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

Flyer detail reading "FREE COVID-19 SELF-SWAB TESTING" with photo of lab technician opening a

State-run COVID-19 testing extended through Jan. 31

Thanks to the state and the City of New Smyrna Beach, COVID-19 testing provided by the Florida Division of Emergency Management will continue through Jan. 31. The site, located at the City Gym, 1000 Live Oak St., New Smyrna Beach, was initially scheduled to close at the end of the month.

“We’re just so thankful for the coordination and support from both the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the City of New Smyrna Beach,” said Emergency Management Director Jim Judge. “The site is easy to navigate and results are being delivered quickly, which makes for a positive user experience. And we can tell by the number of tests administered that the site is effective and being utilized by our residents.”

The test site offers both self-swab rapid antigen and PCR testing and operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Results for rapid testing are expected within 15 minutes. The site will close Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday, Dec. 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday, and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

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.

Both PCR and rapid testing are self-swab nasal tests and, while slightly uncomfortable, are not painful. The swab is placed in the nostril, not the back of the nasal passage as in other tests.

For more information on COVID-19 testing throughout the county, visit www.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 grant application deadlines approaching

With federal authorization expiring soon, the deadlines to apply to Volusia County for COVID-19 financial assistance are rapidly approaching. The county urges small businesses and individuals who believe they qualify for Volusia CARES grants to make application soon, as these programs are coming to an end in December. The deadlines to apply are Dec. 11 for small business and home-based business grants as well as grants for nonprofit organizations, while the deadline to apply for rent and mortgage assistance is Dec. 30.

In April, the county received coronavirus relief funds from the federal government as part of the CARES Act. The County Council has allocated more than $60 million of the money for various community relief efforts and grant programs for local residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the pandemic. Pursuant to federal guidelines, the coronavirus relief funds cover approved expenses through Dec. 30. With the deadline looming, the County Council agreed Tuesday that the county will continue to take grant applications from businesses and nonprofit agencies through Dec. 11 to give staff sufficient time to process the requests. While the county already has provided $8.8 million in grants to small businesses and home-based businesses, the number of applications has significantly declined.

“We will make a concerted effort to get the word out into the community that the program will be coming to a close in December,” Deputy County Manager Suzanne Konchan told council members Tuesday.

The council also had allocated $22.5 million for rent and mortgage assistance to local residents struggling to make housing payments due to a loss or reduction in income caused by the pandemic. For approved applicants, the money is paid to their landlord or mortgage holder. On Tuesday, council members were told that with $17.3 million in rent and mortgage assistance already paid out and another $4.4 million approved or in the pipeline, the fund only had about $900,000 left. And new applications still are coming in at a rate of about 53 per day. On Tuesday, the council pumped another $5 million into the program, bringing the total to $27.5 million, and agreed to continue accepting applications until the very last day – Dec. 30.

Information about the county’s COVID-19 grant programs can be found here:

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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