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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 County Allocating Funds for Home-Based Businesses Seeking COVID-19 Relief

Volusia County is preparing to roll out two more assistance programs to boost the community’s continuing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic after the County Council allocated $3 million in emergency financial support to help home-based businesses and another $1 million to purchase protective equipment for local businesses. COVID relief funds dedicated to home-based businesses and protective gear For home-based businesses that meet the eligibility criteria, … Continue reading Volusia County Allocating Funds for Home-Based Businesses Seeking COVID-19 Relief

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

Operation Relaunch Volusia is Under Way

As the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida and locally continues to decline, Volusia County is readying a plan to reopen county services and facilities that were scaled back to mitigate the spread of the virus. Beaches and Parking Just in time for the popular Mother’s Day weekend, vehicle access for beach parking resumed at multiple sections of Volusia County’s beaches on Saturday. A … Continue reading Operation Relaunch Volusia is Under Way

Volusia County Offers Mortgage Assistance

Beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 11, Volusia County’s Community Assistance Division will accept applications from homeowners who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Mortgage assistance may be provided to eligible households for up to three months and is capped at $1,500 a month. The program includes assistance for eligible households for payment of late, current and, if they remain eligible, future payments. Volusia County … Continue reading Volusia County Offers Mortgage Assistance

Volusia County to start COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Volusia County unveiled preliminary plans on Tuesday for a grant program to help small businesses reopen their doors and rebound from the economic devastation brought on by coronavirus crisis. On Tuesday, officials said stimulating the local economy by helping small businesses get back on their feet would be a worthy use for some of the county’s federal funds. Volusia County Receives Funds for Grant Program … Continue reading Volusia County to start COVID-19 Small Business Assistance Grant Program

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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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Town of Ponce Inlet COVID-19 Response

Town Parks Restrictions Due to the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the town of Ponce Inlet is making major changes to their public areas. Effective March 20, 2020, restroom facilities at all Ponce Inlet parks will remain locked and water fountains are now bagged to prevent use. Like all other areas in the state, groups must be limited to ten people or less, with a six … Continue reading Town of Ponce Inlet COVID-19 Response

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Volusia County Reduces Hours for Public Offices

In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in Volusia County, county officials have decided to the limit public access hours of all public offices in the county. The new hours will take effect on Monday, March 23, 2020. Volusia County Public Offices The new temporary hours are: Mondays: 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays: 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday: 8 a.m. to noon … Continue reading Volusia County Reduces Hours for Public Offices

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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