fairgrounds. These are closed events that will only provide vaccines for individuals who received their first dose at the same location Jan. 21 and 22. These second doses will be administered through the drive-up process managed in the same manner as their first shot. Upon receiving their first dose, individuals were given a vaccination card with a date for their second dose. Individuals should report to the fairgrounds on this date during the same hour timeframe as their first dose appointment. Individuals must bring their vaccination card to receive their second dose. An email reminder will be sent through Eventbrite approximately one week prior to the second dose date.
Individuals for both first and second dose events are asked not to arrive prior to their scheduled appointment time.
To preregister for a vaccine appointment at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, visit myvaccine.fl.gov or call 866-201-7314. Once preregistered, individuals will receive a call when vaccine appointments become available. When called for an appointment, Sharecare representatives will ask for first and last name, date of birth, and email address and/or phone number; individuals will never be asked to provide their social security number. At this time the Volusia County Fairgrounds is only vaccinating individuals 65 years of age and older and health care personnel with direct patient contact.
Questions regarding preregistration and appointments should be directed to the state’s helpline at 833-540-2077.
For the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Volusia County, visit Volusia.org/coronavirus.
Jan. 25, 2021: Update on COVID-19 testing site at City Gym
Since opening on Nov. 2, staff at the COVID-19 testing site located in the City Gym at 1000 Live Oak St. have performed 78,198 rapid tests and 8,275 PCR tests.
The Florida Division of Emergency Management is currently scheduled to offer rapid antigen and PCR testing here in New Smyrna Beach through July from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Both tests are less uncomfortable than previous tests because participants can place the swab in the nostril, not the back of the nasal passage. Results for the rapid testing are expected within 15 minutes with notification by text and e-mail.
Please pre-register to facilitate a faster experience by visiting bit.ly/C19rapidtest or following the QR code on the flyer below. Testing is available for all ages. Those under 18 must have verbal parental consent. Symptoms are not required. The site will request insurance information, but patients will not be billed a copay or coinsurance, and those without insurance will be tested free of charge.
Jan. 20, 2021: County of Volusia COVID-19 vaccination events require residency
Effective today, Jan. 20, COVID-19 vaccine sites hosted by the County of Volusia and Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will require proof of Florida state residency, such as a State of Florida driver's license or a utility bill with the same name as the registrant. During the registration process, individuals must self-certify that they are both 65 years of age or older and a resident of the state. Upon check in at an event, individuals must be able to provide a state-issued driver’s license or identification card or a utility bill for a Florida property that matches the name on their ID.
The requirement is put in place due to guidance from Governor DeSantis and applies to state-run sites.
Jan. 15, 2021: 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.
Jan. 13, 2021: 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.
July 16, 2020: COVID-19 Community Brief
- Mayor Russ Owen, City of New Smyrna Beach
- Communications Manager & Government Liaison Holly Smith, Florida Department of Health in Volusia County
- CEO Dr. Dennis Hernandez, AdventHealth New Smyrna Beach
- Chief Shawn VanDemark, City of New Smyrna Beach Fire Department
Correction: During her presentation, Holly states the virus’ incubation period is up to 17 days. She later clarified it is up to 14 days.
July 1, 2020: 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.
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.
- 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.
- E-mail the plan to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Staff will review the plan for fire code and other safety concerns.
- Receive temporary outdoor seating permit via e-mail upon approval.
- A building inspector or city planner will review final setup onsite.
Please contact email@example.com or call (386) 410-2835 for further details.
External Information Resources
Other Government Agencies
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Florida Department of Health
- Volusia County Health Department
- Volusia County Emergency Management Public Information Network
- Utilities Commission New Smyrna Beach
- Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Global Cases Desktop version | Mobile version
- Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard