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State-run COVID-19 testing extended through January

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. COVID-19 Testing Available Through January in Volusia County “We’re just so thankful for the … Continue reading State-run COVID-19 testing extended through January

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New State Executive Order Removes Most COVID-19 Occupancy Restrictions on Restaurants and Businesses

 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244 on Friday,  September 25, 2020, and transitioned the State to Phase 3 of the COVID-19 reopening process. Effective  upon issuance, the new Executive Order:  Removes state-level restrictions on businesses, such as restaurants.   Provides that no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or  operating a business.   Provides that restaurants may not be limited by a … Continue reading New State Executive Order Removes Most COVID-19 Occupancy Restrictions on Restaurants and Businesses

FREE COVID-19 Testing Available by Appointment in Volusia County

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County is offering free COVID-19 testing by appointment.  To make an appointment, people should call the location where they’d like to be tested between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are being scheduled through July 24.  Testing will be available by appointment at these locations, weather permitting:• 1845 Holsonback Drive, Daytona Beach – Call (386) … Continue reading FREE COVID-19 Testing Available by Appointment in Volusia County

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Volusia Real Estate Update: How has COVID Impacted the Housing Market

Florida Governor Ron Desantis declared residential and commercial real estate, including settlement services, essential on April 1, 2020. Christopher Krebs, the nation’s Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, designated real estate services as part of the nation’s “critical infrastructure.” How have Realtors Changed their Practices during the Global Pandemic? Realtors, buyers and sellers are able to abide by COVID-19 … Continue reading Volusia Real Estate Update: How has COVID Impacted the Housing Market

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COVID-19 Testing in Volusia County

***Testing information is continuously changing and evolving. Please contact your healthcare provider or facility when possible to confirm information regarding testing.*** Pop up locations also become available for 2 – 3 days at a time when available throughout the county. Check Facebook often for temporary locations available. CDC guidance regarding testing Read the CDC guidelines regarding who should be tested (testing eligibility criteria.)  According to the … Continue reading COVID-19 Testing in Volusia County

Volusia Cities Begin Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing

Port Orange City of Port Orange will begin Drive Thru Testing for COVID-19 starting June 10 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm through Friday, June 12 on Halifax Drive (across from Aunt Catfish’s). Below is a list of FAQ’s on what to expect when you arrive to the testing site, as you enter from Dunlawton Ave. To get through the line faster, residents should pre-register. … Continue reading Volusia Cities Begin Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing

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Volusia Beaches’ Line in the Sand: Which Side are You On?

All photos//text: Mimi McKee The views and opinions expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of East Coast Current Volusia residents honoring the state and federal orders to “stay home” have taken to social media outlets like Facebook, Instagram and NextDoor to express their opinions on whether the public beaches should close temporarily or remain open for essential fitness activities. … Continue reading Volusia Beaches’ Line in the Sand: Which Side are You On?

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Geocaching: A Perfect Social Distancing Activity

Geocaching 101 I will never forget the first time I discovered geocaching. I was covering a story about a coastal clean up in Edgewater when I noticed a family of four scouring an area of George R. Kennedy Memorial Park like they had lost something they couldn’t live without. I watched the husband step up on a bench, reach up into the pavilion roof and … Continue reading Geocaching: A Perfect Social Distancing Activity

African Adventure on a Budget

Lion Country Safari – Loxahatchee, FL Please note, due to COVID-19, only the drive through safari is available at this time. Finding ways to beat the heat during Florida summers can be tough, especially after you’ve exhausted every water park, pool and spring within a 100-mile radius. There are other ways to have fun without getting those wrinkly, raisin fingers or even leaving the comfort … Continue reading African Adventure on a Budget

How to Seek Coronavirus Testing in Florida

With growing concerns over the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, more and more people are seeking testing for the virus. Getting Tested for Coronavirus COVID-19 in Florida April 9, 2020 UPDATE AdventHealth to offer drive-up COVID-19 testing at Daytona International Speedway: In an effort to increase availability of COVID-19 testing in Florida, AdventHealth will offer 500 or more drive-up tests at Daytona International Speedway starting at 9 a.m. … Continue reading How to Seek Coronavirus Testing in Florida